Muhammad Ali visits ancestral home in Ireland

56171688DL001_MuhammadAliLegendary American boxer Muhammad Ali has visited the birth place of his ancestors in Ireland, prompting thousands of well-wishers to line the streets of the town.The scenes were reminiscent of a presidential visit as the 67-year-old former three-times world heavyweight champion traveled to Ennis, County Clare to see the hometown of his forebear.The visit was commemorated by the town council with the unveiling of a plaque at the home of his great grandfather and by making Ali the first honorary “freeman” of the town.

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Pictured: Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali smiles as he attends the dedication of his Muhammad Ali Center on November 20, 2005 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David R. Lutman/Getty Images)