Top Twitter Trends (13th – 19th February 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 (13th – 19th February 2017) are summarised below.


1. #SchoolsGoOrange

Mental health awareness organisation Cycle Against Suicide hosted its first annual #SchoolsGoOrange event. Secondary schools across Ireland posted photos and videos of bright orange T-shirts, crafts and posters as a way to promote positivity while minimising the stigma surrounding mental health.



On February 15th members from the civil society and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission travelled to Geneva to present to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination. Women’s rights topics such as abortion, symphysiotomy and gender-based violence were raised throughout the day. With the information presented, the Committee now moves towards their Concluding Observations. This will hopefully move Ireland toward becoming a more equal country for women.


3. #Taoiseach

After a headline-filled week surrounding the Maurice McCabe scandal, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has speculated on his future plans. Sources said the Fine Gael leader will be announcing his resignation on Wednesday. Kenny will remain in office until after his meeting in Washington D.C. with US President Donald Trump. According to a friend, Kenny’s plan to retire was already set in motion; recent events are merely ‘pushing him out’ early.


4. #ADIFF17

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival kicked off February 16th to bring 11 days worth of Irish and international films to cinema fans. This year’s festival has been an exciting one so far, with films from every genre being showcased and big-name stars like Cillian Murphy and Eric Bana in attendance. With every premiere, more posts flood Twitter with reviews, interviews and snaps of celebrities.


5. #MyIreland

The spirit of St. Patrick’s Day is already infiltrating Ireland with a new poem called ‘My Ireland’ by Stephen James Smith. The spoken-word poem, written specifically in preparation for the festival, focuses on Smith’s idea of Ireland, that is his thoughts and emotions surrounding the country today. The poem sparked the hashtag #MyIreland on Twitter where fans posted photos and captions of ‘their Ireland’.


6. #DublinTechSummit

Over 10,000 curious attendees crowded into the Dublin Convention Center on February 15th and 16th for the Dublin Tech Summit. With over 200 guest speakers from companies like Twitter and Pixar, the summit offered innovative lectures pertaining to many aspects of global technology. Many went on Twitter to live-tweet their experiences at the summit, posting their favourite talks, quotes and ideas throughout the two-day event.


7. #BackingGreen

Ireland’s Women’s Cricket had a disappointing week losing three matches in the Super Sixes Qualifier. The string of losses began with Bangladesh by 7 wickets, followed by a loss to Pakistan by 86 runs. The team gave it their all for the final match against South Africa but, unfortunately, Ireland lost by 36 runs. Due to rain, the match ended D/L. Despite the loss, fans of the team continued to post #BackingGreen on Twitter to show their support.


8. #FreeBreakfastFriday

McDonald’s drew a crowd of hungry early-birds eager to claim their free breakfast on February 17th. Customers could choose between a free bacon and egg McMuffin or a sausage and egg McMuffin. Breakfast lovers around the country took to Twitter to post sunrise selfies and photos of their meals.


9. #ASL2017

The Academic and Special Libraries section of the Library Association of Ireland hosted their annual conference February 16th and 17th. Last year, the conference wanted to change the stereotype of the unsocial librarian and aimed to continue that mission this year. Through Keynote speakers, social events and networking, the event showed that librarians do not just ‘connect people with information’ but that socialisation truly makes a good librarian.


10. #FitzgibbonCup

The quarter finals of the annual Fitzgibbon Cup took place last week in exciting six games of hurling. A highlight of the games was Limerick IT’s victory over UCD with a final score of 1-20 to 1-13. The winning teams move onto the semi-finals on February 24th. IT Carlow and University College Cork will play first followed by Mary Immaculate College Limerick and Limerick IT to decide which team will go to the finals.

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