29th Galway Film Fleadh 11th – 16th July 2017
Scarcely can there be a body buried in Irish soil that hides a more intriguing tale and presents a more challenging legacy than that of Tom Molineaux. Having saved his owner’s plantation by winning a fist-fight, Molineaux sailed to England where he challenged the Heavyweight Champion in a contest that is still considered one of the most shameful episodes in British sports history. Molineaux was cheated of the title and of all his money, so the first American sporting hero fled to Ireland. The story of how this freed slave turned champion boxer ends in a Galway grave is a brutal epic in its own right, but this film also holds a mirror up to a conveniently ignored aspect of Irish history – its role in the slave trade.
Duration 52 minutes