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10.04 27 Aug 2017


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Conor McGregor may have lost his boxing fight in Las Vegas on Sunday morning, but there was an Irish winner.

Singer Imelda May was tasked with singing the national anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann, ahead of the match.

The Dubliner announced on Saturday that she was asked to perform:


May performs at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas | Image: UFC TV

She was set to play at the Down on the Close festival in England on Sunday, which she cancelled to perform in Vegas.

In a statement, May said: "I am very sorry to announce that I'm unable to perform at the 450th school anniversary in Rugby tomorrow.

"I was really looking forward to it, and hate to cancel on you all so last minute but I have just been offered a once in a lifetime opportunity that I can't turn down.

"I hope you will understand."

 
McGregor listens intently to May perform ahead of the fight | Image: UFC TV

Organisers of the festival added: "We are devastated, as we are sure lots of Imelda May fans are, about this short-notice cancellation, however we do understand why Imelda has made the decision to accept this new opportunity".

Watch her performance below:


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