Top tweets of 2020 feature Normal People fever and life with Covid-19

Top Tweets Of 2020 Feature Normal People Fever And Life With Covid-19 Top Tweets Of 2020 Feature Normal People Fever And Life With Covid-19
Twitter has revealed the tweets and topics that have captured the attention of the nation.
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By Digital Desk Staff

As the wild ride that has been the year 2020 draws to a close, Twitter has revealed the tweets and topics that captured the attention of the nation.

It will come as no surprise that #Covid19 and #Coronavirus were the top used hashtags of the year, however, celebrities from Paul Mescal to Jedward also had their time in the spotlight.

From #CovideoParty to Normal People fever – and the decade ago that was the General Election – here are the biggest Twitter moments of the year on the island.

Major moments

Paul Mescal is responsible for penning the most liked Tweet of the year in Ireland, simply tweeting “I’m Irish” after British media outlets attempted to claim him after his Emmy nomination for his role in Normal People.

The actor was no stranger to the Twitter spotlight throughout the year, with the TV adaption of Sally Rooney’s #NormalPeople a regular trending topic – along with #ConnellsChain.

Among the other most popular tweets of the year, the country collectively showed its appreciation to Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan when he announced he was talking time away to spend with his family early this summer.

The first trailer for film #WildMountainThyme also sparked a major online reaction with its unique take on Irish accents.

While a Christmas ad from Supervalu pulled on thousands of heart strings.


Covid-19 life

TV was one of the main ways the nation got through the various lockdowns of the year, with Irish comedian Alison Spittle entertaining the nation with her creation of the #CovideoParty community.

The hashtag saw thousands virtually watch films together, enjoying classics such as Clueless, Matilda and Jumanji while some even dressed up as various characters.


Kindness also trended on the platform in 2020, as #ActsOfKindness was a widely used hashtag and #SelfIsolationHelp caught on nationwide after Helen O’Rahilly used Twitter to coordinate volunteers in her local area to help those isolated during the pandemic.


#GE2020 was the second most tweeted news hashtag of the year after #Covid19, while #Golfgate was also among the most tweeted about news stories of the year.

#BlackLivesMatter took the third spot in Ireland, as people around the world reacted to the death of George Floyd in the United States.



The Premier League’s Marcus Rashford’s work both on and off the pitch made him the most talked about sports person on Irish Twitter in 2020.

Other stars in the spotlight included Conor McGregor, and Man United’s Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.

People also paid tribute following the death of American basketball player Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash and more recently of soccer legend Diego Maradona.


Ariana Grande was the most tweeted about musician in Ireland in 2020, followed by the country’s own Niall Horan and his former bandmate Louis Tomlinson as the year celebrated #10YearsOfOneDirection.

Jedward also made a splash on Irish Twitter in 2020, with their colourful tweets varying from encouraging those around the island to #WearAMask to nominating themselves for the position of EU Commissioner after the resignation of Phil Hogan in the wake of the #Golfgate scandal.

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