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:
5,593 Irish Tweets (of 866,695 globally)
People from all over Ireland began to celebrate Halloween this past weekend. The Halloween festivities included parades, costume parties, and themed events for all ages. People took to Twitter to share their Halloween costumes and their experiences.
— DownSyndromeCC (@downsyndromecc) October 26, 2018
— Karen Twomey (@comm_hub) October 26, 2018
3,953 Irish Tweets (of 8,837 globally)
Ireland voted to dismiss the blasphemy law from their Constitution. The referendum followed comedian Stephen Fry’s comments about God during an RTE interview. After Fry made the comment, he was accused of breaking the blasphemy laws which resulted in an Irish police inquiry. After this, people called for this law to be removed from the Constitution. People took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the Blasphemy referendum and encourage voters to vote yes.
The Blasphemy Referendum has passed by largely unnoticed, but in no civilised or tolerant society should blasphemy be a crime. Please, vote Yes. #BlasphemyRef
— Richard Skywalker (@RichardScriven) October 25, 2018
A good summary of @labour’s @BrendanHowlin urging a Yes vote to remove blasphemy from the Constitution. One thing we haven’t discussed much is what possessed Fianna Fáil’s Dermot Ahern to bring in blasphemy law in 2009! https://t.co/FkL0waCKhX
— Nat O'Connor (@natpolicy) October 24, 2018
3,784 Irish Tweets (of 6,783 globally)
The presidential race came to a close in Ireland with incumbent President Michael D. Higgins being re-elected. Voting began and ended on October 26th. People urged others to go out and vote on Twitter.
I took my 93-year-old mum to the polling station, she’s registered blind. In a very loud voice she said, "which one for the little man with the lovely dogs". A cheer went up from the waiting voters. #aras18
— c dawg (@MrNeeson) October 26, 2018
— TwistedDoodles (@twisteddoodles) October 26, 2018
3,516 Irish Tweets (of 8,228 globally)
The 2018 Dublin Marathon took place on Sunday, October 28th. The marathon started in the City Centre and finished there as well. Trackers were used during the marathon to monitor participants times. On Twitter people shared their experiences throughout the marathon.
My first #DublinMarathon I started off in Wave 4 Start but with a lot of hard work and patience, one can get one of these yellow numbers.????Just #believeinyourself.#Dublin #Marathon progression times:
Sub 2:30? #ICANIWILL pic.twitter.com/0q2YnjY3fo
— Rob Cross (@RobCross247) October 27, 2018
2,019 Irish Tweets
Social Media Live was a one-day event that took place on October 25th. During the event speakers from news and media outlets along with social influencers discussed the social media climate of today and what’s shaping its future. Speakers included Alfie Deyes, Malachy Browne and many more. Attendees shared the event on Twitter.
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— Aoife McCrum (@aoifemccrum) October 25, 2018
— Beatrice Whelan (@beatricewhelan) October 25, 2018
1,380 Irish Tweets
The Safe World Summit was a two-day long conference from October 22nd to October 23rd that focused on diversity and inclusion. This event was hosted by Safe Ireland with the mission to create a safer world for women and children. Attendees shared their experiences at the event on Twitter.
Marsha Scott Scottish Women’s Aid talking about domestic violence and making ‘space for action’ for women & children at #SafeWorldSummit. Women want a job, childcare, a secure homes to tackle the “inequality at the root of violence against women” pic.twitter.com/XwKU8cyaDa
— Colette Kelleher (@ColetteKelleher) October 22, 2018
So the amazing @SAFEIreland #SafeWorldSummit has come to a close. I’m shattered. It was such a stunning two days, I learnt so much, laughed and cried, danced and practised embodiment, meditated and was utterly inspired. Thanks so much @Knockadoo for the opportunity to attend! pic.twitter.com/YqsfufRL1O
— Doris (@dottymurf) October 23, 2018
7. John Reynolds
1,079 Irish Tweets (of 2,384 globally)
On Thursday evening, John Reynolds was found dead inside of his home at age 52. John Reynolds was a music promoter known for founding festivals and concerts such as Electric Picnic and Metropolis. Reynolds will be missed greatly. Fans of his have taken to Twitter to share their final goodbyes.
"The big thing about John was he took risks himself, but he also gave people the opportunity. Where he saw interesting ideas he took risks to give people a bit of a leg up." https://t.co/olCfSAJBeA
— TheJournal.ie (@thejournal_ie) October 27, 2018
Saddened to hear about the death of John Reynolds, a visionary stalwart of the Irish music industry https://t.co/YGSGeymncT
— Irish Tatler (@irishtatler) October 25, 2018
1,049 Irish Tweets
The Food on The Edge conference took place this past week on October 22nd and October 23rd in Galway. FOTE is a non-profit conference that focuses on the future and accessibility of food. During the conference around 50 chefs spoke about the different aspects of food and how to improve food on a global and local scale. Attendees of FOTE took to Twitter to share their experiences.
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My Bud for real well in my own head.Had to ask for a pic, like a fkin groupie,Sure I was only gushing meeting Jono,We let oul Nathan get the pic too #FOTE2018
The week that was #soundchap pic.twitter.com/C77bPACve2
— Chad Byrne (@chadpbyrne) October 28, 2018
— Kelly Oysters (@KellyOysters) October 25, 2018
450 Irish Tweets
RTE Radio 1 hosted their first ever Folk Awards on October 25th. This event celebrated the folk music within Ireland. Nine awards were presented during the event along with live performances. Attendees took to Twitter to share the event.
#Best #original #song ‘Along The Western Seaboard’ from amazing craftsman of #words and #music @declanorourke Hard to believe it’s 1st #award he has won #superb #songwriter #RTERadio1FolkAwards pic.twitter.com/f1Zog4gOrF
— Paula Ryan (@PaulaRyanMusic) October 25, 2018
— Kennedy O'Brien (@kennedy798) October 25, 2018
347 Irish Tweets
The Macnas Halloween Parade took place in Galway on October 28th and in Dublin on October 29th. The theme for the Macnas Parade this year was Out of the Wild Sky. The Macnas Parade in Dublin was a part of the Bram Stoker festival that took place over this past weekend. Viewers took to Twitter to share their experiences during the parade.
— Barry Houlihan (@stagedreaction) October 28, 2018
— Tara Morgan (@TazMoMedia) October 29, 2018
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