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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Irish stag party who wore Hitler masks in Jewish area 'a disgrace'

Members of a stag party who wore Hitler masks and swastika armbands near a Jewish quarter in Prague have been branded "repulsive" and a "disgrace" by a publican in the city.

Irish pub owner Frank Haughton said a group of around 25 men from Cork also verbally abused locals and slapped waitresses on their buttocks on Saturday.

Mr Haughton, who owns two pubs in Prague, branded the group as the worst stag party he had ever encountered and a "huge embarrassment to Ireland".

"Some of the guys were well behaved but they were let down by the vast majority of them. When you have a group that behaves like this, the whole group gets tarnished.

"Eventually we had to stop serving them and ask them to leave," Mr Haughton said.

The father of the bride - who wasn't on the stag himself - defended those who went on Cork's 96fm radio this morning saying: "They're not cowboys. They're decent guys.

"There is no malice in them, there's no harm. They went away for a nice time. You can't control all the people there," he said.

"When they found out what was after going down, they went away and changed their clothes and went over and they apologised.

"A lot of them are in their 20s and their 30s - they probably hadn't a clue what was going on in World War II," he told the station.

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