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Magical Mayo!

A huge thank you to Grainne Mhaol dragon boat club. The paddlers were amazing hosts to the Plurabelles who took a trip westward in early October.

Lough Lannagh near Castebar, Co. Mayo, looked magical on a beautiful, sunny, autumn day as the Plurabelles joined members of Grainne Mhaol for a training session on the water. Simply stunning (view photos).

It’s a wrap! 2018 Dublin Hong Kong Dragon Boat Regatta

There are some very sore and weary Plurabelles after the Dublin Hong Kong Dragon Boat Regatta. But while bodies may be wrecked; souls are singing!

Memories of the weekend will stay with us forever. We made new friends, old friendships were rekindled and, of course, there were nail-biting races. There’s even talk that we may have done our fastest 400m – ever!

What a fabulous occasion (view photos here). If the newbie Plurabelles weren’t hooked before, they certainly are now!

We are so proud to be involved with this event, and to show-off the Grand Canal Dock to paddlers who come from near and far. We are also delighted to see the sport that we love so much, develop and thrive in Ireland. It was a lonely spot to be the first dragon boat racing club in the country, but now there are loads of clubs and some serious, serious competition!

Congratulations to all the winners at this year’s regatta. You did great. We’re looking forward to next year already… bring it on!

4 silvers at the Europeans!

Terrific news from Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany where the EDBF European Nations Championship took place (23-26 August). The Irish team (featuring 5 Plurabelles & our coach Julie) have secured 4 silver medals.

What a fantastic achievement! Guess they’ll be needing an extra baggage allowance with all that metal!

Florence Forever!

What an amazing trip it was… it will be remembered forever by the Plurabelles who travelled to Italy for the 2018 BCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival.

Over 3,500 paddlers and over 120 teams converged on the magnificent and beautiful city of Florence for this HUGE event.

It was truly a celebration of dragon boat racing… and a celebration of life! (click here for small selection of pics)

Wakey, Wakey Anna II and Livia II!

Plurabelles officially woke up Anna II and Livia II – our second generation of boats – on Saturday, 30th June. Anna Livia is the name given to the personification of the river Liffey and James Joyce named his heroine in Finnegans Wake, ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’.

Waking the Dragon is an ancient Chinese tradition and the MC – our own Tara Byrne – explained the rich symbolism behind the custom.

During the ceremony, the tips of the dragon head horns were painted to bless the world with peace and harmony. The tongue was painted to bless the crews with winning spirit and, having uncovered the eyes, they were painted to awaken the dragon.

Offerings were also made representing five elements & compass points. Joss sticks represented wood and the East. Flowers represented metal and the West. Candles represented Fire and the South. Water represented its elemental self and the North. Finally, fruit represented the earth and the Centre. See photos of the day (which culminated in food back at the clubhouse!)

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!

News & Events

  • Magical Mayo!

    A huge thank you to Grainne Mhaol dragon boat club. The paddlers were amazing hosts to the Plurabelles who took a trip westward in early October.

    Lough Lannagh near Castebar, Co. Mayo, looked magical on a beautiful, sunny, autumn day as the Plurabelles joined members of Grainne Mhaol for a training session on the water. Simply stunning (view photos).

  • It’s a wrap! 2018 Dublin Hong Kong Dragon Boat Regatta

    There are some very sore and weary Plurabelles after the Dublin Hong Kong Dragon Boat Regatta. But while bodies may be wrecked; souls are singing!

    Memories of the weekend will stay with us forever. We made new friends, old friendships were rekindled and, of course, there were nail-biting races. There’s even talk that we may have done our fastest 400m – ever!

    What a fabulous occasion (view photos here). If the newbie Plurabelles weren’t hooked before, they certainly are now!

    We are so proud to be involved with this event, and to show-off the Grand Canal Dock to paddlers who come from near and far. We are also delighted to see the sport that we love so much, develop and thrive in Ireland. It was a lonely spot to be the first dragon boat racing club in the country, but now there are loads of clubs and some serious, serious competition!

    Congratulations to all the winners at this year’s regatta. You did great. We’re looking forward to next year already… bring it on!

  • 4 silvers at the Europeans!

    Terrific news from Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany where the EDBF European Nations Championship took place (23-26 August). The Irish team (featuring 5 Plurabelles & our coach Julie) have secured 4 silver medals.

    What a fantastic achievement! Guess they’ll be needing an extra baggage allowance with all that metal!

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