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Independent.ie is most-searched website for news

Independent.ie has emerged as the most-searched Irish news site on Google in 2014.

Google has published its most searched-for items in Ireland for 2014, with the Garth Brooks Croke Park shows fiasco story only beaten to the top spot by the World Cup.

In terms of where Googlers went to find their news, however, Independent.ie was the most-searched Irish news site.

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This re-affirms Independent.ie's position as the top Irish news site in Ireland, with recent figures showing that the site has 9.5m unique users each month.

INM Group Editor in Chief Stephen Rae welcomed the news.

"The fact that our news brand was the most searched Irish news site on Google last year is testament to the quality journalism we produce," he said.

"We have focused on bringing the Irish audience the most comprehensive and fast-paced Irish news, sport and entertainment.

"The online audience has responded by making us number one," he added.

The research also found that Kim Kardashian beat Garth Brooks to be the most-searched person online in the company's annual review of the billions of searches made in Ireland this year. According to Google, Peppa Pig was the highest-trending TV show here, ahead of fantasy series Game of Thrones and Australian soap opera Home and Away.

Meanwhile, Disney's Frozen was the most-searched movie, ahead of Divergent, American Hustle and Dallas Buyers Club.

In football, Arsenal was the most-searched sports team, ahead of Premier League rivals Liverpool and Man United - and when it came to Irish sides, Leinster was the Irish team that came out on top.

"Google's Year in Search gives us the best snapshot of what moved, inspired, shocked and intrigued us in 2014," said Google's Cera Ward.

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"With so many of us now having multiple computers, phones and tablets immediately to hand, these results are the most accurate and comprehensive collection of what Ireland's been talking about this year."

The latest daily news and sports can be viewed daily on www.independent.ie.

RTE News, the Irish Times and regional Donegal Daily were also among the Irish news sites in the findings from Google.

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