Top Irish Twitter Trends (2nd-8th January)

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 (2nd – 8th January 2017) are summarised below.

  1. Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran simultaneously released two singles on 6th, January, leaving fans in awe. ‘Castle on the Hill’ and ‘Shape of You’ are singles from his upcoming album, Divide. Fans across social media were overwhelmed with love for Mr Sheeran.


2. Shane Ross

Last week, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, made controversial comments on the safety concerns of mixed martial arts (MMA). He intends to regulate MMA in Ireland. The minister also made headlines for tweeting about his bus journey to work. He tweeted a picture of himself on the number 44 Dublin Bus and received some backlash.

3. #NextITpiece. the Irish Times and ‘alt-right’

#NextITpiece trended last week in response to the publication of a glossary of ‘alt-right’ terminology published in the Irish Times (IT). The paper was widely criticised for publishing the piece as its content included racist and misogynist assertions and, as IT journalist Una Mullally put it, was “humouring fascism”. A series of sarcastic tweets with potential headline suggestions for the IT, carried the hashtag. Well-known figures, such as Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty Ireland, expressed outrage.


4. #NollaignamBan (Women’s Little Christmas)

January 6th is the Christian feast of the Epiphany and is also known as Women’s Little Christmas. Back in the day, this gave women the chance to get together to enjoy the day without the burden of entertaining or completing domestic chores. While this tradition has been gradually overtaken by Mother’s Day, it remains popular in some parts of Ireland.


5.  #OperationTransformation

The 10th series of Operation Transformation began on RTE last week. Five new leaders were chosen to take on the challenge to lose weight and become healthier in 2017. Everyone from the show’s expert panel to viewers took to social media to get into the the transformational spirit.


6. John Berger

On 2nd, January, the novelist, poet and art critic, John Berger, died at the age of 90. Berger was popularly known for the TV series Ways of Seeing and novels such as, G., (1972).


7. Spotify 

Spotify’s rounded up its users’ individual, most played songs of 2016. This was a move that ensured many brownie points for the streaming service. Even stars like our very own, Hozier, appreciated it. The streaming service knows how to treat its users having also reached out to President Obama with a job offer. The role was entitled ‘President of Playlists’ and Barack seems to tick all the boxes for the position.


8. #iHeartAwards

The iHeartRadio Music Awards will take place on 5th, March in Los Angeles. The awards were organised by iHeartRadio and are in their third year. The nominees for this year’s awards were announced on 4th, January, with an award going for Best Fan Army.


9. Giroud

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud scored an equaliser in a match against Bournemouth on 3rd, January. However, he was soon criticised for taking the moment to celebrate, instead of immediately returning to the half-way line for a kick-off. He is being blamed for wasting valuable scoring time.


10. #CES2017

CES refers to the Consumer Technology Association  global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place every January in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tech enthusiasts were out in force for this innovative event.


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