Events

Members of Plurabelle Paddlers we will be competing in the following events in 2019:

The Dragon Run 10km

Sunday 24th March 2019, River Barrow, Carlow

Athy Dragon Boat Regatta

Sunday 5th May 2019, Emily Square, Athy, Co. Kildare

Ocean to City, Cork

Saturday 1st June 2019 (for more, visit www.oceantocity.com)

Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta

Sunday 9th June 2019, Graiguecullen, Carlow

Donegal Dragons Regatta

Saturday, 10th August 2019, Donegal

Dragons at the Docks, Dublin

29th August 2019, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta

Saturday & Sunday 14th & 15th September 2019, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Past Events

In addition to the annual Athy, Barrow and Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta we have competed / taken part in the following events:

13th EDBF Nations Championships, Germany

Plurabelle Paddlers were part of the Irish International Women’s Team that competed in the European Championships in Bandenburg an der Havel, Germany in August 2018. The team secured 4 Silver medals!

5th IBPCP Participatory Dragon Boat Festival, Florence 2018

Plurabelle Paddlers were delighted to join paddlers from all over the world at the 5th IBPCP Participatory Dragon Boat Festival in beautiful Florence in July 2018. (View photos here)

‘All in a Row’, Dublin

Plurabelle Paddlers joined their friends from St. Patrick’s Rowing Club in a flotilla of vessels on the River Liffey on Saturday, 9th December 2017

Paddleathon, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny

Members of Plurabelle Paddlers joined Nore Dragon Paddlers and other dragon boat racing teams for a Paddleathon on the River Nore in October 2017.

European Club Crew Championships

Members of the Plurabelle Paddlers were among the medal-winning Ladies Senior Dragon Boat racing team (two silvers & a bronze medal!) in Divonnes les Bains, France (27th -30th July 2017).

Florence Pink Meeting

Plurabelle Paddlers travelled to Italy for the Florence Pink Meeting, May 2016.

International Dragon Boat Regatta San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain

Murcia proved to be a wonderful venue for a dragon boat racing regatta and the Plurabelles had a wonderful time on the trip to the coastal Spanish city in April 2014.

IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival,  Sarasota, Florida, USA

Sarasota in the Sunshine State of Florida welcomed 101 teams for the 4th IBPCP Participatory Dragon Boat Regatta in October 2014 (24th- 26th). Eleven members of Plurabelle Paddlers joined other paddlers from throughout Ireland in the composite Team Ireland team.

World Record Riverdance – The Gathering

Plurabelle Paddlers were on the River Liffey and had a water side view of the world record! 21st July 2013.

Transition Year Schools Project 2013

With support from the Irish Dragon Boat Federation, we ran a four-week TY schools’ project with 3 schools in the area.

European Nations Dragon Boat Championships

Plurabelle Paddlers travelled to Nottingham in the UK for the European Nations Dragon Boat Championships in July 2012.

International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) Cancer Survivors World Cup

Our first trip abroad was to the exotic location of Putrajaya, Malaysia for the IDBF Cancer Survivors World Cup in October 2011 (it was an amazing trip – and we even came home with silver and bronze medals!).

News & Events

  • A Busy Year Ahead

    It’s a new year… and 2019 looks to be a busy one for the Plurabelles!

    Visit our Events page to see all the events that we’ll be competing in this year. Better get training!

  • A Plurabelle Christmas (by numbers!)

    65 (yes, 65!) hungry Plurabelles catered to a post-training hot Christmas brunch at the clubhouse (bacon, sausages, pudding, etc, followed by delicious homemade cakes and lashings of tea and coffee)

    50 individual gift bags for women spending Christmas in refuges – each bag contains a towel, a dressing gown, fluffy socks and a showel gel.

    40 of the gift bags filled within just 24 hours of the call going out to members of the club (how’s that for Plurabelle generosity?!)

    3 Dublin-based women’s refuges who will receive Christmas gift bags.

    1 AMAZING club!

    Special thanks to Janet, Ann-Marie and your team who cooked and prepared the food… ‘hostesses with the mostesses’! (view some photos of the brunch here)

    From the Plurabelles to all our friends and supporters – Happy Christmas!

  • Here Be Dragons!

    Good news… it’s still available and would make a perfect Christmas present!

    ‘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.

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