Dublin artist to sell Conor McGregor portrait for Crumlin Children's Hospital
A DUBLIN artist is selling a striking portrait of UFC superstar Conor McGregor to raise funds for Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin.
Colin Peelo, from Clonshaugh in north Dublin, painted a portrait of the MMA fighter last week - just after his interim featherweight victory.
The electrician said he was inspired by McGregor's commitment to his young fan Brendan McGlone (14), who tragically passed away from cancer recently. The UFC champion had paid an emotional tribute to the youngster in an interview ahead of his clash with Chad Mendes.
"I thought he (Conor) is a really good guy," Mr Peelo explained. The 29-year-old has already received an offer of €2,000 for the painting.
"I had to ask the person if they were serious. I've never been paid more than a few hundred euro for a painting. It would be amazing to raise that much, but I'm hoping that somehow Conor will see the painting and agree to sign it as that would drive the price way up," he added.
The portrait is currently on display in Brannigan's pub in Dublin city centre.
"I painted it in two sittings as I had time off from work," Mr Peelo said.
He was encouraged to pursue painting portraits of famous celebs by his friends.
"I never really thought it would take off," he said.
A hospital spokesperson said: "Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin, greatly appreciates the fundraising efforts and generosity of people right across the country. We are extremely thankful to people who dedicate their time to fundraise."