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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


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)

Crowley’s Pub

Crowley's Downtown
Crowley’s Downtown

Crowley’s Pub came well reviewed and surprisingly lived up to the hype.

A small restaurant/pub on Central Ave in downtown St. Pete, there is ample seating outside on the sidewalk and inside is cozy with a full bar.

Crowley’s is kinda Irish-themed, featuring a couple of Irish & English dishes, like Shepard’s (Crowley’s) Pie, bangers & mash, and fish & chips. Although there are plenty of American bar standards, including hamburgers and other sandwiches.

My husband and I shared a Ruben eggroll appetizer which was served with a 1000 island dipping sauce. The eggrolls were quite tasty and original.

Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet Potato Fries w/ honey!

For my entree I got a turkey & bacon spinach wrap that came with sweet potato fries. The fries, I gotta say were totally delightful, they were drizzled with honey which gave them the perfect amount of sweetness. The wrap was generous, fresh and delicious.

My husband ordered the chicken pot pie and he enjoyed it and would order it again. The pot pie wasn’t served in a pie crust like you might expect, but was good none-the-less.

The interior was decorated up for Christmas, all that was missing was a roaring fire. On a side note, there is seating outside on the sidewalk as well as bar seating and table seating on the inside.

Atmosphere – The atmosphere was a pleasant pub setting with seating available outside on the sidewalk.

Service – Our waiter was pleasant and gave good recommendations. We liked him.

Food – The food was tasty and I loved the sweet potato fries.

Summary – Crowley’s is a great little pub.

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