Spartan wrote:I Love Ireland! I was born there ( In Belfast ) and moved to Enfgland when I was three but I visit every year to see my family, I really Love it! Despite the fact that It's fricking freezing whenever I visit in October and It's nearly alsways raining. I love the accents, the history, the country and especially the people. As a general rule I find the Irish much more open and friendly than the English. I really love Ireland but I can only speak two phrases in Gaelic - I would write them but I can't spell them and they could be found offensive My name is Irish ( Ciara ) and I remember I had this Irish teacher last year who whenever reading the register would say my name as Key- Are- Ah and I would always go " It's Keer-Ah miss" until one lesson she got really frustrated and snapped " Look, I'm Irish and I have An Irish accent so I can't pronounce your English Names Properly!" She did not appreciate being told that my Name was Irish and like hated me from that day on. Once on St. Patricks day she looked really smug and said " Well If you're so Irish then you can tell me what special Irish day it is!"
The story about your name made me smile because I had the opposite problem when I lived in Dublin. My name is Italian - Chiara - and is pronounced "Key-Are-Ah" but everybody called me Keer-Ah, probably being more familiar with that name. The ironic thing is that Ciara comes from the Gaelic word for dark while Chiara comes from the Latin word for light...you and I are like yin and yang
By the way, I'm taking Irish set dancing classes...anybody out there fond of Irish set dancing?