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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 Jack Grealish, abortion laws and Gerry Adams.

The 5 most popular comments this week

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1. Merkler tops the list with 2,593 green thumbs with this comment about young Jack Grealish.

Don’t ever mention him again

2. On the Longboat Quay debacle, Bobby Neary received 2,376 thumbs up for this remark on the property developer.

Well Bernard mc narmara is back building again charge him for any revamp

3. After the sentencing of seven men in the horrific Tipperary home raid case, Paddy Reid got 2,069 thumbs of approval for this:

Burglary is up there with the worst crimes. People should be able to feel safe and secure in their homes.

4. We love this anecdote from Jon Mackey – and so did at least 1,997 of you.

I once left a note on the car beside me that read “you park like Stevie Wonder”
When I came back to my car a note was placed on my car saying “I just called to say… Fcuk you”
I laughed in fairness.

5. Some people, including Donna Moss and 1,809 of you, were not that happy with Ray D’Arcy’s new TV offering.

There was a time when Ray was good but then he got to be self absorbed and annoying.

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week

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1. ‘Women must decide their fate’: Thousands attend pro-choice march (312 comments)

2. No charges for Gerry Adams as McConville family vows not to give up fight for justice (291 comments)

3. Poll: Do you want the 8th Amendment to be repealed? (226 comments)

4. The US and Russia are starting “deconfliction” talks on Syria (214 comments)

5. US ‘gravely concerned’ as Russia bombs areas not controlled by Islamic State (209 comments)

Standout comments of the week

Several of you shared your experiences of miscarriage during the week.

Nina Shelton kicked off the discussion:


Thanks for sharing, guys.

Under an article about anxiety disorders, a number of people wrote about their personal experiences, including Suzanne:

I’ve been having panic attacks and anxiety for the past few months and its an awful feeling. its like for me i cant move my feet when i need to do something and them the panic sets in. i am getting help and its working slowly. it takes time and it does take it out on you and also your body. I’ve seem a lot more people talk about it and thats the good thing. i sometimes feel like am going nuts, but i know am not. i feel bad for letting people down when i cant leave the house. one of the things is i really do try not to not it get in the way of every day life. you have to try and control it coz it can easy control you. i wouldn’t want anyone else to feel it. its not nice. but i will keep on fighting it.

And Bingy:

Horrible feeling! Always find it hard to explain to others what it’s like. Especially when asked what triggers it. Colour therapy books have been a god send.

On a different note, Wayne O’Fathaigh praised Mary Murphy for keeping calm after a swan flew through her windscreen while she was driving in Cork:

Absolute credit to the driver that she managed to control her vehicle and stop safely with a swan lodged in her windscreen

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catkins407 wrote:

A seagull flew straight into the front of my car years ago when I was on my way to work. It was very scary. I was on a motorway too. Luckily for me it hit the front lower down so the headlights and front of the car got the brunt of it. I was actually picking bits of seagull out of my headlights when I parked up. The seagull seemed huge coming at the car. Scared the absolute crap out of me.

While Macus Mc Mahon added:

that swan could have broken her arm


david garland channeled his inner Springfield resident under a piece about a meteor, er, ‘on course to hit Ireland’ *coughs*:

Quick! let’s burn down the observatory so this never happens again….

Meanwhile, Colin White came up with another novel idea:

Is there anything to be said for saying another mass?

Brilliant! Why did no one think of this before?


We’ll leave the final word to the aptly named Tweety McTweeter who was concerned for poor Facebook after it went down for the third time this month:

Facebook, u ok hun? xoxoxo

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