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facelift MMA star Conor McGregor seeks planning permission to upgrade his Dublin pub The Black Forge Inn

McGregor has previously said that he plans to invest in more pubs in Ireland and abroad

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Conor McGregor in the refurbished Black Forge pub in Crumlin

Conor McGregor in the refurbished Black Forge pub in Crumlin

Conor McGregor in the refurbished Black Forge pub in Crumlin

MMA star Conor McGregor’s The Black Forge Inn could be set for further upgrades, as the company behind it seeks planning permission for works at the Drimnagh pub.

Last year, McGregor bought The Black Forge Inn for €2m. He has spent a further €1m upgrading it.

Jemi Ventures, which holds the licence for the pub and counts Alan Geraghty as a director, had an application for planning permission listed as being registered by Dublin City Council late last month.

Geraghty is also a director of McGregor Sports and Entertainment, which counts McGregor’s partner Deirdre Devlin as a director. The application has a status of “submitted – under council revision”.

The notice with the planning permission application said the proposed development at The Black Forge Inn – which is located on Drimnagh Road, Dublin 12 – would consist of the provision of a single-storey extension of around 104.2sqm.

It is proposed this would accommodate additional service and food preparation areas, including an indoor dining area of just over 64.05sqm.

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Inside the new-look Black Forge which McGregor spent €1m upgrading

Inside the new-look Black Forge which McGregor spent €1m upgrading

Inside the new-look Black Forge which McGregor spent €1m upgrading

To the rear of the proposed extension, the owners seek approval for a 32.7sqm outdoor dining area with access from the extension and Hughes Road. It also proposes a canopy over this location.

The application also seeks internal alterations at the existing restaurant’s ground and first-floor level. This could include alterations to the existing ground-floor kitchen.

The news comes after the fighter recently expressed a desire to acquire further establishments and last week reports emerged that he has his eye on O'Neill's pub in Dún Laoghaire.

The fighter's team are reportedly in advanced talks to acquire O'Neill's, a 4,730 sq ft two-storey pub that was put on the market two months ago and has a reported asking price of in excess of €800,000.

McGregor has previously said that he plans to invest in more pubs in Ireland and abroad, saying that the Black Forge Inn is “only the beginning” of his career as a publican.

In a statement to The Sunday Business Post, McGregor said: “With the enjoyment I have had, and am having throughout this whole process, I definitely feel this is only the beginning for me as a publican.

“Ireland’s public houses are renowned worldwide and it is a great honour to have my own representation now in the mix. I will explore other venues across Ireland and overseas for sure.

“I am passionate about hospitality and entertaining, and with the Black Forge I am only beginning.”

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