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Family and friends carry the remains of boxing coach Paul McCullagh into St Luke’s Church, Belfast

Family and friends carry the remains of boxing coach Paul McCullagh into St Luke’s Church, Belfast

Barney Eastwood and boxer Martin Rogan

Barney Eastwood and boxer Martin Rogan

Boxer Darren Corbett

Boxer Darren Corbett

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Family and friends carry the remains of boxing coach Paul McCullagh into St Luke’s Church, Belfast

Famous names from the world of boxing were among the mourners as the funeral took place yesterday of a legendary coach who passed away on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje.

Paul McCullagh from west Belfast was visiting the Bosnian town with his brother Francis when he died suddenly on October 22.

His funeral took place yesterday at St Luke's Church in Twinbrook.

The mourners included former promoter and bookmaker Barney Eastwood and boxers Martin Rogan and Darren Corbett.

Mr McCullagh (72) was a mentor for many fighters who passed through the famed Immaculata amateur club.

Also involved in the professional game, he worked with Barry McGuigan, Hugh Russell and Dave 'Boy' McAuley, as well as international stars Crisanto Espana and Victor Cordoba.

After his death, Gerard McCafferty, a coach at St John Bosco, paid tribute to a man who "just loved boxing".

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"Paul was well got in the boxing game. I've worked with some great trainers through the years but he was the best I ever worked with," he said.


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