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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

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

Herald Tribune: Team Ireland sings for Florida couple

October 2014:  Local coverage of our Sarasota adventure

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. fat 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 >>

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

  • Plurabelles feature in National Cancer Strategy

    Did you see our picture in the National Cancer Strategy? The Strategy – which was formally launched by the Minister for Health on 5th July 2017 – features a photograph of our two boats racing on the Grand Canal Dock. The impressive action shot says more about ‘Life after Cancer’, than any amount of words!

    But the Plurabelle Paddlers’ involvement in the Cancer Strategy wasn’t just confined to the photograph. Fiona McEntee – a Plurabelle Paddler and a committee member with Europa Donna Ireland (the breast cancer patient advocacy group) – was a member of the National Cancer Strategy’s Patient Forum. Well done to Fiona and all the paddlers/members of Europa Donna who worked so hard on the development of the Strategy and who spoke so eloquently to the media afterwards on the patient perspective. View photo

  • She’s Here!

    She arrived…and in time for our mid-week training session. Our new (as yet un-named) blue boat had her maiden outing on Grand Canal Dock on 28th June… and the unanimous consensus is that ‘she paddles like a dream’! We hope that she brings us as much joy as ‘Anna’ our old blue boat did. (View photos here)

  • Farewell ‘Anna’!

    Saturday, 24th June was a poignant day for the Plurabelles, as we said goodbye to ‘Anna’ (our blue boat). We’ve had fun sessions -and very serious competitive races – in the ‘Anna’ boat over the past 7 years. She has served us well.

    We’re getting a new boat shortly, so it’s time to say goodbye to ‘Anna’ (though ‘Livia’ – our pink boat – is remaining). It was sad to see ‘Anna’ go, but we’re very happy that she has got a new home in Kilkenny with the Nore Dragon Paddlers. I’m sure that ‘Anna’ will give Nore Dragon Paddlers as much joy, as she gave us! Click here to see photos of the Plurabelles ensuring that ‘Anna’ looked at her very best for Nore Dragon Paddlers.

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