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Boy with diabetes prevented from bringing water into cinema receives apology

Bryan Keelan Jr was going to see Ant-man when the incident happened.

A CINEMA HAS apologised after it prevented a nine-year-old boy from bringing water into a screening.

The incident happened at the Arc Cinema in Drogheda.

Writing in a Facebook post, Bryan Keelan expressed his disappointment that his son, Bryan Jr, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes three months ago, was prevented from bringing water into a screening of Ant-man as it had not been purchased on the premises.

A staff member was allegedly informed that the child had the condition but still refused to allow the water to be brought in, despite being shown a medical wristband the child was wearing.

Speaking about the incident in a Facebook post, father Bryan Keelan said that it had left him “sick to the bottom of my stomach” and that going to see the film had been a “special treat” for his son.

In a statement this evening, the Arc Cinema in Drogheda has issued an apology for “any hurt and upset experienced as a result of Bryan’s recent visit to the venue”.

arc cinema drogheda Source: Arc Cinema Drogheda

The go onto say that strive for the “highest standards of integrity and professionalism” at the cinema and that they aimed to ensure that “lessons learned from this occurence will be implemented quickly”.

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