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Sorry, Conor, not even close: A brief history of Irish athletes' Sports Illustrated covers

57 years late, champ.

IRELAND’S A SMALL place, so we remember dearly the times when athletes from these shores make it onto the cover of the most celebrated sports publication in the most hyped sports nation on the planet.

That means that Conor McGregor has to be pulled right up when he makes a bold bold claim like this.

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 1959

Sorry, champ, not even close. We understand it’s exciting to have the Nate Diaz fight all sorted at such short notice, but Ronnie Delany won’t have his title taken as easily as Jose Aldo.

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1975-79

Eamonn Coghlan was on the ball this morning to tweet out his three appearances on the cover.

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Didn’t take him long to dig them out.

2009 and 2015

A fresh faced Rory McIlroy got part of his face on the 2009 Masters Preview edition and he was back last year in action pose.

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