'Immigrants not welcome' – Oldest Irish pub in North America attacked with anti-immigrant graffiti
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'Immigrants not welcome' – Oldest Irish pub in North America attacked with anti-immigrant graffiti

POLICE in the US are investigating an anti-immigrant graffiti attack on an iconic Irish bar and restaurant over the weekend.

The owners of Browne's Irish Market in Kansas City, Missouri - which prides itself as "North America's oldest Irish business" - discovered the vile spray-painted slogan on Monday.

The words "IMMIGRANTS NOT WELCOME" were sprayed onto the front exterior wall of the establishment - which was founded back in 1887 by Kerry couple Ed and Mary Flavin.

Current owner Jon McClain told local news station KSHB: "I wasn't aware of anything and then one of our customers came in and said 'I'm sorry about your building.'

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"I replied 'What do you mean?' and he brought me out and I saw it".

Mr McClain added that he had filed a report with Kansas City Police Department, who told him they would assign a detective to the case.

The proud Irish-American blamed a recent rise in xenophobic rhetoric in the US on the attack.

"We are not about hate. We are about kindness and love. It's a shame that somebody was ignorant enough to put that on the outside of our building," said McClain.

"Our political environment right now seems to be nurturing a lot of this type of activity.

"I feel like in many ways we've stepped back about 50 years."

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