Wexford woman persuades Dublin City Council to welcome McGregor home with online petition
Published 29/12/2015 | 00:00
Following Conor McGregor's big win in the UFC Featherweight final, a Wexford woman called on the country to give the champion the homecoming he deserves.
Paula Keville from Wexford set up a successful online petition for Dublin City Council to hold a ceremony on McGregor's return to his homeland. After the eager fan received 25,000 signatures, the Council confirmed that a civic reception will be held for the champion before the end of January 2016.
In a statement released by Dublin City Council, Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh 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.'
The statement continued: 'It was important for us to contact Conor and his management team before making any public or media announcements and to make sure that he would welcome the reception and also ascertain his availability.
'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 progresses.'
Paula's campaign received plenty of attention across social media, with dozens of retweets and shares from all over Ireland and abroad.