Ballymac Family Makes Ireland’s Top Ten Most Viewed YouTube Videos Of 2017

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THE Fleming family from Ballymac featured in the YouTube Rewind 2017, the annual list of Ireland’s top trending videos and music videos for the past year, offering an insight into what caught our interest and imaginations these past months.

But it wasn’t the actual video of the bat flying around their kitchen that made the list, rather their appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show on US TV in its aftermath that made number 10 on the list with over 860,000 views. Continued below…

There was also a Kerry connection to No.7 on the list which was the Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser trailer which featured Skellig Michael.

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Irish music in a wide variety of forms took the top four spots this year.

A tribute song to UFC fighter Conor McGregor, was Ireland’s most-watched video of 2017. Written and performed by Mick Konstantin, a 24-year-old teacher from Kildare, the simple ditty quickly went viral the weeks before McGregor’s record-breaking bout with Floyd Mayweather in August.

And not only that, but it was so popular that Mick’s original upload also made it into 6th place, bagging him an enviable two spots in the top 10.

The enduring appeal of traditional music was confirmed by the second most watched video in Ireland in 2017, which was a stirring rendition of the ballad Green Fields of France sung by Finbar Furey and Christy Dignam on the Late Late Show in January, while in third place are young Irish brothers Seán and Conor Price performing a modern take on Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower on X Factor.

Coláiste Lurgan’s ever-popular covers as Gaeilge of pop songs have made them a perennial favourite in YouTube Rewind’s list, and this year is no different: they landed at number four thanks to their version of the smash hit Despacito (aka “I Do Dhiaidh Chomh”) during the summer.

Rounding out the list of the Top 10 Videos of 2017 were two episodes of Carpool Karaoke, the famous skit of former US press secretary Sean Spicer by Melissa McCarthy.

Top 10 YouTube Videos in Ireland 2017 (excluding major label music videos)

1. The Conor McGregor Song

2. Finbar Furey & Christy Dignam perform “Green Fields of France” on The Late Late Show

3. Sean and Conor Price Perform All Along the Watchtower on The X Factor 2017

4. Coláiste Lurgan: Despacito ‘As Gaeilge’

5. Ed Sheeran Carpool Karaoke

6. Mick Konstantin – There’s Only One Conor McGregor live video – so good it made it in twice!

7.  Star Wars: The Last Jedi Official Teaser

8. Sean Spicer Press Conference (Melissa McCarthy) – SNL

9.  Harry Styles Carpool Karaoke

10. Jimmy Kimmel Interviews Irish Family from Viral Bat Video

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