NIKE has apologised after bringing out a drink-inspired St Patrick's Day-themed runner, which raised memories of the notorious Black and Tans.
The $90 (€70) limited-edition 'Black and Tan' trainers were put on sale in the US in time for St Patrick's Day celebrations.
Irish Americans protested that the name evoked memories of the Royal Irish Constabulary Reserve Force, known as the Black and Tans, which carried out a reign of terror against civilians during the War of Independence.
Ciaran Staunton, president of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, said the Nike move left him speechless.
A spokesman for Nike said: "We apologise. No offence was intended."