I want to understand why Frankie didn't give the meaning of "Mo Cuishle" before the end of the movie.
Can someone explain this?
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Frankie was estranged from his daughter and Maggie was the closest thing to a replacement. If he had told her directly it probably would have been unwelcome to Maggie. It would have been a point of pain for Frankie and she had a family of her own. So it allowed him to say to Maggie what she meant to him in a nonthreatening way.
At the end of the movie she had become estranged from her family and he is trying to communicate to her what a loss to him it would be if she died.
At that point he basically had nothing to lose by saying what it meant.