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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.

HERE BE DRAGONS – Plurabelle memoir is out now!

‘HERE BE DRAGONS’ is a memoir of the Plurabelle Paddlers (though don’t worry, we’re not finished paddling and partying just yet!). The book includes lots of photos as well as short articles (written by various club members) on the formation of the club, the introduction of dragon boat racing to Ireland and the various regattas that we have competed in over the years. There are also contributions from foreign clubs and memories from Plurabelles who have paddled with clubs in distant parts of the world.
As you know, we’re a shy and retiring bunch (ahem!). We don’t like to brag, but some of the early reviews include phrases like ‘the quality of the paper and the clarity of the photos are amazing'; ‘a book to cherish'; ‘smashing photos and well-written’. The book details ‘challenges, determination, fun, laughter and tears, but most of all friendship and comradeship.’
The book (which costs €10) isn’t on general sale, but if you’d like to get your hands on a copy simply email info@plurabellepaddlers.com and we’ll be in touch.  So, go on, treat yourself (or someone you love) to this beautiful book that tells our incredible story.

‘All in a Row’ – Paddling on the River Liffey

The weather gods were kind to us on Saturday 9th December for the ‘All in a Row’ charity fundraiser in aid of the RNLI and the Irish Underwater Search and Recovery (thankfully there was no snow, but boy, it was FREEZING!). The Plurabelles were on the river Liffey decked out in Santa hats and fairy lights (I guess it’s no wonder that we were a favourite with the snap-happy tourists!)

Anna Livia is the name given to the personification of the River Liffey (and the name of our boats!). James Joyce named the heroine in Finnegans Wake Anna Livia Plurabelle. You could say that we were at ‘home’ on 9th December, on this wonderful river in our great city. View photos

Christmas arrives at the Clubhouse!

The lycra was banished! Christmas jumpers and Santa hats were the order of the day as Plurabelle Paddlers gathered at the club house on 2nd December for the annual Christmas Brunch (welcomed at the door by Mr Santa Claus, no less!)
As well as an opportunity to kickstart the festive season and to endulge in an amazing hot breakfast, the brunch was also an opportunity for the club to hand over 33 care packages to Helen Walsh of #PassItOn for Operation Snowball. The Christmas care packages are destined for women who will be spending this Christmas in one of a number of womens’ refuges in Dublin. View photos

Mary’s ‘Showstopper’ Cakes

Is that jingle bells that I hear?!
Believe it or not, Christmas is only a few weeks away (cue panic stations!) Well, fret not… Our own Mary O’Leary was on hand to offer fellow paddlers a demonstration of her fabulous Christmas cake decoration expertise. For one night only, the clubhouse was turned into a Christmas wonderland of beautiful, tasty cakes. Watch out ‘Bake Off’ contestants, Mary’s showstopper festive cakes are just amazing! View photos

News & Events

  • 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)

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