‘A stupid idea’: clothing firm apologises for Irish crime gang designs

Craic Clothing takes range off sale after Team Hutch and Team Kinahan branding was criticised for celebrating deadly feud

An online clothing company has been forced to pull a range of T-shirts and hoodies that celebrated the two Irish crime gangs involved in the biggest feud in the countrys history.

Craic Clothing has apologised for its designs branded with the slogans Team Hutch and Team Kinahan and admitted the items were a stupid idea.

Gerry the Monk Hutch and Christy Kinahan are the leaders of two rival factions that have been engaged in a deadly turf war since a highly publicised gun attack at a weigh-in for a boxing bout in north Dublin in early 2016. Twelve people have died in the violence.

The brother of Veronica Guerin, the investigative journalist murdered 21 years ago on the orders of another Dublin crime figure, denounced the clothing range as cynical and immoral.

Irish-based Craic Clothing is a division of the German online retailer Spreadshirt.

Its Team Hutch range depicted a knuckleduster with the words Old Skool Motherfucker and Northside above. The Team Kinahan clothing contained the slogan Cartel Motherfucker accompanied by an Uzi sub-machine gun.

Before withdrawing the range, the company issued advice to those who had bought the designs. Craic Clothing takes no responsibility if youre stupid enough to wear this around town and get injured, the advice said.

The feud between the Hutch and Kinahan gangs began in September 2015 when Gerry Hutchs nephew Gary Hutch was shot dead on Spains Costa del Sol. Hutch blamed members of the Kinahan cartel for killing his nephew and swore revenge.

In February 2016 gunmen loyal to Hutch stormed into the Regency hotel on the road to Dublin airport and tried to wipe out members of the Kinahan gang, who were attending a weigh-in for a major boxing bout. Some of the attackers, who carried AK-47 rifles and wore fake Irish police security bibs, were seen on CCTV breaking into the hotel.

One member of the Kinahan gang, David Byrne, was shot dead during the attack.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us

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