FOR such a tiny country, Ireland certainly has its fair share of unique accents.
But as is life, some are more equal than others – so we've ranked the many accents of Ireland from worst to best (bring on the hatemail).
After much serious discussion in the office, the results are conclusive and definitely can't be argued with at all.
Here goes nothing...
Or should we say 'Louuuuuth'?
What did the letter T do to you, Laois?
Better known as 'Calving'.
'Tis a bit soft.
See Cork, but less fun.
To quote Father Ted, it sounds like Liam Neeson chasing a load of hens around in a barrel.
26. Dublin (the lot of 'em)
Sounds threatening further north, and a bit like a speech impediment to the south, loike.
Are you North or are you South? Make your mind up.
Monotonous and Niall Horan-y.
'Liathrm' – the ugly duckling of Connaught.
In Armagh the northerly burr gives way to the southern brogue. It has the best of both linguistic worlds. Although she’s been in England a long time, Gloria Hunniford still has soft Co. Armagh tones.
Forgettable but inoffensive.
Gets a bit of a bad rep, but it's daycent.
We had no chice in the matter.
Radio-friendly. And boring.
Close to the Tyrone accent, the people of Fermanagh have a soft tinge to their accent— think Adrian Dunbar or Father Brian D'Arcy.
So, Wicklow? Why is every sentence a question?
Less an accent, more a shout.
Co. Down stretches from Belfast to the shores of Carlingford Lough, so accents journeys from the clipped Belfast street patois to a the melodious cadences of Mourne country. It is from this area that Patrick Brontë came from, and it’s often cited that his sweet Rathfriland tones influenced the writing of his illustrious offspring.
Better when sung.
The people in Tyrone swear that you can tell whether a person is Catholic or Protestant by the way they say ‘early’. A Catholic will say ‘airly’, a Protestant ‘urly’. But either way, no matter which side of the religious divide, this is a soft, rural accent that is our Northerly number three.
Some say turkeys and Clare people are mutually intelligible.
Everything sounds better in a Waterford accent.
Where to even begin, boi.
Here you need to think Liam Neeson and not Ian Paisley (Ian Paisley Snr was actually from Armagh).
But Liam’s accent, even when he’s at his most spine-chillingly frightening, is a delight.
“I don’t know who you are, I don’t know what you want...I will look for you, I wlll find you, and I will kill you.”
It's not Mayo. It's Mayo.
Derry is the top accent on the Six Counties (think Amanda Burton or Seamus Heaney). It’s soft, so it is, lilts, so it does, and generally the people sound sexy, so they do.
And they do say “so it is” etc quite a lot. Linguists have pondered over this, with the most popular theory being that Derry was one of the last bastions of Gaelic Ulster to fall, some 400 years ago.
The people had to learn a foreign tongue, and to make sure that whoever they were speaking to fully understood, they would tack on the appropriate “so it is” “so it does”. It’s still with us.
They never sound depressed, despite their surroundings.
Leprechauns, farms, and leprechaun farms.