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Thomas Ryan (bg-tc-ppp170.monmouth.com - 209.191.60.171)
Posted on Monday, June 05, 2000 - 09:51 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

My name is Tommy Ryan I am writing from New York. I am trying to find the Gaelic translation for the phrase "Dedicated to a brother". I'm not sure if this is possible to translate into Gaelic. If you could help me in any way it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much

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Dennis King (proxy1-external.sttln1.wa.home.com - 24.4.254.154)
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2000 - 12:57 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

How you'd say that would depend somewhat on conText. In books, for example, dedications usually take the form "Do X", where X is the dedicatee. So:

Do Dheartháir (= To/for a Brother)
Do Mo Dheartháir (For my Brother)

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Seosamh Beag
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2000 - 12:53 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Some book dedications go like this, having the virtue of keeping the word ‘dedicate’:

Tiomnaím é seo do dheartháir I dedicate this to a brother
Tiomnaím é seo do mo dheartháir I dedicate this to my brother

('É seo' = this. You can substitute anything else for it in the sentences.)

I don’t see anything wrong with a literal translation though:

Tiomnaithe do [mo] dheartháir

If you want it to be a bit formal, I’ll be bold and suggest:

Arna thiomnú do [mo] dheartháir

(Barúil ar dhuine ar bith? Any opinions?)

'Mo', of course, means ‘my’ and can be left out. It seems kind of naked to just say ‘a brother’. Dennis and I both assumed you mean a literal brother.

(Cá bhfuil Seosamh Mór? Tá sé iontach maith ar rudaí mar seo.)

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Seosamh (2cust54.tnt11.nyc3.da.uu.net - 63.23.133.182)
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2000 - 12:56 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Typo! -- 'Barúil ag duine ar bith?' a bhí mé le scríobh.

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