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Dublin: 12 °C Wednesday 24 September, 2014

Top readers’ comments of the week

Here’s our round-up of the best, the most interesting and the most commented-on pieces from the past week. Did you make it in?

Sunshine in Dublin this week
Sunshine in Dublin this week
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we take a look at all the best comments left on the site by you lot over the past week.

This week there was a lot of talk about internet privacyracist attacks in Dublin, a protest in Bray, the unexpected sunny weather, and which ice pop is definitively the best.

So here, in no particular order, are the standout comments from the week that was.

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week

1. ‘Messages of hate’ appearing around Dublin, says immigrant group (323 comments)

2. Unfinished Anglo HQ defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti (232 comments)

3. Poll: Do you go out to pubs? (220 comments)

4. University of Limerick to investigate students’ role in dog death (185 comments)

5. Support for abortion in cases of rape drops (178 comments)

Some of the best comments left on the site this week

Look, no rain! (Image: Met Eireann)

Given the unexpected current sunny spell, people had a LOT of contributions to the article about things you always overhear on an Irish sunny evening. Here’s just three from Donal Flynn, Loughlin Moore and Beth Murphy:

“Don’t worry it’ll turn brown”…3 days later peeling like an onion.
Great drying in that weather !
I got into the shower and turned it down to one thinking it would be cold. It was still warm

A giant flourescent pink slug was discovered in Australia this week. Although as Chief PP In TeePee noted:

Maybe he’s an ordinary slug and he just came out. It is 2013 after all times are changing

There was a lot of debate between vegetarians and meat-eaters this week about who had it better. There were also a few amusing stories, such as this one from baby talk about her aunt who tried to cater for her vegetarianism:

Have been a vegetarian for 13 years. An aunt of mine recently invited myself and my hubby for Sunday dinner, i starved myself all day looking forward to a good home made dinner. ” I know your a vegetarian ” said my aunt proudly as I sat eagerly awaiting my meal, “so I only gave you bacon” she gleamed and presented me with a plate of potatoes , carrots and 3 rashers all covered in gravy !!!!! #truestory

Potentially useful tip of the week comes from Maurice Riordan who had this advice beneath the article on tips to avoid excess baggage fees:

Scales used for calculating your baggage weight at the airport must be calibrated and a calibration certificate must be present at the station. Many of the no-frills airlines are woefully lax in keeping these up to date, so if you are overweight and feel that this is incorrect, ask for the cert. If it is out of date or not present, as is usually the case, you are under no obligation to pay anything extra until a compliant scale is produced. It’s happened to me a few times and staff will normally just wave you through for fear you will draw attention to the situation.

Meanwhile the most bizarre thing spotted in traffic this week comes from Lorraine Valentine, with this particularly unusual one:

Saw someone at Newlands Cross stuck in traffic one day playing a saxaphone in his car waiting for the lights to change! Better than messing with your phone i suppose!

The warm weather brought out an unexpectedly heated (ho ho!) debate about the greatest and worst Irish icepop. On a slightly tangential note, Sara Mooney McSweeney had this story about how she once saw the Greatest Irish Ice-Pop being made:

I had to visit the HB factory in Rathfarnham years ago for work. It’s very hard to keep the cool professional exterior in place when you’re watching Tangle Twisters being made…felt like I had gone thru the Magic Door….unfortunately they’re all made outside Ireland now (the Tangle Twister is way smaller now & the stick is pathetic – still yum though)

And finally, Mark O’Sullivan saw the funny side in an entire article about how there was sunny weather ahead:

haha we must be the only county in the world where the fact it isn’t raining is a headline.. brilliant

The 5 most popular comments on the site this week

(CTK Photo/Stanislav Zbynek)

1. The most popular comment on the site this week came from Damien Kelly, who detailed his experiences with crystal meth beneath an article about the increase in its use in Ireland. His comment got 1,692 thumbs up:

Not ashamed to say I became addicted to meth for three years. I looked ravaged and stank. Lost friends, job, home, dignity. The come-down and depressions were torture, which kept me on it. I saw a few guys die in the time i was on that scene. Luckily though, I didn’t lose all my friends and they got me out of the dark hole I was in. I learnt a big lesson from it and am now in university. Dangerous drug. Please never, ever try it.

2. Bit of a double-whammy this week for second and third place. Eamonn Connaghan, who got 1,1618 thumbs up for his suggestion for one of the annoying things women say to men…:

Question: Do you want anything while I’m in the shop?
Women’s response: yeah, get me something nice.

3. And Eamonn Connaghan also got third place for his immediate follow-up comment on the same article, which garnered 1,280 thumbs up:

Question: Do you want anything from the chipper?
Women’s response: No thanks, I’ll have some of yours.

4. In fourth place was Seán Butler who got 1,047 thumbs up beneath this article about things you always hear on an Irish sunny day:

The thing I love most about this hot weather is the short skirts and low cut tops.

Although, they do make me look a bit gay.

5. Rounding out the top five this week is H Scall with 933 thumbs up for this comment on the article about the Czech woman who gave birth to quintuplets this week (above):

She looks great for someone carrying 5 babies and due to have them tomorrow!! I hope it is a success and all babies are born healthy.

Spot any good comments? Let us know! Mail christine@thejournal.ie with any suggestions for next week’s comments of the week.

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