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Here's what Ireland searched for on Google in 2014

Some of it is predictable, some of it is baffling.

Kim Kardashian.
Kim Kardashian.
Image: PAper

IT WAS THE year of the World Cup, G***h B****s, Kim Kardashian, and Frozen.

Google has released its list of the things that Irish people searched for in 2014 and some of it is exactly what you’d expect.

The top news stories were World Cup 2014, the Garth Brooks fiasco, and the celebrity photo hack. Equally unsurprisingly, Kim Kardashian was the top trending person in Ireland, while Robin Williams was the top trending actor and Jennifer Lawrence was the top trending actress.

Some of it is slightly less predictable, however.

It was a year of big television shows - House of Cards, Game of Thrones - but none of these could surpass the might of Peppa Pig, which topped the list of the top trending television shows. 

Meanwhile, one of the most popular searches on Google is ‘How to’. The Irish results show that people frequently search for how to draw, how to knit, and how to meditate. The second most popular answer, however? How to shift. 

And just for the record, here’s what you get when you search for that:

how to shift

The statistics from Google don’t give the volume of searches, or rank the most popular searches of all (so, for example, porn doesn’t show up on any of the lists). But they do give a good summary of the things that people in Ireland were talking about this year.

Here’s more of the results.

Top News Stories: 

Soccer - FIFA World Cup 2014 - Final - Germany v Argentina - Estadio do Maracana Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

  1. World Cup 2014
  2. Garth Brooks
  3. Celebrity photo hack
  4. Michael Schumacher
  5. Robin Williams
  6. Ebola
  7. Oscar Pistorius
  8. Greyhound Recycling dispute
  9. Malaysia Airlines
  10. Madeleine McCann

Top trending people: 

Paris Fashion Valentino Source: Francois Mori/AP Photo

  1. Kim Kardashian
  2. Kate Middleton
  3. Garth Brooks
  4. Peaches Geldof
  5. Jennifer Lawrence
  6. Robin Williams
  7. Justin Bieber
  8. Ariana Grande
  9. Oscar Pistorius
  10. Miley Cyrus

Top trending movies: 


  1. Frozen
  2. Divergent
  3. American Hustle
  4. Dallas Buyers Club
  5. Interstellar
  6. Harry Potter
  7. 22 Jump Street
  8. The Lego Movie
  9. Lone Survivor
  10. Transformers 4

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Music artists

Music Garth Brooks Source: Mark Humphrey/AP Photo

  1. Garth Brooks
  2. One Direction
  3. Justin Bieber
  4. Ariana Grande
  5. Miley Cyrus
  6. Niall Horan
  7. Cheryl Cole
  8. Ed Sheeran
  9. Beyonce
  10. Hozier

Sports personalities: 

Motor Racing - Michael Schumacher Filer Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

  1. Michael Schumacher
  2. Conor McGregor
  3. Oscar Pistorius
  4. Rory McIlroy
  5. Lionel Messi
  6. Cristiano Ronaldo
  7. Luis Suarez
  8. Neymar
  9. David Moyes
  10. Roy Keane


Pancake stock Source: Joe Giddens/PA

  1. Pancake
  2. Cupcake
  3. Chicken curry
  4. Chocolate cake
  5. Scones
  6. Cheesecake
  7. Rocky road
  8. Sponge cake
  9. Lasagne
  10. Hummus

How to…?


  1. How to draw
  2. How to shift
  3. How to kiss
  4. How to contour
  5. How to crochet
  6. How to knit
  7. How to screenshot
  8. How to meditate
  9. How to hack
  10. How to squat

Read: Here’s what the world searched for in 2013 > 

About the author:

Christine Bohan

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