Karate News

Karate Olympic Qualifier Team Announcement

April 23, 2021
O.N.A.K.A.I. , the National Governing Body for Karate in Ireland, is excited and proud to announce the squad selected for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. This, in itself historic, event and the first of its kind as the sport of Karate debuts on the Olympic stage will be held in Paris from the 11th to 13th […]

European Games 2023 - List of Sports Agreed

September 14, 2020
EOC, Krakow-Małopolska agree on preliminary list of sports for European Games The European Olympic Committees (EOC) this weekend welcomed a delegation from Poland to the CONI headquarters in Rome for discussions on the 3rd edition of the European Games (EG), which are scheduled to take place in Krakow-Małopolska in summer 2023. The meeting was led […]

BRONZE for Chris McCarthy in U21 +84 Kumite European Karate Championships

February 12, 2020
It’s another win for Chris McCarthy who brings a Bronze in the U21 +84 Kumite from the 47th Cadet, Junior and U21 European Karate Championship in Budapest! Chris took on Jan Brezocnik from Slovenia in round 1 with ease winning 6:0. He wins the 2nd round 1:0 against Aliaksei Hureyeu of Belarus, moving to the […]

World Karate Championship Santiago

November 21, 2019
Irish Junior and U21s squad in Santiago 2019   The 11th World Karate Championship was held on the 23rd-27th October 2019 in Santiago, Chile. Ireland was represented by a squad of seven young athletes: 2 kata competitors and 5 kumite competitors. A larger squad was selected but some athletes were unable to finance the trip. Due […]

54th Senior European Karate Championship – Irish Team on the road to Tokyo Qualification

March 29, 2019
Eight Irish athletes travelled to the 54th European Karate Championship in Guadalajara, the next pit stop on the way to qualification for the European Games in Minsk and ultimately the Tokyo Olympic Games. Attendance at the Championship is vital on the qualification road to Tokyo, which is a detailed and complex process. Points are gained […]

Chris McCarthy wins the first gold for Ireland at European Karate Championship

March 4, 2019
Chris McCarthy has reaffirmed his position at the top of the World Karate Federation ranking winning the very first Gold medal at European level karate for Ireland. Chris participated at the Cadet, Junior and under 21 European Karate Championship in Aalborg where he competed in the junior male kumite in +76 kg weight category. The […]

Athletes First – Athletes’ Commission Comment on Karate

November 14, 2018
Statement from Shane O’Connor, Chairman, Athletes’ Commission of the Olympic Federation of Ireland   Over the past 2 weeks our Athletes’ Commission was approached by an athlete in relation to the Karate Ireland ONAKAI team who competed at the recent World Championships in Madrid.  Concerns were raised in relation to the difficult position these athletes […]

Karate - World Championships Results Update

November 9, 2018
Ten Karate Ireland ONAKAI athletes competed at the Karate World Championship in Madrid this week, with a target of gathering points on the qualifying table for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, where Karate will feature for the first time on senior level. Competition takes place from the 6 – 11 November. The event started with […]

Karate World Championships – Irish Team Target Tokyo Qualification

November 6, 2018
Ten Karate Ireland ONAKAI athletes will be competing at the Karate World Championship in Madrid this week, with a target of gathering points on the qualifying table for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, where Karate will feature for the first time on senior level. Competition takes place from the 6 – 11 November.   The […]

Bronze for Sean McCarthy in Karate

October 18, 2018
Sean McCarthy Crean has won bronze in the Men’s Kumite +68kg category at the Youth Olympic Games. The Corkman qualified for the semi-finals by defeating both Japan’s Keisei Sakiyama and Slovakia’s Tomas Kosa in the Elimination Rounds. In the semi-final he was denied a fight for gold by Moroccan Nabil Ech-Chaabi, in a 2-1 defeat. […]

McCarthy Crean Through to Semi Finals - Karate

October 18, 2018
Corkman Sean McCarthy Crean has qualified for the semi-finals of the Men’s Kumite +68kg Semi Finals at the Youth Olympic Games today. The Cloghroe Karate Club member won two of his three rounds in Pool B of the Elimination Rounds, moving to the semi-finals with a bronze medal now guaranteed.   Speaking after his round […]

Athlete Schedule - Youth Olympic Games

October 2, 2018

Team Ireland Schedule - Youth Olympic Games

October 2, 2018
Irish Schedule Athlete Discipline Event Local Start Time (GMT -3) Irish Start Time (GMT+1) Venue 6th October OPENING CEREMONY 7th October Nhat Nguyen Badminton Men's Singles Tecnopolis Park Niamh Coyne Swimming Women's 50 Breaststroke 10:00 - 18:07 14:00 - 22:07 Youth Olympic Park Mona McSharry Emma Slevin Gymnastics Women's Floor 14:04 18:04 8th October Nhat […]

Team Ireland Announced for Youth Olympic Games

September 15, 2018
The Olympic Federation of Ireland today named a squad of 16 athletes from 9 sports, to compete at the Summer Youth Olympic Games in October in Buenos Aires. Competition runs from October 6 to October 18 featuring over 4,000 athletes and over 32 sports. This will be the first outing for Team Ireland since the […]


June 22, 2018
Contact Karate Ireland (O.N.A.K.A.I.) : http://www.karate-ireland.ie Ireland's largest all style national karate organisation, was established in 1978 by the coming together of the three main styles then practiced in Ireland, Shotokan, Wado and Kenpo, for the principal purpose of producing a fully representational national squad for international competition and also to coordinate, regulate and promote all […]





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