Fighting to Find Peace: A Belfast Boxer’s Journey is a deeply personal memoir of growing up in Belfast from the height of the Troubles to a more peaceful time. As our country moves from conflict to peace McAuley reflects on his own life experiences from fighter to finding inner peace. McAuley, whose roots lie in a famous fighting family, tells his family’s history from his grandfather, a champion boxer, and his own father, a legendary streetfighter, to his own boxing career. It is a deeply honest account of his life inside and outside the ring: the highs, the lows and the regrets.
This compelling autobiography takes the reader on a journey through his childhood, teenage years and adulthood with stories which are warm, witty and heart-breaking. It describes many life challenges and lessons learned, dreams, hopes, failings, and eventually finding faith. This inspiring story about having dreams, personal growth, honesty and maturity has universal appeal to readers of all ages, in different cultures and locations. Fighting to Find Peace explores themes of:
- Mental health
- Hard man culture
- Community and family
- Love and loss
- Having a dream/ideal
Eamon McAuley grew up in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast. He boxed as an amateur since the age of twelve, having a very successful boxing career in both Ireland and England, winning many national titles. McAuley went on to have twelve professional fights. Since his boxing career ended he has been involved in boxing as a coach and a commentator, and is widely regarded as a local boxing expert and historian. McAuley was instrumental in getting three boxing statues erected in Belfast and in setting up the Belfast Boxers Facebook page, which has over 9,000 followers. He now has a growing online presence with his YouTube channel, having over 1,000 subscribers.