Local Tae Kwon Do Students excel in European Competition

Students from the local Castleblayney Tae Kwon Do Club recently took part in the International Tae Kwon Do Federation European Championship and European Kup Competition in Cork.  They were part of ‘Team Ireland’ competing alongside Tae Kwon Do students from across Ireland, north and south.  Students ranging in age from 5 years to 35 years represented the Club in both patterns and sparring in the impressive European Kup Competition, on Sunday 28th July, which was attended by Tae Kwon Do coloured belts from a number of countries.  Twenty six students from the Club amassed a total of 37 medals.  This was a terrific achievement as three of these students are at beginner level (White Belt) and have only recently commenced Tae Kwon Do.

Pictured in the above photograph: Back row left to right: Caoimhe Mulholland, Fionn Mulholland, Sean McCooey, Coehn McCabe, Cathal McCooey, Michael Kelly; Middle row: Grace Boyd, Eric Keenan, Jamie Hughes, Shane Duffy, Alice McCooey, Meadow McCabe, Seoda Mulholland, Tómas McGroder; Front row: Alisha Tyrrell, Rian Lynch, Georgia McCabe, Sophie Duffy, Daniel McCabe, Daithi Lynch; Competitors missing from the photograph: Rebecca O’Neill, Chantelle Mohan, Mark McCaughey, Olivia Boyd, Éire McCabe

Two of Tae Kwon Do Club youngest students, 5 year old Rian Lynch and 6 year old Georgia MCabe, who also recently took part in their first grading, greatly impressed the judges with their performances, acquiring their first ever Tae Kwon Do medals.  All the students’ excellence in patterns, as well as their skill and grit in sparring were truly demonstrated in all their efforts.

Miss Caoimhe and Aisling Kelly took part in the European Championship, a competition dedicated to Tae Kwon Do Black Belts, which spanned three days.  The two sisters returned home with an impressive gold medal and four bronze medals between them, in patterns, sparring and special techniques.  Aisling was team captain to the Ireland Junior Girls’ Team, leading them to success in patterns and sparring.  Mr Michael Kelly, the Club’s instructor, also attended the Championship as a Team Ireland Coach.

 Pictured in the above photograph: Aisling Kelly and Caoimhe Kelly

The Casteblayney Tae Kwon Do Club is very proud of the behaviour and performance of all its students, who took part in these competitions. The Club has been going from strength to strength, with the belief that nobody is too old to join, with classes tailored to cater for all ages and levels of fitness. The Club has sent representatives to numerous competitions over the years, with great success in medals and also experience gained and friendships made.  A number of students successfully represented the club at the ITF Open Worlds Championship in Brighton in 2016 and at the World Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2018. 

The Castleblayney Tae Kwon Do Club is affiliated with the National Irish Tae Kwon Do Association headed by Mr James Faulkner 6th degree black belt. The Club is grateful to Mr Faulkner for all his mentoring and support to the Club.  The Club is also very appreciative to the support given by their sponsors Tír na nÓg Creche and Watters Old Coach Inn Bar and Restaurant, Castleblayney.