Belfast Telegraph

Monday 5 October 2015

Bar says sorry after turning away Healy

By Claire McNeilly

Published 12/06/2007

The Belfast bar that turned away Northern Ireland hero David Healy has unreservedly apologised to the football star.

And the 27-year-old super striker last night told the Belfast Telegraph that he had forgiven Café Vaudeville for a highly embarrassing incident at the weekend, when he and several of his mates were refused entry.

Kieran McGuigan, director of Cafe Vaudeville, described the incident as " so embarrassing," especially as the Arthur Street venue is very popular with the Northern Ireland squad - and Healy is one of the province's most recognisable faces.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last night, Healy said: "Myself and a few friends were just out catching up in Belfast.

"We went to the bar, we were told it was full up and moved on. It was no big deal."

He added: "I certainly don't hold anything against anyone and I am happy to go to Café Vaudeville for something to eat some time in the future when I'm in Belfast."

Meanwhile Mr McGuigan said: "We would welcome the patronage of David Healy with open arms.

"He arrived around 11.30pm on Saturday night and our doorman, who isn't a football fan, didn't recognise Mr Healy. He told him he wasn't getting in. It all happened in a split second."

He added: "The place was packed and I understand there were about 40 people queuing at the time.

"But it's so embarrassing. David and a lot of other players come here frequently."

Mr McGuigan - who wasn't working last Saturday night - added that, as a goodwill gesture, Cafe Vaudeville has offered David and his wife a meal in the restaurant the next time the Leeds United player is home.

Healy last night said he was "happy" to accept.

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