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Top comments of the week

Here’s our round-up of the most interesting and most popular comments from the past seven days. Did you make it in?

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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 that Ann Summers’ lingerie party, Trinity’s gates, Sky Sports and gay penguins.

So here are the standout comments from the week that was.

The 5 most popular comments this week

1. Mark Byrne got the top comment of the week with 2,185 thumbs up by keeping it short and simple. 

Correct judgement!

He was referring to the High Court’s decision to dismiss a woman’s claim for damages after she was injured during an Ann Summers’ lingerie party. 

2. Following last weekend’s “sandstorm”, chateau nove de pope made 1,689 of you (and us) laugh. 

Was disgusted , sand on the outside and the storm blew coffee cups , sweet wrappers and coke cans inside my car too !!!!!

3. D1 also makes the list – with 1,566 green thumbs – with this analysis of the sex toy game High Court judgement mentioned above. 

Good to see this judgment. Not every trip or fall is somebody else’s fault. If the same injury happened at home to a child you’d tell them “get up, what to you expect all jumping around like a bunch of wild animals”.

4. This week, DailyEdge.ie told you about the couple who won the lotto three times in just one month. Stiofán De Priondárgas reacted – and 1,514 readers liked it. 

I’m constantly winning the Nigerian lottery

5. 1,347 people appreciated BattleoftheAxe‘s tongue-in-cheek remark about the Trinity Front Gate incident earlier this week. 

He should have enough points to get in now!

PastedImage-12933 The temporary gates in place at Trinity College Source: jammie1 via reddit

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week

1. Both Government parties down as Sinn Féin surges in latest poll (328 comments)

2. First gay marriage takes place in England and Wales (256 comments)

3. Package with ‘white powder and a swastika’ sent to Alan Shatter’s home (218 comments)


4. Poll: Are you concerned about climate change? (207 comments)

5. Photos: Four arrests after protesters throw paint at the Department of Justice (197 comments)

Some of the best comments left on the site this week

Parents know best – but sometimes their best is bizarre as Eoin and molly coddled highlighted with these two comments about how their parents fixed ailments.

When I was 11, I dislocated my knee in school. No joke, for 3 days my dad gave me lemsip (his cure for everything) and I remember being given bisodol tablets too. In the end I had to ring my mam to collect me and bring me to a doctor. Still to this day if my dad has anything wrong, he hides away in his room and starts banging down the lemsips (max strength) until he is all good again
Friend of mine swore by a remedy for a tickly throat, pinch of cayenne pepper in tepid water, just sip it, told my mum when she was suffering from the dreaded ‘hair in the throat’. Next day I phoned to see if the remedy worked, my mum said “GOD NO, I was coughing up black bits all day”, she had used black pepper, I laughed a lot.

Revelations of Ireland’s first gay penguins – and the possibility of a wedding – brought out all the comedians on Thursday. Pierce2020 said:

Black tie only I guess

Saul Goodman asked:

Did these two birds meet on Plenty of Fish? (I’ll get my coat)

Sticking with animal stories, joe power won the best comment-crossover this week. Referring to the sheep-goat born in Kildare, he wrote on an article about Dublin eatery Restaurant Patrick Guilbald making a global Top 100 list:

I see they doing a special there tomorrow night to celebrate,roast geep limited stock.

As you’re probably aware, we love a bit of nostalgia here at TJ HQ so Sara McSweeney‘s comprehensive analysis of Bono, U2 and the Joshua Tree had to make it in today. We also enjoyed the use of the word begrudgery.

Remember getting the bus home from school in Cork & a few of the Pres school boys having the Joshua Tree LPs on the day it came out. The excitement was huge. We were so jealous – it took me a few weeks to get the tape (ahem). I saw them in Pairc Ui Chaoimh that year but was more impressed with UB40 on the day. It was the last album of theirs that I knew every song. I wouldn’t have had much time for Bono over the years but met him after a Ryan Adams concert & he was a very courteous guy. I feel there’s plenty of others who should be ahead of him on the Irish Begrudgery list

And on the same theme….let us (re)introduce you to Mary-Ann from Glenroe.

Hello all…My name is Grace Barry and I played Mary-Ann Byrne.Blaithnaid Tracey played Denise and she is indeed presenting on RTE 2 now. We still keep in touch.I live in London after studying Drama in DIT. Working in a theatre and trying to get the acting this moving over there.I have to say that this article brought back some great memories and the comments have put a huge smile on my face. Thanks for this! G x

(We also discovered that day that our own Paul Hosford was taught by Glenroe’s infamous Fidelma.)

Ever embarrassed yourself at Mass when you were little? Where everyone you know in the entire world is congregated in the one place? Oh Lord. Máire Ni Bhrosnachain had a great example.

At mass a few years ago, 3 men came in, walked right up to the front of the church while everyone was standing. Poor buggers probably thought it was the start of mass, and then the priest says “Go in Peace”. I was scarlet for them but in fairness they got a great laugh out of it!

There was one television station that was almost forgotten in this week’s Sky Sports/GAA/RTÉ/TV3 debacle. And that was TG4. John O’Sullivan worked to right that wrong.

In all this everyone forgetting bout tg4 …they are broadcasting the guts of 80 games per year and their coverage is second to none …thank you tg4 and i forward to another three good years

Kathleen Maloney’s story of her first visit to Ireland – her ancestral home – was met with a generous and warm response from our readers. Most commenters wished her the very best, while Chris Klesius could relate to her journey.

I envy Kathleen!! It was my dream to find my great-grandmother’s family or even a birth certificate or an idea of an area where she lived before her family emigrated to America when she was 14. Dead end after dead end – it’s like she never existed but she did – I knew her!! I remember visits with her and my great-grandfather!! Oh well. Happy for her!!

Spot any good comments? Send them through to us by email at sinead@thejournal.ie.

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