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Google Zeitgeist: What Ireland searched for in 2012

Love, Euro 2012, Katie Taylor, Craig Doyle, Ryan Lochte, Kodaline and Enda Kenny make the 2012 list of top trending and most searched Internet queries.

Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor tops trending people of 2012.
Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor tops trending people of 2012.
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GOOGLE ZEITGEIST HAS released the top trending and most searched queries among Irish users on the Internet.

Euro 2012 was the top trending search and news search query.

Last year we searched ‘What is Pottermore?’, this year ‘Love’ topped the list of “What is..?” queries – a question that has confounded many for years.

Ireland’s Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor tops trending people of 2012, while Craig Doyle is the top trending Irish celebrity.

Chris O’Dowd’s new family sitcom Moone Boy is the top trending TV Show and instead of asking ‘How to Shuffle like last year, we all got creative and wanted to know ‘How to draw?’

Sadly the death of music songstress Whitney Houston, The Green Mile actor Michael Clarke Duncan and the tragic deaths of Jill Meagher, April Jones and Amanda Todd all trended in 2012.

The popularity of RTÉ drama Love/Hate saw it make the top ten list of trending TV shows with Chris O’Dowd’s Moone Boy coming out on top.

The top trending politicians list includes Minister for the environment Phil Hogan and the Health Minister, Dr. James Reilly.

Here are the top Google searches in Ireland in 2012:

Top Trending Searches

  1. Euro 2012
  2. Katie Taylor
  3. Kate Middleton
  4. Netflix
  5. April Jones
  6. Whitney Houston
  7. Olympics 2012
  8. Household charge
  9. AIB Internet
  10. Jill Meagher

Top Trending People

  1. Katie Taylor
  2. Kate Middleton
  3. April Jones
  4. Whitney Houston
  5. Jill Meagher
  6. Rosanna Davison
  7. Morgan Freeman
  8. Michael Clarke Duncan
  9. Demba ba
  10. Amanda Todd

Top Trending TV Shows

  1. Moone Boy
  2. Craig Doyle Show
  3. Homeland
  4. Love/Hate
  5. The Voice
  6. Downton Abbey
  7. Mrs Browns Boys
  8. Home and Away
  9. Fair City
  10. Ear to the Ground

Top Trending Athletes

  1. Ryan Lochte
  2. Bradley Wiggins
  3. David Rudisha
  4. Mark McHugh
  5. Mo Farah
  6. Michael Phelps
  7. Jessica Ennis
  8. Usain Bolt
  9. Simon Zebo
  10. Oscar Pistorius

Most Searched in 2012 Irish Olympians

  1. Katie Taylor
  2. John Joe Nevin
  3. Paddy Barnes
  4. Annalise Murphy
  5. Jason Smyth
  6. Michael Conlan
  7. Kieran Behan
  8. Melanie Nocher
  9. Camilla Speirs
  10. Olive Loughnane

Top Trending How to….

  1. Draw
  2. Kiss
  3. Crochet
  4. Make
  5. Knit
  6. Study
  7. Hack
  8. Meditate
  9. Flirt
  10. Announce

Top Trending What is….?

  1. Love
  2. icloud
  3. Scientology
  4. Instagram
  5. Autism
  6. Soap
  7. Yolo
  8. Tracking
  9. Paypal
  10. Tumblr

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Top Trending Travel Destinations

  1. Benidorm
  2. Paris
  3. Berlin
  4. Nice
  5. London
  6. Algarve
  7. Barcelona
  8. Amsterdam
  9. Malaga
  10. Brussels

Most Searched Politicians in 2012

  1. Enda Kenny
  2. Phil Hogan
  3. James Reilly
  4. Micheál Martin
  5. Leo Varadkar
  6. Joan Burton
  7. Alan Shatter
  8. Ruairi Quinn
  9. Sean Sherlock
  10. Eamonn Gilmore

Top Trending News Searches

  1. Euro 2012
  2. Katie Taylor
  3. Whitney Houston
  4. Household charge
  5. April Jones
  6. Jill Meagher
  7. Hurricane
    Sandy
  8. Rosanna Davison
  9. Ryder Cup 2012
  10. Muamba

Top Trending Celebrities

  1. Craig Doyle
  2. Michael Fassbender
  3. Liam Neeson
  4. Ciaran Hinds
  5. Daniel Day Lewis
  6. Pierce Brosnan
  7. Cillian Murphy
  8. Colm Meaney
  9. Anne Doyle
  10. Colin Farrell

Top Trending Travel Destinations

  1. Benidorm
  2. Paris
  3. Berlin
  4. Nice
  5. London
  6. Algarve
  7. Barcelona
  8. Amsterdam
  9. Malaga
  10. Brussels

Top Trending Music Bands

  1. Kodaline
  2. Little Mix
  3. One Direction
  4. The Blizzards
  5. Delorentos
  6. The Killers
  7. Muse
  8. Coldplay
  9. Damien Dempsey
  10. The Wanted

Top Trending Athletes

  1. Ryan Lochte
  2. Bradley Wiggins
  3. David Rudisha
  4. Mark McHugh
  5. Mo Farah
  6. Michael Phelps
  7. Jessica Ennis
  8. Usain Bolt
  9. Simon Zebo
  10. Oscar Pistorius

Top Trending Sports Teams

  1. Ryder Cup team
  2. Ulster rugby
  3. Galway hurling
  4. Mayo football
  5. Kilkenny hurling
  6. Donegal football
  7. Chelsea fc
  8. Leinster rugby
  9. Connacht rugby
  10. Manchester united

Read: Google Zeitgeist: what have you been searching in 2011?

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