The History of The Irish...Worldwide
The Irish Central seems to think so. There are as many accents in Ireland as there are villages.
Good point, Rónán. In the north (apart from the Belfast and Derry city accents) I'd say each county has two distinct accents, and then also a series of shifting gradations between these.
Even the turning of a phrase tells a person where you are from.
I will tell you that the most trouble you will ever have in untangling an Irish accent is in talking to a corkman just fresh outta the pub at three o'clock in the morning via long distance ;-)
I think to others living in places across the globe, even the regional accents which sound the most divergent from one another to a trained Irish ear sound quite similar. The same is true for most places ... the U.S.A. being a possible exception due mainly to the fact that so many folks regularly view American television and films.
I remember meeting an American fella in Switzerland one time, and having a long chat as we sheltered from a thunderstorm. When the weather cleared, and we were each about to go our own way, he asked me when was I going back home to Germany.
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