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Sunday 11 December 2016

BBC are trying to claim 'United Kingdom's' Conor McGregor as one of their own

Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile

It seems everyone wants a piece of Conor McGregor. It's often noted that the British media like to claim sports starts as English even if they are not from England.

Scotland's Andy Murray is a prime example. And now the good folk at the Beeb have jumped at the Conor McGregor bandwagon. Either that or they are extremely ignorant to geographical borders between the United Kingdom and Ireland.

"McGregor, 26, won in Las Vegas to become the first UFC champion from the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland," read a report on the BBC.

The United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland? As one?

Interestingly, the Beeb did not report that Dubliner McGregor walked out to the Octagon to the haunting sound of Sinead O'Connor and the Foggy Dew.

Altogether now..

As down the glen one Easter morn to a city fair rode I

There Armed lines of marching men in squadrons passed me by

No pipe did hum, no battle drum did sound its loud tattoo

But the Angelus Bell o'er the Liffey's swell rang out in the foggy dew

 

Right proudly high over Dublin Town they hung out the flag of war

'Twas better to die 'neath an Irish sky than at Suvla or Sud-El-Bar

And from the plains of Royal Meath strong men came hurrying through

While Britannia's Huns, with their long range guns sailed in through the foggy dew

 

Oh the night fell black, and the rifles' crack made perfidious Albion reel

In the leaden rain, seven tongues of flame did shine o'er the lines of steel

By each shining blade a prayer was said, that to Ireland her sons be true

But when morning broke, still the war flag shook out its folds in the foggy dew

 

'Twas England bade our wild geese go, that "small nations might be free";

Their lonely graves are by Suvla's waves or the fringe of the great North Sea.

Oh, had they died by Pearse's side or fought with Cathal Brugha*

Their graves we'd keep where the Fenians sleep, 'neath the shroud of the foggy dew.

 

Oh the bravest fell, and the Requiem bell rang mournfully and clear

For those who died that Eastertide in the spring time of the year

While the world did gaze, with deep amaze, at those fearless men, but few,

Who bore the fight that freedom's light might shine through the foggy dew

 

As back through the glen I rode again and my heart with grief was sore

For I parted then with valiant men whom I never shall see more

But to and fro in my dreams I go and I kneel and pray for you,

For slavery fled, O glorious dead, when you fell in the foggy dew.

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