Plurabelles welcome Operation Transformation!

So, did you see it? RTE1’s Operation Transformation (Wed 24th Jan) featured the Plurabelle Paddlers as we welcomed the leaders, and presenter Kathryn Thomas, to a training session at Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock. This year’s leaders certainly got to experience just how physically exerting the sport of dragon boat racing is!

Well done to our own Jean Henry who was interviewed for the show. Jean spoke wonderfully about what Plurabelle Paddlers means to her. Tonight we showed the nation our commitment to overcoming fear about illness and our desire to maintain fitness and wellness with each and every paddle stroke.

You can view photos here. If you didn’t see the show, you’ll be able to catch up on the RTE player 

If you live in the greater Dublin region and have had a breast cancer diagnosis, you can find out about paddling with us on the Try it Out page of this website. Please note that our next ‘Come & Try’ session will be in April. Please email newmembers@plurabellepaddlers.com to register your interest (you will need to be 3 months post-treatment to paddle with us).

You can find out more about the many dragon boat racing clubs located around the country (both breast cancer and general clubs) at the Irish Dragon Boat Association website.

News & Events

  • Supporting the Irish Team at the Europeans

    We’ll be cheering on the Irish Women’s Senior Team at the EDBF European Nations Championship in Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany on 23rd -26th August.

    Good luck to all of these amazing athletes, particularly to the Plurabelles on the team. We’re so proud of you!

  • 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!)

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