Donegal accent voted best in Ireland


A recent online poll has voted Donegal as the best accent in Ireland, but it’s not as good news for Offaly, Louth and south Dublin.

The survey by asked site users (here) to rate their most and least favourite accents. They gave the voters 33 options to account for Ireland’s 32 counties, plus the infamous affluent south Dublin D4 dialect (which finished in last place) and north Dublin accent.

In the poll, which lasted for seven days, saw Donegal get 4,000 positive responses. They only got 2,800 negative votes, making it the only county to get more ‘up’ than ‘down’ votes.

“Galways were steadily in second the whole way through, while Cork claimed third place after an enormous surge in support during the last day of voting,” says the site.

“At the other end of the table it would seem that almost all of Leinster need to take a long, hard look at themselves, with the bottom eight being made up of accents exclusively from the province.”

The top five accents were; Donegal, Galway, Cork, Derry and Roscommon, while the least favoured accents were (in order from bottom) D4, Offally, Louth, Longford and Laois.

For those unfamiliar with the favoured Ulster dialect, have a look at this YouTube video:


The full result is:

1.) Donegal
2.) Galway
3.) Cork
4.) Derry
5.) Roscommon
6.) Kerry
7.) Down
8.) Monaghan
9.) Mayo
10.) Clare
11.) Tyrone
12.) Meath
13.) Cavan
14.) Armagh
15.) Kildare
16.) Tipperary
17.) Limerick
18.) Sligo
19.) Wexford
20.) Antrim
21.) Fermanagh
22.) Wicklow
23.) Kilkenny
24.) Waterford
25.) Leitrim
26.) Westmeath
27.) Carlow
28.) North Dublin
29.) Laois
30.) Longford
31.) Louth
32.) Offaly
33.) D4


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