Top Twitter Trends (10th – 16th April 2017)

Jessica Hergert is a junior at Rider University. She is currently studying abroad at Griffith College and interning with Olytico through the CAPA study abroad programme.

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 (10th –  16th April 2017) are summarised below.


1. #GoodFriday, #Easter, #HappyEaster

Social media was buzzing last weekend with photos of bunnies, egg hunts and Easter sweets as people all over Ireland celebrated Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Although many people took to Twitter to complain about the lack of alcohol, the long weekend seemed to please everybody. As Ireland returns to its normal schedule, sweets-lovers are anxious to purchase discounted chocolate eggs that did not make it into an Easter basket.


2. #LiveTitanic105

April 14th marked the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic that claimed the lives of 1,523 people after hitting an iceberg in 1912. Even a century later, people are still mourning the tragic ending of the “unsinkable ship”. Curiosity has led to many in-depth studies, books, museums and even a real-time demonstration of the ship’s final hours. Cities around the world including Belfast, where Titanic was built, held memorials honouring those lives lost and the sunken ship.


3. #UniversityChallenge

BBC Two’s popular series University Challenge concluded its 2017 tournament in a dramatic finale between Balliol College, Oxford and Wolfson College, Cambridge. Cambridge captain Eric Monkman earned quite a following during the tournament, even acquiring the Twitter hashtag #Monkmania. Despite a solid start to the final competition, the fan-favourite could not catch Balliol who finished with a 50-point lead. Fans were still delighted for Monkman who expressed nothing but gratitude when one of his heroes, Professor Stephen Hawking, handed the trophy to Balliol’s team.



Manchester City moved into third place, surpassing Liverpool, after a 3 – 0 win over Southampton on April 15th. The game saw two goals scored in three minutes by Man City. It was more than a win for defender Vincent Kompany who scored his first goal in 20 games. Kompany has been nursing a variety of injuries this season and says “It’s always a long journey back.”


5. #SmSummitIRL

Ireland’s second Social Media Summit took place from April 11th to 12th at Croke Park, drawing a large crowd eager to learn how they can “make their social media pay.” With over 30 speakers discussing a wide range of topics relating to social media, the event delivered exclusive information and useful advice including masterclass sessions. Founder of the event, Samantha Kelly, encouraged social media use during the presentations claiming the summit was “the one place where it’s NOT rude to be on your mobile.”



Munster Rugby has officially secured a spot in the Guinness Pro12 play-offs after a narrow two-point victory over Ulster. The pressure on Munster was mounting as the win assured them a “home semi-final berth.” After a tough match for both teams, Munster’s Dave O’Callaghan scored the winning try, ending with a score 22 – 20. Fans took to Twitter to congratulate the Red Army on yet another victory.


7. #Milltown30

On April 12th, 1987, 30 years ago, Shamrock Rovers played their final match on the Milltown field. Milltown, the team’s homeground since 1926, was sold by the player-manager at the time, Dermot Keely, despite protest from the team dubbed the “most successful football club in Ireland.” In remembrance of that time, Shamrock Rovers, joined by many former players, returned to the field for one night to play against Sligo Rovers just as they had done in 1987.


8. #TheTrain

Director Lynne Parker’s play The Train gave its final performance on April 15th after a successful week-long run at the Abbey Theatre. Set in 1971, The Train tells the story of 47 “trailblazing” women determined to challenge the restrictive contraception laws in Dublin. Actress Clare Barrett said the play received “full houses and standing ovations every night,” and later, expressed her love of the musical’s brave, witty take on the very serious subject.


9. #Dortmund

Three explosions went off near a bus carrying the German football team, Borussia Dortmund, to a match against Monaco on April 11th. Centre-back player Marc Bartra was injured in the explosions, along with a police officer, after the windows of the bus were blown out. The explosions, now confirmed to be pipe bombs, were originally thought to be related to Islamic terrorists; however, new leads suggest they could be the work of a far-Right German group.


10. #Ronaldo

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 100 goals in European club competition after his two-goal performance against Bayern Munich on April 12th. After a six-game-scoring-lull, the forward made a comeback when his team was down 0-1 to the German club. It was a close race between Ronaldo and FC Barcelona’s star, Lionel Messi, who trailed Ronaldo by just six goals.


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