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2017 Season

We’ve had a great start to 2017 with weekly Pilates and resistance sessions along with two crews on the water most Saturday mornings. Wednesday training starts  back 5th April at 6:30pm. This year in addition to local regattas, we are competing in the European Club Crew Championships in France in July.

‘Along Home Shores’ – Plurabelles on TV!

Plurabelle Paddlers hit the small screen again at the end of October 2016 when ‘Along Home Shores’ presenter, Bobby Kerr trained with us 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.

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!

We’re in the final five!

Plurabelle Paddlers is so proud to have made the final five in the competition to find Ireland’s Best Sports Club. There were thousands of nominations, so to make the final five club is an amazing achievement for the club. Well done to Cuala GAA on winning the title and to the runners up, Killarney Celtic Football for All.

Our next Try it Out session!

Two boats, 40 paddlers, 6 newcomers…& glorious sunshine!  Thanks so much to all those who turned up to our ‘Try it Out’ session in April (view photos).

The good news for those who missed the session, is that we’re doing it all again on Wed. 15th June @6.30pm. So, if you’ve had breast cancer (whether you’re female or male) and want to get fit following treatment, please email us at newmembers@plurabellepaddlers.com & then come along to the Grand Canal Dock on the 15th. If you can’t make it on the 15th, don’t worry. We accept new members at any time of the year. Just email us and let us know that you’re interested.

What to find out more? You can listen to Eithne and Celine on Near FM here or view this great short film by students of Griffith College.

News & Events

  • 2017 Season

    We’ve had a great start to 2017 with weekly Pilates and resistance sessions along with two crews on the water most Saturday mornings. Wednesday training starts  back 5th April at 6:30pm. This year in addition to local regattas, we are competing in the European Club Crew Championships in France in July.

  • ‘Along Home Shores’ – Plurabelles on TV!

    Plurabelle Paddlers hit the small screen again at the end of October 2016 when ‘Along Home Shores’ presenter, Bobby Kerr trained with us 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.

  • 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.

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