Manchester tragedy and McGregor fight topped talk on Facebook in 2017

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A diverse array of topics dominated discussions on Facebook in Ireland during 2017.

There is no doubt that 2017 was a rollercoaster year for most people and Facebook has captured this in its Year In Review, showing that everything from the Manchester Arena bombing to Storm Ophelia kept the Irish talking during the year.

Facebook has revealed that the most discussed subjects among Ireland users included (in no particular order): the Manchester Arena bombing, the Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather fight, Storm Ophelia, the death of Martin McGuinness, U2 performing at Croke Park and the recent death of Chester Bennington from Linkin Park.

‘This year, the list reflects the breadth and diversity of subjects discussed on Facebook’
– GARETH LAMBE

The moments of 2017’s Year in Review were determined by comparing keyword volume year over year and observing daily keyword spikes between 1 January and 1 November as well as reviewing Facebook product usage during top moments of the year.

The social network has also created a personalised Year in Review video that will start appearing in all users’ news feeds from today (6 December).

“Every day, people turn to Facebook to connect with friends, family and the wider community to talk about important moments, support each other in times of crisis and get together,” said Gareth Lambe, head of Facebook Ireland.

“This year, the list reflects the breadth and diversity of subjects discussed on Facebook. Communities came together to support one another in times of crisis – for example, during Storm Ophelia and the Manchester Arena bombing – while the March for Choice was an example of how people used Facebook to get together. People also came together to react and talk about big moments like the World Cup qualifier, the McGregor fight and U2 playing Croke Park.”

Among the top events that people attended via Facebook were (in no particular order): Longitude, the 6th Annual March for Choice, Ireland v Denmark, BoxedOff Festival and Gonna Jump Down to Tesco for Cans, Want Anything?

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Flowers, balloons and toys on St Ann’s Square in Manchester, a tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena attack. Image: Anna Mente/Shutterstock

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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