Imelda wins battle of the anthems in Vegas

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Imelda May

Imelda May has apologised to the fans she let down when she accepted a last-minute offer to sing the national anthem prior to Conor McGregor’s loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr in Las Vegas.

Her rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann, prior to Demi Lovato’s performance of the Star Spangled Banner, was one of the highlights of the night, but in order to make it Imelda had to pull out of an appearance at Rugby’s Down On The Close Festival.

Afterwards she said: “I did not make the decision to cancel, lightly. I did not do it for money by the way. I did not do it for fame.

“I simply felt duty called… I was asked to represent my country at the biggest sporting event in our small island’s history. I was very honoured and so proud to sing our national anthem to the world.

“I sincerely thank the amazing Conor McGregor for asking me to be part of his special, unbelievable evening. He won our hearts last night. I thank all of you for your support as I was nervous as hell until I started singing and then felt all your good vibes with me. I felt my family with me.”

Nevada desert morning. I feel I to address a few things. (Brace yourselves it’s a long winded one!) I want to apologise to disappointed fans at Rugbys Down On The Close Festival for letting you down. I get it. Myself and my management have been working closely with the promoter to fix this situation. I hear most people were fine and that the festival was a huge success and everyone had a great time that went. I hear Cara Dillon was amazing. I’ve had a long, lovely conversation with Lee Martin who runs the @downontheclose festival and has been so understanding. I did not make the decision to cancel, lightly. I did not do it for money by the way. I did not do it for fame. I am fully aware my performance will be probably forgotten in 2seconds. . I simply felt duty called… I was asked to represent my country at the biggest sporting event in our small islands history. I was very honoured and so proud to sing our national anthem to the world. I sincerely thank the amazing Conor McGregor for asking me to be part of his special, unbelievable evening. He won our hearts last night. I thank all of you for your support as I was nervous as hell until I started singing and then felt all your good vibes with me. I felt my family with me. I especially thank the good wishes from Lee and all those at the festival. I will make it up to you. Imelda X

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