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PostPosted: Fri 20 Dec 2013 1:59 am 

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CaoimhínSF wrote:
And yet another one, although I only have the Irish for two of the verses (maybe someone here can come up with the others). Note that the English here is the traditional English-language version, and the Irish is not a direct translation, so maybe someone would also like to come up with the actual meaning of the Irish.

Caoimhín, you asked for the actual meaning of the Irish.

The text was:

Verse 1:
Ó, tagaig’ uile is adhraigí,
an leanbh cneasta sa chró ‘na luí,
is cuimhnígí ar ghrá an Rí,
a thug dár saoradh anocht an Naí.
‘S a Mhuire Mháthair i bParrthas Dé,
ar chlann bhocht Éabha guigh ‘nois go caomh,
is doras an chró ná dún go deo,
go n-adhram’ feasta Mac Mhuire Ógh.

Verse 3:
I mBeithil thoir i lár na hoích’,
ba chlos an dea-scéala d’aoirí,
go follas don saol ón spéir go binn,
bhí aingle ‘canadh ó rinn go rinn.
“Ghluaisig’ go beo,” dúirt Aingeal Dé,
“go Beithil sall is gheobhaidh sibh É,
‘na luí go séimh i mainséar féir,
siúd É an Meisias a ghráigh an saol.”

alternative two final lines for verse 3:
ina luí go ciúin i máinséar tuí,
siud é an prionsa, Mac Óg an Rí.

The literal meaning is:

Vs 1:

Oh, come ye all and adore [him],
the mild child lying in the crib,
and think of the love of the King,
who gave the infant to save us tonight.
And, O Mother Mary in the Paradise of God,
pray gently for [us] now, the poor children of Eve,
and never shut the gate to the crib,
that we may henceforth adore the Son of the Virgin Mary.

Vs. 3:

It was east in Bethlehem in the middle of the night,
that shepherds heard the good news,
Sweetly made manifest to the world from the sky,
The angels were singing from point to point [in the sky],
"Go at once", said the Angel of God,
"across to Bethlethem and you will find Him,
lying gently in a manger of hay,
That is the Messiah who loved the world"

Alternative 2 lines:

Lying quietly in a manger of straw
That is the prince, the young son of the King.

PostPosted: Wed 12 Nov 2014 5:47 pm 

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This is a small selection of what you can see on Youtube -

Oíche Nollag (sung by Finola Ó Siochrú)

Oíche Chiúin - (Altan and friends)

Soilse na Nollag (Moya agus Mairéad)

Moya Brennan - Codail a Linbh

PostPosted: Fri 17 Nov 2017 11:09 pm 
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For anyone looking to buy some Christmas songs in Irish, there's:

  • Amhráin na Nollag: Favourite Christmas Songs in Irish, sung by Róisín Elsafty, a native speaker from Connacht
  • Carúil Nollag, sung by the Cór Chois Fharraige choir
  • Amhrán is Fiche don Nollaig, sung by three native speakers, one from each dialect
  • Solas na Soilse, by Finola Ó Siochrú from Dublin (pointed out by franc 91)

And there was once a CD called Beannachtaí na Nollag, by a Belfast school choir, but I don't see it in stock anywhere.

Regarding Finola Ó Siochrú, I hope her music is as entertaining as the Google Translate's attempt to translate her bio:

"Although I was born in Athletic and I was built (in most), my homeland was to avoid Chorca Dhuibhne's homeland. We spent every summer at Head Beach, the place where my father was born and lived in the octagonal for several years. First of all, that, in the case of my mother, however, the music of my music came to me. She was a sweet singer and her family musicians were in Co. Na Mí - they had a band for the title "The Heather Breeze". But I find out that my father's people were singers and musicians, though they were too young to hear them. Of course, my old uncle Pádraig (The Hawk) collected songs for the "Londubh an Chairn" book and he composed a famous song for the title "Bring My Commitment". I was a teenager when the Bog Program heard for the first time on the "Ciarraíoch Mallaithe" guy and sent me to the songs of my place. I am very grateful to all the singers who have received songs from that time."

Better luck next time, Google Translate.

Pages I made:
(These are unfortunately offline for the near future, but they'll be back!)

PostPosted: Tue 10 Nov 2020 9:22 pm 
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Time to bump this up and sticky it for the season.

This thread is locked, because it was getting spammed.
If you have additional carols to add, start a separate thread and I'll merge them in if they fit the theme.

I'm not a native (or entirely fluent) speaker, so be sure to wait for confirmations/corrections, especially for tattoos.

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