Twitter Top 10 Trends Ireland: 18/04/16-24/04/16

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 24th 2016.

1. #FirstDatesIRL

The much anticipated Irish version of Channel 4’s First Dates kicked off on April 21st on RTE2.

“The programme pushes the cringe factor of its ancestor, Blind Date, to a new level.” Linda Cullen, Head of Television with COCO, has shed some light on the process of finding and matching daters on First Dates’ Ireland.

“It’s a lengthy process that starts with an application at the beginning, which moves onto an hour long phone call with potential candidates. We’re going for people who we think are very good characters that are genuinely looking for love. We’re trying to gauge who would fit together based on age, hobbies, interests, background etc..” (

2. Prince

American pop superstar and legend, Prince Rogers Nelson (Prince) died on April 21st at the age of 57 after becoming ill while flying home from a show in Atlanta, Georgia. He was found at his Paisley Park residence in suburban Minneapolis.

“The singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, drawing upon influences ranging from James Brown to the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix. His hits included Little Red Corvette, Let’s Go Crazy and When Doves Cry.” (

3. Sakho

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho failed a drug test after last month’s Europa League game against Manchester United and was given until Tuesday, April 26th to explain it to UEFA.

Although Sakho is not yet subject to a UEFA suspension, the club announced on Saturday the 23rd that he will not play for the Europa League semifinalists while the case is active. (

4. Roddy Doyle

Roddy Doyle is an Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter “known for his unvarnished depiction of the working class in Ireland.” ( He is the author of ten novels for adults, eight books for children, seven plays and screenplays, and dozens of short stories. Doyle wrote a tribute to American legend and pop singer, Prince and trended on Twitter because his post generated a mixed reaction.

5. #IFAElection

Galway dairy farmer, Joe Healy was recently elected president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) with over 50% of first preference votes. “Healy has pledged to rebuild trust within the organisation following a string of damaging revelations about executive pay and two high-profile resignations.” (irishtimes)

In his victory speech Healy said, “Irish farmers needed a ‘strong and united organisation’ to represent them and to confront the current challenges.” (irishtimes)

6. Martial

On Saturday, April 23rd, Anthony Martial’s injury-time winner gave Manchester United the victory over Everton at Wembley Stadium. Manchester United (5th in the Premier League) now qualify for the FA Cup Final which will be played Saturday, May 21st.

“Martial ensured Louis van Gaal’s side will face either Crystal Palace or Watford with a composed finish in the dying seconds of an enthralling semi-final.” (BBC)

7. #DolanTwinsNewVideo

On April 18th, the Dolan Twins released their latest YouTube video – Mouse Trap Wake UP Prank. Ethan Dolan pranks his brother Grayson Dolan by planting several rat traps around his bed forcing him to maneuver around them to get out of the bedroom. The video generated several reactions and retweets in the last week on Twitter.

8. Harry Kane

On Monday, April 18th, the Tottenham Hotspurs defeated Stoke City 4 to 0 at the Britannia StadiumHarry Kane scored his 23rd Premier League goal of the season.

After Leicester drew with West Ham on Sunday the 17th, Kane used Instagram to post a picture of prowling lions waiting to pounce. “It ought to have sent an ominous warning to Stoke’s defenders, who simply could not handle the England striker [Harry Kane] and Dele Alli.” (BBC)

On April 21st, Harry Kane and Dele Alli were named as part of the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) Team of the Year. Along beside them were Riyad Mahrez, Dimitri PayetWes Morgan, N’Golo Kante, Jamie Vardy, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose. (

9. UFC197

Jon “Bones” Jones, who was stripped of the UFC light heavyweight title on April 29, 2015, after being involved in a hit-and-run accident in Albuquerque, N.M., returned to the octagon at MGM Grand Garden on Saturday, April 23rd.

The former light heavyweight champion, Jones, who faced Ovince Saint Preux in the main event at UFC 197, was originally lined up against title holder Daniel Cormier in the UFC 200, but Cormier pulled out of the bout with a leg injury.

Dana White, President of the mixed martial arts organization Ultimate Fighting Championship, thought Jon Jones looked rusty and it was probably a good thing he did not fight Cormier in his return debut.

10. #Census2016

The night of April 24th, was Census Night. The Census provides up-to-date information at local, regional and national levels. Population statistics are necessary for planning the provision of health care, education and employment, while regional data informs government policy.

“The importance of the census is that it accounts for everybody in the country no matter where they are. As well as collecting information on the age and sex of the population, a range of different questions relating to households and individuals are also asked such as where and what people work at, how people travel to work, school and college, languages spoken, disabilities, families, housing and lots more.” (

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