Googlers put footie top of search league

Even if Euro 2012 left us with little save a reputation for ceaseless singing, we still couldn’t stop googling the tournament.

According to Google’s annual Zeitgeist — which takes a look at the top trending and most popular search terms among Irish users on the internet — Euro 2012 took top spot overall as well as topping the news search query.

All told, we’re still a nation of hopeless, if confused, romantics with “Love” topping the list of “What is..?” queries.

Our Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor deservedly emerged as the main interest in top trending people. Hot on her heels was Kate Middleton, famous not for her achievements but by virtue of who she is married to.

Amazingly, Craig Doyle was our top-trending celebrity, ahead of Michael Fassbender, which says little for our ability to define fame. Even more amazing was the inclusion of former newsreader Anne Doyle in the top 10.

Less amazing was the presence of American Olympian, swimmer Ryan Lochte, in the top athlete spot along with his even more amazing six pack.

Munster and Irish Rugby player Simon Zebo made the top 10, but when it came to team sport, there was no place for Munster. Leinster, Connacht and Ulster all made it in as did the All-Ireland winning football and hurling teams, Donegal and Kilkenny. The Ryder Cup team made the top spot.

Chris O’Dowd’s sitcom Moone Boy is the top trending TV Show, ahead of Homeland and Love/Hate at third and fourth place respectively. The Craig Doyle Show is in second place, but then, there’s no accounting for taste.

Phil Hogan took second spot behind Enda for top-trending politicians.

Outside of personalities, our interest in music was topped off by searches for Dublin band Kodaline, set to reach new heights next year when one of their songs will feature in Grey’s Anatomy.

Our quest for knowledge continues unabated, this time with questions like “What is Yolo?” For those who would like to read it here and spare themselves a visit to the internet, the answer is “you only live once”, proving the maxim that there’s more to life than whiling away the time googling...


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