Every year, Google compiles a heap of data and attempts to organise the world's information into a 'Year of Search' - a neat package of popular search terms, people, and topics that came up over the year.

Thanks to the on-going pandemic, people across the globe have once again stayed home and stayed curious this past year.

In Ireland, it seems we've been asking the internet about the COVID-19 vaccine, Olympic gold medalist Kellie Harrington, Love Island and pancakes.

How to...
While Coronavirus continued to dominate the news agenda this year, it did drop one place in the overall most Googled list to take the third spot.

Every day, millions of people turn to Google to ask questions, and the pandemic drove even more concern for our health with 'How to register for the Covid-19 vaccine' being the most Googled question of the year.

In lighter news, the summer heatwave (and the influence of Love Island) saw Iced Coffee take over with 'How to Make an Iced Coffee' being the second most popular question people asked Google this year.

  • How to register for the Covid-19 vaccine
  • How to make Iced Coffee
  • How to do an Antigen test
  • How to book a covid-19 test
  • How to get rid of fruit flies
  • How to do the Jerusalema dance
  • How to solve a Rubix Cube
  • How to apply for the Covid payment
  • How to get the Covid-19 certificate
  • How to buy Bitcoin

Recipes
While banana bread and scones topped last year's list, 2021 saw comfort food being brought to the next level with pancakes, waffles and shepherd's pie breaking into the top ten.

TV shows
Unsurprisingly, staying indoors for much of they year, people continued to search for ways to stay connected and entertained at home with Netflix smashes Bridgerton (starring our own Nicola Coughlan) and Squid Game
taking the top spots this year for searches for TV shows.

  • Bridgerton
  • Squid Game
  • Love Island
  • Eurovision
  • Mare of Eastown
  • Behind her Eyes
  • Firefly Lane
  • Line of Duty
  • Kin
  • Your Honour

What is...
As the Brexit transition period came to an end and the UK officially left the European Union, Irish people turned to Google to find out the implications with "What is Article 16" being the top what if question of the year.

  • What is Article 16
  • What is cop26
  • What is a close contact
  • What is happening in Afghanistan
  • What is the taliban
  • What is a blowhole
  • What is Squid Game about
  • What is Ramadan
  • What is a verb
  • What is impeachment

Hot topic
With the easing of restrictions this year, sport became one of the most popular topics that people turned to Google to find out more about over the last 12 months.

In fact, sporting topics take the top two spots on the overall Google Year in Search list, with the European Football Championships the most searched trend followed by the Premier League.

Most notably, Olympic Gold medalist Kellie Harrington became the fifth most Googled person of the year.

COVID-19
While Coronavirus continued to dominate the news agenda this year it did drop one place in the overall most Googled list to take the third spot.

Every day, millions of people turn to Google to ask questions, and the pandemic drove even more concern for our health 'How to register for the Covid-19 vaccine’ was the most Googled question of the year.

Other Covid-19 related questions in the top trending searches included:

  • ‘How to do an Antigen test’
  • ‘How to book a Covid-19 test’
  • ’How to apply for the Covid-19 payment’
  • ‘How to get the Covid-19 certificate’

Take a closer look at this year's trending lists here.