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Old 28-04-2010, 06:27 PM
gingin gingin is offline
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Ive been asked by an English friend to translate a prayer as gaeilge for his wedding to an Irish girl. Im a bit stuck as my Irish was never the best in school but Im having a pop off it anyway.

For the families of Eileen & James, for their friends and all who have helped them become Husband & wife.
So far I have
i gcomhair a chlann as Eileen & James, i gcomhair a chairde agus all who have helped them become céile agus chéile

If anyone of you guys could help me that would be great. Mile Buaochais G.G
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Old 28-04-2010, 06:58 PM
Uilleann piper Uilleann piper is offline
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I gcomhair na chlann as Eileen agus James, i gcomhair na chairde agus le gach duine a chuidigh siad a bheith fear céile agus bean chéile.

My Irish is about as good as your own but this is what I came up with.
I'm sure someone else here will have something better.
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Old 28-04-2010, 10:24 PM
gingin gingin is offline
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Thanks Uileann, thats great, Ill get it double checked anyway.

Go raibh mile maith agat.
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Old 29-04-2010, 03:43 PM
cletusclark cletusclark is offline
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I wouldn't go with the translation above gingin, some grammatical mistakes and it seems to be saying that E and J helped all these people to become husband and wife rather than the other way round.

I'm presuming this is for the "Let us pray" part of the ceremony?

If so, start off with "Guímis" (Let us pray), if not, and you just want to start from "for the", just leave "Guímis" out. I would say:

"Guímis ar son teaghlaigh E agus J, ar son a gcairde, agus ar son gach éinne a chabhraigh leo teacht le chéile mar lánúin phósta".

The bit in bold literally means "come together as a married couple". The problem with the sentence is there's no one verb that means "become" in Irish, so unless you jig it around somehow it sounds a bit awkward. If you really wanted to say husband and wife you could say "mar fhear is bean chéile" but then you're repeating "chéile" which doesn't sound great either IMO, but you might think differently.

Pé scéal é, go n-éirí leat.
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Old 30-04-2010, 10:37 AM
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Cletus thats brilliant. Thanks a million for that, I appreciate it.
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Old 01-05-2010, 04:40 PM
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tell him he`s not allowed speak our language or take our women.

just kidding.
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