Former UFC fighter Paddy Holohan turned Sinn Fein representative has won a seat in the South Dublin Council.
The retired mixed martial artist and former flyweight recently announced he was making a move into politics. He has been active in his community and in the media, operating his own podcast, since leaving the sport.
He was forced to retire from MMA three years ago due to a rare blood disorder and has publicly declared it his goal to introduce essential amenities to working-class areas.
The 31-year-old broke the Quota of 973 on Sunday evening.
— South Dublin Co Co (@sdublincoco) May 26, 2019
Speaking to RTE after the result, Holahan was ecstatic.
I feel incredible. I feel like I keep breaking down barriers. I keep busting this mould. There is no excuse. Being broke is no excuse.
— Aisling Kenny (@KennyAKE) May 26, 2019
— Ian Begley (@Beggers_) May 26, 2019