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18 of the hardest Irish names to have abroad

This one goes out to all the Baldricks, Tykes and Chivonnes.


LAST NIGHT’S SEASON 2 Catastrophe opener showed that the world outside Ireland struggles when faced with a challenge like a baby called ‘Muireann’.

You’re not alone Muireanns of the world.

In no particular order, the hardest Irish names to have abroad…

1. Mairéad

“Mermaid?… er… Marmalade? Nice to meet you.”

Monday is almost over... So here is a Mairead effort! Source: irishstarbucksnames

2. Róisín

You either get Roy-zin, which sounds like a wood stain, or Raisin, which is just one step up from Mermaid, to be honest.

Happy Monday! #roisin #irishnames #irishproblems #irish #starbucks #starbucksproblems #starbucksnames #coffee #monday Source: irishstarbucksnames

3. Padraig/Paraic

“Come on in, Pad Rag”

“Ah Baldrick, I didn’t see you there”

“Podderick to reception please”

This is an attempt at Padraic. Seriously. Thanks long-term sufferer @padraicr Source: irishstarbucksnames

4. Muireann

As last night’s Catastrophe demonstrated, Muireann is a tongue Twister for anyone not of the old sod. And maybe Scotland. They have Muireanns in Scotland too.

@starbucks on fire with this Muireann effort! Source: irishstarbucksnames

5. Doireann

And you thought Muireann had it bad?

6. Ciarán





Just some of the injustices suffered by our Ciaráns.

A hybrid of Keith and Kieran #irishnameproblems #starbucks #starbucksnames #starbucksproblems #irish #nameproblems #keith #kieran #skinnyirish Source: irishstarbucksnames

7. Aoife

“No it’s EE-FA. No I’m not winding you up”.

We give you the iFan (or Aoife)! Thanks @pamjayy for this effort from Starbucks in Madrid Source: irishstarbucksnames

8. Gráinne

Grainy. Always Grainy.

Don't welcome Monday with a groan, Grainne! #grainne #irishnames #starbucks #starbucksfail #irish Source: irishstarbucksnames

9. Sadhbh

So many Hs. So many consonants. Nobody ever stood a chance.


10. Oisín

Your name is now Ocean. Congrats.

Sheena, just let it shine! Source: irishstarbucksnames

11. Meadhbh

It’s the Sadhbh conundrum all over again. Even the relatively simple ‘Maeve’ causes untold problems.

Definitely, Mayfe @meadhbh_kelly Source: irishstarbucksnames

12. Odhran

What is it with Ireland and it’s obsession with Ds and Hs being so cosy?

@Starbucks did start their attempt at Odhran o so well... Source: irishstarbucksnames

13. Siobhán

See Yo Ban.

It is a good day to be Irish Source: irishstarbucksnames

14. Sinéad

You can understand their confusion. Where the blazes is the H coming out of?

Just when you think Sinead can't get any worse! Source: irishstarbucksnames

15. Bláithnaid

Inspiration for the greatest Starbucks blunder of all time:

Planet Blaithnaid Source: irishstarbucksnames

16. Niamh

“Yes, the H is in the right place”.

Is this the anglicised version of Niamh? Source: irishstarbucksnames

17. Ruaidhri

It’s OBVIOUSLY Rurr-ee. GOD!

We think Ruaidhri sounds German! Source: irishstarbucksnames

18. Tadhg

Tyke. Close enough.

Can you guess all the 'Irish names' in this fantastic effort from Down Under? Source: irishstarbucksnames

All images: Irish Starbucks Names on Instagram 

Which ones did we miss? Let us know in the comments. Signed, ‘Emmer’. 

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About the author:

Emer McLysaght

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