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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

  • 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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