Ireland's best and worst accents ranked county by county
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Ireland's best and worst accents ranked county by county

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...

26. Louth


Or should we say 'Louuuuuth'?

25. Laois

What did the letter T do to you, Laois?

24. Cavan

Better known as 'Calving'.


23. Longford

'Tis a bit soft.

22. Limerick

See Cork, but less fun.


21. Carlow

To quote Father Ted, it sounds like Liam Neeson chasing a load of hens around in a barrel.

20. Dublin (the lot of 'em)

Sounds threatening further north, and a bit like a speech impediment to the south, loike.

19. Monaghan


Are you North or are you South? Make your mind up.

18. Westmeath

Monotonous and Niall Horan-y.

17. Leitrim

'Liathrm' – the ugly duckling of Connaught.


16. Offaly

Brian Cowen.

15. Wexford

Forgettable but inoffensive.


14. Meath

Gets a bit of a bad rep, but it's daycent.

13. Kilkenny

We had no chice in the matter.

12. Kildare 


Radio-friendly. And boring.

11. Wicklow

So, Wicklow? Why is every sentence a question?

10. Tipperary

Less an accent, more a shout.


9. Sligo

Better when sung.

8. Clare

Some say turkeys and Clare people are mutually intelligible.


7. Waterford

Everything sounds better in a Waterford accent.

6. Galway


5. Cork


Where to even begin, boi.

4. Mayo

It's not Mayo. It's Mayo.

3. Roscommon

They never sound depressed, despite their surroundings.


2. Kerry

Leprechauns, farms, and leprechaun farms.

1. Donegal

Universally adored.