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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Nike apologises for 'Tan' runners

Nike's new SB Black and Tan Quickstrike trainers have been criticised

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.

The ' Nike SB Black and Tan Quickstrike' is named after the drink made by mixing stout and ale -- usually Guinness and Harp or Bass -- in a pint glass.

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."

Irish Independent

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