A new study has revealed the top trends on Irish Twitter in 2020.
The social media site has been a source of news, entertainment, and unity in a year like no other, as people stayed connected online while being forced to stay apart in person.
Unsurprisingly, #Covid19 and #Coronavirus were the most used hashtags of the year, while other topics and discussions helped to get the nation through the lockdown.
Following the success of the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s bestselling book, #NormalPeople was another frequently used hashtag, as well as #PaulMescal and, of course, #ConnellsChain.
After Paul was nominated for an Emmy for his performance as Connell Waldron, many media outlets mistakenly reported that he was from the UK.
The Kildare native set the record straight in a simple, but effective tweet, which became the most liked tweet on Irish Twitter in 2020.
“I’m Irish,” the actor penned,, raking in 131.2k likes.
— Paul Mescal (@mescal_paul) July 29, 2020
The biggest entertainment stories of the year came in the form of Love Island, which was cancelled this summer, and Allison Spittle’s #Covideoparty.
The TV drama Sandilton also made the top five entertainment tweets, after the Jane Austin adaptation was cancelled.
Rounding up the top shows that got people talking on Twitter were The Late Late Show and Normal People.
In terms of music, pop icon Ariana Grande was the most tweeted about star in 2020, after sending fans into a frenzy with the release of her latest album Positions.
Niall Horan followed just behind Ariana, with his virtual gig in aid of the live music industry receiving high praise online.
Niall’s One Direction bandmate Louis Tomlinson also made the top five, as well as active tweeter Liam Gallagher.
The unsung heroes of 2020 came in the form of John and Edwards Grimes, better known as Jedward, who had their say on everything important that has happened this year – from the Black Lives Matter protests to lockdown restrictions.
Macauly Culkin sent Twitter into a frenzy by revealing his age, and SuperValu pulled on our heartstrings with their emotional Christmas ad.
Hey guys, wanna feel old?
— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) August 26, 2020