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

  • Operation Transformation

    Like thousands and thousands of Irish television viewers we’re glued to this year’s Operation Transformation on RTE One. This year, one of the leaders is Sarah O’Callaghan. Sarah has lymphoedema as a result of breast cancer treatment. Thank you Sarah for placing a spotlight on this condition.

    Plurabelle Paddlers is among the 150+ dragon boat racing teams worldwide for women who have experienced breast cancer, many of whom have Lymphoedema. Read about dragon boat racing for those who have experienced breast cancer on our FAQ page. If you have had a breast cancer diagnosis and fancy giving dragon boat racing a go, visit our Try it Out page.

    Good luck Sarah on Operation Transformation. We’ll be rooting for you & for all of this year’s leaders.

  • HERE BE DRAGONS – Plurabelle memoir is out now!

    ‘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.

  • ‘All in a Row’ – Paddling on the River Liffey

    The weather gods were kind to us on Saturday 9th December for the ‘All in a Row’ charity fundraiser in aid of the RNLI and the Irish Underwater Search and Recovery (thankfully there was no snow, but boy, it was FREEZING!). The Plurabelles were on the river Liffey decked out in Santa hats and fairy lights (I guess it’s no wonder that we were a favourite with the snap-happy tourists!)

    Anna Livia is the name given to the personification of the River Liffey (and the name of our boats!). James Joyce named the heroine in Finnegans Wake Anna Livia Plurabelle. You could say that we were at ‘home’ on 9th December, on this wonderful river in our great city. View photos

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