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Father-in-law defends Irish stag party for wearing Hitler masks, says they didn't know about WWII

The group of 25 to 30 men also shouted abuse at elderly customers and accosted female members of staff.

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THE OWNER OF an Irish bar in Prague has described how an Irish stag party wore Hitler masks and acted aggressively towards other customers.

In a letter to The Examiner today, Frank Haughton, who owns two pubs near the Jewish quarter in Prague city centre, said that the group of young men from Cork were an “embarrassment to Ireland”.

Haughton, who owns Caffreys Irish Bar where the incident took place, said that the group of between 25 and 30 men “should be absolutely ashamed of their behaviour”.

He described how the men wore the masks and shouted abuse at elderly customer and treated “waitresses as sex objects”.

They were asked to leave shortly after entering the bar because of the masks and their behaviour.

It was said that the men did not leave the bar quietly and their language towards staff “was fairly red” upon being thrown out.

Response 

Speaking on Cork’s 96 FM this morning, the father of the bride to the stag involved in the incident, Tony, came to defence of the group.

He said that the party was made up of members of a football team and that the group most likely “didn’t have a clue what was going on during World War Two.”

When the offence the masks were causing was brought to the attention of those in the stag party, the group of men “whipped them off straight away”.

He went onto say that if a man accosted his daughter in the way that the group is said to have acted towards waitresses in the bar, he would “probably give him a clatter around the ear. I can’t speak for these guys though. I can only speak for myself”.

“Let Ireland down” 

Speaking about the incident on RTÉ’s The John Murray Show this morning, Haughton said that the young men had, “let themselves down, let their families down, and let Ireland down”.

He did clarify however that the men had not been wearing other Nazi paraphernalia as had previously been stated.

He said that “it is a shame when it is an Irish group who top the pile for being without doubt the worst group I have ever seen.”

He said that his businesses did not have any difficulty “with 99%”of hen and stag parties that came over but that this incident had made him more wary.

He said that he was planning to bring in a security guard now for the weekends.

When asked if he would consider stopping the groups from coming into his bars he said that such action would result in substantial financial loss.

Read: The London-based Irish pub where pints are exchanged for Panini stickers

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