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TROT ON Conor McGregor runs against Covid rules as MMA star jogs 30km from his Kildare home

"Neither the Department nor Sport Ireland has received any correspondence from Mr McGregor or his representatives in respect of the Covid-19 public health restrictions," a Department of Sport spokesperson said.

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Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor has been jogging around his old stomping ground in Dublin - but did not seek an exemption to be 30km away from his home in Kildare.

The MMA fighter who just penned his contract to avenge his loss to fighter Dustin Poirier for a third time at the upcoming UFC 264 on July 10th has been blasted for jogging in the south Dublin city area on at least two separate dates during the current Level 5 lockdown.

Sports teams and individuals would normally seek an exemption from sport authorities to train or participate in sporting activities which necessitates them to travel outside their 5km limit.

"Neither the Department nor Sport Ireland has received any correspondence from Mr McGregor or his representatives in respect of the Covid-19 public health restrictions," a Department of Sport spokesperson told the Sunday World.

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Conor McGregor jogging around crumlin.

Conor McGregor jogging around crumlin.

Conor McGregor jogging around crumlin.

The McGregor revelations come in the same week the Dublin GAA football team became embroiled in controversy after the Irish Independent revealed that several members of the squad trained at an organised session at a north city ground.

The session was a clear breach of Covid restrictions and led to the Dublin county board suspending manager Dessie Farrell for 12 weeks, with Croke Park bosses launching their own inquiry.

Although McGregor now owns the Black Forge pub in Crumlin, it has been closed since early last year.

McGregor grew up in Crumlin but now his main place of residence is a mansion in Straffan Co Kildare, which is located nearly 30km away from the Dublin 12 area.

Government guidelines specify people should only exercise within 5km of their home during current Covid-19 restrictions.

The MMA fighter has been accompanied by several others dressed in similar 'Team McGregor' tracksuits as well as a following Range Rover.

McGregor's jogs in the Crumlin and Drimnagh areas have also attracted local youths, who chase after the entourage.

The fighter was filmed outside the Black Forge in one piece of footage, looking exhausted after a run while clutching a water canister.

The two known separate jogging incidents both happened in late January.

All four TDs in Dublin South Central have called for the lockdown rules to be respected.

"I don't think Conor McGregor's behaviour and the way he conducts himself generally is very inspiring as a role model for young people," said Solidarity- People Before Profit TD Brid Smith.

"If he's flouting the rules then that's bad news, he shouldn't do it. He's not exemplary in a general sense.

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McGregor stops to take on some water.

McGregor stops to take on some water.

McGregor stops to take on some water.

"If it's public knowledge it should be dealt with and the gardai are issuing fines for far less."

Sinn Fein TD Aengus O Snodaigh was also concerned about the images.

"With Covid-19 numbers so high in Dublin, and in Drimnagh especially, national figures in general not great, everyone - celebrities and sports stars included and those who many young people look up to - should be setting an example," he told the Sunday World.

"They need to abide by the public health guidelines and stay within 5km of their homes."

Green Party TD Patrick Costello also hit out at McGregor.

"We are all trying to make sacrifices and we have to ask 'are these journeys really necessary?'" he said. "We are all in this together, cases aren't dropping, and we kind of need to ask ourselves are we helping out or not.

"Everybody has to play their part, including Conor McGregor."

When initially contacted, Deputy Joan Collins of the Right To Change party said she was concerned with health and safety issues.

When shown the footage, she confirmed: "Yes, that is Conor McGregor in the video."

She added: "I would urge everyone to keep within the 5km zone, wear masks, keep your distance and do not congregate indoors or outdoors with people outside your family.

"At a Joint Policing Committee meeting yesterday it was reported that in our division there were 161 fines for people not wearing face masks, 529 fines in relation to house parties, 38 in breach of attending protests and 2,564 fixed charge fines."

The Garda Press Office said it did not comment on individual cases or address whether Crumlin Garda Station had been in touch with McGregor.

When asked what the general rule is regarding the 5km limit, they emailed a list of general guidelines. Officers have warned members of the public that you cannot travel more than 5km for the purposes of exercise.

McGregor has posted images on social media in recent days of him enjoying the sun at a foreign location.

It was believed he was in Las Vegas, but it now appears he is in Dubai and is using the UFC gym there.

He was in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year, where he lost his fight against Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi.

The Dubliner is now in negotiation for a third fight against the American, having drawn 1-1 in their series, with speculation the fight will be in Georgia in the US on July 10.

His American based publicist, Karen Kessler, said: "This is a few weeks ago, this is old, so why are you interested in it, he's travelling now, so why is this news?"

Last month McGregor came under fire for not wearing a mask in a shop when he bought a bottle of his whiskey, Proper Twelve. A video shows the former two weight world champion quiz a staff member on the sale performance of his whiskey before buying a bottle.

He came under fire from some Instagram followers for ignoring the Covid-19 rules.

One person wrote: "Show respect and wear a mask ffs." Another follower said: "You sure are a champ but you must wear your damn mask man."

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