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Google has released a list of the top Irish internet searches for the past decade. Photo by: Collage by Eileen Murphy

What have the Irish Googled in the past ten years? Death, sex and gossip

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Google has released a list of the top Irish internet searches for the past decade. Photo by: Collage by Eileen Murphy

Trending search topics included Euro 2012, streaming movie service Netflix, the 2012 Olympics and controversy over the Household Charge. The tragic deaths of abducted Welsh toddler April Jones and Irish ex-pat Jill Meagher were also frequent search topics.

Boxer Katie Taylor headed up the People search terms thanks to her Olympic achievements, followed by Kate Middleton and her reproductive achievements. Whitney Houston’s shocking death on the eve of her triumphant comeback put her on the list, while Rosanna Davison’s triumphant appearance in Playboy put her at number six.

2013: Miley Cyrus put her twerking gear into motion at the VMAs. Source: Celebuzz.com
2013: Miley Cyrus put her twerking gear into motion at the VMAs. Source: Celebuzz.com

2013

So far in 2013, the burning question for Irish web searchers is “What is Snapchat?” followed by queries on fracking, KPMG, austerity and Spotify.

The People searches are more obsessed with scandal and controversy than death this year, though the shocking drug-related demise of “Glee” star Cory Monteith put him in the top spot. Sadly, “Sopranos” actor James Gandolfini’s death put him in fourth place.

And while Miley Cyrus didn’t make the list on top People searches, her signature move has prompted perplexed Irish googlers to ask, “What is Twerking?”

To see the complete list of Ireland’s most popular Google search terms over the past ten years, visit www.google.ie/about/birthday.

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