Tuesday 21 October 2014

Pub slammed for encouraging Leaving Cert students to start drinking at 10.30am

Emma Jane Hade

Published 13/08/2014 | 13:02

The initial tweet from the pub
A subsequent tweet from the pub

A CORK pub has apologised after it issued a message on social media encouraging celebratory Leaving Certificate students to start drinking at 10.30am.

Alcohol advocacy groups have slammed the popular ‘Bishopstown Bar’ in Co Cork, after they sent a message on their official Twitter page  this morning which wished the students receiving results today the “best of luck”, and added: “Remember we serve alcohol from 10.30am”.

After coming under fire for the comment, the pub then sent a message which said they were forced to remove the “best of luck to result getters” due to a complaint.

Sarcastically adding:  “We apologise for any best wishes we wished people”.

Conor Cullen, from Alcohol Action Ireland, said that this message was an example of the negative encouragement which young people are “continuously exposed to” in relation to harmful binge drinking.

“Due to the Leaving Cert results celebrations we have seen young people targeted by venues, particularly with offers of cheap alcohol, on social media in recent days.

“There is nothing remotely amusing or light-hearted about this type of Tweet,” he added.

“Getting the Leaving Cert results can be an emotional and, for some, a stressful time, particularly for those who may not have done quite as well as they had hoped.

“If you add alcohol into the mix this can make an already challenging situation even more difficult for young people, particularly if they engage in binge drinking.”

A spokesperson for the ‘Bishopstown Bar’ said they had “no comment”. 

However, they confirmed that their social media was outsourced to an external company, who they have since made contact with.. 

They admitted that the incident was regretful, but that they had no direct involvement in the issuing of the message, adding that the situation is currently being dealt with.

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