In July 1972, Muhammad Ali boxed Al 'Blue' Lewis in Croke Park, Dublin. The fight was organised and co-promoted by a former circus-strongman, a London-based publican called Butty Sugrue, originally from Killorglin, Co Kerry. Using RTE archive and personal footage recorded at the time, this film tells the remarkable story behind the origins of the fight - and the fall-out from it - and talks to those who encountered Ali during his time in Dublin. Among them the late RTE broadcaster, Cathal O'Shannon, in his last recorded TV interview. And, from his home in Detroit, Al 'Blue' Lewis, and tells how, having been sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter, he ended up going eleven rounds with The Greatest in Dublin.
When Ali Came to Ireland. RTE1: 6.30pm
Story by Sheena McGinley | 11:35 | Tuesday 1st January 2013 | TV Highlights
Vogue Does Straight A's: Reality...
Last year it was the afterlife for Vogue, this time round it's the Leaving Cert. As countless students across the...RTE 2 |
UEFA Europa League Final: FC...
The Europa League is often seen as Europe's second tournament behind its rich, glitzy brother the Champions League, but the...|2 comments
Premiere of this Irish flick tonight starring Colm Meaney who plays a fella called Fred Daly. He returns to Ireland from...RTE One |
Sky Living: 10.00pm
If you are watching over on RTE2, don't read on, as Sky Living is ahead by a few weeks. If not though, you'll know that...
24 Hours in A and E
Channel 4: 9.00pm
New series of the show kicks off tonight, with events unfolding at St George's Hospital in south-west London, which holds...
Alfred Hitchcock's landmark thriller tells the story of a young woman who goes on the run with a stolen fortune and stops...FilmFour |