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:
5,905 Irish Tweets (of 279,966 globally)
The 2018 Ryder Cup was held over the course of three days at Le Golf National, Paris, France. Europe clinched the win over the U.S. with 17 ½ points. This match marked the sixth consecutive loss for the U.S. on European soil. Fans of the competition took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
— Nathan Murphy (@nathanmurf) September 26, 2018
— Craig Sherlock (@craigshels) September 30, 2018
3,926 Irish Tweets (of 7,732 globally)
To celebrate the life of the late Manchester United and Celtic player Liam Miller, football stars from both teams played a tribute match in Cork. At 36 years old, Miller passed away due to cancer. Fans on Twitter honoured his life and his legacy as they tweeted about the match.
Fantastic occasion today @PaircUiCha0imh a well deserved tribute to my fellow Cork man Liam Miller. Well done everyone on putting this great event together to help his family out after him passing away so young #RIPLiamMiller #LiamMillerTribute ????❤ pic.twitter.com/QE1CDt8JSB
— Gary Spike OSullivan (@spike_osullivan) September 25, 2018
Possibly the record for the longest Mexican wave ever at a soccer match played in a GAA stadium, at the Liam Miller Tribute at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.#LiamMillerTribute @irishexaminer pic.twitter.com/wbP48dNLuX
— DonaghGlavin (@DonaghGlavin) September 25, 2018
3. Michael D Higgins
3,620 Irish Tweets
Incumbent President Michael D Higgins kicked off his campaign for re-election in the 2018 Áras race. Controversy has already begun to surround his campaign as people accuse him of staying at hotels that cost upward of €3,000 a night. The Public Accounts Committee also released the information that President Higgins receives a €317,000 allowance. People have taken to Twitter to share their opinions on his expenditures and pay.
#MichaelDHiggins in a €3000 per night hotel. He says he ‘never asked for a particular hotel’ yet he never thought to question such expenditure. In order to create the illusion of some Irish ‘sameness’ from the past we need to indulge this type of pomposity and arrogance?
— Electroboy (@PFQMUSIC) September 26, 2018
It has emerged at the Public Accounts Committee that president Michael D Higgins receives a €317k allowance every year which neither the government or c&ag have oversight of #Aras2018
— Jennifer Bray (@Jennifer_Bray) September 25, 2018
3,219 Irish Tweets ( of 4,210,458 globally)
The 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly is taking place in New York from the 18th of September to the 5th of October. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney are both in attendance on behalf of the Irish Foreign Ministry. While there, Tánaiste Coveney has ratified the Kampala Amendment. Twitter users discussed the speeches and event that took place at the UNGA on social media.
We have our first official engagement today! In just a few hours we will be attending the launch of the first global Youth Strategy – UN Youth 2030! #UNGA #Youth2030 #SDGLive pic.twitter.com/92wRpKFvDT
— UNYouthIRL ???????? (@UNYouthIRL) September 24, 2018
Lots of focus on @simoncoveney remarks on Middle East, #IrelandUNSC but also spoke of human rights and empowering women and girls – "Gender equality cannot be seen as a gift to be granted, but… a fundamental driver which can underpin real improvements in the lives of all" #UNGA https://t.co/FlvWAM1ybC
— John Gilroy (@johnny_gilroy) September 29, 2018
1,762 Irish Tweets
The Tonight Show with Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates hosted Michael Healy-Rae last Tuesday. Healy-Rae, the Independent Teachta Dála for Kerry, acted as an interim host in place of Yates. During the show Cooper and Healy- Rae discussed current affairs. Viewers took to Twitter to share their opinions on having a sitting politician discuss current affairs.
What a farce. Just spotted @MHealyRae acting as host of #TonightVMT. Not sure what on earth justifies that or how @cooper_m can credibly claim to cohost a “current affairs” programme with a sitting politician. pic.twitter.com/EJdBnpb9eF
— Noel Rock (@NoelRock) September 25, 2018
#tonightvmt What next? Leo Varadkar/Regina Doherty presenting Winning Streak.
— The janitor (@Thejanitor14) September 25, 2018
6. Boris Johnson
1,272 Irish Tweets (of 94,896 globally)
Journalist and British Politician Boris Johnson has suggested building a bridge to Ireland. This comment was made in response to Theresa May’s Brexit plan. Johnson proposed in his Brexit plan to build a bridge that would allow a rail way between Scotland and Ireland. People took their opinions to Twitter regarding his comments.
More @BorisJohnson floppy hair & faux buffoon antics. He uses weapons of mass distraction – like an Ireland bridge – to keep media busy while openly attacking Ireland & downplaying Britain’s obligations. This charlatan isn’t a leader, Britain is so much better than Boris.
— Chris Donoghue (@chrisrdonoghue) September 30, 2018
If you’ve not read this thread from @patrickkielty yet do so, although if you live on this Island – or have an interest in the world and live on the other one – it won’t come as new news, unless you’re #borisjohnson https://t.co/4sfO090gi3
— Conor Pope (@conor_pope) September 29, 2018
7. Leaving Cert
797 Irish Tweets
Rebecca Carter brought her Leaving Certificate papers to the High Court due to an error in her marks. The error resulted in her being denied a place at University College Dublin. Carter was successful with her appeal and her marks have been upgraded. Carter now awaits an offer from UCD’s veterinary program. People have showed support for Carter on Twitter.
Congrats – Wexford student Rebecca Carter, whose Leaving Cert exam points were wrongly totted up by State Examinations Commission markers, wins her case. #ImagineTheCheckerCantCount
— Ray McManus (@Sportsfileray) September 26, 2018
— Bobby McDonagh (@BobbyMcDonagh1) September 29, 2018
744 Irish Tweets (of 207,464 globally)
This past weekend the premier of A Star Is Born hit Irish Cinemas. A Star Is Born features actress/singer Lady Gaga and actor Bradley Cooper. The movie and soundtrack have fans believing A Star Is Born is worthy of Oscar nominations. Fans of the movie took to Twitter to share their appraisal.
Home from #AStarIsBorn premiere ! @ladygaga is a powerhouse of talent .. hats off to #BradleyCooper producing & acting in this great movie And I need the soundtrack yesterday! Tnx @WarnerBrosEnt for a great night! ❤️✨ pic.twitter.com/eXhfz8wbpI
— Jenny Dixon (@JennyleeDixon) September 29, 2018
Absolutely ADORED #AStarIsBorn. Outstanding performances, insane chemistry, beautifully shot, absolutely devastating. It’s going to win LOTS of awards.
— Vicki Notaro (@vickinotaro) September 28, 2018
653 Irish Tweets
The 2018 Dublin Theatre Festival showcases 18 days of live performances that will take place from the 27th of September to the 14th of October. Performances in this year’s showcase include Hamlet, The Misfits, DruidShakespeare: Richard III and many more. Fans of the festival have been tweeting about their favourite shows so far.
The wait is over. Hamlet opens tonight! Response to our previews has been absolutely phenomenal. Major thanks to the unbelievable cast, crew and creatives that made this show a reality.
— Gate Theatre (@GateTheatreDub) September 27, 2018
340 Irish Tweets
The Hard Working Class Heroes Festival took place in Dublin from September 27th to the 29th. Fifty acts performed across five venues in Dublin. Along with the music showcase, HWHC also featured the HWCH Music Conference in The Chocolate Factory. The festival had Twitter users discussing their favourite sets.
— Sheena Madden (@SheenaMadden) September 30, 2018
Woke up wanting to hear more @Malojian following their fantastic showcase last night @hwchfestival – continued to success to them & their steady mgmt guide @QuietArch #HWCH18 pic.twitter.com/QpOpkSJ9FW
— Suzanne Doyle (@SuzanneDoyleSDC) September 29, 2018
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