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Imelda May has been tapped to sing Amhrán na bhFiann at McGregor's fight after a frantic last minute search

G’wan Imelda!



EARLIER THIS WEEK, it was announced that Demi Lovato would be singing the US national anthem at tonight’s fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.

And now it’s been revealed that Conor McGregor has enlisted none other than Dublin’s own Imelda May to sing Amhrán na bhFiann at tonight’s fight.

May confirmed the news on Twitter last night and was understandably quite excited at the prospect of performing at the sporting event of the year.

May had been due to perform at Down On The Close, a festival in Rugby, UK, but cancelled at the last minute to accept McGregor’s offer.

The festival announced May’s cancellation last night and stated that they were exploring “the legal position and factors surrounding this news”.

Capture Source: Down on the Close/Facebook

For her part, May explained that she had “just been offered a once in a lifetime opportunity that I can’t turn down” and stated that she hoped fans would understand her decision.

Here in Ireland, people are only delighted for Imelda.

rb Source: Rubber Bandits/Twitter

Earlier this week, UFC’s Dana White slammed Showtime for leaving it to his organisation to find a singer for the Irish national anthem.

Showtime basically popped it on us two days ago. “You guys have to…” What do you mena we have to? This is your show.

He revealed that he reached out to heavy hitters like Bono, but to no avail.

I was trying to call Ireland at all the wrong times. We called Bono first. He said he wanted to do it but he’s got a wedding this weekend. You can’t call somebody like these guys with three days notice, you know what I mean?

Bono’s loss is Imelda’s gain, wha’?

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