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Best of Ireland Gala Dinner 2018 (Photos)

Conor McGregor and partner Dee Devlin (right) with Carla Capone. McGregor was honored at the Children's Medical Research Foundation Best of Ireland dinner in January. (Photos: James Higgins)

By Irish America Staff
April / May 2018

In partnership with The G-Mac Foundation and the Ireland Funds, the seventh annual Best of Ireland Gala dinner was held at the New York Athletic Club on 31st January.

More than $800,000 was pledged on the night to help fund research and innovation programmes that are happening right now for sick children. Research offers hope to patients and parents who face life-long and sometimes life-threatening illnesses. The success of the night was in no small part due to the incredible input and support of the four honorees on the evening, Bret Baier of FOX News, Adrian Jones of Goldman Sachs, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, and UFC fighter Conor McGregor.

CMRF aims to save and improve sick children’s lives supporting extraordinary care and vital research at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, and the National Children’s Research Centre based at Crumlin. 1 in 100 children are born with a structural heart defect, 1 in 19 people in Ireland carry the Cystic Fibrosis gene and 120,000 children will visit Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin in a typical year.

Speaking at the event honoree Conor McGregor said: “Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin in Ireland is very close to my heart. I was there twice in my life, once when I stood on a nail as an 8-year old kid and again last year. Like I said, I was born and raised in Crumlin and it is amazing what you are achieving from this event.” ♦

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