Twitter Top 10 Trends Ireland: 04/04/16-04/11/16

Nicole Taylor is a Junior at Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts. She is currently interning with Olytico as part of the CAPA study abroad programme.

Each week Olytico tracks the trending topics on Twitter in Ireland and across the globe. Here’s the Top 10 Trends in Ireland from the week ending April 11th 2016.

1. #TheMasters

As the Masters Tournament came to and end on April 10th, Danny Willett claimed the win with a five-under-par 67 as 2015 champion Jordan Spieth crumbled during a thrilling final round. Willett, 28, is the first British victor in 20 years to take the Masters win. (BBC)

The win was not the only entertainment of the weekend. Shane LowryLouis Oosthuizen, and Davis Love III all made hole-in-ones in number 16 on the final day of the tournament.

2. #OffsetDUB  

Offset Dublin was held on the weekend of April 8th at The Bord Gáís Energy Theatre with over 2,500 attendees. Offset is a series of inspirational, educational and vocational conferences for the design and creative industries including: Graphic Design, Photography, Animation, Illustration, Fashion, Film, Industrial Design and Art. The key speakers are influencers in their field, driving everything from huge global campaigns to awe inspiring personal projects. (iloveoffset)

Some of the key speakers at the 2016 conference included: Stephen Averill, Seb Lester, Jonathan Barnbrook, Studio Dumbar, Rothco, Mr. Bingo, Úna Burke, and several more.

3. #notacriminal

On Monday, April 4th, a UK woman was found guilty of abortion at the Belfast High Court. She was given a three month sentence and suspended for two years after being convicted under ancient laws which were passed under Queen Victoria and have gone untouched in Northern Ireland’s statute books for over 150 years. The woman desperately tried to save up enough money to travel to England to have an abortion, but wasn’t able to. (Independent)

The Abortion Rights Campaign and coalition of pro-choice groups in Ireland are gathering signatures to call for a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Constitution of the Republic of Ireland. The hope is that full reproductive health services, including abortion, can be made available in line with the best medical practice. (

4. #rtept

Two major stories – one national, one international – were covered by RTE Prime Time (#RTEPT) this week and led to the programme trending across multiple days.

On a global scale, the Panama Papers (featured later in this post) were a major talking point, with the programme focusing on the implications for governments around the world.

Closer to home, the ongoing negotiations surrounding the formation of the next government continued, with various politicians and political analysts in studio to discuss the possible outcomes for the country.

5. #OnTheFarm

Starting on April 4th, Big Week on the Farm kicked off on RTÉ One, with a show airing every night through Friday. RTÉ broadcasted the show live from the Midlands [Westmeath] and took viewers to the heart of the action as nature springs to life. Ella McSweeney and Aine Lawlor hosted the show in front of a live studio audience with outside broadcasters Helen Carroll and Darragh McCullough coming live from satellite farms.

The show is being produced in conjunction with Science Foundation Ireland, therefore, educating people, as spring kicks into gear. ( From milking competitions to the secret life of goats, world record sheep shearing attempts to remote controlled tractors, Big Week on the Farm goes in-depth into what makes a modern farm tick in a fun, interactive way designed to appeal to all viewers, both rural and urban. (RTE)

6. #SWGalway

On the weekend of April 8th, Galway’s Startup Weekend [Food & Technology Edition] took place at the Superpixel Labs in Galway, Connacht. The goal of the event is to help people learn how to create a real company, meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors who are ready to help them get started. This was the first Food & Technology Edition ever held in Ireland.

The event schedule included several speakers including: Declan Droney, Mark McGann, Saibh Egan, and Melissa Snover. There were also numerous judges: Gary Leyden, Kim Tighe, and Paul Killoran.

“We live in an exciting time when new technologies are changing our interactions and relationships with food. Foodtech is fundamentally changing how we cook, eat, find, share and experience food.” (

7. #panamapapers

The Panama Papers dominated the Global Media during the week of April 4th after the probable biggest data leak of over 11 million documents – details of over 214,000 companies (cash transfers, incorporation dates, and links between companies and individuals). The documents came from the files of the Panama-headquartered law firm Mossack Fonseca.

They “were leaked to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, which through the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, in Washington, DC, shared them with The Irish Times and its other media partners around the world…The Panama Papers shed light on a murky world where the global elite do business alongside the world’s worst. But if you take the leak as a sample of what is going on offshore, then you have to say that the Republic of Ireland emerges as a relatively clean jurisdiction.” (Irish Times)

8. #SLFLSheffield

On April 5th, Australian pop punk band, 5 Seconds of Summer, performed at the Sheffield Arena in the UK as part of their Sounds Live Feels Live Tour (SLFL). The tour began on February 19, 2016 in Japan at the Nagoya Congress Center and will continue throughout Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania, concluding on October 5, 2016, in Sydney at Hordern Pavilion.

9. #RogueOne

During the week of April 4th, the trailer for Star Wars Rogue One was released. Directed by Gareth Edwards, Rogue One will be released in cinemas on Friday December 16th. The film is set shortly before the events in the original Star Wars movie and tells the story of a band of Rebel fighters tasked with stealing the plans for the Death Star.

“It features lots of Stormtroopers, doomy music and a very old school aesthetic – consider us very excited.” (

10. Wisconsin

US politics continued to trend in Ireland last week, with the Wisconsin primaries taking place. Bernie Sanders won the Democratic primary, and Ted Cruz won the Republican. The unexpected results got Irish Twitter users talking.

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