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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 Searches People
1 Rugby World Cup Shane Lowry
2 Gay Byrne James Charles
3 Storm Lorenzo Boris Johnson
4 Game of Thrones Katie Taylor
5 Brendan Grace Maria Bailey
6 Cameron Boyce Tommy Fury
7 EU Election Results Anthony Joshua
8 Shane Lowry Liam Neeson
9 Joker Caitlyn Jenner
10 Luke Perry Rebekah Vardy


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


Movies What is? 
1 Joker What is the backstop
2 The Irishman What is area 51
3 Avengers Endgame What is a dead ting
4 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood What is fracking
5 Captain Marvel What is Brexit
6 The Favourite What is a boomer
7 Greenbook What is Tik Tok
8 Toy Story 4 What is lupus
9 Hustlers What is a life Sentence in Ireland
10 Midsommers What is pansexual
John Reilly

About 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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