Sunday 19 November 2017

Ali did the impossible... and was right, every time

He truly was the greatest, and not just for his victories inside the ring, writes Willie Kealy

SUMMIT MEETING: Muhammad Ali with Taoiseach Jack Lynch on Ali’s visit to Ireland in 1972
SUMMIT MEETING: Muhammad Ali with Taoiseach Jack Lynch on Ali’s visit to Ireland in 1972
Willie Kealy

Willie Kealy

To be a kid in Ireland in the 1960s was to live in a backwater. 1960s Ireland was still dominated by the Church and the dynastic families who owned our industry and commerce.

They say the 1960s didn't arrive in Ireland until the 1970s, but the generation of young people growing up in this country at the time were restless, feeling their oats, confident and no longer content to follow their parents' path of deference to their betters and knowing their place.

The revolution may not have been happening here, but it was elsewhere and we could hear about it and read about it and see it on television. This revolution was televised, and we were watching.

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