HERE BE DRAGONS – Plurabelle memoir is out now!

‘HERE BE DRAGONS’ is a memoir of the Plurabelle Paddlers (though don’t worry, we’re not finished paddling and partying just yet!). The book includes lots of photos as well as short articles (written by various club members) on the formation of the club, the introduction of dragon boat racing to Ireland and the various regattas that we have competed in over the years. There are also contributions from foreign clubs and memories from Plurabelles who have paddled with clubs in distant parts of the world.
As you know, we’re a shy and retiring bunch (ahem!). We don’t like to brag, but some of the early reviews include phrases like ‘the quality of the paper and the clarity of the photos are amazing'; ‘a book to cherish'; ‘smashing photos and well-written’. The book details ‘challenges, determination, fun, laughter and tears, but most of all friendship and comradeship.’
The book (which costs €10) isn’t on general sale, but if you’d like to get your hands on a copy simply email info@plurabellepaddlers.com and we’ll be in touch.  So, go on, treat yourself (or someone you love) to this beautiful book that tells our incredible story.

News & Events

  • Florence Forever!

    What an amazing trip it was… it will be remembered forever by the Plurabelles who travelled to Italy for the 2018 BCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival.

    Over 3,500 paddlers and over 120 teams converged on the magnificent and beautiful city of Florence for this HUGE event.

    It was truly a celebration of dragon boat racing… and a celebration of life! (click here for small selection of pics)

  • Wakey, Wakey Anna II and Livia II!

    Plurabelles officially woke up Anna II and Livia II – our second generation of boats – on Saturday, 30th June. Anna Livia is the name given to the personification of the river Liffey and James Joyce named his heroine in Finnegans Wake, ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’.

    Waking the Dragon is an ancient Chinese tradition and the MC – our own Tara Byrne – explained the rich symbolism behind the custom.

    During the ceremony, the tips of the dragon head horns were painted to bless the world with peace and harmony. The tongue was painted to bless the crews with winning spirit and, having uncovered the eyes, they were painted to awaken the dragon.

    Offerings were also made representing five elements & compass points. Joss sticks represented wood and the East. Flowers represented metal and the West. Candles represented Fire and the South. Water represented its elemental self and the North. Finally, fruit represented the earth and the Centre. See photos of the day (which culminated in food back at the clubhouse!)

  • Excitement builds for Florence!

    The Italian’s are known throughout the world for their impeccable sense of style…. but, what about the Plurabelles?! In the new(ish) team strip, the ladies heading to Florence for the IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival will certainly give the Italians (& other teams) competition in the style stakes!

    But, the festival isn’t about style, it’s about Dragon Boat racing and the double training session in mid-June included video analysis of the Florence team in action. Excitement is building for the trip to Florence in early July… not long to go now! View photos

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