Conor McGregor buys THIRD pub in Dublin as notorious property empire booms

Conor McGregor has added another Dublin pub to his property empire after buying the Waterside Bar in Howth.

he Dubliner, who was declared the highest paid sports star in the world in 2021 by Forbes, already owns the Black Forge Inn in Dublin 12 and the Marble Arch pub in Drimnagh.

According to The Currency, he “quietly” acquired the Waterside Bar from a group of local businessmen which is located almost directly opposite the Howth Yacht Club.

The fishing village, best known for its picturesque harbour, stunning cliff walks and views of Ireland’s Eye, will suit McGregor’s tastes as the harbor will be a natural berth for his new Lamborghini yacht.

His father, Tony, is also an avid sailor and regularly shares footage of his latest jaunt aboard his boat ‘The 188’, which is named after Conor’s former claim payment.

As well as shelling out around €2 million to buy The Black Forge in 2020, McGregor also pumped another €1 million into its renovation.

The two-weight world champion regularly frequents the venue where he has shared numerous snaps on social media showing him enjoying a meal or hosting parties for his family including one for his sister’s birthday there. a few days.

The MMA star traveled to Dublin last week to attend his sister Erin’s surprise birthday party.

He was vacationing in France before returning to his hometown of Crumlin for the celebrations at his boozer, the Black Forge Inn.

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Aoife, Margaret and Conor McGregor at the Black Forge Inn

Aoife, Margaret and Conor McGregor at the Black Forge Inn

The McGregors threw an extravagant party at the Black Forge Inn for Erin’s 41st birthday on Monday night.

Aoife, their mother Margaret and Erin’s 21-year-old daughter Taylor were all in attendance while their aunts and great aunts also made their way to the Dublin 12 pub to celebrate.

In December, we revealed how McGregor was set to shell out around €100m to build 300 apartments, shops, cafes and a supermarket on three separate adjoining sites along the Grand Canal in Drimnagh.

Our architect’s exclusively obtained plans and photos show 188 apartments in a three to nine storey complex on the old Heidelberg/Miller old building and SCR garage site on Davitt Road, which was being assessed by An Bord Pleanála

We also commissioned aerial photos that showed not only the site of those flats to be built, for which he paid an initial sum of 15 million euros, but also a huge adjacent site that once housed a paint shop.

The UFC star bought the site for several million euros more and for which he plans to build more than 100 additional apartments.

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Conor McGregor in The Black Forge Inn pub


Conor McGregor in The Black Forge Inn pub

Conor McGregor in The Black Forge Inn pub

He intends to turn some of these apartments in the second complex into social and affordable housing, which would give him additional leverage to obtain planning permission. It would also lead to a healthy profit if he sold them to the city council or a housing charity.

But that would still mean around 250 flats will be rented on the site alone which borders Dublin’s south city centre, which will result in McGregor skimming almost half a million in funds every month.

We can also reveal that McGregor did not complete the purchase of the nearby Marble Arch pub in a third adjacent site until November 15.

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Conor McGregor surprised his older sister by coming home for the party and giving her an expensive gift (Instagram)


Conor McGregor surprised his older sister by coming home for the party and giving her an expensive gift (Instagram)

Conor McGregor surprised his older sister by coming home for the party and giving her an expensive gift (Instagram)

“I had a price in my head and I’m happy with the price,” publican Chris Kelly, who sold the Marble Arch to McGregor, told The Sunday World.

Chris hasn’t revealed how much the MMA sports star paid for the famous pub, but it’s believed Conor could have splashed close to £2million on the March arch.

It was at Marble Arch that McGregor infamously punched innocent Dubliner Desmond Keogh (50) in April 2019 when the customer refused to taste McGregor’s ‘Proper 12’ whiskey.

Keogh refused the blow and McGregor punched him in the head, to which he later pleaded guilty to assault and paid a €1,000 fine for the incident.

The Sunday World also revealed that McGregor could now demolish the Marble Arch.

“He has set his sights on building a big brand supermarket on the Marble Arch site, which is on a corner and would have ample space for parking,” our source reveals.

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Conor McGregor's real estate empire revealed by Sunday World in December


Conor McGregor’s real estate empire revealed by Sunday World in December

Conor McGregor’s real estate empire revealed by Sunday World in December

“He could use the Marble Arch license to get a seven-day liquor license for the new supermarket.”

Along with the supermarket and two complexes of nearly 300 apartments, McGregor also plans to build a gym and several retail units, which will house cafes, hairdressers and fashion stores.

Its intended enclave is on the Luas tram line, with stops 160 meters either side at Goldenbridge and Suir Road.

Plans seen by the Sunday World for its initial development of 188 apartments on Davitt Road show 20 of these will be studios, 79 one-bedroom and 89 two-bedroom.

Regarding the height of up to nine storeys, the plans state: “Given the width of the existing roadway, the Luas track and the Grand Canal, it is possible to absorb greater construction heights in this hallway.”

McGregor also hints at further developments along the canal bank in the area after completing the initial site, which would obviously include the paint shop site and the one where the March Arch is located.

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