Top 10 Twitter Trends: Ireland (22-28 Aug 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.
To find out more about our services click here.

The Top 10 Twitter Trends in Ireland from last week (22nd – 28th August 2016) are summarised below.


1. #RoseOfTralee

The Rose of Tralee was a main driver of conversation last week for more than one reason. During both live shows #RoseOfTralee was trending. People guessed who would win and gave general commentary on events such as the hula hoop dance by the Ohio Rose, the stage invasion by a man dressed as a priest during the Cavan Rose’s interview and the Sydney Rose voicing her opinion on repeal the 8th issues. It was the Sydney Rose and her controversial comments that continued to trend after the main event when the Irish Times subsequently published the article Inside the Rose of Tralee written by Briana Parkins, the Sydney Rose. The article was shared numerous times on social media and managed to get the words Kate Middleton trending after the article compared the festival to a “Kate Middleton impersonation competition“.

The Sean Moncreiff show on Newstalk started #RoseofTraleeMovies which also trended for a while and produced some creative movie titles inspired by the Rose of Tralee.


2. Robbie Keane; #Keano

Robbie Keane announced that Wednesday’s international friendly against Oman in the Aviva stadium would be his last game in the Irish jersey. After 18 years and 67 goals, the public and well known personalities wished him well and thanked him for the years of excitement he provided while wearing an Irish Jersey .


3. #GBBO

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood returned to our screens last Wednesday for season 7 of the Great British Bake Off. The show has a massive following in Ireland with one tweet claiming that the first episode had more viewers than the most watched Olympic events.

Irish Twitter users shared blow by blow commentary of the programme; some condemning Paul Hollywood for dunking a Jaffa Cake in a mug of tea while others were actively trying to guess this year’s winner.


4. Paul O’Donovan #PullLikeADog

Olympic silver medallist and Irish rower Paul O’Donovan added to his medal haul last week as he won gold in the world championships in Rotterdam. He finished four seconds ahead of Peter Galambos of Hungary and Slovakia’s Lukas Babac. Both Paul and Gary O’Donovan arrived home to Cork on Sunday evening to a heros welcome in Cork airport.


5. #BurkiniBan; #Burkini

What started out as a single resort ruling to ban Burkinis from its beach rapidly spread along the Riviera Coast. The local by-law quickly turned into an international debate on racism, sexism and extremism when images of French policemen asking a woman to remove her Burkini on a beach went viral. Even though the highest French administrative court has ruled that bans are illegal, around 30 resorts are refusing to lift their bans.



The second All Ireland semi-final took place on Sunday as Dublin took on Kerry. It was an exciting, well matched game with both teams leading at points in the match. It was the Dubs however that managed to steal the win in the last few minutes Dublin 0-22 to Kerry 2-14. Dublin will now take on Mayo in the All Ireland final on 18th of September.


7. #ElectricPicnic

The countdown to Electric Picnic 2016 is well and truly in progress and Twitter is electric with excitement for festival. Kicking off on Friday, stage times, site maps and new additions were announced last week.


8. #ItalyEarthquake; #PrayForItaly

The mountainous region of central Italy was struck by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake last week killing at least 241 people. Powerful aftershocks continued to hit the region raising the death toll and destruction. One small town, Amatrice, was particularly badly hit, with Mayor Sergio Pirozzi telling Italian radio on Wednesday morning “half the town isn’t here anymore”.


9. #XFactor

XFactor returned to our screens for the 13th series on Saturday night and despite a reported record low viewership Twitter still had a lot to say. Some bemoaned the dated sob story culture of the show while others gave their own expert analysis of performances.


10. Carpool Karaoke

James Corden’s carpool karaoke segment of his hit US chat show The Late Late Show has proved a massive hit among audiences since it began. The segment has seen high profile guests such as One Direction, George Clooney and even Michelle Obama joining him in his car sing-a-long. Last week pop princess Britney Spears joined James and Twitter critics were unhappy that Britney was inaudible and seemed to mime most of the songs.

If you want to find out more about what trended in Ireland over the last seven days or have any other social media listening requirements, drop Olytico a request at or click here.


Leave a Comment