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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 killing of Garda Tony Golden and the tragic Carrickmines fire.

The 5 most popular comments this week

15/10/2015 Funeral of Garda Tony Golden St. Oliver Funeral of Garda Tony Golden at St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, Co Louth. Source: Eamonn Farrell

1. The nation was shocked by Garda Tony Golden’s tragic death. Some 3,566 people agreed with Donna Moss went she wrote:

Tragic for all involved. To die on duty is heartbreaking for AGS. RIP

2. When it emerged that a Westlife song was used as part of CIA torture methods, colm connolly said:

2fm did the same thing for 10 years to the irish public

That one got 2,804 green thumbs.

3. Rob Cahill summed up how most people were feeling after the Carrickmines fire and Garda Golden’s death last weekend:

what a tragic and sad weekend

4. Not_Rod_Ten© had this to say under an article about the Carrickmines fire:

A temporary 20 year halting site.

He got 2,738 green thumbs.

5. Matt Donovan wrote this after a Dublin man who staged a prolonged violent attack on two people over bus seats was given a suspended sentence:

Absolute joke of a sentence & an insult to the victims! As a bus driver this made my blood boil when it happened. Dirty degenerate slime!

His comment got 2,701 likes.

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week

1. On-duty garda killed in Louth shooting (259 comments)
2. Carrickmines fire victims remembered at candelit vigil (235 comments)
3. Stand-off at Rockville Drive: Still no solution after second day of talks (225 comments)
4. Martin McGuinness: ‘I never talk about shooting anybody but I was a member of the IRA’ (216 comments)
5. Killer of Garda Tony Golden was dissident republican with chequered history (199 comments)

Standout comments of the week

tony-golden-2-310x415 Garda Tony Golden

Garda Tony Golden was laid to rest on Thursday. The 36-year-old father of three was shot and killed on Sunday evening at a house in Omeath, Co Louth as he accompanied a domestic violence victim to her home to collect her belongings.

Thousands of people attended his funeral.

Deborah Behan had this to say:

As is proper that we show our appreciation to Garda Golden for literally putting his life on the line for us Irish citizens. It should also send a message to all the other Gardai about our appreciation for their protection.

Cathriona Daley added:

As a person who lost a parent at a young age i can sympathise with his children, but to have your parent taken from you in such a horrific unimaginable way, I cant even begin to comprehend. Hopefully in time they will learn to cope with their loss, finding some comfort in the knowledge their father sacrificed his life for someone who could not defend themselves against this cruelty. RIP Anthony Golden

download (1) A young girl leaves flowers at the scene of the fire. Source: RollingNews.ie

Damian Long shared his thoughts about reaction to the fire that claimed ten lives in Carrickmines last weekend:

I’ve resisted temptation in the past to post on a variety of journal threads but in the interests of allaying posters linking this family with the serious criminal actions of others- ive known this family for years- very decent people. put stereotypes aside this is a human tragedy, pure and simple. my thoughts are with them

Meanwhile, catkins407 had this to say about the tragedy:

Terrible news this morning. I’m betting DFB are doing a brilliant job as usual and getting anyone out alive from fires in caravans or mobile homes is really nothing short of a miracle. Not many positives beyond that. Here’s hoping the injured make a full recovery. Condolences on this devastating loss this morning.

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Maria Mhic Mheanmain shared this great idea for helping to bring a little sunshine – or at least the memory of it – into winter:

I have an old bottle of sun screen from that glorious summer 2 years ago. It has a very distinctive smell and I spray it on my wrists because the smell reminds me of that warm sunshine, really brings me back.

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Gerard Casserly had this to say about Contactless payments:

Thinking I was like a boss paying contactless…… Then told I must use my pin…. Oh these first world problems….

While Tweety McTweeter added:

I think I’m gonna hold out for retina scan payments

IrishGravyTrain had this response to Playboy’s announcement that it will stop publishing photographs of fully nude women:

Doesn’t bother me. Only bought it for the articles anyway. : )

download (3) Source: Café Paradiso via Facebook

We’ll leave the final word to Chewey Bacca, who had this to say about a Cork vegetarian restaurant that has been named the best in Ireland:

They do a lovely 10oz broccoli

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