2016: #ThisHappened on Twitter


In 2016, Twitter was where it happened with events breaking in real time across the world and in Ireland. From the largest sporting events of the year including #Rio2016 and #Euro2016, to the surprising political results with #Brexit and #Trump, 2016 also saw an outpouring of love using the hashtags #Prince #MuhammadAli#RIPAxel and #Bowie.

Twitter has looked across the year and what happened on the platform in Ireland to deliver the tops trends for 2016. Sport dominated the conversation with #COYBIG#EURO2016#RIO2016 and #GAA all featuring alongside the people that drove the conversation in sport including #ConorMcGregor and #PatHickey



Moments That Mattered

Throughout 2016, there were sensational moments in the sporting sphere that saw surges of activity amongst Irish users taking to Twitter in droves to share their triumphs, indignation, exaltation and dismay. Included amongst the most Tweeted about moments in Ireland in 2016 were (measured in Tweets per minute): 

  • 22.06.16: Ireland’s victory over Italy at #Euro2016
  • 27.06.16: Iceland defeat England at #Euro2016
  • 26.06.16: Ireland meets France at #Euro2016
  • 13.06.16: Ireland meets Sweden at #Euro2016
  • 05.11.16: History is made at Soldier Field, Chicago as Ireland defeats New Zealand All Blacks for the first time 

Global Trend

The topics dominating the global conversation ranged from politics with #Election2016, #Brexit and #Trump, while millions of people weighed in on the cultural issues that mattered most to them, as #BlackLivesMatter ignited passions around the world. We collectively rejoiced as Leonardo Di Caprio triumphed at the #Oscars, and continued to be captivated by the saga of #GameofThrones. 



Twitter has launched #ThisHappened so people can share the biggest moments and memories of 2016.

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