TWO Wetherspoons pubs in Co. Antrim have omitted the Irish Tricolour from their interior displays ahead of the Six Nations Championship.
One Lisburn-based outlet of the chain was forced to remove the flag from their decorations promoting the rugby event after staff were threatened by punters last week, according to The Irish News.
They plan to replace the Tricolour with a more neutral Irish Rugby Football Union flag ahead of Ireland’s first game against Wales in Dublin on Sunday.
Similarly, a second Wetherspoons in Ballymena has now taken the decision to exclude the Ireland flag from its bunting decorations, with only the flags of England, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy present.
The Irish Tricolour is flown at Ireland’s home games at the Aviva Stadium, but during the World Cup an Ulster flag was flown simultaneously in a bid to ease tensions among divided supporters.