Murder victim Eamonn Magee Jnr is laid to rest
Belfast’s boxing circle paid tribute to Eamonn Magee Jnr when his funeral took place earlier today.
Terry Magee, Champion trainer John Breen, Martin Rogan, Neil Sinclair, Kevin ‘Sweet Pea’ O’Hara, Stephen Haughian and Jim Rock were just a few of the mourners who paid their respects to a fallen comrade.
Eamonn was stabbed in the Summerhill Park area of Twinbrook at around 2.30am on Saturday and was rushed to hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.
The funeral service took place in St Joseph’s Church, Hannahstown, followed by his burial in the adjoining cemetery.
The 22-year-old son of former WBU welterweight world champion Eamonn Magee has been described by his friends as a loveable, genuine and decent young man who had the world at his feet and great potential for a successful boxing career.
Leading the Requiem Mass, Fr Kevin McGuckien paid tribute to Eamonn, saying he was “ever loving, caring and supportive”.
“Today we thank God for Eamonn’s life – a life that has touched the lives of so many in such a positive way,” he said.
Fr McGuckien also spoke of Eamonn’s journey to adulthood and professional boxing: “He steadily grew in confidence and matured into an extremely pleasant and likeable young man and into someone who was well respected.
“This maturing and growing in confidence was also to be found in his sporting endeavours.
“Tomorrow would have marked the first anniversary of Eamonn becoming a professional boxer – indeed he had a very promising professional career ahead of him.
“Eamonn’s dedication and discipline inspired many people and by his fundraising for charity, he certainly was a good role model.”
“Last June Eamon began his professional career as a boxer and last September he also began third level education at the University of Ulster, when he enrolled on the degree programme of Housing Management.
On Tuesday Turkish barman, Orhan Koca, of no fixed abode, appeared in court accused of Eamonn’s murder.
The 32-year-old denies the charges.
Sporting stars have paid tribute to Eamonn, including boxer Michael Conlon, who represented Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games and ex-world champion boxer Ricky Hatton, who took on Eamonn Magee Sr in a high profile fight in 2002.