Irish accent voted the sexiest in the world, beating Italian

This probably won’t come as a surprise to many but the Irish accent has been voted the sexiest in the world, leaving Italians in second place.

Online survey platform,, asked 5,000 men and women which accent left the biggest impression on them.

And despite dropping to third place last year, Ireland came out top in the world’s sexiest accent poll 2019.

Lovely lilt

The Irish accent has previously ranked sexiest in the world but for some reason slipped to third place in 2018.

This year, however, voters regained their senses and placed the Irish lilt back in first place where it belongs.

The romantic powers of the Irish accent have been apparent for decades with many actors from the Emerald Isle gracing the big screen.

Modern Hollywood heart-throbs like Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy highlight how attractive the Irish accent can still be received.

A spokesperson for OnePoll confirmed how Irish stars impact the accent ranking sexiest in the world.

In an interview with DublinLive they said, “High-profile stars such as Colin Farrell have helped bring the accent more to the fore.”

Screen presence

Irish screen actors have left so many viewers swooning that it has caused the accent to bypass New Zealand and South Africa on the list.

Not only that, the Irish accent was ranked well ahead of our UK neighbours across the sea.

The Scottish accent was voted third sexiest in the world with the English accent ranking sixth and the Welsh tones a less than impressive ninth place.

The American accent made the least impression after being voted tenth place on the sexy-ometre.

The top ten world’s sexiest accents for 2019 are listed below for you to browse and decide if you agree with the ranking:

  1. Irish
  2. Italian
  3. Scottish
  4. French
  5. Australian
  6. English
  7. Swedish
  8. Spanish
  9. Welsh
  10. American

Irish charm

So with it confirmed that the Irish accent is the sexiest in the world, especially if spoken by a ruggedly handsome Mr Farrell, let’s look at what makes it so.

Could it be the rhythmic flow of the sentences or the charming poetic words used to describe everyday items?

For example, “Sure that’s a grand ol’ yoke altogether!”

Perhaps the Irish accent brings comfort to people, like a warm hug or a hot whiskey?

Or could it be the art of storytelling that often accompanies the flow of the colloquial patterns?

With one example, “Come here ‘til I tell ya. Have the heard the one about the ….”

Whatever it is that makes the Irish accent irresistible it is fair to say that many people are drawn to it.

As for Irish natives, their favourite accent may depend on what county in Ireland the speaker is from.

But that is for another vote!

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Erika Sanger is a journalist who has written for a range of news hubs across the globe. Born and bred in Dublin there is nothing she enjoys more than writing about her homeland. Her heart lies in the fishing village of Howth on the North side of the capital but she can often be found in the West of Ireland indulging her fascination with the Wild Atlantic Way and her soft spot for Connemara ponies.