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A Dublin man who travelled the world selling martial arts has been hailed as a ‘pioneer’ of the game following his dying final Friday.

Barney Coleman from Ormond Sq. in Dublin 7 was recognized for opening Excessive Avenue Kenpo Karate Academy within the Liberties in 1971, welcoming in college students desirous to study karate and it stays the oldest Kenpo faculty on the planet. He sadly handed away on Friday, 19 August surrounded by his loving household.

Barney additionally collaborated with martial arts professional Ed Parker, who was recognized for instructing Elvis Presley karate. Barney educated beneath John McSweeney, who introduced kenpo to Eire and Europe.

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Barney’s brother John paid tribute to his beloved brother, telling Dublin Stay: “Barney helped promote karate and kickboxing and different arts within the MMA world. He was the driving power behind all the highest associations in Eire.

“He educated in Excessive Avenue as much as the day he had his stroke in 2018,” added Paul. He defined that Excessive Avenue remains to be owned by the Coleman household, with Paul and his sons Tadhg and Oisin now working the favored karate membership.

(Picture: Paul Coleman)

Barney additionally labored as a bus driver for Dublin Bus for over 40 years. His brother Paul mentioned: “He was the primary man to drive the one man bus in Dublin. He is among the most well-known characters and it’s the finish of an period.

“He can be sadly missed by everybody he knew. His title can be carried on by his loving youngsters, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, and all his household and buddies.”

Taking to social media, former college students and buddies of Barney thanked him for his contribution to the karate world. One particular person wrote: “True legend. Relaxation In Peace Barney pondering of all of you.

A second particular person wrote: “Rip Barney, beautiful man, ideas and prayers are with you all.” A 3rd added: “A real gent. RIP.”

A fourth particular person commented: “Barney was a superb man and nice kenpoist and martial artist. He was all the time very variety to me. Honest condolences to you all. RIP.”

A discover on reads: “Coleman, Barney, nineteenth August 2022 (Ormond Sq., Dublin 7 and previously of Dublin Bus and Excessive Avenue Kenpo Karate Membership), surrounded by his loving household at Millbrook Manor Nursing House, Saggart. Barney can be ceaselessly missed by his loving household, brothers, nieces, nephews, family members and all of his buddies. Might he Relaxation in Peace.

“Reposing on the Brian McElroy Funeral house, The Sq., Tallaght (opp Tallaght Stadium) on Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm. Funeral mass will happen on Thursday 25 August at 11am in St Michan’s Church, Halston Avenue and afterwards to Glasnevin Crematorium.

“Household flowers solely please, donations if desired to The Capuchin Day Centre. Those that want to watch Barney’s funeral mass on Thursday at 11am please click on on the next hyperlink right here.

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