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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?

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 Tuam babies, the Leaving Certificate and the World Cup.

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

The 5 most popular comments this week

1. On Monday, we asked you whether hosting duties for the 2022 FIFA World Cup should be taken off Qatar? Lorem Ipsum got 2,329 thumbs up for his answer. 

Never mind Qatar, FIFA should be stripped of the World Cup

bus gif Source: Liam Phelan via YouTube

2. Following the above incident, there was a verbal argument between the bus driver and the cyclist. This is what N had to say on the matter, receiving 1,924 green thumbs. 

Sour incident but as a person who has spent a long time cycling in and out of town I have to say that generally bus drivers are excellent when it comes to being aware of cyclists and treating them with respect.As for taxi drivers….

3. On Thursday, TheJournal.ie reported on 32 job losses in Cork, where the accountants now have to train their replacements in Stanley Black & Decker’s. Bryan Mills had 1,861 of you agreeing with him when he said: 

Train a replacement.. Oh sorry Mr Decker, but kindly fuk right off.

4. Back to the cycling incident above, The Doctor received 1,561 thumbs of the right colour for this. 

If there is one thing that drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can agree on, it’s taxi drivers…

5. And sticking with Qatar as well, Greg Ward was awarded with 1,491 thumbs up for agreeing with Lorem’s sentiment above. 

Definitely. They gave it to a country with no infrastructure, 50C temperatures in the summer, where there is no beer and they hate women. Sound like a fine plan.Give it to England. They could host the world cup in the morning.

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week

1. ‘I’ll run you over’: Dublin Bus probes driver-cyclist row (320 comments)

2. Allegations about mass grave of 800 babies ‘being taken very, very seriously’ (268 comments)

3. Opinion: Mass grave ‘filled to the brim with tiny bones and skulls’ shows how we cherish children (265 comments)

4. What is the worst building in Ireland? (251 comments)

5. Column: How the Catholic Church and the media thought Satanic cults were a real danger to young people in the 1980s (180 comments)

Some of the best comments left on the site this week

Do you remember Sam ‘Comment Baby’ Phelan? His Dad, Brian, first came to our attention with a comment on 10 June last year. He wrote:

In bed now .. Can’t sleep so I have a towel over my head and iPad so I don’t wake my better half .. After two miscarriages .. She had scan today 8weeks pregnant .. Fingers crossed and yes she can toss and kick as much as she wants :)

Seven months later, little Sam entered the world and his family kept us up-to-date with his progess. Brian was overwhelmed by the kindness and good wishes sent to him by TheJournal.ie readers.

Hi Michelle, i wrote on one of your articles about 8months back and i got one of top comments about my pregnant partner, that after two miscarriages she can kick and push me around the bed as much as she wants..I think it was an article on sleep..lol well i am sitting in the coombe car park waiting to go up to my partner. She is having a c-section this morning….And i will meet my son for the first time….I got alot of kind  replies to that comment i just wanted to let ye know ….thanks again Brian…da in training
He was a little poorly yesterday and is in ICU in the Coombe , but today he is doing amazing … And life is sooooo good … Mother is a emotionally and physically wrecked …. But it is a really good news story he is going to be a special man born on the same day as Elvis and David Bowie lol… We want to thank u and ur team for showing kindness … I will try to forward u a pic … He is so beautiful …

And five months since then, we’ve got to meet the little lad for ourselves. The Phelans came into our offices on Thursday…here’s how little Sam is faring.

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    Sam with parents Brian and Jo.
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    Our Cliodhna having a go.
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    TJ reporter Michelle, who initially wrote about Sam, gets a cuddle.

And now back to business…

As we head into the summer, warnings have already been issued about not leaving dogs in locked cars. Jane Travers reminded us that we also need to be careful with the childer.

People can be incredibly stupid. The same goes for leaving children in cars. I rescued a child from a black car parked in full sun outside a supermarket during the heatwave last year. All doors and windows were shut, the child had been warned not to open any of them. He was bathed in sweat and close to passing out. I phoned the gardaí who took it very seriously, said I could well have saved the child’s life. Don’t leave any living creature in a parked car on a warm day!

Norman Hunter had this short-and-sweet description of the Labour leadership contest.

Jobsbridge Joan or Medical Card Alex, great choice for the membership. Labour’s rebirth begins.lol

Meanwhile, James Reilly is in trouble this week and looks set to lose his seat at the top of the Healthy table. The Hooded Biscuit, for one, is happy about it.

Finally, I can have a cigarette in peace

There was a lot of chat about the Junior and Leaving Cert exams as they kicked off this week. Some of our readers are going back for Take Two. Best of luck to Shalalovely.

I’m ten years out of school now and going in to sit honours irish next Monday & Tuesday to hopefully try and get into primary school teaching!

And for when the exams over and the real world beckons, Emily Elephant had some advice for the young people.

Before you start a new job, memorise this important sentence: “It was like that when I got here.”


Hazel Loftus got in for our Wordplay of the Week on this DailyEdge.ie piece about the 396 voters who are due a sloppy kiss from a horse.

Neigh thanks

What trends would you like to see make a comeback? Montys Moonshine started this:


Finally, in a TJ first, a husband and wife have been caught commenting on the same article, without knowing the other’s actions.

On a piece about what type of sleeper you are, Derek Hatchell wrote:

I am all of them and an imsomiac, oh yeah, ive 2 kids sure !

Niamh Hatchell then had this to say. And the whole thing just made our day.


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

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