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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 1999-2004 » 2001 (July-December) » Looking at a tatoo, and i want to make sure that i get the words right « Previous Next »

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steve (216.164.247.91)
Posted on Friday, October 05, 2001 - 04:58 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

i am thinking about getting a tatoo of my family motto and i was wonderig if the sentence structure i have is correct ofor the meaning, i have come across 2 different ways of saying it, the family motto is man triumping his enemy, or something to that nature the two ways of saying i have are "giolla abú ar namhaid" and giolla namhaid ar abú"

Slán
steve

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john (207-172-97-35.s35.apx1.sbo.ma.dialup.rcn.com - 207.172.97.35)
Posted on Monday, October 15, 2001 - 09:54 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

thats interesting

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Aonghus (vpn.parthus.com - 62.221.5.1)
Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2001 - 03:54 am:   Edit Post Print Post

giolla means servant or slave
namhaid is enemy

"giolla abú ar namhaid" doesn't make sense in contempary Irish.

abú is usually used with a name, as in "Ó Domhnaill abú!"
up Ó Domhnaill, I've never seen it used as a verb in this way.

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Seosamh Mac Muirí (136.201.1.51)
Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2001 - 11:41 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Le muintir Uí Dhonnabháin thú, a Steve, ní foláir. You have to be an Ó Donnabháin.

Is éard atá uait/The structure you are looking for is :

Giolla ar a námhaid abú!

Mholfainn leabhair Ghearóid Mhic Spealáin duit le haghaidh tuilleadh taighde am éigin. Check out the local history books of G. Mac Spealáin of the 1940/50s for your interests sake. (Tá siad i nGaeilg!)

Go n-éirí an dathú/tatto leat!

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