Sports tournaments dominated Google searches in Ireland this year, according to figures released by the online search engine.

The delayed European Football Championships - which was still known as Euro 2020 - was the most searched topic based on the metrics the company uses to compile the list.

Google says they compile their top trending searches based on queries with the highest amount of traffic over a sustained period in 2021 compared to 2020.

Under that criteria, the Premier League, which saw Manchester City reclaim their title from Liverpool, was the second most popular topic overall, while Danish football Christian Eriksen, who collapsed during a match at the aforementioned European Championships, was the fith most-searched topic overall and the most-searched individual.

Irish Olympic Gold medalist Kellie Harrington was the fifth most Googled person this year.

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic meant that 'coronavirus' was the third most popular Google topic, while it had a major influence on the questions people asked the search engine.

Queries such as 'How to register for the Covid-19 vaccine' and 'How to do an antigen test' were among the most popular 'How to...' questions people asked Google.

Other Covid-19 related questions in the top trending searches included ‘How to book a Covid-19 test’, 'How to apply for the Covid-19 payment’ and ‘How to get the Covid-19 certificate’.

Netflix provided the most Googled television programmes, with Bridgerton and Squid Game taking the top spots ahead of terrestrial fare like Love Island and Eurovision, which both returned to screens after being postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic

Brexit also had an impact on the lists, with 'What is Article 16' the most popular 'what is...' question of the year.

Overall Searches

  1. European Football Championship
  2. Premier League
  3. Coronavirus
  4. Seesaw
  5. Christian Eriksen
  6. Champions League
  7. Zoom
  8. Prince Philip
  9. Virgin Media Player
  10. Sarah Everard


  1. Christian Eriksen
  2. Gordon Elliot
  3. Alec Baldwin
  4. Matt Hancock
  5. Kellie Harrington
  6. Travis Scott
  7. Joe Biden
  8. Tiger Woods
  9. Emma Raducanu
  10. Tyson Fury


  1. Prince Philip
  2. Sarah Everard
  3. Sean Lock
  4. Gabby Petito
  5. Sarah Harding
  6. Nikki Grahame
  7. Helen McCrory
  8. DMX
  9. Dustin Diamond
  10. George Nkencho

How to

  1. How to register for the Covid-19 vaccine
  2. How to make Iced Coffee
  3. How to do an Antigen test
  4. How to book a covid-19 test
  5. How to get rid of fruit flies
  6. How to do the Jerusalema dance
  7. How to solve a Rubix Cube
  8. How to apply for the Covid payment
  9. How to get the Covid-19 certificate
  10. How to buy Bitcoin


  1. European Championship
  2. Premier League
  3. Christian Eriksen
  4. NBA
  5. Ryder Cup
  6. England v Italy
  7. The Masters
  8. Ireland v New Zealand
  9. Wimbledon
  10. Ireland v Portugal

TV Shows

  1. Bridgerton
  2. Squid Game
  3. Love Island
  4. Eurovision
  5. Mare of Eastown
  6. Behind her Eyes
  7. Firefly Lane
  8. Line of Duty
  9. Kin
  10. Your Honour


  1. Pancakes recipe
  2. Waffles recipe
  3. Shepherd's Pie recipe
  4. Pizza Dough recipe
  5. Carbonara recipe
  6. Cheesecake recipe
  7. Vegetable Soup recipe
  8. Cake recipe
  9. Apple Crumble recipe
  10. Red Cabbage recipe

What Is

  1. What is Article 16
  2. What is cop26
  3. What is a close contact
  4. What is happening in Afghanistan
  5. What is the taliban
  6. What is a blowhole
  7. What is Squid Game about
  8. What is Ramadan
  9. What is a verb
  10. What is impeachment