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

  • 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!

  • 4 silvers at the Europeans!

    Terrific news from Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany where the EDBF European Nations Championship took place (23-26 August). The Irish team (featuring 5 Plurabelles & our coach Julie) have secured 4 silver medals.

    What a fantastic achievement! Guess they’ll be needing an extra baggage allowance with all that metal!

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