Top 10 Twitter Trends: Ireland (1-7 Aug16)

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 (1st – 7th August 2016) are summarised below.


1. #OpeningCeremony – #CyclingRoad

The extravaganza that was the Olympic Opening Ceremony 2016 took place last Friday night in the Maracana stadium, in Rio de Janeiro. Interestingly the Portuguese version of the hashtag #CerimoniaDeAbertura was also trending in Ireland as Brazilian’s living in Ireland tweeted about their culture and Olympic ceremonial efforts.

One of the most tweeted about sports last week was the road cycling races. Two Irish contenders performed really well as Dan Martin managed a 13th placing and Nicholas Roche came in a respectable 29th position. Injuries and cycle accidents were prominent in the race which was also picked up on Twitter.


2. All Ireland Quarter Finals #TYRvMayo – #DUBvDON

Two All Ireland Quarter Final matches took place last weekend as Tyrone faced off against Mayo and Donegal took on the Dubs. Mayo came out on top and defeated Tyrone 0-13 – 0-12 in the first match. The Dubs took the win 1-15 – 1-10 from Donegal in Croke Park in the second match.


3. #GreatestLeagueInTheWorld

Galway United beat league champions Dundalk FC last week in a surprise 1-0 win in the Airtricity League on the same day that Dundalk were drawn against Legia Warsaw in the Champions League play-off.


4. #LFCvBarca – #JohnBarnes

Liverpool beat Barcelona 4 – 0 in a friendly in Wembley on Saturday. Ex player and Liverpool legend John Barnes went viral after the Wembley match when he rapped his World of Motion song to eager fans on the London Underground.


5. #NicholasQuinn

Irish Olympic swimmer Nicholas Quinn made his Olympic debut on Saturday in the 100 metre
breast-stroke heat. He came fourth in the heat but unfortunately did not qualify for the semi-finals.

“The Castlebar native will now focus his efforts on Tuesday’s 200m breaststroke heats, which would be considered as his strongest event.” –

Irish supporters wished the swimmer luck on Twitter and were eager to watch the event live. Unfortunately, RTÉ didn’t cover the swimming heat live and some Irish Twitter fans were not impressed.


6. #LiffeySwim

The famous Liffey Swim took place at the weekend as over 400 swimmers swam 2.2km from the Guinness Storehouse to Custom House Quay.

The men’s race was won by Brian Murray in a time of 31 minutes and 29 seconds and Jennifer Gilbert won the women’s race in a time of 29 minutes and 46 seconds.


7. #SuicideSquad

The newest DC Comic film premiered in Irish cinemas last week. There was a lot of hype around Suicide Squad with it’s star studded cast and Oscar winning Jared Leto playing the Joker. The film was not well received by critics, Twitter reviews however were mixed with many scolding critics for harsh reviews.


8. Roger Casement

The 100 year anniversary of the death of Irish Rebel and early human rights activist Roger Casement was celebrated far and wide last week as he even gained a spread in the New York Times. Unlike the other fifteen rebels hanged as martyrs for the cause of a free Ireland Roger Casement hanged as a traitor at Pentonville Prison in London.


9. Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been announced by JK Rowling as the final addition to the Harry Potter series. The play manuscript was released last week to the anticipation of all Harry Potter fans. Tickets also went on sale online on Thursday for the Westend production of the play until the end of 2017. Some Irish fans vented their disappointment on Twitter as they failed to secure tickets for the play.


10. Caroline Wozniacki

Irish Olympic boxer Paddy Barnes tweeted a picture with Danish tennis star and ex-fiance of Irish golfer Rory McIlroy at the Olympics last week tagging Rory in the picture. Irish boxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlon have been active on Twitter in Rio mocking Rory for not participating in the Olympics and Twitter users are lapping it up.


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