Top Twitter Trends (20th – 26th 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 (20th – 26th February 2017) are summarised below.


1. #StormDoris

Storm Doris tore through Ireland last week leaving thousands without power and damaging countless buildings, cars and roads. With winds that reached 140 km/hr, the unseasonable storm caused many flights to be delayed or cancelled. Commuters were also affected by accidents and fallen trees that made the roads unsafe.


2. #IREvFRA, #TeamOfUs

Another proud day for Irish rugby as the team won round three of the 6 Nations Tournament over France on Saturday. Ireland’s shaky start to the tournament is a distant memory in fans’ minds as they dominated the game with a score of 19-9. Trailing England slightly, the team is in second place overall. Fans are eagerly awaiting next week’s match against Wales to see if Ireland can continue their winning streak.


3. #Alltechbrews

The annual Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair ran from the 23rd – 25th, attracting a beer-loving crowd eager to sample all that the festival had to offer. As Ireland’s largest craft beer festival, Alltech transformed the Dublin Convention Center into a lively and informative festival, showcasing some of the best brews and food the world has to offer. Many attendees took to Twitter to post photos of their favourite pints followed by photos of much-needed naps.


4. #CATEX2017

The CATEX ‘Catering Inspiration’ exhibition took place from the 21st – 23rd highlighting the specific market of the catering business. The event reached record attendance and was packed with exhibits, shows and products for visitors to explore. A popular event was the Irish Cup Tasters competition that was won by Reda Matiejune.


5. #Oscars

The 89th Academy Awards took place on February 26th to spotlight the best films and actors of the past year. The star-studded event proved more controversial than anticipated when the envelope for ‘Best Picture’ and ‘Best Actress’ were accidentally switched. Presenters of the ‘Best Picture’ catagory, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, read Emma Stone’s name for her role in La La Land rather than calling the cast of Moonlight to claim the award. This sparked confusion throughout the auditorium, ending with La La Land director handing the Oscar to the Moonlight cast.


6. Drake

Canadian rapper Drake performed two shows at the 3 Arena in Dublin last week as part of his Boy Meets World tour. This was Drake’s first show in Ireland since 2014. Both shows were sold out and hundreds of tweets, snaps and Instagram photos poured in during the two concerts. According to social media, Drake even enjoyed a pint of Guinness in the Temple Bar to celebrate the successful shows.


7. #Logan

The final installment of the Wolverine trilogy premiered at Savoy Cinema on February 20th. Marvel fans flocked to the theatre to see the film that has its public release on March 3rd. Social media posts came in after the red-carpet premiere with overwhelmingly positive reviews and photos of cinematographer, Kamil Krawczak, clad in the Wolverine costume.


8. #Super8

The GAA congress passed a controversial motion on Saturday that puts the ‘Super 8’ method of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship into an experimental run come 2018. Despite a 75% favoured vote by the congress, many members of the GAA community – including fans and players – are directly opposed to the restructure. Many, including Donegal footballer Frank McGlynn, are claiming the GAA did not decide based on what the community wanted. They claim the structure does not allow weaker teams to develop.


9. Wayne Rooney

Manchester United captain Wayne ‘Record-breaker’ Rooney announced his decision to stay with the team and walk away from China’s transfer offers. Many fans were skeptical about his decision, believing he would still leave the team after spending the EFL Cup Final watching from the sidelines. When Rooney was finally about to go in, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the winning goal and a substitute was put in instead. Despite not playing, Rooney minimized fans cynicism with his undeniable happiness for Ibrahimovic.


10. #PintBaby

A 20-year-old video clip went viral last week that showed a baby drinking from a pint of Guinness. The comical yet controversial snippet caused a buzz on social media as people attempted to locate the now-adult from the video. ‘Pint Baby’ was found alive and well. His mother is unaffected by the negative comments surrounding the clip claiming that it was harmless, it just happened to be filmed.


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