Blackrock karate family the O’Donnachadhas recently had the pleasure of meeting with the Lord Mayor of Dublin ‘Andrew Montague’, when they travelled to Dublin recently to attend a reception held in their honour at the Lord Mayor’s residence ‘The Mansion House’.
Having previously met the Lord Mayor of Belfast ‘Niall Ó Donnghaile’ in February at the North/South Karate International, the young karate champions were just excited to meet the Lord Mayor of Dublin.
The purpose of the visit was to recognise their unique achievements with all four members of the same family, Rachael, Shannon, Joe and Martin, having won national karate titles in their respective age categories in both fighting and technical kata, and all four having the honour of being selected to travel and represent Ireland at the forthcoming karate world championships to be held later this year.
Whilst there, they were treated to a tour of the historic residence by the mayor, which has been home to some notable individuals from Irish history such as Daniel O’Connell and it is also the place where the first Dáil met and Irish Independence was formally declared.
The tour was then followed by a bite to eat and a chat with the mayor where he congratulated them on their unique achievements and wished them well representing Ireland at this years karate world championships.