Top Twitter Trends (22nd May – 28th May 2017)

Cat Gloria is a Junior at University of Florida. 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 specialize 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 May – 28th May 2017) are summarized below.



1. #Manchester

A worldwide trend began on Twitter after the bombing at the Manchester Arena on Monday. The terrorist attack happened right after Ariana Grande’s concert at the arena. The support for the victims and related families was tremendous. People from all over the world tweeted about it, including those here in Ireland. Tweets linking to charities for the victims circulated throughout the week.


2. #Corbyn

UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn debated Theresa May on Monday in the “The Battle For Number 10” where both answered questions from voters. Twitter played a large role in the debate before, during and after.


3. #Tipperary

Tipperary lost to Cork in the Munster quarter-finals last Sunday. And after recently recovering from an ankle injury, defender Cathal Barrett has been dropped from the Tipperary panel.


4. #NEAwards

The National Enterprise Awards kicked off in Dublin’s Mansion House last Wednesday celebrating the success of Ireland’s top small businesses and micro-enterprises in a showcase of enterprise, innovation and ambition. The start-up energy technology company from South Dublin called Acutrace won the overall award.


5. #Garda

The Gardaí were a hot topic this week in part because of the ongoing scandals regarding Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan. Apparently almost 15,000 people were wrongly convicted of motoring offences. O’Sullivan responded in a press conference promising reform. Gardaí in Dublin also made the news for taking in twelve homeless families Tuesday due to a lack of emergency accommodation.


6. #CopOnComrades

In response to an Irish Times article on identity politics, feminist blog site Feminist Ire published a piece by women activists in Ireland. Two hundred and fifty women signed the article and a hashtag began to trend, creating a Twitter storm on the topic.


7. #RTEInvestigates

RTE Investigates revealed findings from its investigations into taxpayers’ money going to third-level institutions and it caused uproar on Twitter. The programme, aired Thursday, May 25th,  put a spotlight on the University of Limerick. It revealed several cases of malpractice involving unauthorised payments. This included €100,000 spent on pens and medallions for retiring staff, from a shop linked to a member of the board.


8. #ClubHealth

The tenth ever Club Health Conference was held in Dublin last week. The event ran over the course of three days and the topics of nightlife, as well as substance use and its related health effects were discussed. Many event-goers tweeted from the conference.


9. #KatieHopkins

The station LBC and Katie Hopkins agreed she would leave the company after she tweeted a controversial message about the Manchester attack calling for ‘a final solution’. She later deleted the tweet but not before it had already made the rounds/ had already been circulated. The hashtag trended following her leaving the company, some were saddened by the news while others were happy to hear it.



10. #FairCity

It seems that every time a new episode of Fair City airs, fans take to Twitter. This time it was about the mysterious leg climbing up a wall in the background of Sunday night’s episode and Bob’s new love interest.


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