Katie Taylor and Euro 2012 top Google 'Zeitgeist' chart for online hits
THE heartbreak of the Boys in Green and the triumphs of golden girl Katie Taylor were the leading fixations for Irish internet users in 2012.
In its annual 'Zeitgeist' review of the year, Google charts the top trending searches among the Irish public, with the death of Whitney Houston, the fortunes of Kate Middleton and the much-maligned household charge featuring prominently.
But it was the fate of our sporting heroes that was our number one obsession in 2012.
And while there was no good news from Poland, thankfully Bray boxer Katie gave us cause to rejoice and she claimed second spot in the list of the the top trending searches. She scooped the number one spot in the list of top trending people, with Kate Middleton in second.
However, it was also a year for terrible news stories – including the disappearance of five-year-old Welsh girl April Jones and the killing of Irish woman Jill Meagher in Melbourne, Australia.
Little April vanished in October and her body has yet to be recovered. Mark Bridger (47) has been charged with her abduction and murder.
Jill was abducted as she walked home from a night out on September 22. After a high profile campaign to find the Co Louth woman, her body was discovered five days later in a shallow grave. Adrian Ernest Bayley (41) has been charged with her rape and murder.
Google also compiled a list of the top trending politicians with, unsurprisingly, Taoiseach Enda Kenny leading the charge. He was closely followed by two of his most controversey-prone ministers – Phil Hogan and James Reilly.
Meanwhile, the Irish public also turned to the internet to learn new skills and inform themselves on some of civilisation's great imponderables. The top trending query was "what is love". The top trending "how to..." list was dominated with creative pursuits, however, internet users also turned to their computers to learn how to kiss, flirt and, worryingly, hack.
The most searched for band was Irish group Kodaline. Television presenter Craig Doyle topped the list of most searched for Irish celebrities and was followed by actors Michael Fassbender and Liam Neeson.