CONOR McGregor has paid tribute to a paralysed Kerry teenager and thanked him for spreading a message of inspiration.
Ian O’Connell, 16, was a guest on RTE’s Late Late Show on Friday night and told host Ryan Tubridy how his motto is “If you can’t stand up, stand out.”
Watching the Late Late show last night and on comes this young man @ianoconnell321! I was blown away by him and his attitude to life and in facing adversity! Truly blown away! Then tonight, by complete chance, I bumped into him at an event and end up getting to watch the main event fight ringside with him! What a night! 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! 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 ❤️
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Ian, who is paralysed from his shoulders down following a cycling accident in Killarney, Co Kerry, told Tubs how the UFC fighter is his “idol”.
Ian said “Conor McGregor is my idol. I just think his mindset and the way he does stuff, the hard work he puts in – you obviously see that it pays off.
“Maybe not some times, but it’s just the mindset that if you believe you can do it, you will achieve it.”
But it was Conor who was in awe of his young fan last night when they met at BAMMA 35 in Dublin’s 3 Arena.
Taken by the youngster’s profound motto, 29-year-old Conor posed for snaps with Ian and took a video of their short chat which he posted on Instagram.
He told Ian: “I saw you on the Late Late, Ian. And I was absolutely blown away.”
He then asked the teenager to repeat his motto into the camera.
Conor then said: “‘If you can’t stand up, stand out’. Well, I swear… honest to God. I’m not messing with you.
“I was blown away. Thank you so much for that.”
“It’s an honour to meet you.”
On Friday night, Ian told Tubs how last August he was out riding his bike with three friends in Killarney National Park in Co Kerry when he suddenly hit a log hidden by grass and went over the handlebars.
He fell on his neck before rolling onto his back.
He said: “The minute I hit the ground, I heard the crack in my neck and I lost feeling and didn’t know my body was there.”
Ian now wants to inspire people not to take things for granted.
He said: “My ambition is: just to get the message out to people that we take so many things for granted in life.
“It’s just the small things. Like I had to learn how to talk, swallow, everything.
“Most importantly, I had to learn how to smile again in myself.”
“I never want people to feel sorry for me.
“I just want them to see, I’m still a normal person.
“A wheelchair isn’t who I am, it’s just how I get around.”
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“I think the accident has changed me for the better.
“I have such a different outlook on life.
“I think you have to experience the changes I’ve had to know what it feels like and to know what’s different.”
Source : https://www.thesun.ie/news/2567457/conor-mcgregor-pays-tribute-to-paralysed-teenager-ian-oconnell-for-his-inspirational-message-if-you-cant-stand-up-stand-out/Thanks you for read my article Conor McGregor Pays Tribute To Paralysed Teenager Ian O’Connell For His Inspirational Message ‘If You Can’t Stand Up, Stand Out’