Muhammad Ali’s Irish Great-Grandfather

Aug 01

In 2009 Muhammad Ali traveled to Ennis, Ireland to explore his Irish ancestry. Ennis, a small town in County Clare, was home to Abe Grady, Ali’s great-grandfather who left Ireland for the United States in the 1840s during the Great Famine.

The local heritage center was inundated for weeks in advance of the champ’s visit with calls from people trying to find out whether they might be related to Ali. When he finally arrived, everyone for miles around turned out to get a glimpse of The Greatest. “The feeling in the town that day was electric,” according to Frankie Neylon, Mayor of Ennis at the time.

Dr. Pearse Lyons, who helped to make the trip possible, recalls the excitement as he rode with Ali through the city on their way to the welcome ceremony. “Everyone turned out; everybody and their sons, and their mums, and their daughters and their relatives turned up, and they were all there to see the champ.”

Muhammad Ali has a unique power to inspire and motivate people, and we are proud to support the Generation Ali project because we share the passion to make positive changes for future generations. And with passion, we can achieve great things.

-Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech.

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