Ex-Taoiseach Charlie Haughey among most-Googled

 Former Taoiseach, the late Charles Haughey

FORMER Taoiseach Charlie Haughey, who left politics 23 years ago, was the top trending politician on Google in the Republic this year.

Figures released by Google today show that the late Fianna Fáil leader beat Fine Gael's Leo Varadkar and US presidential candidate Donald Trump to top the list of the 10 most searched for politicians in the Republic.

Mr Haughey, whose legacy has been tarnished by financial scandals, features on the Leaving Certificate history syllabus. A three-part drama, Charlie, covering Mr Haughey's career between 1979 and 1992 was broadcast on RTÉ in January.

The most searched for topic in the Republic this year was the Rugby World Cup, hosted in England and Wales. Although Ireland did not manage to go past the quarter final stage, the team is now ranked sixth in the world.

UFC mixed martial artist Conor McGregor was number three in the top trending list of searches and was also the most searched for sportsperson.

The 27-year-old Dubliner is UFC Featherweight Champion and has been credited with popularising mixed martial arts. He ended a successful year by beating José Aldo in a 13-second knockout victory in Las Vegas at the weekend.

Google searches this year were dominated by news stories including the Paris terror attacks in November, the Charlie Hebdo attack in January and the murder of Irish student Karen Buckley in Glasgow in April.

Matt Cooke, head of Google’s News Lab in Europe, said: "Our annual Year In Search survey provides a fascinating snapshot of our interests and obsessions throughout the year".

Google Top Trending lists 2015
Top Ten Trending 

1.     Rugby World Cup 2015
2.     Karen Buckley
3.     Conor McGregor
4.     Paris
5.     Lamar Odom
6.     Lady Colin Campbell
7.     Jurassic World
8.     Eurovision 2015
9.     Charlie Hebdo
10.    Operation Transformation 2015

Top Trending Sport Events 

1.     Rugby World Cup 2015
2.     Cheltenham 2015
3.     Wimbledon 2015
4.     Cricket World Cup
5.     Ploughing Championships 2015
6.     Six nations 2015
7.     Mayweather vs Pacquiao
8.     Copa America
9.     Grand National 2015
10.    Champions League Final

Top Trending Sportspeople

1.     Conor McGregor
2.     Jonah Lomu
3.     Ronda Rousey
4.     Tyson Fury
5.     Stephanie Roche
6.     Jurgen Klopp
7.     Manny Pacquiao
8.     Pedro
9.     Ian Madigan
10.    Shane Long

Top Trending People

1.     Karen Buckley
2.     Conor McGregor
3.     Lamar Odom
4.     Lady Colin Campbell
5.     Ed Sheeran
6.     Jeremy Clarkson
7.     Cilla Black
8.     Tony Fenton
9.     Jonah Lomu
10.    Ruby Rose


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