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TG4 Molsceal

October 2017: Plurabelle Paddlers Mairead, Mary and Roisin interviewed ‘as gaeilge’ in this short documentary

The Journal.ie

September 2017: “When I was sick with cancer I had no energy or enthusiasm. Then I heard about dragon boating.”

Irish Independent Health & Wellbeing

August 2017: 11 Activity Goals During and After Cancer Treatment

UTV Ireland: Along Home Shores

Television presenter, Bobby Kerr, visits Plurabelle Paddlers in an October 2016 episode of the series.

Irish Times

June 2016: The Five Best Sports Clubs in Ireland

RTE Radio One: The Ray D’Arcy Show

September 2016: Ray chats with our own Rhona about living well with Metastatic Breast Cancer (& she mentions the Plurabelles!)

News Four

June 2016: In the Same Boat

Near FM’s Music & Musings

June 2016: Near FM Podcast

Irish Times

May 2016: The 20 Best Sports Clubs in Ireland

Northside & Southside People

April & May 2016: Plurabelle Paddlers Push the Boat Out for New Members

The Herald

September 2015: Enter the dragon boat – regatta a hit despite the rain

Irish Times: Photo

September 2015: Winging their way: Crews Compete in Diblin Dragon Boat Regatta

Plurabelle Paddlers Video Documentary

Autumn 2015: Film-maker, Karen Byrne, talks to members of Plurabelle Paddlers about their experiences

Northside People

August 2015 Getting their oars in!

Near FM: Interview on the recruitment drive for new team members

Near FM interview with Plurabelle Paddlers

Irish Times Health Supplement

July 2015 Health Board: Members Wanted,

Irish Independent

November 2014: Coverage and photo of the Waterways Ireland Pink event

First Post: Newsletter of Dublin City Council

October 2014: Inspiring Advocate for Equal Treatment in the Workplace

Herald Tribune: Team Ireland sings for Florida couple

October 2014:  Local coverage of our Sarasota adventure

Woman’s Way

August 2014: Racing the dragon. Journalist, Louise Finn, tries dragon boat racing

Irish Independent: 9 Facts about Breast Cancer

October 2013: Our very own Tara Byrne wrote a piece on her experiences and gave us a mention! >>

newstalk: Talking Point with Sarah Carey

October 2013: Best excuse ever for missing training ! Dympna Watson joins the panel for the discussion Cancer: is a positive attitude always for the best? >>

RTE News: Arthur Guinness Projects 2013 Announced

September 2013: The Plurabelle’s Breast Cancer Fitness Programme has received funding as one of the 2013 Arthur Guinness Projects >>

TodayFM: Ian Dempsey Show

16 September 2013: Ian gave our performance at the 2013 Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta a quick mention on his weekend winners slot – scroll to 45 minutes 50 seconds! >>

RTE Radio1 Marian Finucane Show

July 2013: Fiona talked to Marian about dragon boat racing and how exercise benefits those who have had a breast cancer diagnosis>>

TV Week Real Life

October 2012: Anne Gildea wrote this article on her training session with  us for the Mail on Sunday >>

Blazing Paddles

May 2012: The Sunday Times journalist Heather Irvine joined us for training and wrote an article for In Gear Magazine >>

RTE1 Nationwide

April 2012:  RTE1 Nationwide’s filmed a short piece of us training at the Grand Canal Dock. fast forward to 17:33  mins>>

Plurabelle Paddlers make a splash in the Far East

December 2011: Article and photos of our 2011 trip to Malaysia in our local community newspaper NewsFour >> 

All in the same boat

November 2011: Article in the Irish Independent Health Supplement on our trip to Malaysia>>

Leinster followers support the Plurabelle Paddlers

November 2011: Article in the Leinster Supporters newsletter >>

The Star Online

October 2011: ‘60 teams battle it out at Dragon Boat Festival’ – report on the Dragon Boat Festival in Malaysia mentioning the Plurabelle Paddlers

Irish Examiner: Feelgood Supplement

October 2011: Making A Splash: Journalist, Ailin Quinlan, meets members of Plurabelle Paddlers

Irish Times: Health Supplement

August 2011: Dragon Boat team wins a prestigious award in LA for radio documentary  

Irish Times: Health Supplement

May 2011: Dragon Boat Team Wins Award for Documentary

Plurabelle Paddlers

January 2011: Article in the Irish Breast Cancer Nurse Association Newsletter>>

Dragon boat racing comes to Ireland

Autumn 2010: Article in  the Europa Donna  Ireland Newsletter>>

In the Same Boat

October 2010: RTE Radio Documentary on One, an award winning radio documentary about the launch of the Plurabelle Paddlers.>>

RTE Afternoon Show

April 2010: Article on our appearance to call for members on RTE’s Afternoon Show>>

Year of the Dragon Boat

April 2010: Irish Times article on the launch of the Plurabelle Paddlers>>

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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