Twitter Top 10 Trends Ireland: 14/03/16-21/03/16

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 March 21st 2016 – based on the total time the term trended.

1. #StPatricksDay – (trended for 3.5 Days)

St. Patrick’s Day took place on Thursday, March 17th. Ireland came alive with the colour green and tourists and locals flooded the streets of Dublin city center as well as towns all over the country to celebrate pride, heritage, and culture.

“Ireland welcomed about 650,000 overseas visitors in March 2015…Though official figures for the St Patrick’s Day festival 2016 are still being finalised, several organisations told the Sunday Independent they expect this year’s results to be even stronger, resulting in Ireland’s most successful St Patrick’s Day ever for the tourism sector.” (



2. #Daredevil – (trended for 43 hours)

On March 18th, the premiere of Daredevil season 2 aired on Netflix.

“Season 2 ups the action ante, especially in terms of scale and with a whole lot more gunfire – mostly down to The Punisher. The many hand to hand encounters are still brilliantly choreographed and often just as impressively shot by new DP Martin Ahlgren.” (Irish Examiner)


3. #ProclamationDay – (trended for 43 hours)

Tuesday March 15th was Proclamation Day. It is the day when every school in Ireland is invited to share the results of their Proclamation for a New Generation, and all other creative projects relating to 1916 that the student body have developed.

“All education institutions are encouraged to put significant time aside on Proclamation Day, for activities to commemorate 1916, celebrate the present and imagine the future.” (


4. #BeingIrishMeans – (trended for 41 hours)

This year for St. Patrick’s Day, and the Irish Times asked readers to tweet and/or post online what it means to them to be Irish.

“Its aim was to spark a global conversation on what makes Ireland – and its people – unique. We wanted to explore why ‘being Irish’ is so desirable around the world, to list the best – and worst – things about being Irish. The responses have flooded in – varying from lighthearted, comedic and sarcastic to touching, nostalgic and heart-breaking.” (


5. Paul Daniels – (trended for 38 hours)

Newton Edward Daniels known by his stage name Paul Daniels, died on March 17th due to a brain tumor. Daniels was an English magician and television performer. He achieved international fame through his television series The Paul Daniels Magic Show, which ran on the BBC from 1979 to 1994.

Paul Daniels son, Martin Daniels said in an interview with the Irish Mirror, “There was no better person for me to learn from. He was the master – and I will miss him terribly.”


6. #CheltenhamFestival – (trended for 38 hours)

On March 15th, the 2016 Cheltenham Festival took place at Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, England. “The festival epitomises and encompasses everything that is great about Jump racing, whilst delivering an unbelievable occasion as the finest horses, jockeys, owners and trainers battle it out for the highest racing honours, their reputations and over £4.1 million of the prize money.” (Cheltenham)


7. #TheToughest – (trended for 37 hours)

RTE Two aired the latest episode of its popular documentary series that explores the lives of GAA athletes and how they stack up against their global counterparts who play in a variety of sports. Aidan O’Shea, Breaffy and Mayo footballer, swapped places with Roberto Wallace, former NFL wide receiver with the Miami Dolphins, and gave their respective sports a go.



8. Spurs – (trended for 36 hours)

Tottenham Hotspur produced a consummate first-half performance to beat Bournemouth 3-0 at White Hart Lane on March 20th. They continue to maintain their Premier League title push. Tottenham can now look ahead with renewed confidence to a trip to Anfield after the international break. (Sky Sports)


9. #MUFCvLFC – (trended for 24 hours)

At the game there was some uproar that lead to repercussions for both Manchester United and Liverpool. Both teams were charged by Uefa. “United have been charged over crowd disturbances, the throwing of objects and stairways being blocked. Liverpool have been charged over illicit chants, setting off fireworks, throwing of objects, crowd disturbances and arriving late for kick-off.” (Irish Times)


10. #gastronomy2018 – (trended for 13 hours)

The team behind Galways bid to become European Region of Gastronomy for 2018 successfully secured the title last week. “Reacting to the news of the success of the Region’s bid to be the European Region of Gastronomy in 2018, the Cathaoirleach of County Galway, Cllr. Peter Roche warmly congratulated all involved. “The joint efforts of all involved in the bid have been justly recognised in securing this prestigious title for our region.  It will provide a platform for the continued growth of Galway as a destination known for the quality of its food sector and the strength of the connection between its people, the land and our gastronomic traditions.  The Local Authority’s support of the food sector as a key area for local economic development will also be enhanced by this designation.” (Galway



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