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The 11 worst things about having an Irish name abroad

Calling all Raisins, Osheens and Owfes.

GOING ABROAD WITH an Irish name is HELL.

Here’s why:

1. Booking anything is a HUGE struggle

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2. You have to live a lie just to get things done

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3. People are afraid to address you by name

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4. Or they just substitute a random English word

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5. Either way, you have to constantly spell it out

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6. And reassure people that they haven’t offended you

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7. Eventually, you begin to feel somehow guilty about it

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8. And have thoughts like this

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9. So you just accept it when people spell your name like a refreshing summer drink

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10. Or a major geographical landmark

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11. Because you know, deep down, that they’re just going to end up copying you

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Hurray for weird Irish names!

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