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LMFM interview

Did you hear the Plurabelle Paddlers (and Plurabelle, Gina) being mentioned in an interview on the LMFM Mid-Morning Show (on Friday, 15 September)? The interview between LMFM’s Daire Nelson and Roisin Lyons of Lyons Financial Services in Dunboyne can be heard here (go to 23 minutes). The Dunboyne-based company have recently won a nationwide workplace fitness competition (and experienced the excitement of a dragon boat regatta in the process!). Bet they’re now hooked!

Memories of the 2017 Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta

It was a wonderful weekend of racing (& fun!) at the Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta.
Thanks to Karen Byrne for the fabulous photos (view here), and to the hard-working organisers and paddlers for making the weekend such a great success. Visit YouTube for IDBA drone footage of the weekend (or use this link).

We’ve rekindled old friendships this weekend and made many new friends. Hope to see you in Florence in 2018 or at the dock when we do all again next year…can’t wait!

We WON!

Guess what? We won!
Congratulations to the Plurabelle Paddlers team who WON the Breast Cancer category in the Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat regatta. Congratulations ladies….You were fierce!
(well done also to the Purebelles who missed out on a place in the final by just a fraction of a second… it was so close ladies, you did brill)
Enjoy the regatta party ladies… You deserve it! (Though, don’t forget that some of you are racing in day two of the regatta!)

It’s nearly here…excitement builds for the Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta 2017!

Come and hear the dragons roar at the Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta at the Grand Canal Dock this weekend (9/10 September 2017).

We can’t wait to meet up with our old (and new!) friends for what promises to be a great weekend of competition and fun. Safe travels to all the paddlers making the journey to Dublin….we can’t wait to welcome you to the dock! (For updates on the regatta, keep an eye on the IDBA facebook page.)

Plurabelle’s in The Journal.ie

So, have you read it yet? The Journal.ie have a wonderful article on Plurabelle Paddlers, capturing what we are all about….the camaraderie, exercise, competition and fun! If you missed it, you can check out the article here

Excitement builds for the Dublin Regatta 2017

It’s not long now… and excitement is definitely building for the Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta on 9th & 10th September.

Plurabelles are training hard and busy planning for the regatta (party tickets for international paddlers are available now. See our Facebook page for further details).

We can’t wait to welcome hundreds of paddlers to the Grand Canal Dock for the annual Dublin event. Every year, the regatta just gets bigger… and better! Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page to get all the latest news, as we gear up for the highlight event of Plurabelle year!

Activity Goals After Cancer Treatment

Did you see the mention of Plurabelle Paddlers in the Irish Independent article on activity goals after cancer treatment? You can check out the article here.

Why not give paddling a go? We’re always welcoming new paddlers who have experienced breast cancer and, best of all, you don’t need any previous experience. Find out more

Two Silvers and a Bronze at the Europeans!

Well, we may be over our baggage allowance with the weight of the medals we’re bringing back from France!

A huge congratulations to the Plurabelle Team who competed in the senior category at the European Crew Championships in Divonne Les Bains, France in July.

Two silver medals (2000m and 500m) and a bronze medal (200m) showed the whole of Europe that a breast cancer diagnosis could possibly be the start of a whole new sporting adventure! We’re so proud of you ladies, and congrats to the Carlow Dragons on their medal successes too! View photos

Western Hospitality!

Thank you to the Grainne Mhaol Dragon Boat Club in Castlebar who were such wonderful hosts to the team of Plurabelles who, at the end of July, travelled west for a bit of a paddle (0k, and a couple of good night’s out too!). Thank you!

Plurabelles feature in National Cancer Strategy

Did you see our picture in the National Cancer Strategy? The Strategy – which was formally launched by the Minister for Health on 5th July 2017 – features a photograph of our two boats racing on the Grand Canal Dock. The impressive action shot says more about ‘Life after Cancer’, than any amount of words!

But the Plurabelle Paddlers’ involvement in the Cancer Strategy wasn’t just confined to the photograph. Fiona McEntee – a Plurabelle Paddler and a committee member with Europa Donna Ireland (the breast cancer patient advocacy group) – was a member of the National Cancer Strategy’s Patient Forum. Well done to Fiona and all the paddlers/members of Europa Donna who worked so hard on the development of the Strategy and who spoke so eloquently to the media afterwards on the patient perspective. View photo

News & Events

  • LMFM interview

    Did you hear the Plurabelle Paddlers (and Plurabelle, Gina) being mentioned in an interview on the LMFM Mid-Morning Show (on Friday, 15 September)? The interview between LMFM’s Daire Nelson and Roisin Lyons of Lyons Financial Services in Dunboyne can be heard here (go to 23 minutes). The Dunboyne-based company have recently won a nationwide workplace fitness competition (and experienced the excitement of a dragon boat regatta in the process!). Bet they’re now hooked!

  • Memories of the 2017 Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta

    It was a wonderful weekend of racing (& fun!) at the Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta.
    Thanks to Karen Byrne for the fabulous photos (view here), and to the hard-working organisers and paddlers for making the weekend such a great success. Visit YouTube for IDBA drone footage of the weekend (or use this link).

    We’ve rekindled old friendships this weekend and made many new friends. Hope to see you in Florence in 2018 or at the dock when we do all again next year…can’t wait!

  • We WON!

    Guess what? We won!
    Congratulations to the Plurabelle Paddlers team who WON the Breast Cancer category in the Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat regatta. Congratulations ladies….You were fierce!
    (well done also to the Purebelles who missed out on a place in the final by just a fraction of a second… it was so close ladies, you did brill)
    Enjoy the regatta party ladies… You deserve it! (Though, don’t forget that some of you are racing in day two of the regatta!)

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