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Friday 18 April 2014

Property tax, Nigella, Miley Cyrus and Phil Hogan -- what we cared about this year

Singer Miley Cyrus performs during the 2013 Z100 Jingle Ball in New York December 13, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Singer Miley Cyrus performs during the Jingle Ball in New York earlier this week. Photo: Reuters

WE exited the bailout, Roy Keane got back into the FAI-fold and we topped the Forbes list for best place to do business, but all we really cared about in 2013 was 'twerking'.

Google released the most searched for terms this year in Ireland, with Phil Hogan topping the poll in politics and Miley Cyrus in entertainment.

The political issue that grinded our gears the most was the property tax, with that being the only government-related story to make it in to the top 10.

Meanwhile, it appears Nigella Lawson captured the minds of the nation with the English cook at number six in the top trending people category.

Courageous Kerry teenager Donal Walsh, who lost his battle with cancer in May, was the only Irish person to make it on to that list.Donal was well placed alongside 'Time' Magazine's person of the year Pope Francis and Nelson Mandela on the 'people' list.

When we were done finding out what 'twerking' was, we wanted to know "what is love?", followed by "what is anxiety?".

The annual statistics are seen as a good barometer of what the nation really cares about as 77pc of us, or 3.6 million people, are regularly on the internet.

Coming out sixth on the top trending words list was Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year 'selfie'. Topping that poll was Snapchat, an image-sharing app that makes photos disappear after 10 seconds.

In second place on the top trending politicians' list was our leader Enda Kenny, with Mick Wallace coming in at three.

One Direction was number two in the top trending artists category and 2013 was not the year of Apple, with the iPhone5 coming in at number three behind the Samsung Galaxy S4 on our most searched for gadgets. The new PlayStation 4 topped this poll.

In sport, Alex Ferguson still ruled the roost as a man of interest, while the birth of the royal baby in England captured attention too.

'Breaking Bad' was our favourite TV show, according to Irish searches, and, to Nidge et al's great surprise, we were more interested in the 'Rose of Tralee' than RTE's 'Love/Hate'.

Irish Independent

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