Viral videos of the week: Getting teary-eyed for Oirland, Wolf of LU and Bieber gets a deposition

16 Mar 2014

To be sure, to be sure, we take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. Polyester green outfits are everywhere as Ireland celebrates its national holiday and other points of interest.

About 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, 500 years of video watched on Facebook every day, and more than 700 YouTube videos shared on Twitter each minute, ensuring there is always video trending on the web.

With so much video available for viewing, we take a look at some of the viral videos that have caught our eye this week.

St Patrick’s Day 2014 #IrelandInspires

 With St Patrick’s Day tomorrow, Fáilte Ireland has released a video showcasing what Ireland has to offer aside from cold summer, even colder winters and ‘the craic’. With the soundtrack of James Vincent McMorrow covering the not-so Irish Steve Winwood’s Higher Love.

While the video has widely shared by Irish people online with the week that’s in it, you can’t help but look at it for what it is, a sleek marketing presentation to the world for Ireland but here’s hoping it does its job.


Uploaded 11 March 2014

A Day in Dublin

In a similar vein, another video highlighting the beauty of a location has made Dublin its target and, in this humble author’s opinion, has a much more emotional connection with the capital’s people and culture.

With time-lapsed footage, the sights of its streets, sporting venues and landmarks, this video is a brilliant look at the ‘big shmoke’.


Uploaded 13 March 2014

Tommy Bolger – The Wolf of UL Students’ Union

The Wolf of Wall Street trailer should be highlighted as an example of how a trailer should be made; fast cuts, great backing music and most importantly, teases you for what’s to come.

That’s what Tommy Bolger, a candidate for University Limerick’s student presidential position who decided to parody the trailer, student style.

The trailer has been parodied dozens of times so far and some have been down-right cringe worthy (video).

Bolger and Actium films have done a great job in making a great student take on the excesses of Wall Street and, no doubt will claim victory in the elections.

Uploaded 11 March 2014


Rob Kearney – A Whole New World

Keeping up the Irish theme for this week, Irish rugby international Rob Kearney has never looked so excited being crushed by hundreds of kilos of men as he stuck his head out from a scrum in the recent Italy match.

While funny on its own merit, the addition of Aladdin’s A Whole New World makes this 100 times better.


Uploaded 8 March 2014

Jay Z & Beyonce: Stroll in the Park

Bring on the celebrity tattle! Celebrity couple Jay Z and Beyoncé were in Dublin this week as the latter was taking part in a series of Dublin shows.

US celebrity news channel TMZ photographed the couple walking through Phoenix Park which unexpectedly opened up a debate among its staff over whether Jay Z’s song I Just Wanna Love U which features the lyric “bubblin’ in Dublin” put the city on the map. No words, folks.


Uploaded 12 March 2014

Justin Bieber Deposition

More celebrity tattle! This time Justin Bieber found himself in the unusual situation of receiving a deposition regarding his recent DUI case.

Totally unfamiliar with the idea of not receiving praise from everyone he meets, he treats the lawyer asking him questions with total distain but still finds time to play to the camera recording the events.

While the video is edited to make it look like Bieber is the only bad guy here, you can’t help but feel that everyone involved is as bad as each other as the prosecutor decides to take on the role of the journalist asking questions like, “Did you date Selena Gomez?” and “Was Usher instrumental in your career?”


Uploaded 10 March 2014

First Kiss

A final mention to a video that tries to highlight how a number of attractive strangers have no problem kissing other attractive strangers.

The short film directed by Tatia Pileva raises questions over whether Irish people could ever engage in such a situation without a flirty, drunken dance around each other in a nightclub but it has received both critical acclaim for portraying beauty, while also receiving criticism from people questioning whether these are not actors (although, one woman does admit to actually being an actor in the video)?


Uploaded 10 March 2014

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Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic