The verdict is in.

The Norn Iron accent is officially the sexiest in the United Kingdom.

The prominence of celebrities from Northern Ireland, including Jamie Dornan, Liam Neeson and Rory McIlroy, may have helped to ensure the popularity of the accent, according to a recent ASDA poll.

Liam Neeson

More than 2,000 people from across the UK were surveyed, with 17% claiming they preferred the Northern Irish accent, while the Scottish accent came in a close second at 15%. Must be the dulcet Celtic tones that make nearly everyone weak at the knees.

Ryder-Cup-Final-DayMeanwhile, it seems The Only Way Is Essex fared less well, with just 1% voting that the Essex accent is sexy, closely followed by Brummie, Scouse and Mancunian tones.

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Back in 2009 the Irish accent was found to be sexiest according to OnePoll.com, with Colin Farrell being the leading light of scrumptiousness, but it seems that all is lost now.

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