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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 football and the Irish supporters.

Ireland fans celebrate after Wes Hoolahan scored a goal Tommy Grealy / INPHO Tommy Grealy / INPHO / INPHO

The 5 most popular comments this week:

1. Footage emerged online during the week showing Russian football fans attacking English supporters in Marseille. Beachmaster contributed this wry remark, referencing Russian nesting dolls:

The trouble with fighting a big Russian hooligan is, if you knock him down then a slightly smaller one appears, you knock him down and then another slightly smaller one appears, and so on.

That comment got 1,475 likes.

2. Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 people and injured many more in a gay nightclub in Florida last Saturday night. Barry Kelly commented on the article to share his thoughts:

An act of pure evil. May those who were murdered rest in peace

His comment got 1,318 likes.

3. A 2-year-old child was dragged underwater and killed by an alligator in Walt Disney World in Florida during the week. Several “No swimming” signs were posted but no signs mentioned alligators in the area. John Appleseed shared his thoughts on the signage:

No swimming signs should be replaced with man eating alligators signs. Paddling is not swimming. Very sad. Poor family.

His comment got 1,217 green thumbs.

4. A poll during the week asked readers whether they think some football teams should be banned over the behaviour of fans at competitions. Peter Hilliard suggested an alternative for the fans with good behaviour:

And the teams with the best supporters automatically qualify for the quarter finals. Just a suggestion.

1,147 others agreed with his idea.

5. A Dutch woman was convicted of adultery in Qatar after she reported being raped while on holiday in the country. Mccumhail said people should boycott the 2022 World Cup, which is to be held in the country:

The 2022 World Cup should be boycotted.

Their comment got 1,137 green thumbs.

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week

1.  Off to France without a ticket? We’ve ELEVEN of (probably) the very last pairs for Ireland-Belgium (This article got 628 comments)

2.  Florida gay nightclub worst mass shooting in US history: 50 dead and 53 injured (This article got 491 comments)

3.  British Labour MP Jo Cox has died after being shot and stabbed on the street (This article got 232 comments)

4. Poll: Would you like to see Britain leave the EU? (This comments got 209 comments)

5. Orlando shooter was a homophobic killer, deliberately using the ‘Isis’ name (This article got 199 comments)

Standout comments

When Ireland faced Sweden in their first game of Euro 2016, we conducted a poll asking if people would take time off work to watch the match. Phil Quinlan said he’d just sustained an injury that will put him out of action for the summer:

Fractured my hip last weekend at the beach – recovery 3-12 weeks!

Get well soon Phil.

19/6/2015. Body and Soul Arts and Music Festivals Sasko Lazarov / Sasko Lazarov / /

The weekend weather report isn’t exactly what people heading to Body and Soul festival want to hear – but it could be worse. Luca Costa commented on the image for the article:

That’s a handy extra arm that girl in the photo has attached to her bag. Genius invention.

trinity-access-programme-emer-glanvile-4 Paul Sharp Paul Sharp

This story about a woman dropped out of school aged 16 and went back later in life to graduate from Medicine in Trinity generated plenty of reaction. OU812 commented to share her mother’s experience:

It’s great program. My mother who left school at age 13, graduated with distinctions in English and history at age 58 a couple of years ago & immediately started volunteer teaching at an adult education school to give back.She’s retired now but has halted over 130 adults achieve their leaving certificate and nearly 14 to go on to third level.

Download Festival 2009 EMPICS Entertainment EMPICS Entertainment

During the week former Slipknot drummer, Joey Jordison, said the reason he quit the band was due to multiple sclerosis (MS). He is now motivating others to fight the disease. Sandra Sinnott commented to applaud the musician:

I have MS and am not remotely disappointed in his comments. MS has many different forms, some more severe than others. I have friends with MS and none of us have the very same symptoms so its impossible to compare. Losing the use of your legs for any period of time is hardly something you can call minor. For me exercise, the gym and physio keeps it manageable, which is as close to beating it as I am going to get . As far as I am concerned its good to see someone with any form of MS doing well and putting in the work to get there if they need to and are able to.

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