Top 10 Irish Twitter Trends (19-25 Sept 16)

Each week Olytico tracks the trending Twitter topics in Ireland. We specialise in social media listening and analysis, helping our clients make well-informed, performance-driven decisions based on Olytico insights.
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The Top 10 Twitter Trends in Ireland from last week (19th – 25th September 2016) are summarised below.


1. #Ploughing16

283,000 attendees visited Europe’s largest Outdoor Exhibition and Agricultural Trade Show, The National Ploughing Championships last week.

The annual event hosted by the National Ploughing Association took place in Screggan, Co. Offaly from September 20th to September 22nd. The event saw record attendances and record levels of conversation online – it remained a top trending Twitter topic for four days last week.


2. #UNGA

The on-going Syrian civil war, climate change and other global crisis topics dominated the United Nations General Assembly’s general debate and its social media conversation. The seventy-first session general debate commenced last week at the UN Headquarters in New York. President Barack Obama gave his last UNGA address as president of the United States and Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan called for a more coordinated response to the global migrant crisis in his address.


3. #LabourRebuild

400 new members joined the Labour Party last week including students from University College Cork, University College Dublin and Trinity College with the leadership of Brendan Howlin and the Labour Youth running its campaign to recruit more young members on all campuses.


4. Current Affairs Programmes


The biggest conversation drivers on Tonight with Vincent Brown were the allegations made about Gerry Adams sanctioning the killing of  former Sinn Féin member and MI5 agent Denis Donaldson on BBC NI’s Spotlight programme.


Joe Duffy spoke live from the National Ploughing Championships in Offaly last week. Followers tweeted mixed views about the show, as it was live-tweeted from the exhibition.


Homelessness, the bus strike, the budget and 1980’s Ireland were all popular topics on RTÉ Prime Time last week.


5. #GBBO

From crying emojis to angry gifs, fans of the Great British Bake off voiced their disappointment as the icon that is Mary Berry announced that she won’t be continuing with the Bake Off when it moves to Channel 4 next year. In last week’s episode Val Stone’s soggy bottom wasn’t up to par and she departed the show.


6. #BusStrike

Complaints, vocal support and jokes were all part of the conversation surrounding the Dublin Bus strikes last weekend.


7. #CantCopeWontCope

New fans expressed how much they related to Aisling and Danielle, the main characters of the Irish TV comedy show Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope as it premiered on RTÉ2 on Monday.


8. #GoggleBoxIRL

The Irish version of the popular Channel 4 format Goggle Box premiered on TV3 last week. The programme shows groups of families and friends watching and commenting on the television the people of Ireland sit in front of every night.


9. #Strictly

Sparkling frocks, quick feet, loose hips and orange tan; Strictly Come Dancing made its entrance for its 14th series on BBC last Saturday. Among this year’s participants are: Irish television presenter, Laura Whitmore; Hollyoaks actor, Danny Mac and singer, Will Young.


10. Clare

Davy Fitzgerald stepped down as Clare senior hurling manager last week. The passionate Clare man guided Clare to All-Ireland success in 2013 however, questions were raised in the county as to why the Banner men failed to` compete for that title since.

“One of the greatest privileges of my life has been to manage the Clare senior hurling team and I am immensely proud of the success achieved during my time at the helm. After this year’s All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Galway, I was undecided about my future and I indicated as much to the players in the dressing room post-match.”



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