Twitter Top 10 Trends Ireland: 15/02/16-22/02/16

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 February 22nd 2016 – based on the total time the term trended.


1. #FreeKesha

On February 19th, Kesha, American pop singer and rapper, lost her case to nullify her contract with Dr Luke and Sony Records. The singer wanted to end her contract after accusing Dr Luke of Sony Records of raping her when she was 18 years old, but the judge refuted with regards to the state’s laws of governing contracts.

“Dozens of Kesha fans gathered outside the New York City courthouse in support of the #FreeKesha movement and the verdict was met with anger on social media.”


2. #CremeEggCafe

Dublin welcomed the Crème Egg Café to Canal Road on February 16th until the 20th. The café included several scrumptious items on the menu: Creme Egg toastie, Creme Egg donut, Creme Egg brownies and strawberries with Creme Egg. The entry to the café was free and guests were allowed to make donations to the national mental health charity, Aware, who are the new charity partner of Mondeléz Ireland.

3. #MakeASmartVote

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) plans to visit 16 college campuses before the General Election as part of its new ‘Make A Smart Vote’ campaign. The union is advising students to seek awareness of the most relevant issues to their demographic before casting their votes on February 26th.

4. #GeorgeRedmond

“The central figure in the corruption saga, which engrossed the nation and still impacts on planning matters to this day, spent almost half a century working as a key public servant in the capital after joining the Dublin local authorities in 1941 and leaving 48 years later.” (Irish Examiner)

George Redmond, the former assistant Dublin city and county manager, died in Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin at the age of 92 due to a short illness.

5. Luas

Upwards of 90,000 Dublin commuters faced multiple disruptions between February 18th and 19th as a second 48-hour strike by Luas (Dublin tram system) took place, this time at the Red Cow depot. Luas workers are striking over pay, but commuters believe they get paid enough as it is.

6. #SigersonCup

UCD captured their first Sigerson Cup title since 1996 with a 0-10 to 2-02 win over title holders DCU on February 20th in Jordanstown. After the game, UCD captain Jack McCaffrey accepted the Sigerson Cup from GAA President Aogan O Fearghail.

7. #OperationTransformation

On Saturday, February 20th, thousands of people joined the race, ‘Operation Transformation.’ RTE’s Op Tran leaders, Dan, Lucy, Noeleen, Clare, and John participated in the 5k fun run and sparked ample motivation throughout Phoenix Park.

8. #joancollinstd

On February 17th, Independent TD for Dublin South Central, Joan Collins was cleared of a public order charge resulting from her participation in an anti-water charges protest last year. The District Court dismissed the case per request from the Dublin South-Central TD’s lawyers.

9. Trump

Donald Trump has won the South Carolina primary in the Republican race for president, reinforcing his stance as the one to beat for the Republican party’s nomination.

“’There’s nothing easy about running for president,’ Trump said at his victory rally in Spartanburg on Saturday evening. ‘It’s tough, it’s nasty, it’s mean, it’s vicious. It’s beautiful – when you win it’s beautiful.’ His supporters erupted at his campaign headquarters when the projected results were announced.”

10. Daniel

Since February 15th, the “Damn, Daniel” video has been retweeted more than 120,000 times and liked more than 145,000 times. During the 30-second video, the voiceover phrase “Damn, Daniel” is repeated while also saying, “Back at it again with the white Vans!” The video has unexpectedly gone viral and people have taken their own twists on the phrase.

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