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How I learned to love my hard-to-pronounce Irish name

I thought I had a hard to pronounce Irish name until I read this article! And for the record, the Irish way to say Deirdre is either “Dear-drah” or “Dear-druh”. I prefer the first.  I really don’t like being called “Dee-dra”, see there are 2 – Rs in my name, Dei(R)d(R)e.

Ok rant over! Read this article:

How I learned to love my hard-to-pronounce Irish name

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Learning to love your Irish name: “Oh, you want me to spell that for you? No problem!” Photo by: Thinkstock

Having a hard-to-pronounce Irish name is no picnic. There’s often confusion over pronunciation, spelling, and let’s not even start with the ordeal of ordering a coffee at Starbucks. Bláthnaid Giles, from Ardcath in Co. Meath, understands this. But she also thinks unique Irish names are worth celebrating. On her blog, “What’s me name?”, Bláthnaid (pronounced “Blaw-nid”) is bringing all the Dorarcas, Odhrans, Meadhbhs, Aoibheanns, etc. of the world together to share their stories. Launched five months ago, the blog features fun Q&As with each interviewee – some of whom Bláthnaid knows personally, but many of whom she simply reached out to online.  (Read the rest here)