Top Twitter Trends (9th – 15th January 2017)

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 (9th – 15th January 2017) are summarised below.


1. #BTyste

The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition took place this past weekend at the RDS Arena. Sixteen year old, Shane Curran of Terenure College, was the overall winner of BT Young Scientist of the Year for his encrypted data storage system called “qCrypt”.

This was Shane’s fourth year to bring a project to the RDS, and his dedication has finally paid off with this win. Speaking on The Late Late Show on Friday night, Shane said that the project was primarily ‘humanitarian’.


2. Meryl Streep

Last week, Meryl Streep criticised president-elect, Donald Trump, in her speech at the 74th Golden Globe Awards. The three-time Oscar winner drew attention to Trump’s mocking of a disabled journalist at one of his rallies. Mr Trump responded on Twitter by calling Streep on of the “most over-rated actresses in Hollywood”.

It wasn’t only Donald Trump who as offended by Streep’s comments. She made the point that mixed martial arts (MMA) are not ‘the arts’. MMA and Conor McGregor fans took to Twitter to challenge her statement.


3. #Stormont 

Stormont, and governance in Northern Ireland, made headlines this passed week following the resignation of deputy First Minister and Sinn Fein politician, Martin McGuinness. McGuinness resigned in protest to the Renewable Heat Incentive scandal which implicated First Minister, Arlene Foster. Under the terms of the power-sharing agreement, McGuinness’ resignation means that Foster was removed from office.


4. TK Whitaker

Irish economist and public servant, TK Whitaker, died on 9th January, at the age of 100. Whitaker played a pivotal role in moving the Irish State towards modernity, under Taoisigh Sean Lemass and Jack Lynch. 

Ireland’s most revered public servant TK #Whitaker dies aged 100. An architect of modern Ireland.


5. #WestHam

West Ham player Dimitri Payet is currently refusing to play for the team. It seems that the Reunion native wants to relocate to France, with his wife having already made the move. The club is refusing to back down and will not sell Payet. Our own soccer expert, John Giles, weighed in on the topic saying that West Ham should kick him out.


6. #LUFC

Leeds United played Derby on Friday the 13th and it proved to be a good omen for the squad. It became their fifth consecutive at-home win and moved them to third place in the championship.


7. Australian Open

James McGee competed at the Australian Open last week. It looked like things were coming together for the Castleknock native, but unfortunately he lost out to Blake Mott in his final qualifying match.



8. Graham Taylor 

Former England soccer manager, Graham Taylor, passed away on 12th January, at the age of 72. Taylor formerly took Watford from division four to the premier league, and also managed teams such as Aston Villa and Wolves. However, he is considered Watford’s ‘greatest manager of all time’.

Taylor managed England from 1990 to 1993, but resigned when the team failed to reach the 1994 World Cup.


9. #OByrneCup

The O’Byrne Cup is organsied by Leinster GAA and the competition includes eleven county teams and three third-level college teams from the province. GAA fans kept a tally of events on Twitter.


10. #VinB

The issue of abortion and the ‘Repeal the 8th’ campaign was on the agenda for Tonight with Vincent Browne, on 13th January. Viewers seemed to appreciate the all-female panel assembled to discuss the topic.


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