Martin McDonagh's play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, is obviously set in Leenane/Leenaun, Connemara, County Galway in the west of Ireland.

In the script, the two words "scald" and "ol'" (short for "old") are spelled by the playwright, "scould" and "oul." Despite the identical "oul" spelling of both, I can't imagine that these two words, which 'ought to be' from two different lexical sets (THOUGHT+/l/ and GOAT+/l/, respectively) are pronounced exactly the same.

Would anyone familiar with the area have any insight into this? My guess would be roughly /skaːʊ̆ld/ and /ʌʊ̆l/. If you have any well-informed adjustments to those, please help!

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    I'm not sure about 'scold' but there are definitely parts of ireland where 'old' is pronounced like the bird, 'owl'. My grandad was from Connemara and I think it would fit his pronunciation. The dialect where I grew up in Wicklow -- close to Dublin -- definitely used 'owl'. – S Conroy May 13 at 21:35

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