Cork stag party 'an embarrassment to Ireland': Prague publican

Cork stag party 'an embarrassment to Ireland': Prague publican
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By Eoin English, the

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A stag party from Cork who wore Hitler masks just yards from a Jewish quarter in Prague behaved in ways that were “truly repulsive” and an “embarrassment to Ireland”, a local publican has said.

Publican Frank Haughton also said men in the group from Cork verbally abused locals who raised objections; slapped his female staff on their buttocks; and launched into a tirade of sexually offensive comments.

He said he has welcomed tens of thousands of stag parties to his venues over the last 22 years — 90% from Britain and the rest from Ireland.“We get quiet ones, good ones, bad ones but rarely truly repulsive ones,” he said.“There are two in the ‘truly repulsive’ category that really stand out and it is with sadness and shame that I must state that both came from Ireland.”

The Cork group which visited his bar on April 24 was the worst he has ever encountered, he said.

“The group of about 25 or 30 guys from Cork who were here last weekend should be absolutely ashamed of their behaviour,” he said.

“They were a disgrace to themselves, their families, and a huge embarrassment to Ireland.

“The sad part is that these guys were of mixed ages, some of whom should have known better. But their language, their inability to have any respect for anything, was repulsive. These guys just didn’t give a damn.”

Mr Haughton owns Caffrey’s on Prague’s Old Town Square, and the James Joyce, recently ranked among one of the top 10 Irish bars in the world.

The stag party from Cork, men ranging in age from their mid 20s to mid 50s, arrived at Caffrey’s the weekend before last, a short distance from Prague’s Jewish Quarter, and began drinking in the bar’s outdoor seating area. Trouble flared when they donned Hitler masks.

“This was not just insensitive but their abuse of quiet elderly customers who pointed this out was shameful and their vulgar treatment of waitresses as sex objects — words cannot describe,” Mr Haughton said.

“Their excuse was ‘we can do what we want’.”

The bar manager eventually stopped serving them and asked them to leave.

He said that he welcomes stag parties to his bars but expects them to behave to certain standards, and that his bar managers identify the main organiser, and work with him during their time in the bar.

“99% of these stag parties cause no problem at all. 99% of the time, they work with us,” he said. “Most of the stag parties are OK, a little disruptive at times, a small percentage are noisy, some are too loud. But we were close to calling the police the weekend before last.”

The incident has now prompted Mr Haughton to hire full-time weekend security at Caffrey’s.

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