From #Ophelia to #COYBIG, here are the top Irish twitter trends of 2017
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:
Now she's falling asleep, and I'm calling a crab. pic.twitter.com/NN0pQavvzP— Justine Stafford (@JustineStafford) October 20, 2017
When the true meaning of sport was shared:
Witness to a special moment between Galway manager Micheál Donoghue and his father Miko as he shows him the Liam McCarthy for the first time pic.twitter.com/fHppFCgGtb— Morgan Treacy (@MorganTreacy) September 4, 2017
McGregor had an eventful 2017, including one of the most Retweeted Tweets of the year:
THE FIGHT IS ON. pic.twitter.com/KhW0u3jRft— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 14, 2017
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.
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017