The Cupla Focail


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Labhair Conor McGregor le Máire-Treasa Ní Cheallaigh, iriseoir Nuacht TG4/RTÉ, ag ócáid phreasa in Ionad Tionóil Bhaile Átha Cliath inniu. D’éirigh le Máire-Treasa cúpla focal Gaeilge a bhaint as an trodaí a d’fhreastail ar scoileanna lán-Ghaeilge i dTamhlacht agus i Leamhcán sular bhain sé a cháil amach i gcró an UFC.

Fair play, in fairness.

FÍSEÁN: An ‘cúpla focal’ Gaeilge in armlón Conor McGregor (Tuairisc)

96 thoughts on “The Cupla Focail

    1. chimpy

      felt the same. just a dopey bunch of foul mouthed drunks. exactly what the rest of the world presume we’re like. brilliant.

    1. Clampers Outside!

      Maybe you’re following it too closely, stand back, watch from afar, leave the man be to enjoy his moment in the lime light, he’ll be gone in a couple of years.

      Leave ‘im off I says, leave ‘im off :)

    2. ReproBertie

      McGregor’s dedication to training, self-sacrifice and self belief have resulted in a massive worldwide following and a shot at a world title in his chosen sport. He’s a perfect example of the results of hard work and dedication. He’s also a showman which has drawn the attention of the media and the sport and his showmanship is a huge part of why he gets the coverage and why he got the opportunities to work his way to the title fight.

      But he’s Irish so fupp him, right?

      I hope he smashes Aldo (and I fully expect him to) and reigns as champion for years to come. No doubt the whinging of do-nothing begrudgers will make his victory all the sweeter.

  1. ThePeoplesHero

    Between this twit and something called a Niki Minge at the Point last nightthe traffic in the city of Dublin was insane. What in the name of God/Xenu/Cthulhu is wrong with people. Why on earth would you go out of your way to see these Idiots?

  2. Stumpy

    While this comment is likely to garner a chorus of disapproval, like him or loathe him, Conor McGregor’s a pretty incredible athlete.

  3. SweetPeteato

    Really don’t think this guy gets the credit he deserves, amazing role model. Gone from the dole queue to multi millionaire in 3 years through incredible hard work and smarts.

    1. Anomanomanom

      You can have money and still be a complete knob. I understand it’s image and hype for the sport. But there are classy was of doing things.

      1. SweetPeteato

        I don’t put any importance on being “classy”. He is who he is, I respect his work ethic and positive mental attitude.

      2. Parky Mark

        The thing is, he’s not a knob. He’s an athlete who also has to do a performance. No one else in the UFC can come near him. I’ve worked with him and he’s a lovely, sound dude.

        1. ahyeah

          Yeah to that.

          I’ve worked with him quite a lot over the last 2 years. He’s a really, really lovely fellow. As smart as anyone I’ve ever met, also very generous, very gentle (yes, really) and very witty.

        2. Anomanomanom

          I actually know his sister, not friends, I just know her from a social circle and in turn have met him. And he Is A knob He’s always been a knob. He’s just a famous knob now.

          1. Nice Anne (Dammit)

            So the sister turned you down on his advice?
            That’s what I am reading here ;)

    2. Mikeyfex

      Unbelievable athlete. I used to think he had some smarts though, before this build-up campaign. His name is made, Aldo’s name is made, what the hell is he going round acting like an idiot for? More people are losing interest in him than gaining.

      Creating hype and maintaining respect is much like making love to a beautiful woman…and very soon McGregor’s gonna be snoring face down in a pillow while the fighting public collectively clip up their suspenders, run their pinkie over the slight smudging of lipstick in the mirror, slip out of the hotel room, call their father, and cry.

      1. Mani

        Creating hype and maintaining respect is much like making love to a beautiful woman?
        You mean you watch someone else do it from outside their bedroom window?

          1. Mikeyfex

            Ya I just went with that earlier Anne, not sure what sense it was meant to make. Certainly not to be taken seriously. I just have absolutely no idea how an unsatisfied woman would act.

      2. rotide

        With you on this Mikey.

        He’s clearly a very very accomplished fighter and has the gift of self promotion to boot. He’s a sport like this wet dream.

        Can’t help but feel stunts like the belt snatch are over the line though.

    3. The People's Hero

      Role model? Looks like your moral compass is out of whack…

      A lad who likes kicking the absolute plop out of other lads and boasting about it is hardly someone I’d like my son/daughter to emulate.

        1. The People's Hero

          Actually I was also thinking about those mouth-breathing GAA types who’ve no problem at all lashing out at other players and match officials…. A sport played by those with no respect nor dignity for the legacy of their game.

  4. Bingo

    He’s an obnoxious tool.
    If he wasn’t Irish, all his ‘fans’ would despise him or maybe wouldn’t even know what this ‘sport’ was.

      1. Bingo

        I know feck all about UFC but I know that I wouldn’t pay a penny to watch it and I know a tool when I see one.
        Fair fecks to him for making it to the top but does he have to be such a gobshite?
        The fight ‘game’ is such tosh…..

  5. jeremy kyle

    One of these days I’m expecting Dana White to pull off his mask and reveal that he’s actually just Vince McMahon all this time. I don’t like the forced pageantry around these fights. He’s undeniably a fantastic athlete, but McGregor’s pantomime antics make him come across as an ignorant backstard and if he wants to identify himself so strongly as Irish he should probably bear in mind his behaviour reflects on us all. Even though, it’s probably more a contractual obligation rather than his genuine personality.

      1. jeremy kyle

        I meant Vince McMahon more so in the context of creating characters, McGregor seems like the classic heel.

        Some want to see him win, some want to see him lose, but either way a lot more people want to seem him fight than just purely MMA fans because of his persona.

    1. Anne

      Liked how he – McGregor, corrected White recently when White said all the of the U.K. would be watching..

      Video clip there too.

      White pointed at McGregor as he said the UK, but the Dublin fighter quickly corrected him.

      “Ireland will be watching,” McGregor told the UFC president, raising a hand to interrupt him.
      “Ireland, Ireland. I thought that was the same thing, apparently not.” White laughed.
      McGregor retorted: “It is most certainly not.”

          1. Anne

            They dont say that when they’re tuckin’ into me muffin..

            That’s terrible.. Sorry, very sorry administrators.

          2. Mrtits

            But Anne is a chap letting on to be a laydee commenter for some reason. Not even doing it well either. Gonads on view regularly. What kind of sick ladyboy flirty party have you got yourself involved in Joe?

          3. Joe the Lion

            how do you know I’m not really Josephine mrtits?

            I’ve already asked Anne about this and he’s told me quite clearly that he doesn’t have a cock

    2. rotide

      Can’t help but feel the same, although I’m coming round to it I just can’t shake the pro wrestling entertainment aspect of UFC

    1. Ultach

      Hey, my nethers for one are still dry! A quick survey of People I Know reveals 0% of Gaeilgeoirí experiencing temporary bladder incontinence. A mild interest indicated by tilting the head slightly to the right and a slight elevation of the left eyebrow is the consistent reaction of your common or garden Gaeilgeoir on hearing a temporary celeb talking Irish, sometimes accompanied by “Áá” or “Mm”, just to register “I didn’t know yer man/wan has Irish”. But that’s generally as far as it goes.

        1. Ultach

          Now if you were to come out with a cúpla focal, Clamps, I can’t vouchsafe the dryness of Gaelic gussets :-)

      1. Caroline

        We’re a long time away from any decisions of that nature Joe. What is required now is an extended period of reflection and consultation, as the kids call it.

    1. Ultach

      My young fella asked me how to get the circumference of a circle the other night. His teacher had explained it to him earlier, but he wasn’t listening and really wasn’t interested. I hadn’t a clue so we looked it up on the yewtube. It dredged up vague repressed memories of pie arse quared or square arse pie or whatever that I really resent having to remember and resent having had it forced on me in the first place. Useless maths. I blame the teachers that I didn’t listen to them and that I can only remember very little of it and that my poor oppressed childers are being force fed this algaebarr and quadrophonic equalaterals and whatnot. Don’t get me wrong, I think we should all be able to hypoternuse but it shouldn’t be compulsory. Make it optional and we’ll love it.

  6. Chris

    No questioning his ability as an athlete, he’s incredible.

    But this whole ‘heel’ persona is just a plain deterrent when it comes to the sport and more specifically Conor himself. All you have to do is watch a Q and A with the UFC officials compared to one with a fan/random punter and you can tell it’s scripted. He’s got some great ‘wit’ when he’s had a had the questions passed on to his publicist/manager before hand but when he’s asked the most basic question by a fan he can hardly make a coherent point. He’s got a marketing campaign that’s working for him but this whole foightin’ Oirish thing and all these antics certainly leaves a bad taste. His social media pics look like stills from an Irish remake of Scarface produced by RTE.

  7. Continuity Jay-Z

    UFC is pure scripted, reality TV bullpoo. McGregor is an embarrassment and the Tapout t-shirt, wearing clowns that follow him are worse. It is a shame that this gowl has become the successful face of the Irish sporting landscape.

  8. Kieran NYC

    Has he talked like a five year old his whole life or just since he started getting punched in the head?

    1. ReproBertie

      He seems to have a media voice to go with his media persona. When talking to camera he rarely uses contractions. Each word is very clear and very distinct. When caught off guard this doesn’t happen. It could be that he’s aware of the global audience and wants to be sure he’s understood by as many as possible.

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