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Forging the future Conor McGregor to splash €1m on transforming local Dublin boozer into gastropub

This is on top of the estimated €2 million he paid for buying his favourite hostelry on the Drimnagh road earlier this year.

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Conor McGregor is worth around €100 million

Conor McGregor is worth around €100 million

Conor McGregor is worth around €100 million

Canny Conor McGregor is turning a boozer he has just bought in his local area into an upmarket gastropub in a big to fight coronovaris restrictions.

The Sunday World can reveal the UFC superstar is forking out over €1 million to completely gut and renovate the popular Black Forge pub in Crumlin, south Dublin.

This is on top of the estimated €2 million he paid for buying his favourite hostelry on the Drimnagh road earlier this year.

"If and when Level Two restrictions are brought back in, then any pub which sells food can serve beer indoors," reveals an insider. "He sees that we're in for the long haul with Covid.

"You'd be lucky to get a toasted sandwich in the Black Forge prior to this. It was better known for its karaoke nights and live music.

"Conor sees the future of the pub as being more family orientated, where people can go and get a bit of grub as well as a few pints."

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Workmen at The Black Forge Pub, Crumlin

Workmen at The Black Forge Pub, Crumlin

Workmen at The Black Forge Pub, Crumlin

Documents seen by the Sunday World show that an application was made in July to the National Building Control Office for major renovations to the downstairs and first floor area of the pub.

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The Black Forge Inn

The Black Forge Inn

The Black Forge Inn

Both the owner and builder of the company in which the application is made is listed as Alan Geraghty. Geraghty is Group CEO for McGregor and Entertainment.

He specialises in Business Management, Corporate Finance, Forensic Accounting. He has raised finance for trading businesses, site acquisitions and property development.

Several contruction vans were parked outside the Black Forge this week as workers continued its renovation.

It, like pubs across the country, has been closed under Level Five restrictions.

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Conor McGregor and pal Cian Cowley show some moves to their young sons

Conor McGregor and pal Cian Cowley show some moves to their young sons

Conor McGregor and pal Cian Cowley show some moves to their young sons

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The Black Forge is a 'wet' pub and, because it did not sell food, it has been shut since the first lockdown in March.

Along with Dee Devlin, McGregor's fiancee and the mother of his two children, Geraghty is the director of the fighter's four main business entities in Dublin.

The most important of these is McGregor Sports and Entertainment (MSE). McGregor (32), who has a fortune of over €100 million, is also a coach for the Black Forge soccer team.

The fighter, who announced his third UFC retirement in June, is spending thousands kitting out the players as well as putting them through their paces.

The former two-weight world champion has already popped along to a training session to give some inspirational advice alongside the pub's landlord Liam Flynn.

Liam says the fighter, who grew up in the area, wants to make Black Forge FC the best team they can possibly be.

"He's funding the team and he is getting them all their gear, their football boots, the whole lot," he said during the summer.

"He's very passionate about the team and has been coaching them and giving instructions about mentality and how to be winners."

McGregor spent numerous nights partying in the Black Forge, which was his favourite watering hole growing up in Crumlin.

The Sunday World can also dispel widespread rumours McGregor has bought a second pub in the area, the Marble Arch.

Last November McGregor was convicted of assaulting a man in the pub the previous April. The fighter was fined €1,000 for punching Desmond Keogh, 50, at the bar

The Sunday World can also reveal McGregor spent the early hours of last Sunday morning with MMA pal Cian Cawley at McGregor's mansion in Straffan, Co. Kildare, watching the final fight of their bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The pair were convicted of disorderly conduct in New York when with friends they stormed a UFC media day in New York and attacked a bus containing fellow fighters in April 2018.

The Notorious is set to come out of MMA retirement for the third time when he takes on Dustin Poirier in January.

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