Events

Members of Plurabelle Paddlers we will be competing in the following events in 2018:

Athy Dragon Boat Regatta

Sunday 6th May 2018, Emily Square, Athy, Co. Kildare

Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta

Sunday 10th June 2018, Graiguecullen, Carlow

5th IBPCP Participatory Dragon Boat Festival, Florence 2018

6th – 8th July 2018, Florence, Italy (read more about this event here)

13th EDBF Nations Championships, Germany

22nd – 26th August 2018, Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany

Dragons at the Docks, Dublin

30th August 2018, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta

Saturday & Sunday 15th & 16th September 2018, 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:

‘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

  • 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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