Posts Tagged ‘Muhammad Ali’

Muhammad Ali in Ennis:
A Sort of Homecoming

Anyone who grew up in the seventies, as I did, will remember with fondness the late nights/ early mornings spent watching Muhammad Ali slug it out against the likes of boxing superstars, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Leon Spinks etc on television. Whether you liked boxing or not, everyone had an opinion of Ali. HisRead more..

Fighting Irishmen Exhibition Opens in Phoenix

After traveling from New York to Boston and then to Ireland, the Fighting Irishmen boxing exhibition, which details nearly 200 years of Irish fighters, is now open for viewing in Phoenix, Arizona, in the recently opened McClelland Irish Library. The Phoenix opening for “The Fighting Irishmen: Celebrating Celtic Prizefighters 1820 to Present” paid special tributeRead more..

Muhammad Ali

He needs no description other than “The Greatest.” The legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, formerly known as Cassius Clay, visited the birthplace of his great-grandfather in County Clare in 2010. Thousands turned out in the town of Ennis to greet Ali, whose ancestor Abe Grady — grandfather of Ali’s mother, Odessa Lee Grady — lived onRead more..

Enda, Irial and Ali Honored by Fund

The American Ireland Fund’s annual New York Gala Dinner was held on May 5th. More than 1,200 guests gathered in a tent at Lincoln Center on May 5, for the American Ireland Fund New York Dinner Gala,  the largest of the 100 events held annually by The Worldwide Ireland Funds. The dinner, chaired by DuncanRead more..

An Irish Welcome for the Champ

Thousands turned out to welcome Muhammad Ali, 67, to Ennis, County Clare, the birthplace of his great-grandfather, on August 30. The purpose of his and his wife Lonnie’s visit was to inspire awareness and support for the recently established Alltech-Muhammad Ali Center Global Education and Charitable Fund, and also for the Muhammad Ali Center inRead more..

Ali’s Irish Roots

While Muhammad Ali’s biographer, Thomas Hauser, established some years ago that Ali’s great-grandfather was Abe Grady from County Clare, the Heritage Centre in Corofin, County Clare, has now established that Grady was an Ennis man. Born in the 1840s, Grady settled in Kentucky and married an African-American woman. Their son also married an African-American womanRead more..

Bono’s Bandwagon

U2 frontman Bono could be spotted on the east Coast this fall as he visited both the United Nations and the U.S. Congress with his plea for the G7 nations to drop the third world debt. With 21.1 million signatures, the “Drop the debt” petition is the largest single-issue petition ever gathered and counts theRead more..