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Jamie Heaslip among rugby stars to pay tribute to Irish UFC fighters after clean sweep in Boston

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Conor McGregor, after defeating  Dennis Siver in the second round of their bout. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Conor McGregor, after defeating Dennis Siver in the second round of their bout. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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Conor McGregor, after defeating Dennis Siver in the second round of their bout. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Jamie Heaslip, Cian Healy and Peter Stringer were among those to pay tribute to the Fighting Irish after wins for Conor McGregor, Cathal Pendred and Paddy Holohan in Boston.

UFC Fight Night 59 will live long in the memory for Irish fans as Conor McGregor finally earned his world title shot with Jose Aldo after demolishing Dennis Siver in two rounds.

Bath and former Irish scrum-half Peter Stringer was one of the many up to watch the historic night, while Jamie Heaslip paid tribute to the three fighters this morning.

"Congrats, @PendredMMA and @TheNotoriousMMA representing the fighting Irish abroad. The #irishtakeover continues...@joerogan @danawhite."

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Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Dennis Siver in the second round of their bout

Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Dennis Siver in the second round of their bout

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Cathal Pendred celebrates after defeating Sean Spencer in their welterweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Cathal Pendred v Sean Spencer, TD Garden, Boston

Cathal Pendred celebrates after defeating Sean Spencer in their welterweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Cathal Pendred v Sean Spencer, TD Garden, Boston

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Holohan, right, in action against Shane Howell

Holohan, right, in action against Shane Howell

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18 January 2015; Conor McGregor, celebrates defeating  Dennis Siver in the second round of their bout. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

18 January 2015; Conor McGregor, celebrates defeating Dennis Siver in the second round of their bout. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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McGregor, right, in action against Dennis Siver. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

McGregor, right, in action against Dennis Siver. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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Conor McGregor, left, in action against Dennis Siver. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Conor McGregor, left, in action against Dennis Siver. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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McGregor, left, in action against Dennis Siver. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

McGregor, left, in action against Dennis Siver. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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Conor McGregor, after defeating  Dennis Siver in the second round of their bout. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Conor McGregor, after defeating Dennis Siver in the second round of their bout. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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Pendred, right, in action against Sean Spencer

Pendred, right, in action against Sean Spencer

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Cathal Pendred celebrates after defeating Sean Spencer in their welterweight bout. UFC Fight Night

Cathal Pendred celebrates after defeating Sean Spencer in their welterweight bout. UFC Fight Night

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Paddy Holohan celebrates his unanimous decision victory over Shane Howell following their flyweight bout

Paddy Holohan celebrates his unanimous decision victory over Shane Howell following their flyweight bout

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Paddy Holohan makes his way to the octagon ahead of his flyweight bout with Shane Howell

Paddy Holohan makes his way to the octagon ahead of his flyweight bout with Shane Howell

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Paddy Holohan, left, in action against Shane Howell during their flyweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Paddy Holohan v Shane Howell, TD Garden, Boston

Paddy Holohan, left, in action against Shane Howell during their flyweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Paddy Holohan v Shane Howell, TD Garden, Boston

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18 January 2015; Paddy Holohan celebrates his unanimous decision victory over Shane Howell following their flyweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Paddy Holohan v Shane Howell, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

18 January 2015; Paddy Holohan celebrates his unanimous decision victory over Shane Howell following their flyweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Paddy Holohan v Shane Howell, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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Holohan, above, in action against Shane Howell during their flyweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Paddy Holohan v Shane Howell, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Holohan, above, in action against Shane Howell during their flyweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Paddy Holohan v Shane Howell, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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Tateki Matsuda, right, in action against Joby Sanchez during their flyweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Tateki Matsuda v Joby Sanchez, TD Garden, Boston

Tateki Matsuda, right, in action against Joby Sanchez during their flyweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Tateki Matsuda v Joby Sanchez, TD Garden, Boston

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Norman Parke, left, in action against Gleison Tibau during their lightweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Norman Parke v Gleison Tibau, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Norman Parke, left, in action against Gleison Tibau during their lightweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Norman Parke v Gleison Tibau, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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Irish UFC fans Kristie Spencer and Paul Smith, Washington DC, ahead of Conor McGregor's fight at the TD Garden, Boston

Irish UFC fans Kristie Spencer and Paul Smith, Washington DC, ahead of Conor McGregor's fight at the TD Garden, Boston

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Cathal Pendred, left, in action against Sean Spencer during their welterweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Cathal Pendred v Sean Spencer, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Cathal Pendred, left, in action against Sean Spencer during their welterweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Cathal Pendred v Sean Spencer, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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18 January 2015; Paddy Holohan, above, in action against Shane Howell during their flyweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Paddy Holohan v Shane Howell, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

18 January 2015; Paddy Holohan, above, in action against Shane Howell during their flyweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Paddy Holohan v Shane Howell, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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Family of Conor McGregor, from left, niece Taylor, girlfriend Dee Devlin, and parents Margaret and Tony at UFC Fight Night featuring Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver at the TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Family of Conor McGregor, from left, niece Taylor, girlfriend Dee Devlin, and parents Margaret and Tony at UFC Fight Night featuring Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver at the TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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18 January 2015; Paddy Holohan, left, in action against Shane Howell during their flyweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Paddy Holohan v Shane Howell, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

18 January 2015; Paddy Holohan, left, in action against Shane Howell during their flyweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Paddy Holohan v Shane Howell, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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Matt Van Buren, right, in action against Sean O'Connell during their light heavyweight bout

Matt Van Buren, right, in action against Sean O'Connell during their light heavyweight bout

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Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Dennis Siver in the second round of their bout

Leinster team-mate Cian Healy was only able to stay up to watch his good friend Cathal Pendred earn a unanimous decision over Sean Spencer because of a fitness test before he had to call it a night.

"I can afford to stay up and watch @PendredMMA take another W but then it's bed! Big hamstring test tomorrow! I've a #return to make," he posted on his account.

In France, former Ireland international Trevor Brennan tweeted a picture of a busy bar in Toulouse waiting for the McGregor showdown with many Bath supporters in attendance after their win over the French giants in the Champions Cup.

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