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Hi David.

Gaelic spellings and pronunciations can be difficult to learn and there’s also a fair bit of variation depending on the dialect being used.

I hear “SAA’win” with the stress on the first syllable and the “aa” more or less as in “father”, whereas in the Connacht dialect “soun” is almost like English “sound” without the final consonant. A lot of English speakers say “sow-win”, with sow as in female pig and draw out the vowels, so to speak. I’ve never, up to now, heard of anyone saying “sam-hane”, but I believe that’s how some do (erroneously) pronounce it.