Some deer in the Phoenix Park this week. Definitely not a metaphor for some of the discussions on the site. Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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Here’s our round-up of the funniest, most thought-provoking and interesting comments you lot made this week. Did you make it in?

EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we like to take a look at all the best comments left on the site by you lot over the past week.

There was a lot of talk this week about the US election, the new children’s hospital, and the murder of Aoife Phelan. Then there was Gabriel Byrne’s criticisms of The Gathering, the Garda colouring book (really), and whether or not it’s ok to wear socks in bed. It’s been a strange week.

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

Is this the most helpful dog in the world? In this video, an owner asks his dog to close a door, find a frisbee, get a water bottle, and lots of other tasks which the dog happily does. Claire Cullen-Delsol predicted that it could only possibly end one way:

This dog will eventually get frustrated with menial tasks, kill his owner, assume his identity and live his life better than the man would have himself. Fact.

This Monet painting sold for more than €34 million this week. Worth it? Graham Kiely wasn’t convinced:

I sketched around my hand in 1980. Offers above 200k.

Working from home: overrated and boring or living the dream? Lot of commenters went for the former but Marilyn Maroney explained why she likes it so much:

I’ve worked from home for 5 years and love it..! It takes discipline but it only takes a short while to get into that groove shaves about 3 hours off my day commuting downtown, saves money on transportation, wear and tear on car, lunch money , clothes .. I don’t know how I used to take a train downtown for so many years before …

A study on Thursday found the majority of carers are heavily stressed. Antoinette Victory explained her own experience – and why it’s not just an issue of money:

I an carer for my mother with dementia. Frankly, I think you are all missing the point. Carers suffer isolation which in turn causes stress which causes ill health. Carers would welcome some support from not just the state from society at large. The lack of financial support is only one aspect. If a parent like the gentleman above gives up his employment to take care of his daughter gets very little sleep, no holidays no social outing no amount of govt money will support him. Society needs a change of attitude and change of heart take some responsibility go visit and support him today. Stop expecting politicians to ease the pain go share it. Be a decent neighbour look around open your eyes and heart help.

This is a long one but it’s interesting. The preservation of part of Moore Street in Dublin where the 1916 Rising leaders met for the last time was up for discussion yet again this week. Sinabhfuil pointed out that the buildings could be used to tell Ireland’s story:

When French, Hungarian, American, British, Italian, etc tourists come to Dublin they ask “Where did your revolution happen? Where can we go to understand the story?”

If we could build a battlefield trail, from the GPO through what Taoiseach Enda Kenny called the Laneways of History where the GPO garrison fought in 1916, and build a museum of 1916 in the terrace of houses that they occupied in Moore Street, it would be a fabulous tourist draw. Tourists love narrative, they love story. When I went to Paris, I wanted to stand in the square and walk the roads where the French Revolution took place, and I was fascinated by the stories Parisians told me, and inspired by the preservation of French history. We could do as well in Ireland!

When Kilmainham Gaol was a rotting, derelict site, volunteers worked to bring it back and make it a museum – it’s now such a huge draw that last Easter thousands of tourists had to be turned away.

The terrace in Moore Street, now so shamefully neglected, is actually one of the only remaining working-class Georgian streets left in Dublin, quite apart from its part in history. Dubliners – Irish citizens and residents – deserve for it to be preserved and returned to its former beauty and grace

The issue of whether immigrants should get voting rights in Ireland kicked off a big debate on Monday. Two very different perspectives from commenters: Kati Lemba gave her own experience of being an immigrant in Ireland:

I moved to Ireland when I was 18 and have been living here for 10 years. Went to an Irish University, paid my registration fees, paid tax, volunteered, have my home and friends here. Never once have I looked for social welfare and even if I did I wouldn’t be Irish enough to receive it. I also studied Irish politics and keep up with all the relevant issues. So why shouldn’t I get to vote on issues which will affect me as much as an Irish passport holder?
On the other hand I get to vote in general and local elections back at home, through online voting. However I choose not to use my vote because I am not familiar with the political parties and current social issues.
It’s very hurtful to see all these silly comments above, about immigrants only being on welfare, not contributing anything to the Irish society and so on. I am sure these people would love to hear and see comments like that in Australia, Canada or anywhere else.

And here, Stephen Madden looked at the flip side: votes for emigrants:

It’s a bit harsh to say emigrants never contributed to the country. I lived 28 years in Ireland before I left 2 years ago. I made more of a contribution in that time than than many people. No one is suggesting votes for grandchildren of Irish people who never set foot in the country. Or for some who left Ireland in the 1950′s and who has long since taken up citizenship. We are taking about the recent emigrants who grew up here, worked here but no find they have to move away rather than stay on social welfare.Just to illustrate how crazy the system is: Even Irish University students on a Semester abroad are denied the chance to vote. They cannot vote in elections that determine their University fees, grants etc.

Is The Gathering a good idea or a waste of money? Rónán Ó Suilleabháin explained why despite his scepticism, he thinks it will work [slightly abridged]:

I must admit I was skeptical. But I was in the states for work back in September and my flight back was loaded up with people coming, a week early, for the Navy V Notre Dame game. I chatted to a few boarding and they were young Irish American students and adults coming for ‘bachelor parties’, on their way to backpacking in Europe, just coming for a holiday and visiting some relatives. This was used as an opening to the gathering, and the US TV networks were bombarded with advertising for the trips.I have cousins in the states and all of them made one or more trips to Ireland, in their 20s, during the 90s. This bread and butter tourism of 1st and 2nd generation Irish-Americans has fallen off, and can be re-ignited by initiatives such as this.

What the gathering will hopefully do, is re-ignite that awareness of their roots. Sure, to us, it looks like scamming yanks as we scorn all that the prefabricated side of Ireland has to offer, but have any of you ever met an American who simply identified themselves as American and didn’t care about their roots?

All the gathering suggests is “Hey, you know that trip you’ve always been meaning to take? Why not take it this year. We’re expecting you, we’d love to have you, and we’re gonna try and put on an extra special show”. It’s openly a tourism drive, there’s no pretense, but no-one that comes is being fooled about their Irishness – if they decide to come, then Ireland is clearly already something that speaks to their sense of identity

This comment by Neil Richardson was one of the most popular this week with almost 650 thumbs up. On an article about a woman who was ordered by a judge to wear an ‘idiot’ sign after she drove on a pavement to avoid a school bus, he said this:

Brilliant! Drivers should be forced to display i-plates on their cars for 6 months if they are done for doing something stupid.

In the first of two swan stories this week, two men were reported to have tried to steal swans in Galway city. Darren Swan was relieved:

Thank god I got away

An anonymous reader sent in this photo of a Garda rounding up some swans for questioning (possibly) in Drumcondra in Dublin. Kerry Blake got almost 500 thumbs up for this:

Gathering 2013 starting early with the return of the Children of Lir.

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