“Our enjoyment is seeing the kids do well, at all levels. From school to intermediate and senior. That’s our aim, if they do well then we do well.” Tommy Waite Senior.
Formed in 1982, the Cairn Lodge Amateur Boxing Club has produced a wealth of boxing talent through the decades. When the Insider first visited in 2004 the club was unable to send it’s most promising fighters to the Ireland Championships held in Dublin.
Over the course of 10 years the Insider followed the club during several venue changes and as the years rolled by the main problem facing Cairn Lodge was unchanged. They had talented coaches and fighters, but little money.
The Insider also closely followed the rise of young Shankill boxer Marc McCuollough from a talented amateur to a professional boxer who was within one fight of becoming the Irish Featherweight Champion in a penultimate fight in Belfast”s own Odyssey Arena.