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Ag Trasnú an Atlantaigh Dhuibh

     

The story of Tom Molineaux, a freed slave
turned champion boxer, who ended in a
pauper’s grave in Galway 1818.

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This extra-ordinary story of how Tom Molineaux, a freed slave turned champion boxer, ended in a pauper's grave in Galway 1818 also holds up a mirror to a conveniently ignored aspect of Irish history -

First Shown: 19 Aug

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Ag Trasnú an Atlantaigh Dhuibh

Ag Trasnú an Atlantaigh Dhuibh – This extraordinary story of how Tom Molineaux, a freed slave turned champion boxer, ended in a pauper’s grave in Galway 1818 also holds up a mirror to a conveniently ignored aspect of Irish history – its role in the slave trade. Molineaux came to Britain to seek his fortune and try his hand at bare-knuckle fighting, a “sport” at which he excelled. His life turned and he succumbed to alcoholism and was effectively ruled out of contention for the major fights because of his health problems arising from drinking. He came to Ireland and died penniless in an army barrack band-room in Galway.

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