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 July 3rd 2016.
Wimbledon 2016 kicked off last week and Twitter provided its own commentary. Some of the most popular matches on Twitter were: Serena Williams v Annika Beck, where Serena achieved her 300th win in a grandslam event and the colossal five set match between French 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and American John Isner. Tsonga took the win 19-17 after the four and a half hour match.
— Kate McEvoy (@ImKateMc) July 3, 2016
(No spoilers to be found in this post.) The finale of the sixth season of Game of Thrones aired in Ireland last Monday and it was epic according to conversations on Twitter. The Irish public seem to be already having withdrawal symptoms.
— Darragh Roche (@darraroche) June 28, 2016
England football team goalkeeper Joe Hart was a hot topic on Twitter after England’s defeat to Iceland in the Euros. He received a lot of criticism on Twitter after he failed to save two goals against the Icelandic team.
— Adam 🇮🇪 (@AdamsBapple) June 28, 2016
4. #Dáil/ #MicksBill
#Dáil was trending for a number of reasons last week the most vocal being #MicksBill which was also a trending hashtag last week. #MicksBill is in relation to Mick Wallace’s proposed bill to allow abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. Minister for Transport Shane Ross confirmed he, Cabinet Minister Finian McGrath and Junior Minister John Halligan would support Mr Wallace’s proposed legislation in a Dáil vote. Other issues using #Dáil included: the education equality bill, #gatheringforchange and the release of Ibrahim Halawa, the Irish student who has been imprisoned in Egypt since a protest in Cairo in 2013.
#MicksBill is a complex context. But it'd be good if there weren't so much deference to legal advice here. It's just one lawyer's opinion.
— Larry Donnelly (@LarryPDonnelly) July 1, 2016
Roy Hodgson, England’s national football manager, resigned after England’s 2 – 1 defeat to Iceland in the Euro 2016 quarter final, knocking them out of the tournament.
“The former Fulham and West Bromwich Albion manager’s contract expires this summer but he has confirmed he will not seek fresh terms.” Independent.ie
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) June 27, 2016
Tributes took place on Friday in Ireland, the UK and France in commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of Somme. The First World War battle was fought by armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of upper reaches of the River Somme in France. Thousands of soldiers from across Ireland died or were wounded at the Somme as part of the British Army and more than one million men were wounded or killed overall, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.
— Glasnevin Museum (@glasnevinmuseum) July 1, 2016
Inspirefest was held in the Board Gás Energy Theatre last weekend. The technology and science conference which was focused on diversity and inclusion was followed by the Inspirefest Fringe which took place in Merrion Square Park each evening, with theatre, music, art and chat. Keynote speakers included: Judith Williams Global Head of Diversity at Dropbox; Sinéad Burke Equality Advocate, Researcher and Writer; Dr Sue Black OBE, Founder of Techmums and Author of Saving Bletchley Park and Dave Tighe Head of Innovation in Bank of Ireland.
— Paul Condron (@PaulCondron) July 2, 2016
Canada’s National Holiday was celebrated far and wide on July 1st and Twitter was buzzing with well wishes to friends and family in Canada.
Italian striker Simone Zaza provided quality entertainment for the Twitter-sphere last week by missing a crucial penalty kick against Germany in the Euro 2016 quarter finals. It was his pre-kicking routine however that got some creative juices flowing.
“Italy striker Simone Zaza has apologised for “letting Italians down” after missing his penalty in Saturday’s Euro 2016 quarterfinal shootout defeat to Germany, but says he will not change his style of taking spot kicks in the face of criticism and ridicule.” – espnfc.com
— Carl Mullan (@CarlMullan) July 2, 2016
10. #Joe Allen
Welsh international and Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has received a lot of praise over the course of the Euros with “Joe Appreciation Day” trending in Wales on 21 June and the love for Joe Allen has not waned after a glorious performance against Belgium. Wales defeated Belgium 3 – 1 to progress into the Euro 2016 semi-final against Portugal on 6th July, prompting Irish fans to proclaim their appreciation for Joe Allen.
Joe Allen showing for the ball every time, even at 1-0 down, and snapping away. Belgium look shambolic when defending. #WALBEL
— Paul Moore (@ElChiefMoore) July 1, 2016
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