I'd like to have a character named "Brian Ó Madaidaín" (Irish form of Brian Madden), but I can't find any pronunciation of his surname. Does anyone know how to pronounce Madaidaín?
A couple of sources suggest Ó Madaidhín, or Ó Madáin rather than Ó Madaidaín which would give "bree-un o mod-a-heen" or "bree-un o mod-oyn".
(there's supposed to be an ampersand before the last Surname - Duolingo eats ameprsands in URLs, unfortunately)
I love Irish until I can't find a pronunciation for something. xD
Go raibh maith agat!
I can't find a pronunciation for "sáirsint" (sergeant) either. :P
No use being authentic if I can't find pronunciations. (I may just use the English terms for the gardai.)
Without knowing the context, I don't think you'd be losing any authenticity by using the English terms - the Gardaí aren't noted for their use of Irish, except in the name of the organization.
There is a speech synthesis system available at http://abair.ie, where you can hear arbitrary words and phrases spoken in different dialects and at different speeds. It's far from perfect (the Conamara voice in particular has a buzzing sound to it) but it might be of some value.