What’s trending on Twitter this week in Ireland?
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This week several topics are trending on Twitter in Ireland. These include:
35,581 Irish Tweets
Approximately 1.3 million viewers tuned into The Late Late Toy Show that aired on November 30th on RTE. The theme for this year’s toy show was based off of the movie The Greatest Showman and it opened with a re-enactment of the song The Greatest Show. Viewers shared their thoughts of the show on Twitter.
“And what did you build with Lego?”
— Justine Stafford (@JustineStafford) November 30, 2018
3,327 Irish Tweets
Storm Diana hit Ireland on Wednesday with heavy rains and strong gusts of wind. Power outages were reported across Ireland due to the storm. Several flights were cancelled at Cork and Dublin airports. Those who got caught out in the storm shared their experiences on Twitter.
Didn't even know about #StormDiana. I do now. Sitting on the bus, soaking wet and starting to steam nicely from the heating. Took off the child's hat, which I stuck on my head on the way out the door, realised I had been sitting on the bus with a crisp stuck on my head.
— Sorcha Ní Olláin ???????? (@SJTHolland) November 27, 2018
— Niamh Dunlea (@niamh_dunlea) November 27, 2018
2,854 Irish Tweets
A national demonstration took place on December 1st at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. The demonstration demanded affordable housing for all and an end to homelessness. The march on December 1st is the largest housing march to date. People shared their support on Twitter.
An incredible show of people power on the streets of Dublin – well done to all especially those who travelled to Dublin on #Dec1st!
— Homeless & Housing Coalition (@_HousingCrisis) December 2, 2018
— Tenants4Pets (@Tenants4P) December 1, 2018
2,481 Irish Tweets
The Euro 2020 draw took place on December 2nd at the Dublin Convention Centre. To qualify for the 2020 European Championships Ireland will have to face Switzerland, Denmark, Georgia, and Gibraltar in the qualifying fixtures. Fans shared their excitement on Twitter.
Our #EURO2020 qualifying fixtures confirmed!
Mar 23 Gibraltar ???????? (A) 17:00
Mar 26 Georgia ???????? (H) 19:45
Jun 7 Denmark ???????? (A) 19:45
Jun 10 Gibraltar ???????? (H) 19:45
Sep 5 Switzerland ???????? (H) 19:45
Oct 12 Georgia ???????? (A) 14:00
Oct 15 Switzerland ???????? (A) 19:45
Nov 18 Denmark ???????? (H) 19:45 pic.twitter.com/4zCg0f6lJf
— FAIreland ⚽️???????? (@FAIreland) December 2, 2018
— Mark (@ATrueCule) December 2, 2018
5. Robbie Keane
1,297 Irish Tweets (of 13,540 globally)
Irish football star Robbie Keane officially announced his retirement from playing football. In his announcement, the Irish striker also announced that he will be accepting a role on Mick McCarthy’s coaching staff. Fans took to Twitter to share their praises of Keane’s career.
— Independent Sport (@IndoSport) November 28, 2018
Robbie Keane has today announced his official retirement from football after 23 years in the game ????????
A record of 68 international goals for Ireland & 126 Premiere League goals is astonishing
— Craig Houlden (@AnfieldAgenda) November 28, 2018
1,133 Irish Tweets
The An Post Irish Book Awards took place on November 27th at the Clayton Hotel in Dublin. The Irish Book Awards focuses on promoting and celebrating excellence in Irish writing. Book Of The Year was among the fifteen literary categories featured at the awards. Attendees shared their support for the winners on Twitter.
— Aoife Barry (@sweetoblivion26) November 27, 2018
— Rob Maguire (@clockwork_rob) November 29, 2018
863 Irish Tweets
Before a match against Arklow, the Ballybrack FC reported to Leinster Senior League officials that one of their players, Fernando Nuno La-Fuente, died in a car crash. Following inquiries about the player’s funeral, it was then revealed that La-Fuente was alive and unaware of his team’s plan to fake his death. Further investigations will take place on this incident. On Twitter, people have shared jokes about this situation.
— Ali Dunworth ????️ (@ThatAliceCooks) November 28, 2018
So glad that I grew up in a time when you could kill off your relatives & friends in peace without the internet ruining it. Had I not been able to dispose of half my family, I’d still be staring out from the windows of the @ucddublin arts block. RIP the McNallys. #BallybrackFC
— Joanne McNally on tour in Ireland (@jomcnally) November 28, 2018
— Annie West (@anniewestdotcom) November 28, 2018
696 Irish Tweets
The 2018 Dubai Sevens took place on November 29th and December 1st at The Sevens Stadium in the United Arab Emirates. The Ireland Men’s Sevens team won the International Invitational tournament while the Ireland Women’s Sevens team finished eighth in the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series tournament. Viewers shared their thoughts of the matches on Twitter.
— Órla Armstrong (@orlaarmie) November 29, 2018
Super Day 1 by our girls and strong finish to keep closing that margin against NZ. Handy footwork at the end by Eve Higgins! Well done @IrishRugby ☘️ @BlackFerns @WorldRugby7s Bring on Day 2! #Dubai7s pic.twitter.com/cuo8nY4ieY
— Sene Naoupu (@SeneNaoupu) November 29, 2018
675 Irish Tweets
Library Ireland Week 2018 took place from November 26th to December 2nd. The theme for this year’s campaign was Librarians Transforming Lives and it focused on diversity and inclusion within libraries. Those who attended the events shared their experiences on Twitter.
So happy that the launch of @LAIonline https://t.co/C0YdAaHNGd went as planned this week for #LIW2018 Tranforming lives, transforming website. #TransformersLibrariansInDisguise pic.twitter.com/6yzRlooTBz
— Sandra (@libraryturner) November 29, 2018
— Michelle Breen, ALAI (@michelle__breen) November 30, 2018
559 Irish Tweets
Munster won against Edinburgh in the Guinness PRO14 match on November 30th at the Irish Independent Park. Spectators of the event shared their experiences on Twitter.
— Joe Noonan (@NoonanJoe) November 30, 2018
— Toby Bourke (@TobyBourke) November 30, 2018
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