Are you looking forward to going to Dublin? You have every reason to be! Dublin is a very exciting city with just over 540.000 people living there and seemingly more different accents than people.
It’s hard to say just how many accents there really are across all of Ireland but one thing that’s for sure is that you’ll get the best mix of all of them in the Republic’s capital, Dublin. This isn’t to say that it’s not worth visiting all the other beautiful parts of both the Republic of Ireland as well as Northern Ireland. There are plenty of charming little towns across the country and from one town to the next they often speak a different dialect again.
But worry not, the Irish are known to be friendly folk so it’s easier than you think. The greetings are warm, the small talk rather long and once the socialising is in full swing you’ll be talking a bit of Irish yourself before you even know it. And if this is your first time in Ireland then Dublin is surely a good place to start practicing your understanding of them.
There’s a link to a short YouTube video at the end of this article which will introduce you to the variety of Irish accents in a humorous way. But before you watch it, here’s a VERY broad overview of the 3 main categories of accents you will find:
1) East Coast Irish
This category comprises the mostly urban accents spoken from Drogheda in the North to Waterford in the south. Perhaps the most famous of these dialects is working-class Dublin.
2) South-Western Irish
This is the group of Irish accents spoken from County Cork on up through County Mayo of the West and Southern coasts of Ireland. These tend to show a good deal of influence from Irish Gaelic, even if the speakers have no knowledge of that language.
3) Northern Irish
This is the group of Irish accents spoken in the province of Ulster (and a few “border” areas). Although most of these accents are to be found within the boundaries of Northern Ireland, this also includes English as it is spoken in County Donegal (in the Republic). Due to the history of Scottish plantation in this region, many of these accents share features with Scottish English.
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