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In sunshine or in shadow: how boxing brought hope in the troubles

In sunshine or in shadow: how boxing brought hope in the troubles

McRae, Donald, 1961- author

At the height of the Troubles, Gerry Storey ran the Holy Family gym from the IRA's heartland territory of New Lodge in Belfast. Despite coming from a family steeped in the Republican movement, he insisted that it would be open to all. He ensured that his boxers were given a free pass by paramilitary forces on both Republican and Loyalist sides, so they could find a way out of the province's desperate situation. In the immediate aftermath of the 1981 Hunger Strikes, Storey would also visit the Maze prison twice a week to train the inmates from each community, separately. In itself, this would be a heroic story, but Storey went further than that: he became the trainer for world champion Barry McGuigan and Olympian Hugh Russell, who became one of the most famous photographers to document the Troubles

Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Simon & Schuster, 2019
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Statement of responsibility: Donald McRae
ISBN: 1471163105, 9781471163104
Physical Description: 384 pages : illustrations (colour) ; 24 cm
Subject: Political violence Ireland Belfast History 20th century.; Boxing Ireland Belfast History 20th century.; Boxing trainers Ireland Belfast.; Storey, Gerry Career in boxing.; Sport.