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Top 10 stories that you searched for in 2011

What do Darron Gibson, Olivia O’Leary, Brian Lenihan and the ‘super-moon’ all have in common? You’re about to find out…

YOU CAN ALWAYS tell a lot about what people are interested in by looking at their internet search habits.

With such a hectic news year, and so many things happening, it’s often difficult to pick out some of the moments that had the greatest human impact – making search terms an even more valuable indicator of public

With that in mind – and to see what, exactly, our readers have been looking for on the site this year – we present to you:’s stories that picked up the most traffic directly from search results.

(There’s links to each appropriate story under the slideshow, if you want to have a closer look.)

Top 10 stories that you searched for in 2011
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  • Michaela McAreavey

  • Japanese tsunami

  • London riots (no, not THOSE London riots)

  • Cork air disaster

  • Caolan Mulrooney, RIP

  • Not-quite-the-Queen's Speech

  • "I now deem you to be elected"

  • Brian Lenihan, 1959-2011

  • 'Super Moon'

  • "You are an abysmal excuse for a footballer"

In full:’s full look back at 2011 >

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