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I think that in some parts of Ireland it's pronounced Ay-lish, as it is in the movie Brooklyn, which is based on a book, and the author has said it's pronounced Ay-lish. Saoirse Ronan, the Irish actress who played Eilis (no fada on the I in Brooklyn's version, although it of course shouldn't change the pronunciation of the first syllable) in the film, agrees with this pronunciation. My family is from a village near Cork and around there it's pronounced IE-leesh. This pronunciation does make more sense, as seen in Eileen for example.
rowwin  10/27/2018
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Spelt Éilis and pronounced Ay-lish.
Eoghan Ruadh  11/12/2017
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Pronunciation: http://forvo.com/search/Eilis/
LMS  5/16/2016
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It's pronounced EH-leesh, not IE-leesh!
A variant is Éilís (AY-leesh). [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  12/11/2009
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I think it has a nice symmetry to it, with the 'e' and the 's' nearly matching in shape at either end. I knew a girl called Eilis for years without ever realising how her name was spelled; labouring under the impression that it was "Aylish" or similar.
Hero  9/24/2008
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A famous bearer is Irish author Eilís Dillon (1920-1994).
AndrewJKD  4/2/2008

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