- 02 Aug 23
Google has released its year in search data, which confirm the Irish fascination with weather and sports.
When Google first launched in Ireland 20 years ago, it was billed as a new technology that put the world's knowledge right at your fingertips. Rather predictably, the most frequent queries of Irish people were weather-related.
Google's annual Year in Search divides its data into two primary categories: topics, which include all relevant search terms related to the word or phrase that was input, and queries, which pull up a smaller more specific set of results.
Weather was the top query overall and the fourth most searched topic. The next most searched topics were news, followed by "RIP," google, and RTÉ.
The most searched topics in sports were Premier League, Sports Association, and World Cup respectively. Premier League also led the top sports queries, followed by World Cup and Football.
The two fastest rising queries last year were Chat GPT, spelled with and without the space. Prince Harry came in as the tenth most searched query overall.
Ireland's top "what is" questions were NATO, Monkeypox, Wordle, an Oligarch, and NFT.
Explore the data in more detail, and see how Ireland's searches stack up worldwide here.