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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.

The 5 most popular comments this week

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1. Nic Antonio got 2,326 thumbs up for this comment on an article about Senator Michelle Mulherin, who accused the GAA of discrimination against senators after she couldn’t get a ticket to the All-Ireland final:

Plenty of hard working fans that attend everything from O’Byrne cup games to league games that can’t get a ticket either.She can stick that sense of entitlement.

2. On the same article, Mary Murphy got 1,259 green thumbs for this comment:

She went to one game and the last match??? Great supporter you are Michelle. Don’t put yourself out now. Delighted she got no ticket. She doesn’t deserve it

3. In what’s becoming something of a trend, the third most popular comment this week was – you’ve guessed it – also on the Michelle Mulherin article. Here’s Martin O’Rourke, who got 965 green thumbs for this:

She should have asked Pat Hickey!

4. Sandra Roe Sheridan got 912 thumbs up for this observation after a man fell to his death in Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre in Dublin during the week:

The people looking after him were so kind to him and protective of him and his privacy. RIP

5. In fifth place was Cathal Jenkinson with this gem, getting 908 thumbs up for his comment on the article about Dublin Bus going on strike for a number of extra days:

Typical. No bus strike for ages and then 10 come along at once

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week

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1. Trump on  Clinton’s pneumonia: ‘I hope she gets well soon’ (302 comments) 

2. The annual hajj pilgrimage will climax for around 1.5 million Muslim pilgrims tonight (220 comments)

3. FactCheck: No, the reported side effects of the HPV vaccine do NOT outweigh the proven benefits (206 comments) 

4. Hillary Clinton says she didn’t disclose pneumonia as she ‘didn’t think it was that big a deal’ (195 comments) 

5. Clinton all smiles after pneumonia drama as Trump prepares to release his health records (191 comments) 

Standout comments


On an article about the LÉ james Joyce rescuing almost 2,000 migrants earlier this week, the commenter Oonaghpoonagh asked the question we were all thinking:

Not sure what the EU’s plan is here on this? Like is this just going to roll on day after day with no solution other than sail around collecting boats full of refugees? Like do they have a limit or is this just the way it is now?

This was an interesting perspective from Rebecca De Stanleigh on car insurance and all the problems with it at the moment (a lot of people agreed with her – she got 569 thumbs up):

Was in an accident a few years ago where my friend was hit by an elderly man and both cars were wrought off. Nobody injured thank god but I did get a slight touch of whiplash and a bad bruise from the seat belt. Loads of people asked why I didn’t claim off the oul fella.Why would I? I was fine. The car would be replaced. The poor old man got enough of a fright without being slapped with a false injury claim. Karma is real lads. Don’t push your luck.

We love a good pun here, so we were very appreciative of this effort form Val Rossi on the article about how Leonardo DiCaprio wants people to spy on fisherman who are illegally fishing:

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Ratting on someone just for the Halibut

We also enjoyed this one from Chris about how Google blurred out the face of a cow on Google Street View to protect its identity:

That cow is on a witness protection program . Very responsible of google to conceal the cows identity.

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Ryan Kelly got a fair amount of thumbs up (413) for his comment on an opinion piece about a man who says he was fired from a bar for speaking Irish.

Should speak Irish as much as he wants! Obviously just not when people haven’t a clue what he’s saying. Is é ár dteanga náisiúnta!

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