The Irish Accents Found In Strange And Curious Places

The Irish Accents Found In Strange And Curious Places
By Colman Stanley
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Yesterday we wrote about the Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, who, when speaking at an EU summit in Prague, appeared to have a very strong Irish accent, and even topped it off by throwing in a 'grand' at the end of his sentence.

This is not the first case of finding Irish accents in strange places, and certainly will not be the last. We have compiled a list of other occurrences where Irish accents have been found in interesting places, on interesting people..... and animals.

Vladimir Lenin

Probably the craziest entry on this list, and the only one without any audio or video evidence. As such, it can only be classified as an urban legend.

The excellent and popular Dublin history blog, Come Here To Me, wrote about the story, providing evidence of when it first came about.

Lenin, for those of you who have never read a book or wikipedia, was a Russian revolutionary, the communist leader of the Soviet Union, and one of the most well-known figures in history.

The story was first written about in the Irish Times by Roddy Connolly (son of James Connolly), who claimed that when Lenin was living in London, he had sought an English tutor who turned out to be from Rathmines. And thus, according to Connolly, who had apparently conversed with Lenin, the Russian revolutionary spoke English with a South Dublin accent.

The 'Black Irish of Montserrat'

The Caribbean island of Montserrat is also nicknamed 'The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean', due to many of inhabitants having Irish heritage.

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Fascinating TG4 footage, from a 1976 episode of Radharc, shows the people of the island speaking with accents which would not sound out of place in West Cork.

As the presenter explains, this is due to the deportation of Irish to the island during the time of Cromwell, and the importation of African slaves.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfip96k1cE0

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Cats With Irish Accents

Recently, a clip was doing the rounds on social media showing a cat who has a Cork accent. Ridiculous as it may sound, the video footage doesn't lie, as the cat does indeed have an accent so strong it is ineligible, like a Corkonian after a heap of pints.

An older video shows footage of a different cat who also possesses an Irish accent. It is unclear exactly which county the accent hails from, but a clear Northern Irish 'aye' can be heard coming from its mouth.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM4NZ3dTjHQ

SEE ALSO: Irish Twitter Amazed By The Latvian Prime Minister's Irish Accent


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