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11 words that just sound better in a Galway accent

Ya gomey.

1. Sham

26/3/2016 1916 Easter Rising Centenary Celebrations Source: RollingNews.ie

Specifically, someone from Tuam.

As in, “sure he’s a Tuam sham.”


2. Gomey

Joe Canning takes a free Source: James Crombie/INPHO

An eejit.

As in:

Never sounds better than in the Galway lilt.

3. Wesht

11/9/2012 People of the Year Awards Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Said with such pride.

4. Sparch

5. Conya

28/1/2010 Jameson Dublin Film Festivals Source: /Photocall Ireland

Shite, basically.

The word is surely at its most lovely when said by a Galway person in full flight.

6. Horsebox

7. Supermac’s

Said with the original purity of people who’ve been there from the start.

8. Feen

Mastercard FIFPro World XI Player Awards 2005 - BBC TV Centre Source: EMPICS Sport

Galway’s way of saying lad. “Who’s that feen over there?”

9. Feek

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10. Wide

The Avoca cafe Suffolk St Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

A wonderfully Galway way of asking if you’re aware of something. Elongate the i sound slightly for best effect.

11. Nothin

Sile Seoige get the party Source: graphy: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Pronounced “nathin”.


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