SAM McNicholl of Connolly’s Bar in Leap found an innovative way of wishing his customers ‘Happy Easter’ when he went into full Jesus mode on Facebook.
‘People do say I have a bit of a Jesus look,’ Sam told The Southern Star, ‘but dressing up like Christ wasn’t my idea. I just went along with it for the weekend that was in it.
‘My friend, Barra Vernon – a photographer from Cork – was down in Connolly’s for the weekend and he told me, “Dress in all white and come down stairs.”
‘I asked him why and he said, “Just trust me,” so I came down in white shorts and a white t-shirt, but he said, “Go again,” and then I came down wearing the white shirt. It was only when he told me to stand on a stool that I could see what we were doing and I relinquished myself. It was just a bit of fun. It was more about having a laugh at myself because despite what people might say, I don’t have a Jesus complex.’
It was only after the stool was Photoshopped out that Sam said he got a proper look at the final image, a faux crucifixion.
He said: ‘My face was sore from laughing because, let’s face it, it’s a bit ridiculous.’
When asked if he thought that some might find it offensive, Sam – who runs the well-known music venue with his mother Eileen – replied: ‘I don’t think so, don’t some people wear a symbol of the crucified Christ around their necks? I certainly didn’t mean to offend anyone. Although the photographer did say to me, “We’re going to hell now.”
However, the reaction on Facebook has been positive.