Gráine Mhaol Dragons got off to a great start for 2024 with a nice sized crew and loads of enthusiasm and a chance to try out our new compound cover and it did not disappoint ♥ Lots of plans for the Year, so let’s get this party started. New members are very welcome and after 2 sessions be hooked on Irelands fastest growing new sport. Regattas for the Club this year, include Athy in May, Carlow in June and Lough Rinn in September.
Gráine Mhaol Dragons went en force to Paddy Flannellys gym for 6 weeks, doing a bespoke Strength and conditioning session with him each night , in preparation for the season ahead.
All participants felt the classes had improved their fitness levels and upper body strength. It wasn’t all hard work though, there was plenty of craic to be had.
AGM 2024 Gráine Mhaol Dragon Boat Club Weds 21st Feb at 7PM , Rock Rose House, F23 P659
Come along and hear about all things Dragon Boat, our Club plans for 2024 and new members are welcome
September proved to be a very busy month for Gráine Mhaol Dragons, taking part for 2 days at the IDBA regatta at the beautiful spot that is Lough Rinn, Climbing Croagh Patrick 5 days in a row to raise money for the new roof on our boat compound, taking the Castlebar Kayak Club and Marjorie out for a spin on the Dragon boats and hosting the Helming course for the Ballina Dragons at Lough Lannagh. We were pooped.
Along came October when we finished up our Tues evening paddling sessions so things were slowing right down BUT then along came November where we had our finishing up cuppa in Lough Lannagh House with Paul and the team,The Kayak Club joined us for this lovely morning. The roof was constructed at the compound.We had a very successful flag Day in Castlebar the following Saturday after our last paddle of the season and a week later Helen arranged for 32 of us to take part in a ‘sip and dip’ art evening with fab food from Mill lane. This was held upstairs in Bridge Street Bar, perfect venue for having a fun event
Sunday September 10th saw 29 members of the Club arrive at the beautiful Moorehall, where the group were split in 2 so as 1 half went on the walk to the House and the other half went out on the water of Lough Carra with the Castlebar Kayak Club. Muriel from Ballintubber Abbey gave a fantastic account of the Moore famiy history from the 1600s and fascinating it was too. All the group that were kayaking came off the water ecstatic with their experience so both groups were happy to swap around, for it all to be repeated and it proved again to be a big success with both groups. Maura had her car full of home baked goodies to ward off the munchies. The sun was out in full for the day despite the promise of rain, so the umbrellas managed to stay in the cars.
Many thanks to the Castlebar Kayak Club and Tara O Brien for all the instruction on the water. Many thanks to Sean Roberts, Gerry, Maura and Mary for the lend of their Kayaks. Many thanks to Muriel for her knowledge of the area, Maura for her lovely treats and to Teresa for her signs on the road , so as we didn’t get lost. Thanks to our social committee (Maura, Teresa and Helen) for organising a great day out and all the fab dragons that turned up and made it a very special team bonding event.