> (a) Craoibh fhailme do fhâs
> (b) ô n-Athlamhan Aodh
> (c) sen nûa anonn a fhrémh
> (d) ûa do C[h]unn an craoibh
> A branch of a palm tree grew
> from Aedh Athlamhan,
> from the ancient up to the new, [he was] its root;
> [Cormac] the grandson to Conn [was] the branch.
Two comments on (a):
"Craoibh" is probably plural here, if that's what's in the MS.
Are you reading the stroke beneath the "bh" as the "i"?
"Failm" is certainly a variant of "pailm" (palm tree), but
it may be worth noting that "ailm" seems to exist as a word
meaning "pine" -- a tree actually found in Ireland. See:
It's hard to be sure what the poet had in mind, if anything
other than a vague encomium, when he decided on "craoibh
Ceist: could the "do" in (d) actually be "di" in the MS?
Not that it would make any difference in meaning.