Starstruck Clare residents scramble to find ties to Muhammed Ali

An Irish heritage center in County Clare is being flooded with phone calls from Ennis residents looking to establish ancestral ties with American boxing great Muhammed Ali.

Ali is heading to Ireland at the end of the month to help raise money for his non–profit Muhammad Ali Center and to visit his ancestral home in Ennis, County Clare, from which his great-grandfather, Abe Grady, left for the U.S. in the 1860s.

Genealogist Antoinette O’Brien of the Clare Heritage Center in Corofin told the Irish Times: “The phone has not stopped ringing over the past couple of days from people saying that their grandmothers, their grandfathers and great-grandparents were Gradys from the Turnpike in Ennis.” Read More

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