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This month I will do my monthly text on Conor McGregor as he is one of the most famous sportspeople of Ireland right now.

Conor Anthony McGregor was born to parents Tony and Margaret McGregor on July 14, 1988, in Dublin, Ireland. He rose from a tough neighborhood in Crumlin to become the biggest star in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). Conor enjoyed playing football as a child but later turned to box as an outlet for his aggression. He was a member of the Crumlin Boxing Club from the age of 11-17 where he also won a Dublin championship there.

In his later teen years he worked as a plumber but left to pursue his dream of becoming a professional fighter, much to his parents’ dismay. McGregor made his professional debut on March 8, 2008, for the London-based promotion Cage Warriors, winning by TKO. He lost two of his first six fights before reeling off an impressive winning streak, claiming both the featherweight championship and the lightweight championship in 2012.

Conor McGregor was signed by UFC President Dana White in early 2013 and he impressed with a first-round knockout in his April debut for the organization. He continued his winning ways through July 2015, when he defeated Chad Mendes for the interim featherweight title. That December, he knocked out Jose Aldo in a record 13 seconds to unify the featherweight title.

Even though Conor McGregor is a very famous and well-known sportsman for Ireland, he hasn’t always represented our country well with his behavior over the years. He has had allegations over the years of racism, sexual assault and aggressive behavior towards his opponents. His ‘trash talk’ is what he is best known for and how he intimidates his opponents but it often gets him in trouble.

Conor’s relationship with the UFC became strained when his inactivity in the octagon prompted its president to strip the fighter of his featherweight and lightweight titles by early 2018.

McGregor made his long-awaited return in October 2018, nearly two years after his last UFC fight but during the fourth round, he started a brawl which caused him to be suspended for 6 months. On March 26, 2019, McGregor announced via Twitter that he was retiring from the sport that made him famous. He concluded his MMA career with a record of 21 wins and four losses.
The text was written in October 2019.

Short bio of the volunteer:

My name is Kelly Quinn. I am from County Donegal in Ireland. I have studied Journalism at university and I am interested in getting a job hopefully either working on television or on the radio. Being in Madeira is such a different experience for me; I get to experience new cultures, meet new friends and also, of course, try the famous ‘poncha’! I am so happy to be here and I can’t wait to see what the rest of my time here will be like. I am hoping by being here and working with the rest of the volunteers, I can improve my public speaking and achieve a higher level of confidence in myself.

 

Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is a program of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth, and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the program acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.

Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.

In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3 (KA3) which is for the support of reformation policies.

European Voluntary Service

Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.

We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.

Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.