31 thoughts on “De Monday Papers

    1. Owen

      Well, first, its not violence any more so then another combat sport (Judo, boxing, kick boxing, etc) and second, another violent ambassador? Can you name the ‘other’ violent ambassadors you speak of? Or are you referring to our most successful Olympians as violent ambassadors.

      Well done to McGregor. In a growing sport he has put Ireland at the front of the race.

      1. dylad

        Looks violent to me. Although I’m not around too much violence so maybe it’s only low grade violence by south Dublin standards.

    2. Charger Salmons

      Fortunately this legalised savagery barely rates a mention in most newspapers or TV sports news outside Ireland.
      Much like that other bastion of gombeenism – the GAA.
      The tattooed muck-savage is only a sporting icon in his own insignificant country.

      1. Formerly known as @ireland.com

        McGregor is pretty big here, in Australia. I am not an MMA fan, but it might as well be one of our own who is winning.

      2. Anomanomanom

        Bad attempt at trolling. But troll or not, You do realise MMA as a sport and UFC are night irish, you must know this.

          1. Owen

            I’m not sure I see your point. Are you implying that McGregors success is at fault for Irish drinking and fighting? Or Ozzies drinking and fighting? If they fought after football would it be the teams fault?

            Nobody said they fans were nice people. It was commented that HE was a violent ambassador for Ireland.

          2. Formerly known as @ireland.com

            @ReproBertie @Owen
            I was pointing out that McGregor is big outside of Ireland, contrary to other comments:
            “Fortunately this legalised savagery barely rates a mention in most newspapers or TV sports news outside Ireland.”

            There was no other meaning.

            I can add that our equivalent of RTE/BBC, ABC is running a line about McGregor’s win, along the bottom of their 24 News Channel screen.

          3. ReproBertie

            Apologies. My leap to defensiveness took that completely the wrong way.

            The fight broke PPV records and I’m betting that wasn’t down to a huge number of Ireland based purchases.

    3. Deluded

      On this day, 1815, Dan Donnelly defeated George Cooper at Donnelly’s Hollow (Formerly Belcher’s hollow until the defeat of Tom Hall in Sept 1814)

  1. Charger Salmons

    The big fight of the weekend was Anthony Joshua.Classic pugilism in its finest form.
    This tattooed toe-rag is little more than a back-street bare-knuckle brawler in comparison.
    One is an Olympic sport the other isn’t unless they hand out gold medals for attracting pissed-up Paddies.
    As evidence I call one Jet Blue flight forced to return to the airport as a couple of ginger-haired twats duked it out and the poor lad giving a good kicking in Dublin after the McGregor set-to.
    But hey,if it makes you proud to be Irish spud-gobbler, belt away lads.

    1. ReproBertie

      For what it’s worth I thought O’Sullivan Eubank Jr. was a more interesting fight than the Joshua one.

      McGregor won his fight with simple boxing. Simple boxing also led to Ronda Rousey’s defeat. There’s a lot more to this sport than you seem to believe but I’ll not waste my time trying to convince you.

      The idea that this sport draws a different class of follower than boxing is simply ludicrous.

      1. Dόn Pídgéόní

        Look Repro, you have to understand that battering a man in the face slowly over many rounds is an Olympic sport, battering another man in the face quickly and a KO in the first 13 seconds is for pissed-up Paddies. Its very very clear…

        1. ReproBertie

          ’tis ironic that the first round of the Joshua fight ended with Joshua throwing a punch after the bell resulting in a dozen of Dillian Whyte’s “supporters” invading the ring. Would that be classic pugilsm fans in their finest form?

          For the sake of brevity we’ll completely ignore the throws, locks, kicks and weapons that used to be involved in bouts of “classic pugilism” in the days of Cribb, Nicholls et al.

  2. SweetPeteato

    Congrats to McGregor, Ireland’s most complete athlete. We can all learn something from his positive attitude and self belief.

    1. Dόn Pídgéόní

      +1 He is fantastic. For all the hype around him, he delivers. He plays the crowd, he is a great showman as well as a great athlete and very very good at trash talk and getting under his opponents skin. It’s a joy to watch. Everything I’ve seen him in I’ve been impressed, from documentaries from his early days to pre-bout nonsense. He has worked his balls off to get where he is and fair play.

      1. Formerly known as @ireland.com

        Fair play, indeed. It is good to have an Irish success story. I find UFC too violent, although there wasn’t too much in that 13 second bout.

        1. Dόn Pídgéόní

          I would have been mad if I paid to see that fight! There’s a video doing the rounds of a couple of Aussie fellas doing the commentary of the fight. It’s very funny, I’ll try find it later.

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