Our first dragon boats were delivered in September 2010 thanks to our lead sponsors Breast Cancer Ireland and HSE Health Promotion Unit Dublin North East.
Thanks to Trim Transport for their amazingly generous donation of a container to house our O1 training boats.
Thanks also to the following for their generous support:
A&L Goodbody, Joe Kelly
Aegon Ireland – Simon Skinner
Alterra – Joey O’Dea
Art by Eoin
AVIVA Stadium Community Grant Scheme
Art of Coffee
Brendan Lyons, Penang Medical College
Camel Productions – Catherine Lyons & John J Doherty
Colette Stokes – Chartered Accountant
Derek Mooney – RTE
Dr David Fennelly
Dr Jennifer Westrup
Dulux – Maria Flood
Eddie Browne – Session Hire
Edel Duffy Pilates
Energy Management – Helen Walsh
ETIHAD Airways Ann Tullis, Carmel Walsh, Veronica Posteraro
Europa Donna Ireland
Frances O’Rourke – Irish Times
Mark Lacey – Gloucester Street South Sports & Recreation Centre
Healey Mac’s Kuala Lumpur
Helen McCarthy – Artist
Paddy McCarthy – Bakers
HSE Health Promotion Unit Dublin & North East
Julie & Micky Doyle
Marie Keating Foundation
Moya Nolan Photographer
Nicoline Greer RTE
Ogilvy One Worldwide Dublin
Origin, Garrett Bennis
Owen Doorly, Il Valentino
Paula McClean and Ronan Traynor, Verve
Richard Doorly, Collette Burns, HJ Lyons
Rita Butterly, Irish Rail
Select Strategies – Paul O’Dea
Snap Printing – John Dawson
Star Office Supplies – Trisha Ward
The Staff of Holy Family Secondary School, Newbridge
Tommy Hilfiger Grafton Street
University of Limerick Activity Centre
Viking Splash – Fergal Rogers
Wild Water Kayak Club – Lynda Byron
Santa must be worried about his job!
Over 50 paddlers in very fetching Santa hats gathered at the Plurabelle Clubhouse in early December for a fabulous Christmas brunch. The brunch was not only an opportunity to get into the festive spirit but also to gather together boxes of donated groceries for ‘Pass it On’, an organisation that supplies Christmas hampers to those in need in the Ringsend area.
We were delighted that Helen Walsh, founder of ‘Pass it On’, could join us for the brunch (which featured a choice of brunch treats – including a full fry-up. Just what was needed after a tough training session on the water!) Well done to Chris – who organised the collection – and to the fabulous cooks – Ann-Marie, Janet, Rita – and to all the willing helpers in the kitchen. Such team work! View photos here.
Plurabelle Paddlers hit the small screen again at the end of October when we welcomed ‘Along Home Shores’ presenter, Bobby Kerr, to a training session in the first episode of the UTV Ireland programme. Bobby also visited our club house, chatted to some paddlers and found out for himself what makes the Plurabelles such a very special club.
With the imposing cranes of Grand Canal Dock’s redevelopment acting as an eye-catching backdrop, local schools (CBS Westland Row and Ringsend College) did ‘battle’ in dragon boats under the expert eye of Plurabelle Paddler helms.
Our club has always sought to engage with the local community. The schools training session in mid-October was the latest local schools’ initiative undertaken by the Plurabelle Paddlers. View photos here.