Tuesday 16 January 2018

Prague bar boss blasts Irish stag party over Hitler masks

Prague at night
Prague at night
Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

An Irish stag party has been branded "an embarrassment" to the country after some members donned Hitler masks while just feet away from the Jewish quarter in Prague.

The actions of some of the group of Cork men have also been described as "truly repulsive" by publican Frank Haughton, who was "appalled" by the men's actions.

Irishman Mr Haughton added that some of the men verbally abused people who confronted them over the masks.

Some members of the group of 25 to 30 men also slapped his female staff on the bottom before making "sexually offensive comments", he claimed.

The group, many from the Blackrock area of Co Cork, were celebrating Aidan Foley's upcoming nuptials at Mr Haughton's bar, Caffrey's, in the Czech capital.

However, after a number of hours drinking in a seated area outside the front of the pub, some of the men donned the offensive masks.

Mr Haughton, who says some of the members of the group should be "absolutely ashamed" of themselves, claims hundreds of people witnessed their "atrocious" antics and in 22 years he only had two groups who caused difficulties - both Irish.

"Hundreds if not thousands of people passed by and saw their carry on," he said of the busy tourist spot on the Old Town Square.

"When an elderly couple approached them and told them that they were offensive, they were told to 'f**k right off', that they could do what they want. They were a disgrace to themselves, their families, and a huge embarrassment to Ireland," he said.

"But their language, their inability to have any respect for anything, was repulsive. These guys just didn't give a damn."

Mr Foley's future father-in-law Donal O'Callaghan jumped to the group's defence yesterday and said it was "just a joke that got out of hand" and it was being "blown out of all proportion".

"They are a good bunch of lads and that publican was very quick to lambast them," he told the Irish Independent.

"They were there for nine hours, why did he continue to serve them?"

Mr O'Callaghan said the group were just having "a laugh and the craic" and claimed they "didn't know anything about World War II history."

He said Mr Foley, who is due to marry his daughter Geraldine in the coming months, is a "great lad who doesn't deserve the attention".

Irish Independent

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