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:
9,657 Irish Tweets (of 72,790 globally)
The first storm of the season, Storm Ali, hit Ireland on Wednesday, September 19th with winds ravaging the country. The severe weather caused two fatalities and left 186,000 people without power. Even with the dangerous conditions though, Storm Ali didn’t stop everyone from enjoying their day. Twitter users kept the conversations light-hearted but wary during the storm.
— Eoin English (@EoinBearla) September 19, 2018
A story I’ll tell for many years to come! Even #StormAli couldn’t stop me meeting & chatting with Mary Berry who was very impressed with the #dairy desserts served up & declared us all winners! ????
Thanks to everyone in the @NDC_ie for organising a fabulous & memorable afternoon! pic.twitter.com/9osDz8dX5N
— LoveHomeEc @stmarysmallow (@LoveHomeEc) September 19, 2018
9,646 Irish Tweets (of 16,278 globally)
The 2018 National Ploughing Championship ran from September 18th to September 20th. To accommodate for Storm Ali, some events were pushed back until the 21st of September. Over 300 competitors and 291,500 visitors came to witness the 1,700 exhibits. Fans of the championship took their excitement to Twitter to root for their favourite team.
— Peter hynes???????????? #TeamHynes (@Peterhynes15) September 18, 2018
— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) September 20, 2018
6,478 Irish Tweets
Ireland’s thirteenth annual Culture Night returned on Friday, September 21st. Culture Night is an evening full of free entertainment to celebrate art and culture throughout Ireland. People took to the streets and to Twitter to discuss their plans and excitement for the night.
On Queer history walking for @CultureNight With @tonie_walsh lovely to see Leo Varadkar Taoiseach @campaignforleo taken in some of our LGBTQ history & 100 people listen too @DublinPride #CultureNight2018 #CultureNight #pride pic.twitter.com/r9uB2LuWkF
— Eddie McGuinness (@eddiemcguinness) September 21, 2018
Well done to all the traders who put great effort into their stalls!
— David Doyle (@Doyle12David) September 21, 2018
3,094 Irish Tweets (of 5,987 globally)
#RaiseTheRoof is a social media campaign that is raising awareness of the lack of affordable housing in Ireland. Students from UCC and CIT stood together in protest over the overpriced student accommodation. Many flocked to Twitter to share their own struggles with finding affordable accommodation close to the city due to the housing shortage.
Twitterverse, Simon and I must move out of our home on Sep 29th but have no where yet to go. We've been searching for three months now & are completely priced out of not just Dublin, but anywhere within an hour radius of the city. With 11 days left we're trying not to panic but,
— Ships (@ShipsMusic) September 18, 2018
Today we marched with students from UCC and CIT to take a stand against overpriced accommodation for students. We are fed up and we need affordable accommodation now! #RaiseTheRoof #StudentLockOut pic.twitter.com/O8vnj3abmw
— Ciara Kealy (@UCCSUDeputy) September 20, 2018
3,006 Irish Tweets ( of 107,023 global)
Mixed Martial Arts Lightweight event featuring Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor will be held on October 6th, 2018 in Las Vegas. Conor McGregor donated two tickets to the event for auction to aid the organisation, Inner City Helping Homeless. Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts and predict possible outcomes.
#ICHH were donated 2 tickets by the champ champ @TheNotoriousMMA for his #UFC229 lightweight title fight on October 6th in Las Vegas and are running a 48 hour charity auction on our fb page:https://t.co/yHPhxOiMcw
— ICHHDUBLIN (@ICHHDUBLIN) September 21, 2018
What a load of rubbish Ewan↘️; who died to elect you judge and jury of "Irishness",???????? or Mr McGregor ? ????
— Pierce O' Cinnéide ???????? (@PierceOCinneide) September 22, 2018
2,134 Irish Tweets
Dundalk is currently on the top of the league after claiming a 1-0 win over Cork and a now nine point lead in the league. Chris Shields with his third minute goal had the only goal scored during the game. On Twitter fans included the hashtag #GreatestLeagueInTheWorld when they tweeted about the football match.
???????? You obviously winding me up. How could you possibly be objective about a team who’ve just lost their last 3 league games in a row and comprehensively beaten tonight. Dundalk have just sealed their 4th title in 5 years they deserve all the praise in the world. Night night ????
— Alan Cawley (@alancaw) September 21, 2018
Coming down to watch your team @DundalkFC play @CorkCityFC Friday night?
Been shafted by your club with ticket allocation?
Fear not, we've spent a few days building this in our carpark to make you feel at home to watch the match here. 7.15pm #CCFC84 #GreatestLeagueInTheWorld pic.twitter.com/GST2Ya4M0O
— The Bishopstown Bar (@thebtownbar) September 20, 2018
1,494 Irish Tweets (of 2,061 globally)
#WeAreCork is a new branding campaign implemented by UCC to promote the region of Cork. As one of the fastest growing regions in Ireland, UCC will invest €350 million into student accommodation. There are 10,000 new jobs in the city centre and commercial development underway. People have flooded Twitter with their support.
*10,000 new jobs in the city centre ????
*€510m in commercial developments underway ????
*€80m port development open by 2020 ????
*80% increase in new airlines @corkairport ✈️
*@ucc to invest €350m in student accommodation
We are killing it down here. #wearecork
— Yay Cork (@yaycork) September 17, 2018
We are passionate
We are place of history & heritage
We are looking to the future
We are creative
We are innovative
We are working together
We are ambitious
We are resourceful
We are determined
We are open & inclusive
We are for u,for everyone
We are stronger together#wearecork
— CAMEO Communications (@CAMEO_ie) September 17, 2018
787 Irish Tweets (of 6,427 globally)
September 19th marked the day of action for European Day Without A Road Death campaign. European Day Without a Road Death or Project EDWARD is a movement across Europe to improve road safety. All road users were encouraged to sign the pledge and spread the word on social media.
I Never Thought I'd Be A Road Safety Advocate, But Life Made Me 1????
Car Crashes Destroy Lives & Murder Your Dreams Of The Future!
OUR CRASH ROBBED ME OF MY BEAUTIES!
TODAY IS #ProjectEDWARD European Day Without A Road Death
PLEASE HELP MAKE THIS DREAM A REALITY #LifeIsPrecious ???? pic.twitter.com/xFxwtNjE7K
— Elber Twomey (@elbertwomey) September 18, 2018
— Bishopstown CU (@BishopstownCU) September 18, 2018
672 Irish Tweets (of 1,081 globally)
Dublin Fringe Fest began on September 8th and concluded on September 23rd. Within the 16 days and nights there were 80 shows among 26 venues. Highlighted in these shows were Irish and international creators taking new and innovative approaches to their art. As the shows ended, 14 judges chose the best works in 11 different categories to announce their top contestants for award nominations. Fans took to Twitter to discuss their favorite shows.
I so loved being a judge for this year’s @dublinfringe. Was exposed to so many wildly brilliant shows over the last few weeks that will live long in the memory. Congratulations to this year’s crop of nominees ???? https://t.co/i3DRjhfdgZ pic.twitter.com/QCAhRfVDp7
— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) September 23, 2018
Lads, #DripFeed at @dublinfringe is unmissable. Superb writing, beautifully staged and @KarenMCogan just takes you THERE. I’d go again if I could and hang on Brenda’s every bleeding, broken, beautiful word. Congrats @oonaghmurphy @Frank_Beee and all involved.
— Aisling Byrne (@AisTalkShop) September 19, 2018
10. Peter Casey
443 Irish Tweets (of 893 globally)
Peter Casey is the sixth candidate to enter the race for Áras An Uachtaráin. Casey has received endorsements from Clare, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary. Casey currently is living in the U.S. and is the third Dragon’s Den entrepreneur to run for the presidency. Users took to Twitter to share their opinion about Casey’s candidacy.
— L. NíHéineacháin (@LaobhaoiseNihE) September 17, 2018
When I left these shores 38 years ago I promised my mother I’d be back and when I returned I would become President of Ireland – I now have the opportunity to make this happen. Míle buíochas daoibh go léir #Aras18 pic.twitter.com/r6KVu8Z1ov
— Peter Casey (@CaseyPeterJ) September 20, 2018
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