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Excitement builds for Florence!

The Italian’s are known throughout the world for their impeccable sense of style…. but, what about the Plurabelles?! In the new(ish) team strip, the ladies heading to Florence for the IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival will certainly give the Italians (& other teams) competition in the style stakes!

But, the festival isn’t about style, it’s about Dragon Boat racing and the double training session in mid-June included video analysis of the Florence team in action. Excitement is building for the trip to Florence in early July… not long to go now! View photos

Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta

The sun shone for another fantastic day today of competition and fun at the Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta in Carlow.
It was wonderful to meet up with old paddling friends and to introduce newbie Plurabelles to the excitement of a regatta. If they weren’t hooked before, I bet they are now! View photos

Treasure trove at the clubhouse

We all love a bargain… and, there were bargains aplenty at the Plurabelle Pop-Up shop (26th May 2018). Handbags, shoes, scarves, dresses, coats, jewellery…. the clubhouse was a treasure trove for the many Plurabelle bargain hunters.
All the money raised at the pop-up shop went straight back to the Plurabelles…. so it was a real win, win! Well done to all involved (organisers, sales assistants, those who donated, and those who bought!)

Fun in the sun at the Athy Dragon Boat Regatta!

What an amazing day we had at the Athy Dragon Boat Regatta… What a showcase for this exciting sport! The sun shone brightly as the two Plurabelle teams participated in competitive and exciting races. Well done to the Florence Belles – our team heading to Florence – who came 2nd in the women’s category.

But today wasn’t only about the silverware. It was also about catching up with old friends and making memories with new ones (including the many newbies who travelled to Athy to cheer on the team).
Sitting on the bank of the river, watching the dragon boat racing as the sun shone…. it was just magic! View photos

AGM done. Tick!

It’s been another busy year for the Plurabelle Paddlers, so there was lots to talk about at the AGM in the club house on Saturday, 21st April.

As well as looking back, the Plurabelles we were also looking forward to what promises to be another exciting year for this vibrant club. Well done and thank you to Margaret, Susan, Margy, the other members of the committee and to the huge array of Plurabelles who do some much voluntary and unseen work for the club. Take a bow ladies!

Smiles at our Open Day

Well, it’s not called a watersport for nothing! It was a wet introduction to dragon boat racing for the 20 or so newbies who braved the weather and arrived at the Grand Canal Dock earlier today for the open day training session. The session was arranged as a result of interest generated by our appearance on Operation Transformation earlier this year.

The open day was a huge success. Not only did the newbies experience the exhilaration of dragon boat racing, but they also got to sample our famous hospitality in the clubhouse afterwards with coffee and lots of delicious cake (see photos of the day on our Pictures & Videos page).

Exciting times for Plurabelles

With the delivery of a brand new boat in early April and the resumption of midweek training, it’s an exciting time for Plurabelle Paddlers. Training is set to notch up a gear for the forthcoming regattas in Athy, Carlow and Florence… can’t wait! (You can view photos in the Pictures and Video page)

Tickled Pink at Plurabelle Baby Shower

I think it’s safe to say that Plurabelle Paddler Ciara Devine was totally shocked and ‘tickled pink’ by the surprise baby shower hosted by the Plurabelles in the clubhouse yesterday.
Ciara’s due date for her second daughter is fast approaching and the Plurabelles were thrilled to celebrate such an exciting time for Ciara and her family.
When Ciara, her hubby Alan and daughter Fia called in to the clubhouse for a post-training coffee and they were met by a sea of pink. As well as balloons, cupcakes, there was also cake & a teddy bear for Fia , a hamper and a baby blanket (hand-knitted by many of the club members). No wonder Ciara was a little shell-shocked! Is there anything that the amazing Plurabelles can’t do?… Yes, they’re fantastic paddlers & tough competitors too…Well done ladies and best of luck Ciara! View photos

Plurabelles welcome Operation Transformation!

So, did you see it? RTE1’s Operation Transformation (Wed 24th Jan) featured the Plurabelle Paddlers as we welcomed the leaders, and presenter Kathryn Thomas, to a training session at Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock. This year’s leaders certainly got to experience just how physically exerting the sport of dragon boat racing is!

Well done to our own Jean Henry who was interviewed for the show. Jean spoke wonderfully about what Plurabelle Paddlers means to her. Tonight we showed the nation our commitment to overcoming fear about illness and our desire to maintain fitness and wellness with each and every paddle stroke.

You can view photos here. If you didn’t see the show, you’ll be able to catch up on the RTE player 

If you live in the greater Dublin region and have had a breast cancer diagnosis, you can find out about paddling with us on the Try it Out page of this website. Please note that our next ‘Come & Try’ session will be in April. Please email newmembers@plurabellepaddlers.com to register your interest (you will need to be 3 months post-treatment to paddle with us).

You can find out more about the many dragon boat racing clubs located around the country (both breast cancer and general clubs) at the Irish Dragon Boat Association website.

Operation Transformation

Like thousands and thousands of Irish television viewers we’re glued to this year’s Operation Transformation on RTE One. One of this year’s leaders – Sarah O’Callaghan – has lymphoedema as a result of breast cancer treatment. Thank you Sarah for placing a spotlight on this condition. We’ll be rooting for you & for all of the leaders.

News & Events

  • Excitement builds for Florence!

    The Italian’s are known throughout the world for their impeccable sense of style…. but, what about the Plurabelles?! In the new(ish) team strip, the ladies heading to Florence for the IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival will certainly give the Italians (& other teams) competition in the style stakes!

    But, the festival isn’t about style, it’s about Dragon Boat racing and the double training session in mid-June included video analysis of the Florence team in action. Excitement is building for the trip to Florence in early July… not long to go now! View photos

  • Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta

    The sun shone for another fantastic day today of competition and fun at the Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta in Carlow.
    It was wonderful to meet up with old paddling friends and to introduce newbie Plurabelles to the excitement of a regatta. If they weren’t hooked before, I bet they are now! View photos

  • Treasure trove at the clubhouse

    We all love a bargain… and, there were bargains aplenty at the Plurabelle Pop-Up shop (26th May 2018). Handbags, shoes, scarves, dresses, coats, jewellery…. the clubhouse was a treasure trove for the many Plurabelle bargain hunters.
    All the money raised at the pop-up shop went straight back to the Plurabelles…. so it was a real win, win! Well done to all involved (organisers, sales assistants, those who donated, and those who bought!)

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