Tora-Kan Karate Club from Ballyporeen have been crowned National Karate Club of the Year.

The club competed in the Shotokan Karate International Federation (SKIF) national championships last weekend and came out on top against the country's best.

Hot on the heels of the recent success of karate for Ireland in the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, this ensured a higher level of interest than normal.

Sensei Kevin Sullivan told The Avondhu it was a huge achievement considering the club's size. “We have a great team spirit and that really stood to us …”

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