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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 1999-2004 » 2004 (July-September) » Archive through September 27, 2004 » Inscription for a headstone « Previous Next »

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Kieran_m
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Username: Kieran_m

Post Number: 1
Registered: 09-2004
Posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - 04:03 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Hopefully someone can help me out.

My family and I are thinking of putting the line "Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a hanam" at the bottom of the headstone for my mother's grave (the rest will be in English). I thought it might look best in a typeface (for want of a better word) like the one at the top of this page and to the left.

I learnt the little bit of Irish I know using the Roman/modern alphabet, and so I'm not sure of the rules regarding this style of alphabet. Would I be right in thinking that the h at the start of "hanam" becomes a dot over the "a" or am I talking rubbish?

If it is any different to how I have written it above could someone please correct me? For obvious reasons I'd quite like to get it correct.

On a side note: while I was looking round the graveyard (an English speaking area of West Cork)I was struck by how few of the headstones had any Irish on them - in fact I didn't see any. Can anyone think why this might be?

Also - has anyone else had experience of coming up with something to put on a headstone and would they mind sharing it here?

Thanks

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Cara (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - 08:29 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

The inscription is right the way you have. No the "h" would not be a "dot" in this instance.

Suaimhneas síoraí dá hanam uasal. Eternal peace on her noble soul.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam. May her soul be at the right hand of God.

Those are a few other ways to say it. But the one you have is fine.

Is olc liom do bhris, a Chiarán. (I'm sorry for your troubles.)

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Aonghus
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Post Number: 107
Registered: 08-2004
Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 04:40 am:   Edit Post Print Post

The dot is only used when the h is lenition, i.e. when it follows a consonant.

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Kieran_m
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Post Number: 2
Registered: 09-2004
Posted on Sunday, September 12, 2004 - 04:21 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Go raibh maith agaibh.

Thanks for your help.



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