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Monday 11 December 2017

Showman has his day in court - then leaves with a swagger

Conor McGregor faces off with reporter Conor Feehan
Conor McGregor faces off with reporter Conor Feehan

What better way to arrive at court to face a speeding charge than in a €150,000 sports car that can do 250kmh, then leave it parked outside with the doors wide open?

What better way to arrive at court to face a speeding charge than in a €150,000 sports car that can do 250kmh, then leave it parked outside with the doors wide open?

I've sat in many courtrooms over the years and they are not a place you usually expect to come across A-list global sports stars.

But Blanchardstown District Court had all the swagger and drama of a Conor McGregor clash yesterday.

The undercard was a spat between McGregor's solicitor, Graham Kenny, dressed immaculately in a suit and tie, and Judge Miriam Walsh, in trademark black gown.

Judge Walsh was the clear winner, demanding that McGregor be brought before her and saying his absence was "absolute disrespect to the court".

"I'm getting nothing but fingers from Mr McGregor. If he wants to make a case, he has to be here," she said.

"Tell him of my ire," she added drily when Mr Kenny said he would phone the UFC fighter straight away and organise that he make his way to court.

Word spread quickly, and before long the media posse had doubled in size and a small crowd gathered.

Then, less than an hour later, a Land Rover arrived, followed closely by McGregor in a 162 D black BMW i8 hybrid sports car.

It was the main event, a head-turning entrance for the man of the moment.

Wearing a green Adidas tracksuit and white trainers, he entered the court building with a friend in a sandy coloured tracksuit and dark shades with a heavily tattooed neck.

Flash

The pal asked a garda for some water, and she indicated that she had a bottle she could get him.

"Is it Volvic?" he asked.

"No," she replied.

"I'll take it anyway," he said.

When the case came up, McGregor sat quietly in court, waiting patiently.

Judge Walsh's ire had receded somewhat and, when McGregor was called to give evidence, he was apologetic and pleaded guilty, explaining that he had tried to pay the fixed penalty notice when it arrived.

Promising to be a responsible driver in future, McGregor left when the matter was dealt with.

The hood came up, the swagger was on and, aside from brushing away questions about an alleged fight he had in a pub with a vulgarity or two, it was back to Conor the showman.

Back in the flash motor with the music on, he left. Loudly.

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