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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 the woman who ran a marathon with no tampon while on her period, Paul Murphy’s arrest and the Leaving Cert results.

The 5 most popular comments this week

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1. Catherine didn’t get the point of the London marathon runner’s decision to participate in the race without using a tampon while on her period. It seems 2,105 of you didnt’ get it either.

I’m sorry what sort of stigma is she trying to overcome ?? What does your period have to do with feminism because I have never ever heard of being discriminated against because of having a period? From reading that article I still can’t fully comprehend what aim she is trying to achieve? I just think what she did was very unhygenic. Stigma of having a period? come on!

2. Short and simple from Si Fagan got him 1,965 green thumbs after Shay Lowry claimed the biggest win of his career.


3. Following the guilty plea of Alexander Pacteau to the murder of Irish nurse Karen Buckley, Guy Incognito got 1,882 thumbs up for saying.

lock him up, and throw away the key.

4. EB also had some thoughts on the London marathon runner, with 1,694 readers agreeing with him.

That is truly stomach churning. Has she no self pride? Shitting is a natural bodily function but we don’t go around showing the world our skidmarks.

5. And, again, Paul Radford got 1,533 green thumbs.

Close on 4billion females on the planet and now all of a sudden everybody needs to be made aware of a natural bodily function.Attention seeking, me thinks !

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week


1. Pro-life group clashes with Amnesty over decriminalising abortion (459 comments)

2. Gardaí investigating how media knew about Jobstown charges before Paul Murphy did (296 comments)

3. Visiting Ibrahim Halawa in prison, I saw the devastating impact of his incarceration (293 comments)

4. Paul Murphy: ‘No one told me I’m going to be charged over Jobstown protests’ (292 comments)

5. Over 20 people, including a TD, will be charged in connection with the Jobstown Irish Water protest (251 comments)

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Other standouts

It was revealed this week that loads of us bring our phones to the toilet. Thomas Maher wasn’t shy about it.

I don’t bring the paper to the jacks anymore.. I bring the journal!!

Paul Flynn shared what is probably a very scary memory for his mother after she gave birth, and was about to leave the hospital with somebody else’s baby.


Moccy Fondoo shared his love of a lost one with us.

I lost my beloved Boxer, Hector, on 21/Oct./’09 @ 17:54h. on Torc mountain Killarney, Never saw him again, dropped everything & searched non-stop for 2 months, ads, posters, chasing up every boxer sighting, interviewed hundreds of walkers, hikers, residents, I still live in hope that he is Ok and hopefully, we are reunited. If not, I hope he was picked up by a lovely family who treasure him as much as I did, although that would be almost impossible.

Sean O Briain had some solid advice and a story for everyone getting their Leaving Cert results and CAO offers tomorrow.

To anyone who didn’t get the results they wanted today, please don’t worry. The leaving cert does not define who you are. I failed my leaving cert due to skipping school due to depression. I felt awful afterwards, and felt like a disappointment.

When I turned 23, I went to college as a mature student and got a degree.

All the leaving cert defines is where you stood for one isolated year of your life. Irrespective of what your results were, there is an entire life ahead of you. Make the best of it.

What do you think of O Swetenham‘s alternative to the tricolour?

Yeah definitely. I think a picture of a muscle bound St. Patrick with a potato cannon slung over his shoulder, standing in an emerald green chariot being pulled by a load of swans with the words ‘Erin go Bragh Mother Fcuker’ emblazoned beneath it in fiery ginger letters would be pretty eye catching.

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