When Ali Came to Ireland

Ali and Butty

Ali and Butty, photo credit Irish Post

  • tickets
  • Saturday, December 7, 6pm
  • Ireland / 2012 / 50 mins.
  • Ross Whitaker, Director
  • Aideen O’Sullivan, Producer

The madcap week in July 1972 when Muhammad Ali came to Dublin had an amazing impact on the Irish people, and on Ali, who was one of their own. When Ali Came to Ireland tells how Butty Sugrue, a circus strongman from County Kerry, pulled off a massive sporting coup by arranging a fight in Croke Park between Ali, the greatest athlete of all time, and Alvin “Blue” Lewis, a Detroit ex-con. Director Ross Whitaker infuses this unlikely tale with great warmth and good humor, combining a wealth of archival material with colorful reminiscences of the journalist who interviewed Ali, the hurler who taught him hurling, the team from Offaly who built the ring, and his good friend Rock Brynner, son of Yul.