Denis achieves 3rd Dan status


DEVLIN Martial Arts’ co-founder, Denis Devlin travelled to Manchester on St Patrick’s Day to participate in a black belt grading run by the Cobra Martial Arts Association (CMAA). Denis was attempting his 3rd Dan in Shotokan Karate and after hours of extensive testing, which included several katas, full contact sparring and technical combinations, he finally […]


International medal success for Strabane Shotokan Club


By Chris Caldwell THREE members of Strabane Shotokan Karate Club enjoyed a successful start to their seasons at the seventh annual Ishoj Karate Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark, over the weekend, with one of them claiming a bronze medal. Twenty-five year-old James McFadden, a first dan black belt, was arguably the star of the show among […]


Castle K1’s Cara claims debut win


By Chris Caldwell A 12-year-old member of Castle K1 Kickboxing Club in Castlederg secured a stunning victory in her first ever ISKA (International Sport Karate and Kickboxing Association) full contact fight in the White Horse Hotel, Derry, on November 18. Cara Devlin, who only joined the steadily growing club a year ago, has showed impressive […]


Coach Kavanagh promotes three local combatants


SBG Strabane were delighted to welcome back SBGi head coach, John Kavanagh for a much anticipated seminar. Large numbers were in attendance and enjoyed expert tuition with John displaying some of his favoured techniques. The seminar ran for over two hours, which went down well with the highly appreciative practitioners.John awarded a promotion to SBG […]


Injury forces ’Strabanimal’ out of homecoming bout


A KNEE injury has forced James Gallagher out of Bellator 187 at Dublin’s 3Arena where he was to face American opponent Jeremiah Labiano. The 20-year-old made an announcement confirming a torn LCL and PCL on his Instagram account early this morning. While devastated that his homecoming bout has had to be shelved, Gallagher is determined […]


More medal success for Three Rivers members


THREE Rivers Shotokan Karate Club tasted more success as the past fortnight when members sealed titles on both the national and international stages. Eoin Crawford made the trip to Ballinasloe last weekend to compete for the first time in the Karate Ireland ONAKAI National Kata Championships and after a few great displays was crowned champion. […]


Gallagher praises Strabane support ahead of big fight


STRABANE Mixed Martial Arts star James Gallagher expects his vast throng of supporters to raise the roof when he faces Israeli Kirill Medvedovski in the co-main event of Bellator 173 in the Belfast SSE Arena on Friday night. The 20-year old unbeaten ‘Strabanimal’ said he has been blown away by the build-up and excitement in […]


The ‘Strabanimal’ extends unbeaten run


  BY RYAN McALEER STRABANE’S James Gallagher extended his unbeaten professional record in comfortable fashion by submitting American Anthony Taylor in the third round in Dublin last  Friday night. Just the Strabanimal’s second fight under the Bellator banner, the 20-year-old Tyrone man was handed the co-headline slot for the international mixed martial arts promotion’s 3Arena […]


Black Belt success for Shotokan trio


MEMBERS of Strabane Shotokan Karate Club reached the pinnacle of their sport recently when securing their much coveted black belts. Mark McAneny, Ellie Boggs and Sharah McGarrigle became the latest club members to join the exclusive band of Martial Artists permitted to wear the black belt. The examination took place under the watchful eye of […]