Naming characters: how do you do it without being cringe worthy?
I have a Irish catholic boy in my novel and I can't get past Sean/Patrick/Brian/Keiran without feeling the cringe factor so badly.
Other people reading your book won't care much about what you name your character, as long as it isn't something really crazy and distracting. Giving a normal Irish name to a person of Irish descent isn't cringe-worthy, it's perfectly fine. Unless you intend for your character's name to have some literary meaning, then naming him something simple sounds like a good idea. You want his personality to be the thing that draws your reader in, the name doesn't really matter.