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Saturday 17 February 2018

Happy Birthday Google (again)!

MOVING WITH THE TIMES: Google's European headquarters on Barrow Street, Dublin. The company now has a digital innovation centre, the Foundry, on site, and is one of the biggest employers in the country, with more than 2,500 employees.
MOVING WITH THE TIMES: Google's European headquarters on Barrow Street, Dublin. The company now has a digital innovation centre, the Foundry, on site, and is one of the biggest employers in the country, with more than 2,500 employees.

GLOBAL search engine giant Google continues its celebrations for its tenth year of operations in Ireland with a new birthday website.

Search trends in Ireland over the last decade have been analysed and compiled to create an interactive site showing the stories that have evolved since Google set up shop on Irish shores.

From a workforce of just five people in a cramped office on Earlsfort Terrace in 2003, the company’s headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa is now located on Dublin’s Barrow Street, spanning four buildings.

Google’s Irish operation is currently the largest outside the US and approximately 2,500 Irish-based “Googlers” are employed by the international tech giant. 

Although the tenth anniversary technically came and went last April, last week Google opened a €5.5m digital networking hub “The Foundry” at the company’s HQ as part of these celebrations.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton were in attendance at the official opening and voiced their optimism that the new 14,000 square foot facility will lure companies and investment from around Europe and the world.

Google’s birthday website looks back over the years of Irish search, and maintains that “each list of top trending searches tells its own story.”

For the full lists of search trends, go to http://www.google.ie/about/birthday/

2004

Sport: Athens Olympics, Euro 2004 soccer tournament and the Ryder Cup golf tournament.

2005

 ‘What is VOIP’ (voice over internet protocol), and ‘WIFI’. Also ’What is creativity?’

2006

Steve Irwin’s death and Richard Hammond’s close call after the crash of a jet-powered car.

2007

Enter Naza Klasa – a polish social networking site this year. Italian tenor Pavarotti’s death and the Katy French tragedy.

2008

 ‘What is Cloverfield?’ (It’s a movie). Acronyms confusion: ‘What is FMCG?’, ‘What is PRSI’.  Also ‘What is stress’?

2009

Celebrity deaths Michael Jackson, Jade Goody, Natasha Richardson and Ireland’s own Stephen Gately. Unlikely popstar Susan Boyle also high on the search list.

2010

Networking with Chatroulette, Gmail, and Facebook. TV playback services boom: RTE and TV3 player services.

2011

Health: ‘What is Mono’? and ‘What is Bipolar’? Harry Potter fans and the launch of the invite only Pottersmore website inspiring ‘What is Pottersmore’?

2012

Irish Olympic boxer Katie Taylor but also the marriage of Kate Middleton and Prince William.

• 2013

Revenue.ie and property tax are among the most popular searches. Deaths of Margaret Thatcher and Glee star Cory Montieth and the birth of the Royal Baby prove popular so far this year.

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