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Video: Big-hearted Conor McGregor explains why he made generous €50k donation to homeless charities

Eoin Harrington

Published 20/10/2015 | 15:06

UFC Interim champion of the world Conor McGregor says he donated €50k to homeless charities in Ireland because he knows the money wioll go to a great cause.

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McGregor was in the Wright Venue in Dublin last night for a questions and answers session and he will also appear at a second event after his world title fight with Jose Aldo in December.

The Dubliner, who holds the interim featherweight belt after a victory over Chad Mendes in Las Vegas in July, said at the event that the homelessness crisis was one close to his heart.

“It’s a problem that grows,” the SBG fighter said at last night’s The Takeover Q&A: Powered by Reebok, in association with Independent.ie at the Wright Venue in Swords. “I just wanted to help out some way and I wanted to get involved with some charities.

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“I put a lot of thought into it because I feel – maybe – a lot of charities aren’t what they say, so I was a bit hesitant to go in. I wanted to know exactly where it was going to go and I wanted it to be done right.

“Half of the money is going to go to the medical treatment – that’s the real issue. If people are living on the streets and don’t get the medical treatment they need, that’s when bad things happen. The other half will go to Focus Ireland – they’ve done great things with the homeless guys.”

McGregor will fight defending champion Jose Aldo in Las Vegas in December to decide the outright UFC featherweight champion.

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