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Christmas comes early to the Clubhouse

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.

‘Along Home Shores’ – Plurabelles on TV!

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.

Local School Rivalries!

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.

Winter Fitness returns!

The nights may be getting longer and the days shorter, but Plurabelle Paddlers’ won’t be hibernating. Our Winter Fitness programme is back. Paddlers should check out Teamer for details.

Metastatic Breast Cancer highlighted on the airwaves

Plurabelle Paddlers’ very own Rhona Nally was on RTE Radio 1 on 27th September to talk to Ray D’arcy about living well with metastatic breast cancer. She even mentioned Plurabelle Paddlers! You can hear Rhona’s inspiring interview here.

Gold & Bronze at the Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta

Congratulations to the Plurabelles (& the Purebelles) who won Gold & Bronze in the hotly-contested Breast Cancer category (200m) at the Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta. Well done ladies!

View photos to get just a sample of the fantastic atmosphere of the Regatta (Photos courtesy of Irish Dragon Boat Association and Plurabelle Paddlers Facebook pages)

Excitement builds for the Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta

Everyone at Plurabelle Paddlers is VERY excited about this weekend’s regatta (10th & 11th September 2016). We can’t wait to welcome new and old friends to Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock. Safe travels to all who are travelling from near and far to race at the Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat regatta. The event, which is in its 6th year, is co-hosted by Plurabelle Paddlers and the IDBA. To keep up-to-date on the event, follow the Plurabelle Paddlers Facebook page or on Twitter (@dragonboatie).

Silver and Bronze at the European Championships in Rome!

It’s official; when it comes to dragon boat racing, the Irish are a force to be reckoned with!

We’re so proud of the Plurabelles who competed with the Irish Senior Women’s Dragon Boat Team at the European Championships in Rome at the end of July. The Silver (200m) and Bronze medals (2000m) – plus a very close 4th place in the 500m – are a testament to the sheer hard work, commitment and sacrifices made by each and every paddler. Well done ladies, we are so very proud of you!

Sun shines for our latest Try-it-Out session

The sun made an appearance (along with the Dock’s swans and their cute little cygnets) to welcome new paddlers for our latest Try-it-Out session on Wednesday 15th June.

It was a wonderful evening and the dock looked at its very best. It seems that the new paddlers are now hooked on dragon boat racing (and maybe the coffee and homemade cake in the clubhouse afterwards helped!)

If you missed the Try-it-Out session, don’t worry. We welcome new paddlers all year round. What to find out more? You can listen to Eithne and Celine on Near FM, read the News Four article on the club, or view this great short film by students of Griffith College. So, if you’ve had breast cancer (whether you’re female or male) and want to try a new adventure and to get fit following treatment, simply drop us an email to newmembers@plurabellepaddlers.com.

1st Place for Plurabelle Paddlers!

Congratulations to the Plurabelles who have secured 1st place in the Breast Cancer category at the Barrow Regatta in Carlow. But it wasn’t only in the Breast Cancer category that the Plurabelles excelled. In the overall regatta standings, we were the third placed team! (view photos) What a weekend for the club!

News & Events

  • Christmas comes early to the Clubhouse

    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.

  • ‘Along Home Shores’ – Plurabelles on TV!

    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.

  • Local School Rivalries!

    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.

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