A social media campaign is underway to help get a Buncrana teenager to Comic-Con International in San Diego.
Thirteen-year-old Lochlainn Kelly had been planning the trip to the annual entertainment and comic convention for the past two years.
It was his “be-all and end-all” and he even forewent birthday presents over the past two years, asking only for dollars to fund his trip.
But Lochlainn, who has highly-functioning Asperger’s Syndrome, saw his dreams “come crashing down around him” last week when he failed to get a pass.
He woke early in the morning and ensured everything was ready for the start of the sale.
However, demand was high and each 120 seconds, the page would refresh automatically.
Lochlainn and his family waited as the page refreshed 30 times before the event completely sold out.
His brother, Rory, told the Journal that his brother “walked upstairs with sheer disappointment covering every single millimetre of his face.”
Rory said that Lochlainn had intended to also visit Los Angeles while on the trip but has now deferred that, deeming it “pointless.”
Rory has now started a social media campaign in the hope the organisers of Comic-Con will see it and somehow Lochlainn will get a badge for the event.
Everyone tastes disappointment and has to get over it at some stage. But spare a thought for my brother - his dreams have been taken away from him as quick as a candle being blown out.Rory Kelly
He says that while he’s aware thousands of people may also be in the same boat as Lochlainn, he is “sure that the disappointment he is feeling will last ten times longer than anyone else’s.”
He added: “Everyone tastes disappointment and has to get over it at some stage. But spare a thought for my brother - his dreams have been taken away from him as quick as a candle being blown out.”
Rory’s plea, with the hashtag #LochlainnCon has already been shared across Twitter and Facebook.
Rory stressed there is no financial issue, they are just hoping to get Lochlainn a pass. He is hoping the people of Donegal and Derry will help out by sharing his plea across social media with the hashtag #LochlainnCon to help Lochlainn’s “dreams come true.”
Comic-Con International takes place in San Diego in July.