Tom Molineaux

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Artwork depicting Tom Molineaux at the exhibition in Galway City Museum. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When freed slave Tom Molineaux arrived in Galway in 1818, few knew that he had been the first “American sports star” and unofficial world boxing champ(...)

Undated painting of boxing pioneer Tom Molineaux.

Imagine the strangeness: an African-American moving through the Irish countryside in the late 1810s, the Famine more than 30 years in the country’s fu(...)