Karate Club rewards top performers at awards
On Friday night I headed for the Lilywhite Lounge for the annual Dundalk Karate Club Awards night and the place was packed to capacity by the time I got there.
The club has 30 students and train in the Redeemer Family Resource Centre every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday night and facilitate all ages and anyone with additional needs.
I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with chief instructor Mary Marcus from Bay Estate who was busy along with secretary Marie Hoey and treasurer Brian Igoe from Mount Avenue making sure the night was a huge success for all their students.
After this I decided to have a look round to see who was there enjoying the proceeding and met up with Geraldine and Jeff Kelledy from Dromin who were with daughters Emily and Gemma who trains with the club and really enjoys her time there.
Next I caught up with Adrianna Biliusite and Anastasia Simutkinai both from Lennonstown Green who were there to cheer on Anastasia's brother Ivan who is in the club and was proudly showing off the medal he had just been presented with.
I then got a quick work with another two medal winners in Zack McArdle from Mountpleasant and Conor McGuinness from Cooley who were in great form. Zack was there with his mum Niamh and Conor was with his dad Ciaran who was having a chat with Eugene Duffy from Reaghstown with wife Mary, daughter Paula and son Evan who really likes the karate club.
No, I'm not stalking the O'Hare family from Kingswood, I swear, they were parents Tony and Caroline, daughters Victoria and Rebekah and the main man himself David whom I was told absolutely loves the karate club.
Making my way over to another table I then got a quick word with Brenda Murphy from Castle Road who told me her daughter Niamh just loves the club but on the night, she was on the dancefloor and Brenda said it was going to be some job to get her off it.
Mother and daughter Thea and Abigail Mulholland from Oaklawns both train with the club and love it, Thea was sitting chatting to Nicole Hoey from Castletown Road who said her brother Liam is the karate member of the family.
Next I had the pleasure of meeting up with karate student Victoria Konopacka from Bay Estate who was there on the night with her mum Annetta. Beside Victoria I then got a quick word with karate kid Jacob Viliusis from Lennonstown Green who was accompanied by his sister Aveen and mum Irmina who told me Jacob just loves his karate classes.
Although he was very busy on the night I did get a quick word with Brian Igoe from Mount Avenue who was therewith his wife Claire and kids Ronan and Katie and yes, both of his kids are in the club and thoroughly enjoying it.
Meanwhile over at the high table I caught up with parents Mannie and Dina Tsikoudakis from Knockbridge who introduced me to their son George who has been with the club and Dina said it's like father like son as Mannie used to practice karate too.
After this I met up with Marie Hoey's husband Nicholas from Castleross who was with kids Conor, Nicole and Liam who is the other member of the club. Nicholas told me it was great night for the kids.
Next I got a quick chat with Paula Duffy from Ardee who was sitting with instructor Catherine Marcus and Sean Clelland both from Bay Estate who were up for making the best of the annual awards night.
Also in their company was Mary Marcus's mum Marie Lennon from Clermont who told me that she was very proud of her daughter and all the great work she was doing with the club and making the awards night into such an excellent night for the students too.