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 January 31.

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.

Henrik Lundqvist interviewed by Joe Micheletti. Image: The Ireland Funds.

Henrik Lundqvist interviewed by Joe Micheletti. Image: The Ireland Funds.

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 Conor McGregor.

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Dee Devlin, Conor McGregor, Bret Baier & Amy Baier. Image: The Ireland Funds.

Dee Devlin, Conor McGregor, Bret Baier & Amy Baier. Image: The Ireland Funds.

The Children's Medical Research Foundation Crumlin (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. One in 100 children are born with a structural heart defect, one 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.

Adrian & Christina Jones. Image: The Ireland Funds.

Adrian & Christina Jones. Image: The Ireland Funds.

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.”

You can find more info on CMRF Crumlin here. 

Conor McGregor at the Best of Ireland Gala. The Ireland Funds.