I just saw a great film about "The Greatest," another person of Irish descent, titled The Trials of Muhammad Ali.  The documentary doesn't delve into Ali's Irish roots.  It focuses mainly on his conversion to Islam and his resistance to the draft during the Vietnam War.  It's a fascinating story, and the film is very well-made.  You can find upcoming screenings for the film on the website. It's getting theatrical release, which comes as no surprise because the film is so good.

Here's a very entertaining interview -- Cathal O'Shannon's 1972 interview with Ali on RTE. 

Then there's this video about Ali's 2009 visit to Ennis.  It explains Ali's Irish lineage going back to his great-grandfather who was born in Ennis and includes an interview with one of his cousins.  

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Comment by Gerry Regan on June 8, 2016 at 2:26pm

Brendan, you are quoting Ger Colleran here? Who is Ger?

Comment by Edward Francis Jr on June 9, 2016 at 9:52pm

Brendan-well written but to be kind, I think you are not writing about Clay/Ali. Today in America we have gone to a 100% volunteer military. Even before that we possess the most powerful military on the plant. Ali knew the consequences. Don't do the crime unless you can do the time comes to mind. He was not as you say stripped of anything. He voluntarily broke the law and paid for it, his choice. He was not a prophet of any sort. He left the version of islam he changed his name for when he realized it was a sham/joke. The greatest boxer...yes. Person..far from it. It is documented he explained his white looks or light skin on slave rape, a total lie.

A hero by al means yes. I think he was a peaceful man.3 world titles,  4-5 wives, 9-12 kids? What truth can we learn from him really? I guess it depends on your definition of hero.

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