Muhammad Ali’s Irish Roots

August 19, 2009

Muhammad Ali is set to visit the home of his Irish ancestors the home of his great-grandfather Abe Grady. in County Clare when he visits the country at the end of August.

The boxing legend will be in Dublin on August 31 for a fundraiser for his Alltech Ali Charitable Foundation,

“The people of Clare look forward to formally recognizing his work with the less well-off along with his direct ancestral links with the Banner County.”

Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, made his pro debut on October 29, 1960, a few months after winning the gold medal in the light-heavyweight division at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

In 1964 he won the heavyweight title for the first time when he defeated champion Sonny Liston. Shortly after winning the title, Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali after joining the Nation of Islam.

Ali was stripped of his boxing license and world title by the New York State commission in 1967 when he refused to fight in the Vietnam War.

Muhammad Ali’s professional record was 56-5, with 37 knockouts.

Ali was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease in 1984 but has maintained a public profile, and was a special guest at the launch of the Special Olympics in Dublin in 2003

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