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The Great Company of Cork People

The people of Cork have developed their own distinctive accent, that can be quite incomprehensible to first time visitors.
The speed of the speech , its intonations, and slang, is quite unique. Some say it's a legacy of Shakespearian English (the centre of Cork was once an English garrison town), others say that Carribean patois has had a major influence - Cork has been a major shipping port for over a thousand years.

Cork also has a very strong French influence , thanks to the Huegenot French refugees who settled in Cork in the 17th century - some say that the characteristic stubborness and independent spirit of Corkonians is a legacy of this.
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