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Hickeys, Charlie and UFC: Here's what we were all searching for on Google this year

“How to get rid of hickeys fast?” Really Ireland?

GOOGLE HAS RELEASED lists of what we were all searching for over the past 12 months.

And some of the results are, obviously, a bit mortifying. We’ve been asking the search engine how to get rid of hickeys quickly, for instance.

From events to sportspeople, politicians to TV shows and music, Google has revealed the top 10 most searched items in a variety of categories.

The Rugby World Cup took the top spot in this year’s list of overall top-trending search terms.

Conor McGregor came in at number three while also topping the sportspeople list. Irish people were also looking for ‘How to watch McGregor fight in Ireland’.


The Paris attacks and Charlie Hebdo shootings, as well as the death of Karen Buckley in Scotland and the health of NBA star Lamar Odom all featured in the top 10 of the news search list.

On a lighter note, we wanted to know more about RTE’s Operation Transformation and Eurovision 2015 (of course). Lady Colin Campbell, who starred in this year’s ‘I’m a celebrity…Get me out of Here!’ made the top 10 list followed by Jurassic World which hit the $1 billion mark at the box office faster than any other movie.

More than 20 years after he retired from politics, one Charlie Haughey was ahead of the pack in terms of trending politicians – no doubt helped by the RTE mini-series which documented his life and was broadcast last winter.

Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump came in third on the list, one below Minister for Health Leo Varadkar who created headlines this year for both his work in health and personal interviews in which he spoke publicly for the first time about being a gay man.

Renua Ireland’s Terence Flanagan also makes the list which may be due to this rather awkward radio interview.

Top of the ‘What is?’ list is understandably ‘What is Isis?’, while top of the ‘how to’ list is ‘How to use snapchat?’.

Tony Fenton, one of Ireland’s best loved DJs who sadly passed away this year also made the list of top trending people.

Here’s everything that Google was able to tell us:

Top Ten Trending

1. Rugby World Cup 2015

2. Karen Buckley

3. Conor McGregor

4. Paris

5. Lamar Odom

6. Lady Colin Campbell

7. Jurassic World

8. Eurovision 2015

9. Charlie Hebdo

10. Operation Transformation 2015

Top Trending People

1. Karen Buckley

2. Conor McGregor

3. Lamar Odom

4. Lady Colin Campbell

5. Ed Sheeran

6. Jeremy Clarkson

7. Cilla Black

8. Tony Fenton

9. Jonah Lomu

10. Ruby Rose

Top Trending Sportspeople

1. Conor McGregor

2. Jonah Lomu

3. Ronda Rousey

4. Tyson Fury

5. Stephanie Roche

6. Jurgen Klopp

7. Manny Pacquiao

8. Pedro

9. Ian Madigan

10. Shane Long

Top Trending Sport Events

1. Rugby World Cup 2015

2. Cheltenham 2015

3. Wimbledon 2015

4. Cricket World Cup

5. Ploughing Championships 2015

6. Six nations 2015

7. Mayweather vs Pacquiao

8. Copa America

9. Grand National 2015

10. Champions League Final

Top Trending Politicians

1. Charlie Haughey

2. Leo Varadkar

3. Donald Trump

4. Jeremy Corbyn

5. David Cameron

6. PJ Mara

7. Charles Kennedy

8. Terence Flanagan

9. Ed Miliband

10. Hillary Clinton

Top Trending TV Shows

1. Eurovision 2015

2. Operation transformation 21

3. Big Brother 2015

4. Oscars 2015

5. Celebrity Big Brother

6. Narcos

7. Better Call Saul

8. Game of Thrones Season 5

9. Strictly Come Dancing 2015

10. Daredevil

Top Trending News

1. Rugby World Cup

2. Karen Buckley

3. Lamar Odom

4. Paris

5. Eurovision 2015

6. Charlie Hebdo

7. Budget 2016

8. Caitlyn Jenner

9. Greece

10. Wimbledon 2015

Top Trending Music Acts

1. Ed Sheeran

2. Adele

3. Eagles of death metal

4. Lil Chris

5. Meghan Trainor

6. Albert Hammond

7. Florence and the Machine

8. Justin Bieber

9. Dr Dre

10. Kelly Clarkson

Top Trending What is?

1. What is isis

2. What is je suis charlie

3. What is lupus

4. What is processed meat

5. What is a frappé

6. What is ebola

7. What is 0 divided by 0

8. What is Charlie Charlie

9. What is happening in Syria

10. What is a solar eclipse

Top Trending Who is?

1. Who is Lucy the Australopithecus

2. Who is lady C

3. Who is A in pretty little liars

4. Who is Nick Grimshaw

5. Who is isis

6. Who is the father of Charity Dingles son in Emmerdale

7. Who is Kitty McGeever

8. Who is Ronnie Pickering

9. Who is Charlie Hebdo

10. Who is the Arkham knight

Top Trending When is?

1. When is Easter 2015

2. When is Pancake Tuesday 2015

3. When is Halloween 2015

4. When is the Late Late Toy show 2015

5. When is Thanksgiving 2015

6. When is Fathers day in ireland 2015

7. When is Chinese new year 2015

8. When is Ash Wednesday 2015

9. When is FIFA 16 out

10. When is black Friday 2015 in ireland

Top Trending How to?

1. How to use new snapchat

2. How to make pancake mix

3. How to eat pomelo

4. How to draw a minion

5. How to bleed radiators

6. How to make loom bands

7. How to watch McGregor fight in Ireland

8. How to get rid of hickeys fast

9. How to get rid of brain freeze

10. How to view a solar eclipse

Top Trending Gadgets

1. iPhone 6s

2. Samsung Galaxy s6

3. Apple watch

4. iPhone 7

5. Hoverboard

6. Segway

7. iPad pro

8. HTC one m9

9. Selfie stick

10. Nexus 6P

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