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As 2019 comes to a close, the annual Google Year in Search results provide a telling snapshot of what caught the interest of the nation over the last 12 months.

The Rugby World Cup tops the overall search list for 2019 and anticipation was high across the world for the tournament that only comes around every four years. Although Ireland’s hopes of making the final were dashed quite early on, the Rugby World Cup still topped the list as people Google searched the highlights from the matches from the pool games right through to the final to watch winning South African captain Siya Kolisi giving a heart provoking speech.

The top 10 recipe searches of 2019 give us a glimpse into Ireland’s changing diet as Vegan recipes top the list, with keto, plant based, salmon, smoothie and The Happy Pear recipes all featuring in the top ten. Google searching healthy recipes reflects an ever-increasing public interest in whole foods as all the recipes that make the top ten this year are health focused with not a chocolate cake in sight.

With a European election and Brexit still ongoing, Google’s search trends show that we are still looking for answers to the great political questions of our time with ‘What is the backstop?’ topping the what is list, rising from third place in 2018 and ‘How to vote?’ coming runner up behind the always important question ‘How to boil an egg?’ in the ‘How to’ list.

The nation also turned to Google as they tried to figure out ‘What is Tik Tok?’ and whether they should be keeping up with the trends and creating their own short-form mobile videos. Other great mysteries of life Irish people were looking for answers for in 2019 include ‘how to solve a rubix cube?’ at number five,  ‘how to stop snoring?’ at number 7 and ‘how to get rid of spots?’ at number 10.

A range of sports stars and politicians dominate the most searched for ‘People’ list in 2019, with golf star Shane Lowry topping the list following his win at The Open Championship in July 2019, becoming the fifth ever Irishman to win the tournament. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was the most searched for politician in Ireland in a year which saw him take over from Teresa May as leader of the United Kingdom and call the 58th General Election. Actor Luke Perry rounds off the overall searches list following his sudden death in March 2019.

Celebrity scandals also continued to keep Ireland searching, with Rebekah Vardy making the top ten most searched for people in 2019 as a result of the “Wagatha Christie” incident in September. The Kardashians also continued to keep people guessing with ‘How to pronounce Psalm?’ trending in the wake of Kim and Kayne welcoming their third child.

Overall SearchesPeople
1Rugby World CupShane Lowry
2Gay ByrneJames Charles
3Storm LorenzoBoris Johnson
4Game of ThronesKatie Taylor
5Brendan GraceMaria Bailey
6Cameron BoyceTommy Fury
7EU Election ResultsAnthony Joshua
8Shane LowryLiam Neeson
9JokerCaitlyn Jenner
10Luke PerryRebekah Vardy


Recipes     How To 
1Vegan recipes    How to boil an egg
2Keto recipes    How to vote
3Smoothie recipes    How to pronounce psalm
4Stew recipes    How to lose belly fat
5Plant based recipes    How to solve a rubix cube
6Healthy dinner recipes    How to make French toast
7Happy Pear recipes    How to stop snoring
8Courgette recipes    How to draw
9Salmon recipes    How to make iced coffee
10Pasta bake recipes    How to get rid of spots


MoviesWhat is? 
1JokerWhat is the backstop
2The IrishmanWhat is area 51
3Avengers EndgameWhat is a dead ting
4Once Upon a Time in HollywoodWhat is fracking
5Captain MarvelWhat is Brexit
6The FavouriteWhat is a boomer
7GreenbookWhat is Tik Tok
8Toy Story 4What is lupus
9HustlersWhat is a life Sentence in Ireland
10MidsommersWhat is pansexual
John Reilly

John is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheEffect.Net. His favourite gaming series is Uncharted and his favourite film is Interstellar. He is also known to quote 'Father Ted' and Keith Lemon more than is normal.

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