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Top comments of the week

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EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we take a look at all the best comments left on the site by our readers over the past seven days.

This week there was a lot of talk about climbing Croagh Patrick, Cecil the Lion and people’s sex diaries.

So here are the standout comments from the week that was.

The 5 most popular comments this week

File Photo A retired parish priest has called for badly eroded sacred mountain Croagh Patrick to be declared off limits for many activities until a proper conservation plan is implemented. Fr Tony King wants the 764m mountain to be off-limits to extreme s File photo Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

1. Rod_TenⒸ didn’t hold back when giving his opinion about people who climbed Croagh Patrick in very bad weather, ignoring warnings. A three-year-old child got hypothermia as a result.

Parents should be charged with negligence, morons

Some 3,951 of you agreed.

2. The sex diaries published as part of our ‘Sex Week’ series inspired Stiofán De Priondárgas to share how his Saturday went:

Saturday “nothing to note” that wouldn’t happen in my gaff it’s the busiest day of the week:
7:30 got up had cornflakes fed the sheep & cattle
9:20 did some fencing cu@t$ got out again. 10:35 weighed the lambs still not heavy enough, 11:45 headed up to the home house had a fry. 12:50 went to the bog 5.27 came home and had some spuds, 6:42 fed cows and sheep again, put in the ducks & hens, 7:30 headed to mass 8:15 headed to the pub for a few pints 12:45 headed to town to get the shift or ride. 3:45 arrived home after a supermacs got no shift and no ride

His comment got 2,826 green thumbs.

11817262_478625112305491_4778486743951846488_n-2 Walt Palmer (left), the American dentist who killed Cecil, with another lion. Source: Facebook

3. The killing of Cecil the Lion got a lot of people talking this week. Some 2,638 of you liked Stephen Duggan‘s take on the situation:

I don’t get why they do it, never have, never will. Hunt to eat, as in killing deer and buffalo I get, I know many who do it and the animal is fully butchered and eaten. This crap of shooting and killing for “sport” is wrong on so many levels.

4. When Sinn Féin passed a motion to drop the ‘London’ from Londonderry, Jimmy Jim-Jim noted:

The only place that had six consecutive silent letters in its name.

That one got 2,571 likes.

katie-lynch-390x285 Clare's Katie Lynch Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

5. Before the Clare and Dublin camogie teams were offered play-off, they withdrew from taking part in a controversial ‘coin toss’ to see who would proceed in the championships. Marty Flood, and 2,270 others, took this view:

Correct decision. Well done to them both.

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week

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1. Eurostat’s released its finding … but the government’s sticking to its guns on Irish Water (437 comments)

2. Are you a cyclist? Here are the 7 offences you can get fined €40 for (315 comments)

3. Ireland’s newest political party says racism accusations are “nonsense” (302 comments)

4. Irish Muslims are protesting against ISIS today (245 comments)

5. Poll: Would you like to see a united Ireland? (244 comments)

Standout comments of the week

Permanent TSB admits wrongdoing Jeremy Masding, chief executive of Permanent TSB, with a note saying Serious, controlled, no smile. Source: Brian Lawless

After it emerged 22 people lost their homes because of mistakes made by Permanent TSB, OU812 had this to say:

Lets not forget those who’s marriages broke up over extra financial hardship, or those who took or attempted to take their own lives because they could see no way out, the kids of families who had to go without for years, the ones who were hit by bank charges because standing orders bounced with the burden of higher than normal payments.
How about those who couldn’t afford to buy food, or didn’t turn on the heat for an extra couple of weeks in winter, people who are now on medication for depression or blood pressure… people who’s credit ratings were destroyed… All because the mortgage was prioritised.
This bank & it’s management intentionally defrauded these people. Not one of them will see jail or any penalty.
I’ve been affected by this, as well as someone else I know. It’s been six years now. I’ll never get that time back, nor will my family. I’m glad it’s coming to an end, but there’s a very bitter taste in my mouth.

tinder profile Source: GoTinder.com

During the week, we took a look at Tinder – and why and how people use it.

John Shaft wasn’t buying that Irish people aren’t into hooking up just for the sake of it…

“Too Irish to do casual”..I stopped there as I’m not into fiction

Meanwhile, after Irish Water Safety warned swimmers to watch out for rip tides Conor Power gave this advice:

If you haven’t before it is worth looking up what to do when you are caught in a rip. A rip is a flow of water perpendicular to the shore so if you try to swim straight back to shore it will tire you out and that’s when things go wrong. Swim diagonally towards shore and hopefully you should swim out of the rip. Easier to visualise if you look at diagrams.

On a great DailEdge.ie piece, 11 things Irish people desperately need Americans to know, catherine had this to say:

They have little boxes of lucky charms in Dealz sometimes. My daughter bought them once. She’s still not right God love her.

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Finally, Stephen M shared his thoughts on getting older:

I’m nearly 29 and I realised to my horror the other day how old I am getting when I stopped my fiancée from throwing out a broken wooden spatula. Somehow by instinct I decided that I might need that piece of wood to stir a tin of paint that I don’t own yet. It has its place in the DIY box now.

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