WELCOME TO KARATE IRELAND (O.N.A.K.A.I.)
Irelands 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 karate activities within the 32 counties of Ireland.
A constitution was drafted and approved which protected the interests of all Irish karate practitioners, and which provided for the development of the highest standards in the sport and traditional art of karate.
Since its establishment Karate Ireland (O.N.A.K.A.I.) has been the only Irish karate body to be recognised by the European Karate Federation, and the World Karate Federation (Which is a member of the International Olympic Council). EKF and WKF are the largest and longest established European and World all style Karate organisations and host the highest level of Karate competitions in the world. In 2002 Karate Ireland was granted full recognition by the Irish Sports Council as the National Governing Body (NGB) for Karate in Ireland.
Karate Ireland OFFICERS
President : Peter Coyle
Secretary : Martin Clynch
Registrar : Chris Kelly
Treasurer : Ruth Smyth
PRO : Masa Maye
National Childrens Officer : Paschal Nugent
Garda Vetting Officer : Mary Meehan
Anti-Doping Officer : Leo Mulvany
Coach Tutors : Michael Hogan (Liaison Officer with Coaching Ireland), Stephen Murray and Leo Mulvany
Head Coach : Paul Brennan
National Male Kumite Coach : Mark Sheridan
National Female Kumite Coach : Paul Brennan
National Kata coach : Marie Dolphin
National Junior Coach : John Connolly
Inclusion and Disability Officer : Brian Carroll
Kumite - Ruth Smyth, Eamonn Pegley, Ronan Flynn, Paul Tackaberry, Brendan Perry (Assistant Junior Kumite coach)
Kata - Karen Dolphin
Kata : Connaught - Karen Dolphin, Ulster - Siobhan Leckey, Munster - Michael Hogan
Kumite : Connaught - Kevin Loftus, Munster - Stephen O Callaghan, Ulster - Simon O Dowd, Leinster - Brendan Perry, Ruth Smyth (assistant)