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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 15:35

Calendar of Events - 2017

Written by Deirdre Leonard

The Calendar of Events for 2017 has been issued for January - December 2017, as events come to light, additional information will be updated as received.

If any club would like to add events in, please contact the judo office on 016251104.

Calendar of Events - 3rd February 2017

Thursday, 15 December 2016 11:44

Draft Constitution - Consultation Process

Written by Deirdre Leonard
To all Clubs/Members

Please find attached the first draft of the new constitution. There are several changes from the current document namely in types of membership, voting rights at AGM/EGM's, size of the Board and make up of the Board. Please read it carefully and if you have any comments or recommended changes send them into the Judo Office. This is the First Draft and the next part of the consultation process.
We have spoken with clubs and members during the Provincial Roadshows, debated changes with members at all judo events and have had former Presidents write several drafts before arriving at this point. We do not expect that this will be the final draft, that will require considered contribution from you, the members. Again I urge you to read it, discuss it and make a considered contribution.

Please submit your ideas/changes/recommendations to the Judo Office on or before Wednesday 21st December 2016.
Regards
Sean Fleming
President Irish Judo Association

To clubs/coaches/designated persons

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind all our clubs/coaches/volunteers in the Irish Judo Association of the priority our sport gives to the safeguarding of our members.

We would encourage you to reassure your parents in your clubs of the work we have already done in this area and that we have the following measures in place;

·         A safeguarding policy which includes robust reporting procedures
http://www.irishjudoassociation.ie/downloads/policy-documents

·         A governing body designated safeguarding children's officer, Mr John Martin who you can speak to if you're worried about anything.  All clubs are expected to have a Designated Person with the responsibility for the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. It's important that members & parents & young people know who to talk to if there's anything that's worrying them.

·         A written code of conduct for coaches, members and volunteers. This is to ensure that the people who will be in charge of children or vulnerable adults in our sport have a set of rules and requirements they have to follow.
http://www.irishjudoassociation.ie/downloads/policy-documents

·         All staff/volunteer working with children are required to attend safeguarding training and have an Access NI / Garda Vetting checks undertaken as part of the process of appointing them to  work with children and vulnerable adults.
http://www.irishjudoassociation.ie/features/item/1122

All IJA clubs need to confirm all the necessary checks have been completed within the NGB, so contact the Judo Office to ensure your Coaches/Volunteers are Access NI / Garda Vetting checked & have submitted up to date Safeguarding Certificates.

IJA Child Welfare Policy & Requirements 2015

IJA Vetting Procedures November 2016

IJA - Ethical Code of Conduct

Thursday, 08 December 2016 15:06

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Written by Deirdre Leonard

On behalf of the President, Mr Sean Fleming, the Executive Committee, Commission members and the Judo Office, we would like to wish all of our members a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.

The Judo Office will close Wednesday 21st December at 5.00pm and re-open Thursday 5th January 2017. Have a great one and see you all in 2017!

Thursday, 06 October 2016 11:45

Garda Vetting Procedures 2016

Written by Deirdre Leonard
Further to communications sent to clubs 1st September 2015, coaches and volunteers may not been vetted in line with introduction of new Garda Vetting Policy September 2015 and subsequent updates 2016. Please see updated policy documents below.
If you or your coaches or volunteers have been vetted prior to 1st September 2015, you must arrange for all your coaches & volunteers to complete an updated Garda Vetting Form 2016 & return to Mr John Martin Garda Vetting Officer. The Garda Vetting Officer now issues IJA Clearance Letters effective 1st September 2015.  If you have not received a new IJA Clearance letter under the new Vetting Policy, you were most likely last vetted prior to 1st September 2015.
Older vetting applications have not and cannot be transferred into the new Vetting System, so vetting must occur again. As per the communication 1st September 2015, all coaches & volunteers will have to resubmit for Garda Vetting every 3 years. The IJA Clearance letter notes next vetting date. If you wish to check the IJA Current Garda Vetting Register, please contact the office 016251104

For your information, E Vetting is being introduced on a phased basis, but as yet, the IJA is not selected by An Garda Siochana to move to E Vetting, we expect this to change soon.

http://www.irishjudoassociation.ie/downloads/policy-documents

Garda Vetting Form 2016

NB: Photo ID & Address Verification must be enclosed with Garda Vetting Form. Please read the Identity Verification section of the above policy.

Monday, 03 October 2016 16:22

Irish Judo Association - Survey 2016

Written by Deirdre Leonard

The Executive Committee of the Irish Judo Association (IJA) is undertaking a review of the IJA Strategic Plan and is looking for feedback from members in order to work towards a new strategy for 2017-2020.

We ask current members, former members, parents, retired members or those interested in the future of Judo to complete the enclosed survey, this should take no more than 10 minutes of your time.

We are encouraging & asking all club secretaries to send this email to their members be they past or present, its our aim to have the survey open for upwards of 5 weeks, so we are looking for maximum feedback from all sections of the Association

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office, this survey is being added to the IJA website, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 11:44

National Squad Training - Weekly Wednesdays

Written by Deirdre Leonard

Weekly Wednesday National Squad Open Training

Just a reminder to all coaches, weekly National Squad Open Training takes place every Wednesday night 7pm - 9pm in Swords Judo Club.

Cadet, Junior & Senior - Open to all players

Mat fee is €5 per person.
This is a weekly open squad training session which is separate to the National Squad Training contained in the NSP 2013- 2016. We understand that players may not be able to attend on a regular basis from around the country and therefore this is not a compulsory training for selection to the National Squad, however, all last year pre-cadet, cadet, junior & senior judoka who wish to represent Ireland as part of the national team who are resident or are members of a club within a 100 kilometre radius of Swords Judo Club must attend Wednesday night National Squad Training at Swords Judo Club on a regular basis. Last year pre-cadets must attend as this year before becoming a cadet as this will form a vital part of their judo progression. The weekly programme is available so that there is continuous technical time with those athletes who can attend.
This training is not funded by the National Squad Budget and in this regard we are grateful with the help shown by Swords Judo Club.
IJA licence 2016 must be valid, No Licence, No Insurance, No Judo
Monday, 18 April 2016 09:48

AGM Reports 2016

Written by Deirdre Leonard

Following on from AGM 1st May 2016

AGM Reports 2016 now available

please see AGM Reports 2016 for further details

Monday, 18 April 2016 09:37

Crunching the Numbers - Yearly Stats

Written by Deirdre Leonard

 

The yearly stats for 2015 have been completed. Well done to all club coaches/chairs for maintaining standards of compliance, it will be a key driver for all sports bodies in the coming years ahead:

 

STATS FOR 2015 Irish Judo Association

 

CLUBS: 44 (Universities 4 - 2 Dublin 1 Galway 1 Cork)

 

1 Connaught (7) Members 289

2 Leinster (17) Members 706

3 Munster (10) Members 368

4 Ulster (10) Members 606

 

Minors 542 Female 144 Male 398

Cadets 953 Female 255 Male 698

Juniors 64 Female 16 Male 48

Seniors 344 Female 35 Male 309

Students 66 Female 22 Male 44

 

Total 1969

 

AGE BREAKDOWN

Under 16 1495 (76%)

Over 16 474 (24%)

 

GENDER PERCENTAGE

472 – Female

1487 – Male

24% Female / 76% Male

 

TOP 5 CLUBS

 

1. Yamakwai Judo Club

2. Renbukan Judo Club

3. Paul Cummins School of Judo

4. Oranmore Judo Club

5. Kodokan Ireland

Monday, 21 December 2015 16:23

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Written by Deirdre Leonard

On behalf of the President, Mr Francis Treanor, the Executive Committee, Commission members and the Judo Office, we would like to wish all of our members a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.

The Judo Office will close Wednesday 23rd December at 12.30pm and re-open Monday 11th January 2016. Have a great one and see you all in 2016!

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 14:03

World Judo Day - 28th October 2015

Written by Deirdre Leonard

Please find attached important information about the 2015 World Judo Day

World Judo Day 2015


Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:58

FIS Sport Industry Awards 2015

Written by Deirdre Leonard

The Federation of Irish Sport will host the inaugural Sport Industry Awards on 5th November this year at the Smock Alley Theatre, details of which are included below.  NGB's, LSP's, clubs and corporate partners may enter as many of the 12 categories and more details can be found at the event website here: www.sportindustryawards.ie. The closing date for entries is 2nd October, however this is likely to be extended next week. The event will be invite only due to the limited space and we will issue invites to members in the coming weeks.

The 12 awards categories are:

1. Established Sport Business
2. Emerging Sports Business
3. Best Mass Participation Event
4. Best International Sports Event
5. Best Activation of a Sport Sponsorship
6. Best Sports Facility
7. Excellence in Media Coverage
8. Best Use of a Social Media Platform
9. Best Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative in Sport
10. Best Sports Club
11. Best Innovation in Sport
12. Best Global Sports Campaign

Speaking about the awards, the President of the Federation of Irish Sport and Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan said:

“We all know that sport is hugely important to us here in Ireland. However, the contribution that sport makes to the economic life of the country is much less known. Sport is one of the fastest developing sectors here in Ireland and indeed, between 2006 & 2011 there was more growth in the number of people employed as professional athletes or sports officials than in computer related activities. The Federation strongly believes that much more benefit can be derived from the commercial side of sport and to this end have developed the inaugural sport industry awards both to recognise those who have achieved excellence as well as shine a light on the economic contribution of the sector as a whole.”

He continued that “Irish companies such as Teamer have previously been shortlisted for the equivalent awards in the UK and with a growing number of Irish companies for example, Orecco and Kitman increasingly making an impact on the world stage, we feel it is a welcome development to have an appropriate forum in which to acknowledge such enterprises here in Ireland.”

For further information please contact Conn McCluskey 01-6251155 / 083-1285169 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Just a reminder of all the different media/information forums available within the Irish Judo Association:

and the old reliable

www.irishjudoassociation.ie

 

 

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 16:07

Crunching the numbers!!

Written by Deirdre Leonard

The yearly stats for 2014 have been completed and note a rise of 8.5% in membership from 2013. Well done to all club coaches/chairs for maintaining standards of compliance, it will be a key driver for all sports bodies in the coming years ahead:

STATS FOR 2014 – IJA

TOTAL MEMBERS: 2109

CLUBS: 46 (Universities 4 - 2 Dublin 1 Galway 1 Cork)

1 CONNAUGHT (8) 343
2 LEINSTER (17) 722
3 MUNSTER (12) 498
4 ULSTER (9) 546

Minors – 585        (Female 130 Male 455)
Cadets – 1053      (Female 286 Male 767)
Juniors – 94         (Female 21 Male 73)
Seniors – 361       (Female 36 Male 325)
Students – 16      (Female 3 Male 13)

AGE BREAKDOWN

Under 16 – 1638 (77%)

Over 16 – 471 (23%)


GENDER PERCENTAGE

476 – Female

1633 – Male

(22.5% Female / 77.5% Male)

TOP 5 CLUBS


1. Yamakwai Judo Club

2. Renbukan Judo Club

3. Oranmore Judo Club

4. Kerry School of Judo

5. Paul Cummins School of Judo

On behalf of the Irish Women’s Judo Support Team - Ellie Dennis & Brian Head would like to announce the following Breast Cancer Awareness campaign through the Women's Throw Challenge, all the details can be found here: Calling all Female Judoka

Don't forget to call or email

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:52

IJA Active Club Coaches 2014

Written by Deirdre Leonard

To all Clubs

The Coaching Commission is reviewing coaching levels in all active affiliated clubs & looking to establish up to date coaching records for each of the affiliated IJA Judo Clubs. Please complete the attached Active Club Coaches - Valid 2014 - information is required for Active Coaches regardless of coaching levels held since the 1st January 2014. If coaches have retired, are injured or not participating actively on the mat since the 1st January 2014 - please do not list them on the attached form, if judoka are assisting with coaching but haven't yet completed a coaching course or are in the process of taking courses, please list them on the form as well. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office on 01 6251104, the information gathered is vital to the Coaching Commission as they look to advance the Coaching Programme in an efficient manner. If anyone need the form printed & posted, please let the IJA office know & a hard copy will be posted to the relevant club.

 

 

The Irish Judo Association met with representatives of Judo Ireland at the offices of the Irish Sports Council, which meeting was chaired by the Sports Council. The meeting discussed the possibilities of Judo Ireland and its members taking part in national events organised under the auspices of the IJA or member clubs of the IJA. The Irish Judo Association made a proposal at this meeting to the representatives from Judo Ireland and this remains open to Judo Ireland and its members.

We are happy to reiterate our offer here so that all our members are aware of the efforts made by their association to be fully inclusive to all those who are playing Judo in Ireland and who are not members of a National Governing body which body is recognises by the Olympic Council of Ireland the EJU and IJF and the Irish Sports Council.

The Irish Judo Association will recognise Judo Ireland as an “associate member” of the IJA on the payment of a €10.00 annual subscription. The Irish Judo Association will allow members of Judo Ireland to take part in national events organised and run under the auspices of the IJA or member clubs of the IJA, where such person agrees to take out a day membership with the IJA at a cost of €5.00 in addition to paying the tournament entry fee.

The Executive of the Irish Judo Association wish to confirm, that this offer remains open to Judo Ireland or members of Judo Ireland who wish to take part in our national events.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:26

Volunteer in Sports Awards 2014 - Winners

Written by Deirdre Leonard

19th November 2014 - Winners Announced
Volunteers in Sport Awards 2014 launched by Minister Ring

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, announced the winners of the National Volunteers in Sport Awards at an awards ceremony in the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, 19th November 2014.

The Volunteers in Sport Awards 2014 are presented by the Federation of Irish Sport, the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, the Irish Sports Council and the Community Foundation of Ireland.

First held in 2007, the objective of the national awards programme is to honour ten individuals as representatives of the huge body of volunteers in sport who give of their time in various capacities through the structure of sports clubs and groups to sport in Ireland. See here for all the details

https://www.facebook.com/volunteersinsport

https://twitter.com/volunteers2014

 

Thursday, 04 July 2013 12:01

Opt for Life

Written by Deirdre Leonard

Irish Judo throws its full support behind the ‘Opt for Life’ campaign.

The Irish Judo Association, have agreed to back the Opt for Life campaign in every way it can. Sean Fleming, the Honorary General Secretary of the sport says ‘The Association is honoured to be associated with the Opt for Life campaign. It is our intention to be actively involved in promoting the message of the importance of organ donation after death and the soft opt-out law that is being proposed which is based on family consent. We will be pro-active in the promotion of the Opt for Life campaign by having the charity logo on the gear of our international players and we will commit to a campaign of awareness and education of our members and supporters through our social media sites and website.

Pictured are judo players Eoin Fleming and Caoimhin Thompson with Opt for Life campaigner Shane Finnegan.

 

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 14:03

Pro Judo Camp 2013

Written by Deirdre Leonard

Pro Judo Camp Dublin is set in the world class facilities of DCU in Dublin, the capital city of Ireland.

Following on from the successful 2011 Linguafit Camp and Pro Judo Camp 2012, Pro Judo 2013 will run another fantastic judo camp with a world class judo coaching team from 21st August - 25th August 2013. The incredible judo coaching line up for 2013 will include Ole Bischof, Sergei Aschwanden, Aleksei Budolin and Craig Fallon. This international judo training camp is open to Cadets (minimum 10 years of age), Juniors and Seniors. All participants will be grouped according to their age on the tatami, which comprises 5 full competition mat areas.

For all of this year's details see: http://www.pro-judo-camp.com/

May 29th 2013 saw the official opening of the new Irish Sport HQ at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown. Today's distinguished guests included An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister Leo Varadkar, Minister Joan Bruton, Mr Kieran Mulvey & Mr Sean Benton. Further details are below for members to read.

Irish Sport HQ - official opening 29th May 2013

Press Release - An Taoiseach opens Irish Sport HQ

For some more photos - take a look here

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 15:01

IJF New Rules 2013-2016

Written by Deirdre Leonard

Access to the new rules from the IJF is readily available here

IJF New Rules 2013-2016

The Refereeing Commission has issued a number of articles on updates & courses since January 2013 with more to follow during the year.

 

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 15:24

Galway Open 2013 - Online Entries

Written by Deirdre Leonard

For the first time the Irish Judo Association will have an online entry for an IJA competition. The Galway Open 2013 is scheduled for the 6th April 2013 at Kingfisher, NUI Galway.

Online entries can be accessed via the weblink below & allows coaches & parents to quickly & efficiently enter competitors into the competition. the Double Entry box allows for entering an extra category

www.onlineentries.co.uk/ija

It is intended that the next major competition the Irish Open 2013 will be a fully automated and postal entries will become a thing of the past. So we need all coaches, judoka & parents on board, close date is the 29th March 2013 which is Good Friday, so please enter on time.

 

Thursday, 06 September 2012 14:47

Irish Open 2012

Written by Deirdre Leonard

The Irish Open 2012 will be held in City West Convention Centre weekend of the 27th & 28th October. The event will include the Judo Assist category which was successfully launched last year.

Entry forms are available now to include Accommodation options

Irish Open 2012 Entry Form

Irish Open 2012 Judo Assist Entry Form

This year the Irish Judo Association will be running a €5.00 draw rather than charging an entrance fee. Judoka, Coaches, Guests & Spectators will be asked to put their name & club on a €5.00 note & the winner drawn will take home a % of the pot raised on the day! If you're not in.....

Also, Judogi & Belts will be available for sale in the Judo Shop.

Thursday, 06 September 2012 14:30

National Judo Month

Written by Deirdre Leonard

We have declared October National Judo Month

Every IJA judo club in the country will offer one FREE judo lesson to anyone who would like to try judo for the first time.

The free judo lesson to be offered during normal class times and does not require any separate open day.

Contact your Local Club today!

http://www.irishjudoassociation.ie/clubs

Friday, 24 August 2012 13:43

Anti Doping Education

Written by Deirdre Leonard

Irish Judo Association - Anti Doping Statement

The Irish Judo Association has confirmed it's commitment to the Irish Sports Council's Anti Doping Education programme to promote athlete awareness of the Anti Doping policy.

The Association has issued its statement in line with NGB requirements, please ensure all judoka including cadets & juniors are aware of their responsibility to keep Judo clean.

Irish Judo Association - Anti Doping Statement

The 2013 wallet cards are available from the Judo Office regarding The Irish Sports Council's Anti Doping Programme for 2013, so feel free to request them Free of Charge at any stage.

Friday, 06 July 2012 12:23

IJF Olympic Page

Written by Deirdre Leonard

The official IJF Olympic page has been launched. Here you can find media, pictures, results and stories about categories and all athletes attending the games, as well as special Hero interviews.

http://london.ijf.org

We hope you enjoy the page, and ask that you use your communication channels to promote it to all your officials and members.

Best regards,

Marius L. Vizer
President
International Judo Federation

Thursday, 19 April 2012 18:41

BBC Northern Ireland interviews Kearney.....

Written by Deirdre Leonard

Check out today's interview with Lisa Kearney, her coach Ciaran Ward & chief physio David Minion

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/northern-ireland/17771396

footage courtesy of BBC Northern Ireland

Wednesday, 16 November 2011 11:31

World Cup Silver & Grand Prix 5th for Kearney

Written by Deirdre Leonard

Two recent IJF World Circuit results have further strengthened Lisa Kearney's bid for 2012 Olympic qualification.

Following the World Cup Bronze in Kazakhstan, Lisa represented Ireland at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.  A credible performance produced a 5th place finish that included a notable win over 2011 Grand Slam & Grand Prix medalist Elena Moretti of Italy.  Moretti, who recently also won the Rome World Cup, sits two places above Kearney in the Olympic Ranking list so there was more than a quarter final place at stake when they met in Abu Dhabi.  A Golden Score win for Ireland set up a medal fight with tournament favourite and eventual Gold medalist, Yamagishi of Japan.  Lisa competed well with Yamagishi but got caught chasing the contest with 4 seconds remaining.

A last minute decision to participate in the Apia World Cup proved to be a prudent move as Lisa went on to win a Silver medal in Samoa last weekend.A very small but very strong entry made the long journey to the south pacific. 5 of the field have won 8 World Cup Gold medals in 2011 alone.A very important semi final win against European Medalist Ana Hormingo (POR) was the highlight of the event for Kearney and set up a final contest with Paula Pareto of Argentina.  The Olympic medalist scored Yuko in the first 30 seconds and Lisa struggled to get near her for the rest of the match.  Nevertheless a 5th, Bronze and Silver in consecutive IJF events reflects the good form Lisa is currently showing. 

She will take that good form into the remaining IJF events in 2011, the Amsterdam Grand Prix, Tokyo Grand Slam & Qingdao Grand Prix.

Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:30

Haitian Judothon

Written by Deirdre Leonard

Build it Week April 25th 2010 proceeded on schedule with the Haven Partnership, work still continues to rebuild Haiti four months after one of the most devastating earthquakes hit Haiti on the 12th January 2010. Following the successful Kilkenny Judothon in March 2010, the turn of Waterford Judo Club is next. Saturday 22nd May is the date,City Square Waterford is the venue, time is from 11am to 3pm. The Irish Judo Association will be catching up with the co-ordinators to get the final dates for the next few judothons. The Haven Partnership welcomes any and all donations.

Monday, 19 April 2010 15:58

Cavan Open 2010

Written by Deirdre Leonard

The Cavan Open took place in Cavan Swimming & Leisure Complex Saturday 8th May 2010.
For a return to the calendar after an absence of a number of years, there was a fantastic
amount of entries from all over Ireland which made for spectacular displays of judo. icon Cavan Open 2010 - Results.

To mark the the 26 years of judo in Cavan the coach of Cavan Judo Club Mr Adrian Boyle invited
some guests to the tournament, Mr John McGahern & Mr John Farrell who had started a
judo club in Bailieborough some 30 years ago, presented the medals to all the Cadets winners.

The special guest on the day was Mr Sean Gallagher from Dragons Den, a former Cavan Judo Club member
and holder of a judo black belt. Sean was very pleased to be invited to the Cavan Open, it had been
20 years since he last stepped on to a judo mat. A special presentation was made to Sean of a Judogi
by the Vice President of the Irish Judo Association Mr Harry McGuigan and Mr Paul Cummins. Sean duly
obliged and donned his Judogi and stepped on to the mat were he found his judo skills slowly coming back,
he was soon throwing some of the IJA members about and it was clear to see that he never lost the judo touch.
Sean presented medals to all the winners along with Messrs John & John & PJ.

Sean spent some time talking to the judoka and coaches about the changes in Judo in the last 20 years,
and said it was great to see Paul Cummins who he remembers having many session with on the judo mat
quite a few years ago. Cavan Judo Club members and parents would like to thank Paul Cummins, Antoinette McMahon,
the judo referees & the table personnel for their invaluable assistance, thanks John McGahern, John Farrell
& P.J. for all their help & thanks to our very special guest Mr Sean Gallagher for coming to our tournament.

Adrian Boyle
Cavan Judo Club Coach

 

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 13:15

National Cadet Team - Spain 2010

Written by Deirdre Leonard

National Cadet Team for EJU Cadet Continental Cup, Spain 27th March 2010

Eoin Fleming will make his EJU Cadet Continental Cup debut in Fuengirola, Spain this weekend. This has been a successful tournament for Irish teams in the past, with both Lisa Kearney (2005) and Matthew Rooney (2008) winning Gold medals and launching their international careers.  Highly respected Coach, Alan Jones, who was at the helm when Matthew won the Title two years ago, will be with Eoin in Spain where he will be trying to qualify for the European Cadet Championships this July.

-60kg Eoin Fleming (self-funded)

Coach: Alan Jones.

Team Official: Sean Fleming

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 10:39

English Open Gold for Kearney

Written by Deirdre Leonard

Lisa Kearney won the English Open 21.03.10 at -52kg category.  This was Irelands first medal in this event since Gerard Turner’s title in 2006.  This was Lisa’s final competitive outing before the European Championships in Vienna next month where she will compete at -48kg.

Lloyd Manning recently joined Lisa for a 3-week training camp in Seoul, Korea in preparation for the Europeans and forthcoming Olympic qualification period.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 10:36

National Cadet Team - Spain 2010

Written by Deirdre Leonard

National Cadet Team for EJU Cadet Continental Cup, Spain 27th March 2010

Eoin Fleming will make his EJU Cadet Continental Cup debut in Fuengirola, Spain this weekend. This has been a successful tournament for Irish teams in the past, with both Lisa Kearney (2005) and Matthew Rooney (2008) winning Gold medals and launching their international careers.  Highly respected Coach, Alan Jones, who was at the helm when Matthew won the Title two years ago, will be with Eoin in Spain where he will be trying to qualify for the European Cadet Championships this July.

-60kg Eoin Fleming (self-funded)

Coach: Alan Jones.

Team Official: Sean Fleming

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 10:09

National Junior Team - Portugal 2010

Written by Deirdre Leonard

National Junior Team for EJU Junior Continental Cup, Portugal 27th & 28th March 2010

The EJU Junior Continental Cup season gets on the way this weekend in Portugal.  Three athletes (Louise Brown, Caoimhin Thompson & Dillon Manning) will be making their debut at this level for Ireland and will be hoping to secure qualification for the 2010 Junior European Championships in Bulgaria this September.  They will be joined by Matthew Rooney who won a Bronze medal at this event last year.

National Team

-52kg Louise Brown
-55kg Matthew Rooney (self-funded)
-73kg Caoimhin Thompson
-81kg Dillon Manning

Coaches; Ciaran Ward & Annette Smyth

Louise Brown

Caoimhin Thompson

Tuesday, 09 March 2010 10:14

The Haitian Judothon

Written by Deirdre Leonard

Dear Member,
No doubt you are aware of the catastrophic consequences of the earthquake in Haiti and the devastation left in its wake. The Irish Judo Association feel that we can make a difference by showing our solidarity and compassion in doing what we can to support the enormous international efforts and the extraordinary work of the countless volunteers. We are delighted to announce in conjunction with Haven Partnership that it is our intention with the support of all clubs and members throughout Ireland to run The Haitian Judothon on March 13th 2010, starting at 11am and finishing at 3pm. Details of the venues and co-ordinators will be available shortly via our website. We would ask all Judoka to contact their nearest co-ordinator to ensure each venue is a success and that much needed funds are raised for this cause. venues simultaneously throughout Ireland on

Haven is a house and community building NGO which was working in Haiti before the earthquake.  Haven is now involved in the emergency response helping the survivors of the quake and will be involved in rebuilding Haiti.

Yours in Judo,
Francis Treanor
President, Irish Judo Association

Co-Ordinators
Waterford Region - Tommy Kavanagh, Cork Region - David Holmes, Kerry Region - Danny Roche & Tadgh Kelly, Tipperary Region - James Mulroy, Dublin Region - Paul Cummins, Ray Stears & Leo Gibbons, Galway Region - Tony Allen & Francis Treanor, Cavan/Tyrone Region - Adrian Boyle & Harry McGuigan, Belfast Region - Ciaran Ward & Mark Montgomery, Donegal Region - Seamus Gallagher, Derry Region - Paul Green.

Monday, 01 March 2010 12:52

Swords Judo Club - Table Quiz

Written by Deirdre Leonard

Leo Gibbons from Swords Judo Club would like to announce their upcoming Table Quiz, all support would be greatly appreciated.

See here for details:

Swords Judo Club Table Quiz

Monday, 22 February 2010 11:27

Fudoshin Judo Club - Morning Classes

Written by Deirdre Leonard

Morning classes for adults every Tuesday and Thursday from 11am-12:30pm.

All judokas are welcome from begginer  to Dan grade level. We also invite juniors and cadets to train at breaks during the school year ( same time). Please contact Valery to discuss details: 086-1514377, The Mill Community Centre, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Monday, 15 February 2010 16:05

Kilkenny Open 2010 - Results

Written by Deirdre Leonard

Please find attached, results from the Kilkenny Open 2010

PLAYER OF THE DAY: Mr Paul Cummins, Paul Cummins School of Judo

THROW OF THE DAY: Mr Darragh Trulock, Phoenix Judo Club

SPIRIT OF THE DAY: Miss Sanda Rosu, Swords Judo Club

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