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Our accents are nothing to be ashamed of… if the brogue fits, why change it?

Maureen Coleman


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Kenneth Branagh. Credit: Niall Carson/PA

Kenneth Branagh. Credit: Niall Carson/PA

Kenneth Branagh. Credit: Niall Carson/PA

Around 10 years ago I interviewed Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle in a hotel bedroom on the outskirts of Belfast.

She was exasperated, angry even, at what she described as “some type of obsession over her accent”. She was fed-up reading about her “difficult to understand" Derry dialect and went as far as to accuse her naysayers of bullying.


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