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Taoiseach Jack Lynch had been more than happy to host Ali in his office at Leinster House; indeed, judging by contemporary reports, the atmosphere was positively giddy. Photograph: Kevin McMahon

Following the death of Muhammad Ali there was no shortage of lists of memorable quotes from him and about him. There was one quote that did not make(...)

Muhammad Ali stands over Cleveland Williams after knocking him out in Houston on November 14th, 1966. Photo: Getty Images

Muhammad Ali’s life was freighted with sub text and narrative. So were his fights. There was rarely anything straightforward about them, always someth(...)

Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali: “I know all them insults are nonsense but he’s saying them and that means something”

It isn’t one of Muhammad Ali’s most famous quotes but it might be the wisest: “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 3(...)

Greatness in sport is rightly measured by supreme ability and success at its highest level. The best teams and athletes carve their place in sporting (...)

Muhammad Ali in his London hotel room, May 1963. Photograph: Hulton Archive

My 12-year-old son has a Muhammad Ali poster on his bedroom wall. It is the black-and-white image of Ali gloved up and in white shorts looming over th(...)

A sign on a shop front in Ennis waiting for Boxing legend Muhammad Ali to visit on  September 1st, 2009. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Muhammad Ali - the facts * Ali’s great-grandfather Abe Grady was Irish. He emigrated from the Turnpike Road, Ennis, Co Clare, to the US in the 1(...)

Muhammad Ali, center left, and Dr Martin Luther King speak to reporters on  March 29th, 1967. Photograph: AP

Muhammad Ali was famous for his quotes. Here are some of his best. - “Hey Floyd — I seen you! Someday I’m gonna whup you! Don’t you forget, I am the (...)

Muhammad Ali poses with gloves in this undated portrait. Photograph: Action Images/Reuters

Muhammad Ali, the three-time heavyweight champion, who was one of the best known and loved sportsmen of the 20th century has died at a hospital in Pho(...)

 Muhammad Ali (right) covers up against George Foreman during their world heavyweight boxing title fight in Kinshasa, Zaire.  Photograph: Getty Images

When Muhammad Ali rumbled in the jungle with George Foreman exactly 40 years ago on Thursday, they were safely distant from the dying embers of a con(...)

Paul Howard meeting his hero in 1992

I can’t remember a time when Muhammad Ali didn’t mean the world to me. The man, who introduced himself to the planet by beating Sonny Liston 50 years (...)

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