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The r is dropped only in Donegal Irish. Otherwise, it's pronounced as a "slender" r, which sounds like something between a d and a z.
Kosta  4/25/2017
LMS  5/16/2016
Maire (without the acute accent, pronounced as MIE-re) is a Finnish female name. It is derived from the word "mairea", which means "flattering", "gushing" and "affected". [noted -ed]
Erme Ioainna  8/1/2013
I wish I understood Gaelic better so I would understand why you pronounce the I harder than the A even though the A's the letter with the accent. I would have pronounced this name "Merra", which I think sounds really pretty.
― Anonymous User  9/22/2012
I believe the 'R' is actually silent and it is pronounced "MOY-uh".
― Anonymous User  4/3/2012
That's my name, and that's its exact spelling. My mother named me the equivilant of Mary in Irish. She loves the spelling and so do I.
BlackVeins13  9/23/2008
1 lists the pronunciation as "MY-ra".
NiamhWitch  3/16/2008
I think this would be a lovely name to give to a daughter as Máire and Mary are quite rare amongst little girls now so it would be quite traditional and slightly unusual at the same time!
NiamhMarion  2/24/2008
MÁIRE is a lovely name, I think. I have an Irish godmother with that name.
― Anonymous User  11/15/2007
One of my teachers is named Maire, but she pronounses it "MAY-re". I've noticed that a lot of people have problems pronouncing it right (I've heard many call her "MAR-je"). I think it's very exotic and pretty, though.
― Anonymous User  9/8/2007
I think this name is pretty but sad, because I know it means 'bitter'. The spelling seems a bit prettier than the pronunciation (I'm American and only hear MOY-ra) to me.
Katheros  7/18/2007
This is my little sister's middle name and my mother pronounces it 'MY-ree', although it doesn't have the accent over the 'a'. She may be wrong.
Elspeth  5/15/2007
Máire Brennan (sometimes she spells it Moya) is an Irish folk music singer, often singing in Irish Gaelic. She's the sister of Enya.
Caprice  12/16/2006
Indeed, Máire Ní Bhraonain is Enya's sister. Máire is the voice of Clannad, an Irish band. She recently changed her name from Máire to Moya, because that names is more easy to pronounce.
― Anonymous User  4/28/2007
Actually, the pronunciation depends on the dialect: "MOI-ra", "MOI-a", and "MAW-rya" are all acceptable.
― Anonymous User  11/30/2005
I think it's more like "MAW-rya" than "MOI-ra", actually.
gaelruadh19  3/19/2005

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