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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 Jeremy Clarkson, the same-sex marriage referendum and Neighbours.

So here, in no particular order, are the standout comments from the week that was.

The 5 most popular comments this week

1. Huey’s take on the Jeremy Clarkson affair got him 2,153 thumbs up.

I reckon Oisin is in for a nice payout from this ape

2. Asked whether he will watch Ryan Tubridy or Ray D’Arcy, Brian Harney got 1,831 green thumbs for this short answer. 

Graham Norton

3. Seems like ThE DucKz NuTz is not a fan of Jeremy Clarkson either. He got 1,797 thumbs up for this memory.

I hope so…… years ago when he took the first top gear show to ireland he said to the live irish audience…… ‘sorry about not coming here sooner to do a show….. we are just getting around to countries we once owned’ ……. what a w-nker…..

4. Al Ca was impressed with Tourism Ireland’s Greening Initiative. And 1,712 of you were impressed by his comment. 

It really is amazing, the turning green of these icons of the world is done on a ‘shoestring’ budget. Hats off to the diplomatic skills of the people involved in making this happen……even ‘TheGreat Wall of China’ goes green this year!

5. Greg Ward was impressed by the radio tribute to Tony Fenton this week, where each station played Say A Little Prayer at exactly 2.30pm. He got 1,634 thumbs up.

What a nice thing to do. RIP Dude

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week


1. These students rang their grannies to talk about same-sex marriage (299 comments)

2. ‘Every time another engagement or wedding is announced I feel more like an outsider’ (246 comments)

3. An Irish feminist group stopped the London St Patrick’s Day parade (242 comments)

4. When are gardaí supposed to use pepper-spray? (217 comments)

5. Support for the government has SHOT UP since Christmas (215 comments)

Debate of the week 

Was this Conan O’Brien sketch offensive?

Source: Team Coco/YouTube

There were varying views. Dónal Mac Cormaic said:

Don’t find it offensive. Don’t find it funny either. It’s just plain stupid.

Fitzz30 didn’t see the offence either.

Anyone who is slightly offended by this should lighten up. If you can’t take a slagging then don’t slag anyone else.

While Nollaig Kelly added:

That’s a big fecking potato

Standout comments of the week

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day and people recalled loving memories of mammies present and passed. Dede Doodlebop, heartbreakingly, has both.

Lovely piece indeed. My mother is gone, but still alive, she exists in a horrific twilight realm. Her essence and spirit has been gradually eroded over the past ten years by the vile creepings of Alzheimers disease. If your mam still knows who you are give her an extra squeeze today.

Speaking of mums, there was a very proud one, Caroline Smith, in the comments section of our article about a young girl’s decision to donate her hair to make wigs for children with cancer:

I’m Róisíns mum and so proud of her. She smiled the entire way through the haircut, not a hint of a tear. Don’t forget to donate to help reach the €5k target

Following his decision to return home from the One Direction tour due to “stress”, a lot of you agreed with Lad‘s prediction about Zayn Malik’s future:

He’s quit the band.

We predict lots of tears.

‘Donate 21′ popped up a lot on Twitter over the last few days, as part of a campaign to raise awareness about Down syndrome.

Liam Caseiro Liam Caseiro from Santry Source: Declan Masterson Photography via the Down Syndrome Centre

trickytrixster threw in her two cents on the subject.

Children with downs are some of the sweetest kids you’ll ever meet,such pure affection and love in their eyes,it’s amazing how far they are advancing in what they can do now and what used to hold them back

A lot of people agreed with Pontius Pilatus‘ view of junior doctors having to work shifts longer than 24 hours.

32 hour shift for a medical professional expected to operate at the highest standards? What sheer lunacy. It’s also Dickensian.

Finally, we love Lily‘s memory of Neighbours, the Australian show that turned 30 this year.

Got stopped from watching neighbours in 87/88 because of the story line between Kylie and Jason. They were discussing where/when they should get it on and my dad asked if I knew what they were taking about. I said ‘yes’ and that was it, neighbours banned. I was 7/8 at the time. Haven’t watched it since.I do love Home and Away though.

With contribution by Órla Ryan

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