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Operation Transformation

Like thousands and thousands of Irish television viewers we’re glued to this year’s Operation Transformation on RTE One. This year, one of the leaders is Sarah O’Callaghan. Sarah has lymphoedema as a result of breast cancer treatment. Thank you Sarah for placing a spotlight on this condition.

Plurabelle Paddlers is among the 150+ dragon boat racing teams worldwide for women who have experienced breast cancer, many of whom have Lymphoedema. Read about dragon boat racing for those who have experienced breast cancer on our FAQ page. If you have had a breast cancer diagnosis and fancy giving dragon boat racing a go, visit our Try it Out page.

Good luck Sarah on Operation Transformation. We’ll be rooting for you & for all of this year’s 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

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

News & Events

  • Operation Transformation

    Like thousands and thousands of Irish television viewers we’re glued to this year’s Operation Transformation on RTE One. This year, one of the leaders is Sarah O’Callaghan. Sarah has lymphoedema as a result of breast cancer treatment. Thank you Sarah for placing a spotlight on this condition.

    Plurabelle Paddlers is among the 150+ dragon boat racing teams worldwide for women who have experienced breast cancer, many of whom have Lymphoedema. Read about dragon boat racing for those who have experienced breast cancer on our FAQ page. If you have had a breast cancer diagnosis and fancy giving dragon boat racing a go, visit our Try it Out page.

    Good luck Sarah on Operation Transformation. We’ll be rooting for you & for all of this year’s 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

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