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MMA Fans Upgrade to Conor McGregor's Black Forge pub will 'attract visitors' to Crumlin, planners claim

McGregor’s Jemi Ventures Ltd is seeking planning permission for a single-storey extension.

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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

The planned upgrade of MMA star, Conor McGregor’s The Black Forge Inn pub will create jobs and attract visitors to his native Crumlin in Dublin.

That is according to planning documents lodged with Dublin City Council where planning consultant for the project, Kevin Hughes has told the Council that the proposed development will not result in any undue impact on neighbours.

In documents filed with the City Council, Mr Hughes has stated that the works for the Crumlin pub comprise of a part-one part-two storey extension to the back of the pub.

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

Now, as part of another planned splurge on the venue, McGregor’s Jemi Ventures Ltd is seeking planning permission for a single-storey extension of around 104.2sqm and a food preparation area.

To the rear of the proposed extension, McGregor is also seeking approval for a 32.7sqm outdoor dining area and a canopy over this location.

Mr McGregor has deep pockets to fund such a venture.

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Conor McGregor's Black Forge pub

Conor McGregor's Black Forge pub

Conor McGregor's Black Forge pub

Earlier this year, McGregor topped the Forbes list of being named the highest paid athlete in the world for 2020/21.

Forbes estimated that in the 12 months to the end of May of this year, McGregor earned $180 million (€153 million).

The figure includes $158 million from endorsements and the sale of a majority stake in his whiskey brand.

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The planning documentation lodged with the Council states that the Black Forge Inn on Drimnagh Rd in Crumlin has been used as a pub for around 20 years “and with recent renovations, it continues to be a successful business”.

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Conor McGregor celebrates his UFC win against Donald Cerrone in 2020

Conor McGregor celebrates his UFC win against Donald Cerrone in 2020

Conor McGregor celebrates his UFC win against Donald Cerrone in 2020

The documentation reveals that the Black Forge Inn has recently purchased lands to the rear of the adjoining betting office to facilitate the expansion of the pub.

In his 24 page submission setting out a rationale for the development, planning consultant for Jemi Ventures Ltd, Mr Hughes says that the extension “would positively contribute to the local economy of the area by way of providing employment and attracting visitors to the area”.

Mr Hughes of the Dublin based Hughes Planning & Development Consultants states through the provision of a restaurant element, “we submit that the amenity of the neighbouring residents will be improved due to the addition of a new restaurant option in the area”.

The submission states that "the hours of the public house will remain the same as they are at present, which is standard for the Dublin City jurisdiction and helps to promote the night time economy in supporting Dublin becoming a 24 hour city”.

Mr Hughes states that the scheme will not result in any undue impacts on residential amenities and will not cause any traffic concerns.

Mr Hughes states that the upgrade “provides an additional facility to accommodate tourists and visitors, attracting business to the area”.

On the planned outdoor seating area, Mr Hughes states that it "is a high quality permanent outdoor area which is adequately scaled and it would not negatively impact on the surrounding area".

He added the “restaurant element enhances the quality of the area and provides for further development of the surrounding economy through the provision of jobs”.

The planning consultant also states that the proposal does not however propose any significant changes to the exterior of the property thus maintaining the consistent streetscape along Drimnagh Rd.

The planning submission states: “It is considered that there will be no negative impact on the form and architecture of the subject property or of other properties in the area.”

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The refurbished Black Forge pub in Crumlin

The refurbished Black Forge pub in Crumlin

The refurbished Black Forge pub in Crumlin

The report also states that due to the location of the pub and the provision of public transport options which make it easily accessible, the development will not negatively impact on the traffic management of the area.

A decision is due on the application in November.

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