Quite possibly the most lovely thing to fall on my ears. While living in Dublin, I had occasion to make several business trips to Northern Ireland, primarily Belfast, which has become one of my favourite cities in the world.

I'm not sure how much of this is due to the accents of the city's women. They do not possess the typical Irish accent that crops up in Hollywood movies, but then nobody does. Their accent is quite different from those found in the South, combining somewhat of the Irish Lilt with a poshly British overtone.

The end result: a wonderfully modulated accent that I could spend hours listening to. Much of it seems to arise from just above the throat, and the words flow together with incredible varations in tone. The overall cadence is absolutely enchanting.

When I leave Ireland for Canada, I might miss those accents more than the scenery of Kilrush or even the perfect pint.