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Brian Shields (bg-tc-ppp756.monmouth.com - 209.191.59.130)
Posted on Sunday, April 09, 2000 - 12:42 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Dia Duit
 
I was wondering, if it is possible, you could translate some Irish into English for me.  Its from the lyrics of a band and I would love to know what it is:
 
Bhi machree.  Ohin transna na farraige.
 
Much appreciated
Slan

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Antaine
Posted on Sunday, April 09, 2000 - 10:51 am:   Edit Post Print Post

I know that "Machree" exists in many songs with a poetic meaning I've been unable to
nail down exactly, bu tI can tell you that "Macraí" is a colloquial expression meaning a
band of youths, but this may not be what is meant in the song.

Bhí is the past tense of the verb "to be" (was)

I can't find "Ohin" but "transna na farraige" means "across the sea."

hope that helps somewhat....

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Gobnait
Posted on Sunday, April 09, 2000 - 12:03 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

How about: My heart was back then across the sea.

Bhí mo chroí ó shin trasna na farraige.

????

Gobnait

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Laigheanach (ts15-101.dublin.indigo.ie - 194.125.176.101)
Posted on Sunday, April 09, 2000 - 12:49 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I'd have to agree with Gobnait.I don't think there'd be a a full stop after 'machree'.

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Antaine
Posted on Sunday, April 09, 2000 - 01:44 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Good thinking...that never occured to me...go maith!.....

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Annraoi (webcache04b.cache.pol.co.uk - 195.92.194.74)
Posted on Sunday, April 09, 2000 - 08:19 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

O.K. except that "ó shin" means "ago" and not "back then", and "trasna" is not used except with a verb of motion meaning "across". I begin to wonder if the original quote by Brian was accurate insofar as it was copied down from record sleeve notes which can be notoriously unreliable.
Annraoi

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