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Pub talk Conor McGregor eyes up boozer in one of Dublin's wealthiest suburbs as he expands pub empire

O'Neill's in Dun Laoghaire was put on the market two months ago and has a reported asking price of in excess of €800,000

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O'Neills in Dun Laoghaire (Facebook)

Conor McGregor is expanding his pub empire by looking to purchase a suburban pub in Dun Laoghaire, it has been reported 

The fighter who already owns the Black Forge Inn in his native Crumlin has expressed a desire to acquire further establishments in recent months and reports emerging this morning claim he has his eye on the George's Street boozer in the port town.

According to thecurrency.news, McGregor is acquiring O'Neill's as he closes the sale of his former yacht, which is berthed at Dún Laoghaire.

McGregor's accountant and long-term financial advisor, Alan Geraghty, is reportedly in advanced talks to acquire O'Neill's although he reportedly declined to comment on the matter when contacted by The Currency.

O'Neill's, a 4,730 sq ft two-storey pub, was put on the market two months ago and has a reported asking price of in excess of €800,000.

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The property's listing on lisney.com states that O'Neill's “represents an excellent opportunity to acquire a compact, well-appointed, traditional style licensed premises.

It adds: “Together with valuable and self-contained lounge/function/restaurant accommodation located adjacent to the principal entertainment and cultural attractions of Dún Laoghaire and affording potential to further develop the existing business which has witnessed year-on-year growth over the past three years."

If McGregor acquires O'Neill's, the property will become the second public house in his portfolio.

The MMA star bought the Black Forge Inn last year for €2 million and spent a further €1 million on renovations ahead of its reopening.

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.

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“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.”

We revealed back in June how UFC superstar was parting ways with his Dublin-based yacht.

"The boat is gone from Dun Laoghaire but his four jet skis are still there," an insider revealed. "The yacht has sold for close to €1 million and he is only down 20 grand or so on it despite buying it over four years ago."

McGregor (33) last year bought a luxury Lamborghini yacht worth €3 million.

Dubbed the 'Supercar of the Sea', only 63 of the yachts will be made, with the Notorious purchasing number 12 in homage to his Proper No. Twelve whiskey brand.

Earlier this year, McGregor was crowned the highest paid athlete in the world by Forbes Magazine.

He brought in earnings of $180M (€149M) over the last year and beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the top spot on the list.

McGregor collected an estimated $22M (€18M) in January for his appearance at UFC 257 where he was knocked out of his first UFC fight in a year by Dustin Poirer.

His biggest earnings, however, came from his recent sale of his majority stake in whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve to Proximo Spirits for a whopping $150M (€123M).

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