Saturday 29 April 2017

Sinead O'Connor to sing MMA star Conor McGregor into ring for Vegas fight

Sinead O'Connor
Sinead O'Connor
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Singer Sinead O'Connor has revealed she will sing MMA fighter Conor McGregor into the ring when he fights in Las Vegas later this month.

The controversial songstress (48) is set to follow the Dublin sports star Stateside and perform The Foggy Dew before his fight with Chad Mendes tomorrow week.

O'Connor wrote on her Facebook page yesterday that her visa application for the trip had been approved.

"Yay. Just got my A1 Visa to go to Las Vegas and sing Conor McGregor into his fight," she wrote, followed by the hashtag "so many men in tight shorts so little time".

The mother-of-four will sing her rendition of the traditional song, which is McGregor's normal walkout song.


O'Connor is no stranger to singing The Foggy Dew, having previously recorded a version with The Chieftains 20 years ago.

While she has no issue with singing the Dublin fighter into his clash, late last year she revealed that she rewrote the Irish national anthem because she believed it is "very war-like".

In a Facebook post, O'Connor said the current anthem, Amhran na bhFiann, was "all testosterone and not much oestrogen".

For her own anthem, she said her inspiration came from the 1916 Easter Rising and that "99.8 per cent" of her lyrics came from the 1916 Proclamation.

She also sparked controversy earlier this year when she revealed that she would no longer sing her hit song, Nothing Compares 2 U, because she no longer feels emotionally attached to it.

"If I were to sing it just to please people, I wouldn't be doing my job right," she said.

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