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. To find out more about our services click here.
The Top 10 Twitter Trends in Ireland from last week (October 16th – October 22nd) are summarised below.
Strong winds and heavy rain were prominent throughout southern and western coastal areas when storm Brian made landfall. Storm Brian was not expected to be catastrophic but still managed to incur extensive damage in some areas already weakened by Ophelia.
People are secretly holding the Brian they know responsible for the crap weather.
Just like when someone does something to you in a dream. #StormBrian
— TwistedDoodles (@twisteddoodles) October 20, 2017
— Sharon Higgins (@SharonHigginsc) October 21, 2017
The St. Luke’s Symposium took place 18 – 21 October. The event is held annually in order to celebrate achievements and advancements made in medicine. Coverage of the event can be seen on Twitter.
— Ronan glynn (@ronan_glynn) October 19, 2017
— RCPI Heritage Centre (@RCPIArchive) October 19, 2017
The words “me too” trended on Twitter shining a light on the scale of sexual harassment and assault that some woman have experienced. American actor, Alyssa Milano, posted a tweet encouraging women to share their stories using the simple words and the response has been overwhelming.
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
Some advice for men seeing #MeToo stories. Pay attention to the women in your life. Notice this stuff when it happens. And don't be silent.
— Conor Duffy ???? (@conorduffy_7) October 16, 2017
#MeToo he made me feel it was my fault because I went to his house. I said no. I said "that hurts, please stop." Ignored.
— robyn (@HookedOnLSD) October 17, 2017
One year after Anthony Foley’s untimely death, RTE released a heartfelt documentary celebrating his life. He was remembered as one of the most well-loved and respected figures in Irish rugby. Reactions to the documentary were shared via Twitter.
— keelan (@keelanmcdermott) October 16, 2017
Terrific tribute to #Axel on RTÉ. If ever one man symbolised all that is good about Munster. Still awful to think he was taken so soon!
— Barry Anderson (@Banterson_) October 16, 2017
— Ed Slattery (@theedsla) October 16, 2017
5. Ibrahim Halawa
In 2013, Ibrahim Halawa was arrested in Cairo on charges relating to a mass protest in the city. Four years following his imprisonment, he was finally acquitted of his charges and released. Responses to his release covered Twitter following the news.
Great news! Ibrahim Halawa is free.#FreeIbrahim
— United Against Racism (@UnitedARacism) October 19, 2017
Freedom for Ibrahim Halawa after four years in an Egyptian prison pic.twitter.com/bR3EmBN9nX
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) October 20, 2017
"Fantastic news, Ibrahim has finally been released from prison. We will now begin to make arrangements to bring him home where he belongs in Ireland. We can't thank enough all those who worked so hard for Ibrahim's release, we owe you all so much :)" pic.twitter.com/T4XCPdzZbY
— Ciara Plunkett (@PlunkettCiara) October 19, 2017
6. Sean Hughes
The unexpected death of 51-year old Never Mind the Buzzcocks star, Sean Hughes, has left many in shock. The star wrote a poem called Death in 1994 describing details about how he wanted his funeral to be conducted following his death. Family and friends made sure they completed his request.
Very sad news about Sean Hughes. He was often ahead of his time, Sean's Show was outstanding. Witty, wry and brilliantly silly at times. RIP
— Joe Donnelly (@kildarejoe) October 16, 2017
Sean Hughes imagines his death: 'I know how boring funerals can be' https://t.co/eCfkjmPqOf
— Donal O'Keeffe (@Donal_OKeeffe) October 19, 2017
The Imagine Festival is an annual event held in Waterford that celebrates arts from all aspects. Pieces featured during the festival are a representation of the best local, national and international artists.
— Hazel Gaynor ???? (@HazelGaynor) October 21, 2017
— Emma Power (@ThisIsEmmaPower) October 20, 2017
8. Bill Clinton
Former US President Bill Clinton visited Ireland last week to receive an honorary doctorate. University recognised Mr Clinton for his leadership in building and consolidating peace and reconciliation in Ireland. Reactions to his recent visit were shown on Twitter.
Bill Clinton mouthing along with the words of Danny Boy here at DCU pic.twitter.com/kBySIzNdhN
— Daragh Brophy (@DaraghBroph) October 17, 2017
Bill Clinton (contrary to @MetEireann advice) is out on the streets of Dublin – he just passed us in the window of a Spar on Merrion Row
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) October 16, 2017
— Paul Kehoe T.D (@campaign4kehoe) October 16, 2017
After news broke of the tracker mortgage scandal last week, people took to Twitter to express their outrage at the behaviour of Irish banks.
— Paul O'Donoghue (@paulodonoghue93) October 19, 2017
I don't like witch hunts but #trackerscandal requires just this. This was the idea of a small few highly paid Bankers. Find them & jail them
— Senator G Craughwell (@GCraughwell) October 21, 2017
— Cllr Carly Bailey (@CarlyEBailey_) October 20, 2017
A fan was given a lifetime ban for attempting to punch Lyon goalkeeper, Anthony Lopes during a Europa League match against Everton. People reacted to the altercation on Twitter.
Holding a child, see a big fight break out… March your child directly towards it??? https://t.co/XiHiYWDPoJ
— Balls.ie (@ballsdotie) October 19, 2017
It’s such a sad state of affairs that I’m not even angry anymore, I’ve actually lost interest and turned the game off at half time #everton
— Emmett Vaughan (@EmmettMiley) October 19, 2017