Muhammad Ali tracks down family of Irish ancestor Abe Grady

MUHAMMAD Ali was greeted with a roar to rival the Rumble in the Jungle when he took a few frail steps on the Turnpike Road yesterday, from where his great-grandfather Abe Grady set out for the New World almost 150 years ago. The former three times world heavyweight champion was welcomed like a returning prodigal son when he arrived in Ennis, Clare, and was made its first Freeman. Henceforth the Nation of Islam member is also Ali the Irishman. Read more: The Australian … [Read more...]

Randolph Cemetery stops selling plots

The historic Randolph Cemetery, established 138 years ago, is full. The descendants of people at rest there have decided to stop selling plots within the 5.6-acre site in downtown Columbia. Further, burials will not be allowed without proof of ownership — which could be as formal as a deed or as informal as a notation in a family Bible. Read more: The State.com … [Read more...]