Our daughter Betty had her FIRST article published with the AZ REPUBLIC…
By Betty Ilioi
Special for The Republic | azcentral.com
Thu Feb 7, 2013 3:57 PM
Simon Hewat said he never knew about world heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali’s Irish ancestry.
Hewat, who was born and raised in Dublin, attended the grand opening of “The Fighting Irishmen: Celebrating Celtic Prizefighters 1820-Present” at the McClelland Irish Library in Phoenix last week.
The Scottsdale resident became a member of the library the day before the exhibit’s debut and said he learned new things about his Irish culture.
“Most people associate the Irish with kelly-green leprechauns and beards,” he said. “But this exhibit is the real deal. It represents the real-life history of Irish people in America in a unique way.”
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