Conor McGregor Posts Moving Tribute To Young Man Paralysed From The Shoulders Down

'I think I speak for every Irish man and woman by saying you are a true inspiration to us'

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Conor McGregor has paid tribute to 16-year-old Ian O'Connell who appeared on The Late Late Show on Friday night. 

Ian won hordes of admirers by speaking candidly to Ryan Tubridy about an accident which left him paralysed from the shoulders down and his motto 'if I can't stand up I'll stand out' led to a round of applause from audience members. 

McGregor was just one of the people watching at home who were inspired by Ian's story and he later took to Instagram to post a moving tribute after randomly bumping into him at an MMA event. 

Alongside a picture of the two, Conor wrote: 'Thank you Ian it was great to meet you my brother, you are some man! Your quote literally blew me away! “If you can’t stand up, STAND OUT!” What a legend!' 

McGregor went on to say 'I think I speak for every Irish man and woman that watched you on the Late Late show last night by saying you are a true inspiration to us! 
Thank you brother.'

If you missed what Ian had to say on Friday night you can watch his interview in the above video. 

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