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Maire: Pronounced My+ra Americanized: Myra or Mary Although this name is not attributed to an Irish saint as such, it is one that belongs to a beloved saint worldwide. As the original name in Ireland for the Holy Virgin, it was held in such respect that it didn't come into use until the 15th century, with the alternative spelling Murie not used at all. So if you are after an alternative to Mary then this is a pretty option steeped in Irish tradition.

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