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Friday 28 April 2017

Conor helps old pal Paddy open new Tallaght gym

McGregor joins retired fighter and Jobstown local Paddy Holohan to open the Tallaght martial arts and fitness centre
McGregor joins retired fighter and Jobstown local Paddy Holohan to open the Tallaght martial arts and fitness centre

ufc superstar Conor McGregor draws a huge crowd when he appears in tonight's episode of This Is Jobstown, the new TV series examining the Tallaght suburb.

The Crumlin man teams up with friend, retired fighter and Jobstown local Paddy Holohan to open the SBG (Straight Blast Gym) in Tallaght.

"I'll do whatever it is to help," says Conor. "I'll come in and teach a class with them. We're not even in America and look at the size of the dressing room."

Paddy (28) said he is well aware of the reputation Jobstown has but he considers himself lucky to have grown up there.

Frustrated

"I know perfectly well the bad reputation it gets from time to time," he said.

"The truth is that there is so much good happening in my community and sometimes I get frustrated knowing that it's being overshadowed by anti-social activity.

"Like I said before, it's not where you live, it's how you live that makes all the difference.

"Growing up in Jobstown is nothing compared to what other people have to put up with in different parts of the word.

"I actually consider myself lucky growing up in such a close knit area."

The Tallaght man was thrilled to be a part of the documentary and looked at it as a chance to show his community in a new light.

"When I got the phone call to appear in the show I jumped at the chance because I wanted to show my community in a positive light."

Viewers will also meet 16-year-old Linda McDonald, who took up the sport when she was 12 and is now preparing for her biggest boxing fight to date.

This Is Jobstown airs on TV3 at 9pm.

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