Midleton Karate Club Sensei, Neil Sargent celebrates 80th birthday with surprise reunion

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As a Karate Sensei, it’s hard to believe that anyone could sneak up on Neil Sargent.

And yet, on Monday, January 21st, that’s just what happened when Neil arrived at Midleton GAA Pavilion for one of two weekly training sessions, as Sensei of Midleton Renshukan Karate Club.

Organised by Neil’s daughter, Karen, alongside his other children Conor and Eoin, what was supposed to be an ordinary training session turned into a surprise party for Neil, who was celebrating his 80th birthday.

And it wasn’t just current club members who turned up to show their appreciation to Neil. 30 black belts from all over the country arrived to wish him well and thank him for his dedication to this martial art down through the years.

To list Neil’s achievements would probably take us up to his 81st birthday!

Read more inside this week’s Midleton & District News.