Fun in the sun at the Athy Dragon Boat Regatta!

What an amazing day we had at the Athy Dragon Boat Regatta… What a showcase for this exciting sport! The sun shone brightly as the two Plurabelle teams participated in competitive and exciting races. Well done to the Florence Belles – our team heading to Florence – who came 2nd in the women’s category.

But today wasn’t only about the silverware. It was also about catching up with old friends and making memories with new ones (including the many newbies who travelled to Athy to cheer on the team).
Sitting on the bank of the river, watching the dragon boat racing as the sun shone…. it was just magic! View photos

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  • 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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