Families of those murdered in Derry on Bloody Sunday have demanded an apology from a popular bar in London’s Covent Garden after it emerged ‘Sundae Bloody Sundae’ ice-cream cocktails are on sale there, each decorated with toy soldiers in firing positions.
The name of the item on the menu at the Adventure Bar has been described as “totally disgraceful and insensitive” by John Kelly, whose brother Michael was among those murdered by British paratroopers during a civil rights march in the Derry on January 30, 1972.
“It is sickening that someone could profit from the murder of our innocent civilians and the families demand an apology for this insult,” Mr Kelly told the ‘Journal’ today. “I just cannot understand why they would name any cocktail after Bloody Sunday and then put a toy soldier on top - a soldier in the process of shooting - and think it is acceptable?”
“For anyone to make a profit by naming an ice-cream cocktail after the murder of our innocent people is totally disgraceful and insensitive. They should be ashamed of themselves and they should withdraw this from their menus now. No-one with an ounce of human respect should buy this; it’s an insult to the memory of our loved ones,” the Bloody Sunday campaigner added.
The existence of the cocktail was highlighted by a customer from Northern Ireland who was “horrified” to read it on the drinks menu.
Adam McGibbon (25), ordered the bizarrely named cocktail to see what form it took and photographed it.
“The cocktail arrived - ice cream, chocolate sauce and a little toy soldier toting a rifle on top,” said the Belfast man who described the concept as “grossly offensive.”
“I decided to publicly shame them over it. They should remove the cocktail. I’m disgusted by it, I think most Irish people will be disgusted by it, and I think the people of Derry will be disgusted by it too,” he said.
Mr McGibbon decided to challenge the bar in question through social media. “Adventure Bar’s responses seemed to initially say that the cocktail was intended to be a ‘tribute’ to those lost, which is completely ridiculous,” he said.
The issue has also caused a furore in Derry, with local politicians weighing in behind families and survivors to demand the removal of the offending item.
Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney said the ‘Bloody Sundae’cocktail was totally insensitive and should be removed from sale immediately.
“People in Derry will be shocked and outraged that anyone would even contemplate putting such an item on sale,” Mr McCartney said. “It is totally insensitive and hurtful, especially for the loved ones of those murdered and injured on Bloody Sunday.”
Foyle SDLP MLA, Colum Eastwood, revealed he has already written to the bar requesting the drink’s removal.
He said: “Any right thinking person will be shocked and annoyed that such a drink is being sold in London. The drink’s symbolism is hurtful to the true memory of Bloody Sunday and hurtful to the families who still bear the burden of the horrors inflicted that day. I have written to the bar in question to request that the drink is immediately removed from sale.”
Mr Eastwood said that following the release of the Saville Report “it was hoped that many of the untruths and perceptions about Bloody Sunday had been washed from the face of history.
“This incident is perhaps a small reminder that more work is required so that the truth of that day, of the unjustified and unjustifiable killings, is fully accepted and understood,” he added.
The ‘Derry Journal’ contacted Adventure Bar Covent Garden for a comment but it has yet to respond.