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Radio documentary charting club’s early days

Did you hear a repeat of the award-winning RTE radio documentary ‘In the Same Boat’ in late October?
The documentary – which was first aired in late 2010 – charts the heady early days of Plurabelle Paddlers, Ireland’s very first dragon boat club. Lots has changed since 2010 (we’ve travelled the world, won medals, partied, made new friends, and said goodbye to cherished loved ones)
This radio documentary is well worth a listen. So, treat yourself. Put the kettle on, sit back and enjoy listening to this truly inspirational story! Click here

It’s in the black bag!

A mountain of black bags (view pics) were collected from the clubhouse (October 2017) as Plurabelle Paddlers (& friends) cleared out their wardrobes in aid of the Plurabelle team heading to the IBPCP regatta in Florence in 2018.  Well done to Mairead, and to the many helpers/ collectors. Guess you’ll just have to go shopping now to fill in the gaps in your wardrobe!

Plurabelles interviewed ‘as Gaeilge’

Any gaeilgeoirí out there? Want to find out more about Plurabelle Paddlers? Watch and listen to our own Mairead, Mary and Roisin display impressive language (and paddling!) skills in this short TG4 documentary. Maith thú!

Plurabelles at the Paddleathon

What a wonderful day we had in beautiful Kilkenny at the Paddleathon.

Thank you Nore Paddlers for your hospitality and warm welcome. It was great to make new friends and catch up with old ones….and as for the afternoon tea…yum! View photos here

Wakey, Wakey Anna 2!

It was a very special day for Plurabelle Paddlers as we officially welcomed Anna 2 (on 23 Sept)…. and woke her up!

Anna 2 follows on from the recently departed Anna (who, unlike so many pets, really did find a fabulous new home in the country!). Anna 2 joins her sister boat, Livia, on the Grand Canal Dock. We are so happy. May Anna 2 keep us paddling safely (& victoriously!)

Anna 2 was woken up by having the blindfold over her face removed, having her eyes dotted with red paint, having flower petals thrown around her, and by having a lot of people bowing to her…. I think we can safely say that she’s awake now!

Thank you to Tara for presiding over the ceremony and to the many Plurabelles who fed us so well at the brunch in the clubhouse afterwards. Thanks also to Vikings, for sharing this special day with us. View photos here

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

News & Events

  • Radio documentary charting club’s early days

    Did you hear a repeat of the award-winning RTE radio documentary ‘In the Same Boat’ in late October?
    The documentary – which was first aired in late 2010 – charts the heady early days of Plurabelle Paddlers, Ireland’s very first dragon boat club. Lots has changed since 2010 (we’ve travelled the world, won medals, partied, made new friends, and said goodbye to cherished loved ones)
    This radio documentary is well worth a listen. So, treat yourself. Put the kettle on, sit back and enjoy listening to this truly inspirational story! Click here

  • It’s in the black bag!

    A mountain of black bags (view pics) were collected from the clubhouse (October 2017) as Plurabelle Paddlers (& friends) cleared out their wardrobes in aid of the Plurabelle team heading to the IBPCP regatta in Florence in 2018.  Well done to Mairead, and to the many helpers/ collectors. Guess you’ll just have to go shopping now to fill in the gaps in your wardrobe!

  • Plurabelles interviewed ‘as Gaeilge’

    Any gaeilgeoirí out there? Want to find out more about Plurabelle Paddlers? Watch and listen to our own Mairead, Mary and Roisin display impressive language (and paddling!) skills in this short TG4 documentary. Maith thú!

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