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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

She’s Here!

She arrived…and in time for our mid-week training session. Our new (as yet un-named) blue boat had her maiden outing on Grand Canal Dock on 28th June… and the unanimous consensus is that ‘she paddles like a dream’! We hope that she brings us as much joy as ‘Anna’ our old blue boat did. (View photos here)

Farewell ‘Anna’!

Saturday, 24th June was a poignant day for the Plurabelles, as we said goodbye to ‘Anna’ (our blue boat). We’ve had fun sessions -and very serious competitive races – in the ‘Anna’ boat over the past 7 years. She has served us well.

We’re getting a new boat shortly, so it’s time to say goodbye to ‘Anna’ (though ‘Livia’ – our pink boat – is remaining). It was sad to see ‘Anna’ go, but we’re very happy that she has got a new home in Kilkenny with the Nore Dragon Paddlers. I’m sure that ‘Anna’ will give Nore Dragon Paddlers as much joy, as she gave us! Click here to see photos of the Plurabelles ensuring that ‘Anna’ looked at her very best for Nore Dragon Paddlers.

Fun Moments & Memories at Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta

Let’s face it, it’s not every Sunday morning that the citizens of Carlow wake-up to discover that dragons have invaded their town! But that’s what happened on Sunday, 11th June, as hundreds of paddlers from all over Ireland converged on the town for the annual Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta.

The Plurabelle Paddlers were well-represented at the event; by not one, but two teams (Plurabelle Paddlers and the Purebelles). There were some very competitive races and close finishes…. but there was still time between races to relax, catch up with friends and to enjoy the sun (when it shone!). You can view photos here. Well done to the IDBA who organised the event and to the Plurabelle team managers.

The Dragons Roar at Dublin Docklands Festival!

The Plurabelles are very proud to train at the Grand Canal Dock….It’s definitely one of Dublin’s hidden gems! So, it was an honour to paddle at the Dublin Dockland’s Festival on 20th May (view photos). Thanks to Chris for excellent helming (despite a myriad of obstacles) and to Tara who spoke so well to the assembled crowd about Plurabelle Paddlers and the growing sport of Dragon Boat racing.

As Tara said, if you’ve had Breast Cancer and fancy giving Dragon Boat racing a go, we’d love to hear from you. For those who have not had a breast cancer diagnosis and want to try out the sport, the Dublin Vikings also train at the Grand Canal Dock. Please check out Dublin Vikings on meetup.com

Helping out at Docklands Volunteer Day

Ever ready to muck in, a hardy bunch of Plurabelles were on hand to help out at the Docklands Volunteer Day on 5th May.

The annual volunteer day was organised by the Docklands Business Forum as a means of sprucing up the dock and the surrounding area.  It’s absolutely amazing what you can find with the help of a picker and a grappling hook…. spare tyres, railings, old bikes, and lots of plastic! (view photos)

Regatta…in the rain!

Congratulations to the team from Plurabelle Paddlers who – despite the inclement weather – finished the recent Athy Regatta in a very impressive 4th place overall. (View a video of the Plurabelles in action at the Athy regatta here – with thanks to Mairead)

Although the Plurabelles emerged as the top breast cancer club at the regatta, there is no time for celebrations; attention is now focused on the forthcoming Barrow Regatta in Carlow on the 11th June. Let’s just hope for better weather! (details of race results and forthcoming regattas can be found on the IDBA website)

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.

News & Events

  • 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

  • She’s Here!

    She arrived…and in time for our mid-week training session. Our new (as yet un-named) blue boat had her maiden outing on Grand Canal Dock on 28th June… and the unanimous consensus is that ‘she paddles like a dream’! We hope that she brings us as much joy as ‘Anna’ our old blue boat did. (View photos here)

  • Farewell ‘Anna’!

    Saturday, 24th June was a poignant day for the Plurabelles, as we said goodbye to ‘Anna’ (our blue boat). We’ve had fun sessions -and very serious competitive races – in the ‘Anna’ boat over the past 7 years. She has served us well.

    We’re getting a new boat shortly, so it’s time to say goodbye to ‘Anna’ (though ‘Livia’ – our pink boat – is remaining). It was sad to see ‘Anna’ go, but we’re very happy that she has got a new home in Kilkenny with the Nore Dragon Paddlers. I’m sure that ‘Anna’ will give Nore Dragon Paddlers as much joy, as she gave us! Click here to see photos of the Plurabelles ensuring that ‘Anna’ looked at her very best for Nore Dragon Paddlers.

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