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Showbusiness with Blood – New Boxing Book from Eamon Carr

In Showbusiness with Blood: A Golden Age of Irish Boxing, Eamon Carr gives ringside accounts of some of the world’s greatest fighters, from Steve Collins and Mike Tyson to Tyson Fury and Katie Taylor. Boxing, Ireland’s most successful Olympic sport, was turbo-charged in the mid-1990s as Irish boxers excelled in the harsh, sometimes tragic, business that is professional boxing. Carr became enamoured of the sport when confined to bed as a child and, as a reporter, was on hand to witness the victories and disasters of his heroes and heroines. 

Prize-fighting demands enormous courage each time a boxer steps forward. Surrounded by enthusiastic fans, the ring can be the loneliest place in the world. From the era of The Fancy in the 19th century to today, Ireland has embodied the pugilist tradition, renewed over three recent decades in what has become a golden age of boxing. 

Showbusiness with Blood takes the reader on an intimate journey through Irish boxing’s years of triumph and desolation. Carr illuminates the dark corners of the fight game with stories from gruelling training camps, noisy press conferences, behind- the-scenes hustling and the savage brutality of championship fights. This consummate sportswriter records inspirational tales of courage, resilience and personal redemption: boxing’s enduring allure and saving grace.

Eamon Carr is a founding member of the rock band Horslips. A Dublin-based journalist, playwright and art historian, he was a cultural commentator and reporter on news and sport for Independent Newspapers for over two decades. His published works include The Origami Crow, Journey into Japan World Cup Summer 2002 (Seven Towers, 2008), Deirdre Unforgiven: A Journal of Sorrows (Doire Press, 2013) and Foundation Song (Revival Press, 2023). His verse plays include DUSK (2016) and CúChulainn Awakes (2020).

In his compelling and beautifullywritten book, Eamon Carr does not shy away from the darkness and danger of boxing but, at the same time, he draws us deep into its vivid and mysterious world. It flows with riveting stories of great fighters an unforgettable addition to the rich history of Irish boxing. Donald McRae

Featured boxers include:

Steve CollinsMichael Carruth
Wayne McCulloughBernard Dunne
Darren SutherlandSeamus McDonagh
Willie CaseyMartin Rogan
Tyson FuryMatthew Macklin
Jamie ConlanKatie Taylor
Andy LeeCarl Frampton
Gary ‘Spike’ O’SullivanMike Tyson
Conor McGregorJohn Joe Nevin
Michael ConlonFrancis Barrett

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com