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Established in Ballinaoe, Co. Galway, Ireland in 1976

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2018 All-Ireland Intervarsity Karate Championships IKKI Faye and Nathan

The 2018 All-Ireland Intervarsity Karate Championships took place at University College Cork, Mardyke Arena, Mardyke Sports Grounds, Mardyke Walk, Western Road, Cork City. The IKKI were represented by Nathan Donelan & Faye Mulvany. Nathan took gold in the mens senior kata event and Faye took bronze in the ladies senior kata event. Jake Mulvany attended as coach. Well done to all, great performances.

IKKI attend a Civic Reception held on 26th March 2018, at Áras an Chontae

IKKI at Civic Reception

The reception was held to honour the achievements of various sporting groups for outstanding achievements. IKKI were honoured primarily for the four gold medals won at the IKIF International Karate Championships in Shanghai, China last August. A special presentation was made to the Gold medal winners by the Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council, Cllr. Eileen Mannion to Eimear Porter, Pamela Nee, Marie Dolphin and Chief Instructor Leo Mulvany on winning Gold Medals at the Championships as well as a presentation to Marie & John Dolphin on behalf of the two clubs for the ongoing contribution the clubs make in their local communities. 

IKKI Kata and Kumite Squad session

IKKI Squads
IKKI kata & kumite Squad session, Kiltormer March 2018

Ballinasloe & Newinn Dojos take part in the
Ballinasloe St. Patricks Day Parade

IKKI St. Patricks Parade


IKKI Ireland Compete at the Ireland Wadokai Karate-Do Renmei International Karate Championships
Saturday 10 th March 2018

IKKI at Wadokai 2018

L->R rear: David Feury, Evan Donelan, Niall Costello, Danny Coen, Sean Foley-Armour, Tommy Nee, Sarah Monahan, Kate Kelly, Shane O'Quigley, Leona Donelan. L-R front: Joshua Judge, Darragh Blake, Shane Hyland, Niamh Costello, Philip Costello, Sarah O'Quigley, Eimear Porter, Una Flynn, & Pamela Nee.

Ballinasloe IKKI

L->R: Leo Mulvany, April Curran, Laura Costello, Gavin Daly & Eoin Costello.
Coaches on the day: David Feury & Pamela Nee.
Referee on the day, Leo Mulvany

Laura Costello, Girls U 8 Kata: Bronze, Girls U 8 Kumite: Bronze
Leona Donelan, Girls U 14 kata: Bronze
Sarah O'Quigley, Female cadet kata: Gold
Shane Hyland, Male cadet kata: Silver
Sean Foley Armour, Male cadet kata: Bronze, Male cadet kumite: Bronze
Eimear Porter, Senior female kata: Gold
Kate Kelly, Senior female kata: Silver
Sarah Monaghan, Senior female kata: Bronze
Una Flynn, Senior female kata: Bronze, Female senior kumite: Silver
Shane O'Quigley, Male junior kata: Gold
Tommy Nee, Male junior kata: Silver
Pamela Nee, Veteran female kata: Bronze
Evan Donelan, Niall Costello & Danny Coen, Senior team kata: Silver

A fantastic team effort from IKKI, excellent performances from all IKKI competitors. Special thanks to the coaches on the day who also competed in the tournament. Huge thanks for all the family support without which our success would not be possible.



IKKI Blac belt group

IKKI Win at the Ballinasloe People Awards November 2017

IKKI ballinasloe people awards

Sports and Recreation Team Award won by the IKKI at the Ballinasloe People of the Year awards. This category recognised specific sports teams who have excelled in their chosen sport and represented their town with distinction. Sports and Recreation is important in creating a healthier lifestyle for the whole community. There were 10 teams in this category.
The IKKI submitted their team, made up of all the head instructors in the clubs. The emphasis was on the impact karate has had on commnuities over the past 40 years, the contribution karate has made to peoples lives in our communities, the friendships that have been made on a global basis and of course our substantial achievements over the years.
Present on the night, L->R: Martin Ryan, John Dolphin, Marie Dolphin, Tony Dolphin, Leo Mulvany, Claire Harte & Olivia Blake (IKKI awards proposer). Click here for Team Submission Document.

Itosu-Kai Ireland Compete at the World Junior Karate Championships

IKKI at Jnr Worlds

 IKKI members  who competed for Karate Ireland at the 2017 Junior World Championships in Tenerife with Marie Dolphin National Coach. Results: Sarah O'Quigley out in the second round to England, Eimear Porter out in the second round to Venezuela, Shane O'Quigley out in the second round to Dominican republic & Kian Porter out in the first round to Slovakia. Some very good performances by these young athletes hoping to build on their experience at the biggest competition in the world.

L->R: Marie Dolphin, Eimear Porter, Sarah O'Quigley, Shane O'Quigley & Kian Porter.


Compete in the Irish International Open

IKKI Irish Open

Itosu-Kai Karatedo Ireland competed in the Irish International Open which took place at the newly built National Indoor Arena, Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland. It was a fantastic occasion with over 600 entries from 13 countries. Attending the Irish Open, L->R: John Dolphin (IKKI asst. kata coach), Evan Donelan, Shane Kilkenny, Pamela Nee, Eimear Porter, Sarah O’Quigley, Kian Porter, Shane O’Quigley, Una Flynn, David Feury & Marie Dolphin (IKKI Kata Coach). Kneeling: Niall Costello, Danny Coen & Tommy Nee. Insert, Cerys Porter. Sitting: April Curran, Darragh Blake, Shane Hyland & Joshua Judge. Insert, Leo Mulvany, IKKI Chief Instructor (Referee on the day).
Congratulations to all competitors for wonderful performances and to the coaches for their hard work ahead of events and continued success.
Medal winners: Eimear Porter - Gold: Kata. Pamela Nee - Silver: Kata.
Sarah O’Quigley, April Curran, Evan Donelan, Shane O’Quigley, Shane Kilkenny & Kian Porter: Bronze in kata:


IKKI Compete in the IKIF 2017 International Karate Championships, Shanghai, China

Team Ireland with Soke Sadaaki Sakagami, President of Itosu-Ryu Karatedo International Federation (IKIF)

IKKI in IKIF world championships China

IKKI Competed in the 2017 Itosu-Kai Karatedo International Federation (IKIF) karate championships in Shanghai, China. Kata took place on the 18/8/2017 and Kumite on the 19/8/2017. IKKI team Ireland led by team manager Leo Mulvany (IKKI Chief Instructor) and kata coaches Marie Dolphin, John Dolphin and kumite coach, Shane Dolphin, had outstanding success with 20 competitors taking 20 medals in all, 4 gold, 9 silver and 7 bronze making this the most successful IKIF international for Ballinasloe based Itosu-Kai Karatedo Ireland. IKKI have competed in 5 IKIF internationals to date: Tokyo in 2002, Los Angeles in 2005, Kuala Lumpur in 2009, Osaka in 2013, Shanghai in 2017 and forthcoming 2021 IKIF international will be in Denmark.

Standing L->R: Niall Costello, Laura Nee, Eimear Porter, Pamela Nee, Shane Dolphin, David Feury, Una Flynn, Karen Dolphin, Jean Kennedy, Tommy Nee. Sitting: Tony Dolphin, Leo Mulvany, Marie Dolphin & John Dolphin. Kneeling: Niamh Costello, Laura Costello, Philip Costello & Sean Armstrong Foley. (missing from photo but in top photo, Jade Goldbey & Leon Hiddleston).

Results: Laura Costello - bronze/kumite, Eimear Porter - gold kata/silver kumite, Jade Goldbey - bronze kata, Una Flynn - bronze kumite, David Feury - silver team kumite, Karen Dolphin - bronze kata, Shane Dolphin - silver kumite/silver team kumite/bronze kata, Pamela Nee - gold kata/silver kumite, Laura Nee - bronze kata, Marie Dolphin - gold kata/silver kumite, John Dolphin - silver team kumite/bronze kumite, Tony Dolphin - silver team kumite, Leo Mulvany - gold kumite/silver team kumite.

Congratulations to all competitors, coaches in Shanghai and at home, IKKI dojo instructors, parents and family for thier continued support and success.



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