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Introduction to Judo

Although Judo is a martial art, its practice and methods are based around gentleness. Giving way to the strength of the opponent, adapting to and using it to your advantage will achieve victory over the opponent. For contact details of Irish Judo Association please click on Full story


Team Ireland had six athletes in action across four sports on the second day of the European Games in Minsk. Two finals were contested by Team Ireland today with Alice Sharpe finished in 25th place in the Cycling Women’s Cycling Road Race and Nathon Burns was 7th in the Judo Men’s Half-light Weight 66kg. Boxers […]

2018 First Quarter Sporting Round-Up

Sporting Round-UP ATHLETICS Cork sprinter Phil Healy was best of the small five-athlete Irish contingent at the World Indoor Championships, reaching the semi-finals of the 400m in her first season running the quarter mile. Ciara Mageean, Amy Foster, teenage sprinter Ciara Neville and hurdler Ben Reynolds are currently out battling for Northern Ireland in the […]

Bronze for Ben Fletcher at Grand Prix Antalya Turkey

Ben Fletcher added to his 2018 medal haul and took bronze at the Grand Prix in Antalya Turkey this weekend, the IJF report on the U100kg Men noted the following: ‘ 100kg: Azeri starlet wins Junior World Championships final rematch Junior World Championships winner Zelym KOTSOIEV (AZE) won a rematch of 2017 Junior Worlds final […]

Historic Olympian Bows Out

Belfast’s Lisa Kearney, who, in 2012, became the first Irish female judoka to represent Ireland in an Olympic Games, has just announced her retirement. She was also a Commonwealth bronze medallist (52kg) in 2014 but a knee injury in 2015 dashed her hopes of qualifying for Rio. The 28-year-old won 11 World Cup medals during […]

Keith Gough received his 6th Dan

Keith Gough (Judo) received his 6th Dan belt from Pat Hickey at the Swords Judo Club on Saturday 10th October. Keith’s achievements are as follows:- 1991 Swiss Open Bronze 1993 Belgian Open Silver 1993 Scottish Open Gold World Championships Qualifier Olympian 1992 Barcelona Full Time athlete living/training abroad National Squad Manager 2013 to date 1992 […]

Kearney out of Baku through injury

Irish Olympian Lisa Kearney has been forced out of the Baku European Games through injury . Kearney has also revealed that a knee injury will prevent her from qualifying for the Rio Games. Qualification for Judo at the Olympics is based on the IJF’s world ranking, where Kearney would have to earn a place in […]

Bronze for Kearney in Turkey

Well done to Lisa Kearney who won Bronze  at the IJF Grand Prix in Samsun Turkey, an Olympic qualification event over the weekend. Kearney is an OCI scholarship athlete and benefits from a monthly grant towards vital training and preparation costs in their quest to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016.  

European Judo Championships will take part during European Games in Baku

EOC, EJU and BEGOC agree for 2015 European Judo Championships to be hosted in Azerbaijan from June 25-28 as part of inaugural European Games. 21 February 2015: The European Olympic Committees (EOC), the European Judo Union (EJU) and the Baku 2015 European Games Operations Committee (BEGOC) are pleased to announce that the 2015 European Judo […]

Rio Scholarships Announced

The Olympic Council of Ireland, in association with the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity programme, has announced scholarship support worth over €100,000 to help selected Irish athletes prepare for the Rio Olympic Games. Eight athletes in seven sports will benefit from the scholarship scheme, which will give the nominated athletes a monthly grant towards vital training and […]

European Games Baku 2015 Sport Qualification Systems

We are pleased to attach the Sports Qualification Documents (version 1.0) for 16 of the sports which are confirmed for the inaugural European Games in Baku 2015. These documents may be liable to some small changes and clarifications by the European Federations and we will inform you of these as they happen. Update: Please click […]
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