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

  • Torch of Hope

    Over the years, many Plurabelles have benefited from the extraordinary support offered by ARC Cancer Support. The Torch of Hope is more than a fundraiser, it’s an opportunity to show our appreciation to this wonderful Dublin-based voluntary organisation.

    So, thank you ARC from the Plurabelles… and well done to our representatives (who posed for photos with the Lord Mayor and also with Christy Dignam from the band Aslan – view photos). Have you no shame ladies?!

  • Magical Mayo!

    A huge thank you to Grainne Mhaol dragon boat club. The paddlers were amazing hosts to the Plurabelles who took a trip westward in early October.

    Lough Lannagh near Castebar, Co. Mayo, looked magical on a beautiful, sunny, autumn day as the Plurabelles joined members of Grainne Mhaol for a training session on the water. Simply stunning (view photos).

  • It’s a wrap! 2018 Dublin Hong Kong Dragon Boat Regatta

    There are some very sore and weary Plurabelles after the Dublin Hong Kong Dragon Boat Regatta. But while bodies may be wrecked; souls are singing!

    Memories of the weekend will stay with us forever. We made new friends, old friendships were rekindled and, of course, there were nail-biting races. There’s even talk that we may have done our fastest 400m – ever!

    What a fabulous occasion (view photos here). If the newbie Plurabelles weren’t hooked before, they certainly are now!

    We are so proud to be involved with this event, and to show-off the Grand Canal Dock to paddlers who come from near and far. We are also delighted to see the sport that we love so much, develop and thrive in Ireland. It was a lonely spot to be the first dragon boat racing club in the country, but now there are loads of clubs and some serious, serious competition!

    Congratulations to all the winners at this year’s regatta. You did great. We’re looking forward to next year already… bring it on!

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