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Dublin plans for Conor McGregor reception alive-o

Conor McGregor seen celebrating after defeating Jose Aldo is to be honoured at a civic reception in his native Dublin. Picture by John Locher, AP Photo

UFC champion Conor McGregor’s native Dublin is set to hold a homecoming party in his honour next month after all.

Eyebrows had been raised following reports that the MMA fighter’s return to Ireland would not be celebrated by the city, with a spokesperson for Dublin City Council saying: “There are no plans in place for a reception.”

One fan even launched an online petition calling on city officials to ensure that the fighter got a proper welcome.

However, Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh has announced that a civic reception will take place to mark McGregor’s achievements after his historic defeat of reigning champion José Aldo to secure the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) Featherweight World Title on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Crumlin-born McGregor famously beat his opponent in 13 seconds - the fastest championship victory in UFC history.

Ms Ní Dhálaigh today said: “ I am delighted to honour Conor McGregor, world champion, in his home city of Dublin and acknowledge his wonderful achievement in the sport of UFC.

“He became world champion in such stunning style and was watched by many Irish people in the early hours of last Saturday morning. Comhghairdeas le Conor ar an éacht íontach seo. Curadh reatha an Domhain ó mBaile Átha Cliath is ea é.”

The mayor added that it had been “important” for officials to first contact McGregor and his management team before making any public or media announcements.

“We have held discussions with his team and are delighted to now be in a position to make this announcement. We will hold the reception in City Hall towards the end of January 2016 and further details will be announced as planning progesses,” she said.

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