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The Great Man Has Died...

R.I.P. Boxing-legend-Muhammad Ali [This Great Man's Sad Death Reported June 3rd 2016]

Muhammad Ali's Irish roots... [BBC World Service:4th September 2009]

Ali -- who was crowned Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated in 1999 -- had his Irish heritage uncovered by genealogists in 2002.

Boxing-legend-Muhammad (36K) Boxing legend Muhammad Ali arrives in Ennis, Ireland. Photograph:BBC World Service

The boxing legend Muhammad Ali could have been born an Irishman. In 1860 John O'Grady, a young man from Ennis in the Irish Republic, crossed the Atlantic to escape the Great Famine. He was Ali's great grandfather. Now, almost one hundred and fifty years later, the boxer has just been back to the land of his ancestors and has met some of his living relatives. It was one of the biggest excitements to hit the town of Ennis for many years.

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Boxing-legend-Muhammad (36K) Boxing legend Muhammad Ali arrives in Ennis, Ireland. Photograph: Julien Behal/AP

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali arrives in Ennis, Ireland.

Muhammad Ali receives freedom of great-grandfather's Irish home town
The Great Boxing legend becomes first man in 600 years to be given freedom of Ennis, County Clare

After Barack Obama, Muhammad Ali today became the latest world celebrity to reclaim his Irish origins. The boxing legend became the first man to be given the freedom of Ennis, County Clare, for 600 years. Ali visited the town, in the west of Ireland, to pay homage at the home of his Irish great-grandfather, Abe Grady. Thousands turned out to honour him as he received the civic accolade.

The former world heavyweight champion also met four of his distant cousins during the closed ceremony, which was broadcast live on a giant screen into the middle of the town. Ali, 67, then drove through Ennis, taking in the Turnpike Road area from which his great-grandfather came. He attended a charitable function at Dromoland Castle before flying back to his home in Kentucky.
Ali's trip to Ireland came during a worldwide tour to raise funds for research into Parkinson's Disease. The former champion, who is fighting the disease, once said he was a man who was descended from slaves. However, there is now no doubt that his great-grandfather, Grady, was a white Irishman who left for the US in 1862. He later married a freed African-American slave.

The couple's son, John Grady, had a daughter, Odessa Grady, Ali's mother, in 1917. The boxer joins a long line of world famous figures who have either proven or claimed to be part Irish. The County Offaly town of Moneygall claims Obama as one of its own, and rumours of his Irish blood prompted the Irish folk band the O'Reilly Brothers to pen a hit single called There's Nobody As Irish As Barack Obama.

The Great Man Has Died...

R.I.P. Boxing-legend-Muhammad Ali

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