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Top Google searches 2014: Ed Sheeran beats Harry Styles to most Googled celebrities - but what did Belfast people search for?

Ed Sheeran and Beyonce were the most Googled celebrities of 2014 beating off the likes of Harry Styles and Jennifer Lawrence.

As Google release their annual statistics of what people searched for the most across the UK - what was the most popular in Belfast?

In 2014 the World Cup dominated searches along with Scottish Independence, the Ebola outbreak and the Oscar Pistorious trial.

Google is the world's most popular search engine, with more than two trillion searches registered in 2013.

The 'How to' searches revealed what new skills and advice people were looking for in 2014.

In Belfast the most popular searches included how to shuffle, how to cut, how to hypnotize, how to animate, how to squat and for the more romantic - how to kiss.

The top ten trending searches for Belfast was dominated by the death of Peaches Geldof and Robin Williams.

Garth Brooks also trended following fans heartbreak surrounding the cancellation of his gigs in Croke Park.

It was followed by the Grand National 2014, Flappy Bird, Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ebola, Michael Schumacher.

And of course there was a healthy dose of searching for our favourite celebrities.

Topping the most searched female celebrity list of 2014 was Beyonce.

Behind her was Jennifer Lawrence, Katy Perry and Ariana Grande.

The most Googled male star of 2014 was Ed Sheeran.

He pipped Jay Z to the post and was followed by One Direction star Harry Styles and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Charitable causes also dominated the search engine as people looked up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge nd the No Make Up Selfie.

Meanwhiile on the big screen  2014 was the year of superhero movies, with Transformers 4, Captain America 2, Thor, Robocop, Iron Man and Superman­ Man Of Steel dominating the movie searches.

The deaths of Peaches Geldof, Robin Williams and Rik Mayall also featured in the top 10 trending searches list.

Hull City were the fourth most searched for Premier League team, ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City.

Liverpool topped that particular table ahead of rivals Manchester United, with Arsenal in third.

Michael Schumacher was the top sportsperson search of the year as people looked up how the seven-time Formula One world champion continued his recovery from a skiing accident.

Former footballer and I'm a Celebrity star Jimmy Bullard also made it into the top 10.

Across the UK traditional holiday locations like Paris, New York and Amsterdam remained high but in 2014 interest grew for Italy, Iceland and Portugal. 

Most popular Belfast 'how to' searches for 2014

how to: cut, shuffle, hypnotize, animate, squat, kiss, save, solder, lunge, factorise, kickflip, purge, wallpaper, write, deadlift, divide, hairstyles, floss, flirt, snog

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