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Barney Eastwood funeral hears how boxing lost 'brightest star'

The funeral has been held for one of the “brightest stars” of Northern Ireland boxing, the legendary promoter and businessman Barney ‘BJ’ Eastwood.

Mr Eastwood passed away on Monday aged 87 after a short illness.

Born in Cookstown in 1932, he worked with former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan before their relationship turned sour.

Mr Eastwood, who also worked with champions Dave McAuley and Paul Hodkinson, founded a chain of betting shops, which he later sold for more than £100million.

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Eastwood returning to Belfast after McGuigan won the world title

Eastwood returning to Belfast after McGuigan won the world title

Eastwood returning to Belfast after McGuigan won the world title

Speaking at his funeral at St Colmcille’s Church, Holywood, sports commentator and friend of Mr Eastwood Jim Neilly, said: “The show will go on but it will go on, alas, without one of its brightest stars.”

Mr Eastwood was laid to rest at Redburn Cemetery and is survived by his wife Frances, daughter Fiona and sons Brian, Peter, Adrian, Stephen and Fearghal.

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The coffin is carried from St Colmcille's Church, Holywood, Co Down at the funeral of boxing promoter and bookmaker Barney Eastwood.

The coffin is carried from St Colmcille's Church, Holywood, Co Down at the funeral of boxing promoter and bookmaker Barney Eastwood.

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Frances Eastwood wife of Barney  pictured as she arrives at the church

Frances Eastwood wife of Barney pictured as she arrives at the church

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Mourners leave following the funeral of boxing promoter and bookmaker Barney Eastwood at St Colmcille's Church, Holywood, Co Down. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday March 13, 2020. See PA story FUNERAL Eastwood. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Mourners leave following the funeral of boxing promoter and bookmaker Barney Eastwood at St Colmcille's Church, Holywood, Co Down. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday March 13, 2020. See PA story FUNERAL Eastwood. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Former boxer Dave 'Boy' McAuley leaves the church following the funeral of boxing promoter and bookmaker Barney Eastwood at St Colmcille's Church, Holywood, Co Down. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday March 13, 2020. See PA story FUNERAL Eastwood. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Former boxer Dave 'Boy' McAuley leaves the church following the funeral of boxing promoter and bookmaker Barney Eastwood at St Colmcille's Church, Holywood, Co Down. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday March 13, 2020. See PA story FUNERAL Eastwood. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Barney Eastwood

Barney Eastwood

Frances Eastwood (right) leaves the church following the funeral of her husband, boxing promoter and bookmaker Barney Eastwood, at St Colmcille's Church, Holywood, Co Down. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday March 13, 2020. See PA story FUNERAL Eastwood. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Frances Eastwood (right) leaves the church following the funeral of her husband, boxing promoter and bookmaker Barney Eastwood, at St Colmcille's Church, Holywood, Co Down. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday March 13, 2020. See PA story FUNERAL Eastwood. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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The coffin is carried from St Colmcille's Church, Holywood, Co Down at the funeral of boxing promoter and bookmaker Barney Eastwood. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday March 13, 2020. See PA story FUNERAL Eastwood. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The coffin is carried from St Colmcille's Church, Holywood, Co Down at the funeral of boxing promoter and bookmaker Barney Eastwood. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday March 13, 2020. See PA story FUNERAL Eastwood. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Mourners leave following the funeral of boxing promoter and bookmaker Barney Eastwood at St Colmcille's Church, Holywood, Co Down. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday March 13, 2020. See PA story FUNERAL Eastwood. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Mourners leave following the funeral of boxing promoter and bookmaker Barney Eastwood at St Colmcille's Church, Holywood, Co Down. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday March 13, 2020. See PA story FUNERAL Eastwood. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Dave Boy and Barney Eastwood having a laugh

Dave Boy and Barney Eastwood having a laugh

Boxing trainer John Breen leaves the church following the funeral of boxing promoter and bookmaker Barney Eastwood at St Colmcille's Church, Holywood, Co Down. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday March 13, 2020. See PA story FUNERAL Eastwood. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Boxing trainer John Breen leaves the church following the funeral of boxing promoter and bookmaker Barney Eastwood at St Colmcille's Church, Holywood, Co Down. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday March 13, 2020. See PA story FUNERAL Eastwood. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Barney Eastwood's wife Frances and family members

Barney Eastwood's wife Frances and family members

Mary Peters arrives for Barney Eastwood's funeral at Colmcille's Church in Holywood, Co Down.  Friday 13th  March 2020

Mary Peters arrives for Barney Eastwood's funeral at Colmcille's Church in Holywood, Co Down. Friday 13th March 2020

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Sports Journalist Adrian Logan arrives for Barney Eastwood's funeral at Colmcille's Church in Holywood, Co Down.  Friday 13th  March 2020

Sports Journalist Adrian Logan arrives for Barney Eastwood's funeral at Colmcille's Church in Holywood, Co Down. Friday 13th March 2020

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John Campbell arrives for Barney Eastwood's funeral at Colmcille's Church in Holywood, Co Down.  Friday 13th  March 2020

John Campbell arrives for Barney Eastwood's funeral at Colmcille's Church in Holywood, Co Down. Friday 13th March 2020

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Eamon McAuley and Neill Sinclair pictured arrive for Barney Eastwood's funeral at Colmcille's Church in Holywood, Co Down.  Friday 13th  March 2020

Eamon McAuley and Neill Sinclair pictured arrive for Barney Eastwood's funeral at Colmcille's Church in Holywood, Co Down. Friday 13th March 2020

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Footballing great Gear Armstrong pictured as they arrive at the church for Barney Eastwood's funeral at Colmcille's Church in Holywood, Co Down.  Friday 13th  March 2020

Footballing great Gear Armstrong pictured as they arrive at the church for Barney Eastwood's funeral at Colmcille's Church in Holywood, Co Down. Friday 13th March 2020

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Barney Eastwood's Funeral at Colmcille's Church in Holywood, Co Down.  Friday 13th  March 2020

Barney Eastwood's Funeral at Colmcille's Church in Holywood, Co Down. Friday 13th March 2020

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Good times: Barney Eastwood celebrates with Barry McGuigan, a boxer he managed in the 1980's

Good times: Barney Eastwood celebrates with Barry McGuigan, a boxer he managed in the 1980's

The coffin is carried from St Colmcille's Church, Holywood, Co Down at the funeral of boxing promoter and bookmaker Barney Eastwood.

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