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
Live Champions League
Liverpool take on FC Basel in this Group B matchday two fixture at St Jakob-Park. The Reds managed to emerge from their...RTE 2 |
The People's Debate with Vincent...
The return of this topical debate show chaired by Vincent Browne in front of a live studio audience. Basically like a TV...TV3 |
Things aren't looking good for George tonight in the last episode of this current series. His dream is shattered when...BBC One |
This chat show returns tonight which explores folk beliefs and traditions associated with everything from birth, death,...TG4 |
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Premiere of this flick which sees seven English pensioners all decide to pull a Shirley Valentine when they see an advert...RTE One |
Rwanda's Untold Story
Twenty years on from the Rwandan genocide, this documentary investigates the story of the country's President Paul Kagam,...BBC Two |