Thursday 13 December 2018

From #Ophelia to #COYBIG, here are the top Irish twitter trends of 2017

Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

As 2017 draws to a close, social network site Twitter has been looking back on the stories that had us tweeting.

Irish Twitter users reacted en masse as Hurricane #Ophelia swept through the country.

We also engaged in a considerable amount of political and constitutional debates on issues such as #Brexit and #RepealThe8th, while we speculated on sporting occasions like #WRWC2017.

#COYBIG once again ranked high in commentary as Ireland got within one match of the 2018 football world cup in Russia.

Meanwhile, TV viewers said goodbye to larger than life character #vinb and his Twitter ‘machine’, with true Irish Twitter wit taking centre stage at every occasion.

Here are some of our most memorable moments from the year.

When a chance motorway meeting captured the nation's humour around hurricane warnings:

And @JustineStafford stole the show on Twitter with one of the most Retweeted Irish Tweets of the year, with her hilarious lyrical pun:

When the true meaning of sport was shared:

McGregor had an eventful 2017, including one of the most Retweeted Tweets of the year:

Internationally in August, Barack Obama’s heartfelt call for tolerance and equality was the most liked Tweet of 2017, and is now the most liked Tweet of all time attracting over 4.5 million likes.

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