The students of Black Eagle Judo club Ardcroney & Nenagh won an astonishing eight international medals at this years Irish International Judo Championships which was held in the prestigious City West Conference Centre in Saggart, County Dublin.
The event attracted over 500 competitors from 15 countries and over a thousand spectators over the two days.
The 14 strong squad travelled to Dublin over the two days and competed against Europe and Ireland’s top judo competitors and came away with 3 Silver medals and 5 Bronze.
The medal winners are, Silver – Angela O’Neill, Patrick Collins and Thomas Galvin, Bronze – Ciaran Mulroy, Conor Hogan, Adam Collison, Siofra Buckley and Steven O’Neill.
The remainder of our competitors all reached the semi finals and were narrowly beaten for the third place spot. Fourth place honours went to Joey O’Neill, Niamh Mulroy, Sam Kroupa, Aoife Mulroy, Darragh Buckley and Michael Tanner.
This year saw the introduction of a Special Needs/Mixed ability judo category for the very first time in Irish judo history. The Special Needs tournament director and chairman of the inclusion committee James Mulroy described the event as a landmark event for special needs judo here in Ireland, so many firsts for Irish judo were achieved in one go. Firstly we staged the first International special needs and mainstream inclusive judo tournament in Ireland, then we had the first Irish competitors and medal winners in an International SN Judo Tournament and Ireland produced its first mixed ability black belt, all in one weekend.
Black Eagle Judo Nenagh has continuously preformed well at the highest level of competition both here and abroad, and so far this year has won 9 All Ireland titles, 11 medals at the Kilkenny Open Championships, 10 medals at the Galway Open Championships and more recently 7 provincial titles including one gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze at the Leinster Open Judo Championships.
Black Eagle Judo head coach is the newly appointed inclusion / disability chairman of the Irish judo association, is the only internationally qualified special needs judo coach and special Olympic referee.
He was honoured this weekend with a plague for his contribution to Special Needs Sport / Judo, the presentation was made by presidential candidate Mr Sean Gallagher and the Irish Judo Association President Mr Frances Treaner.
Black Eagle Judo Nenagh is the most successful non city club in Ireland and this is due to the hard work and dedication of its students, coaches and parent volunteers.
Due to the natural progression of our current members we now have a small number of beginner places available, for information please contact James on 086 061 2544 or visit our websites
www.blackeaglejudo.com and www.specialneedsjudo.com