It was a Wet, not Windy, nearly Warm, definitely Wonderful a.m. on the water

It was a Wet, not Windy, nearly Warm, definitely Wonderful a.m. on the water

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.

Strength And Conditioning Classes with Paddy Flannelly

Strength And Conditioning Classes with Paddy Flannelly

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

AGM 2024

                     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

Tara participates on Crew Helming Course

Last part of the season from September to November

Last part of the season from September to November

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

Sip and Dip

Sip and Dip

Superb evening on Friday November 17th, Bridge St Bar, Castlebar, 7pm till late!

For our end of year get together we are organising a ‘Sip and Dip’ upstairs in Bridge St bar, Castlebar, followed by some finger food, drinks and mingling 😊

A 90-minute themed painting party guided and instructed by a professional artist between 7pm and 8.30pm/9pm. We will decide on the theme to paint on the day.

Easels, aprons, brushes and paints are supplied and a canvas each to take home with your masterpiece. It’s just for a bit of fun, so don’t worry if you can’t paint like Picasso 🎨 I can’t either 😅

€20 per person includes all supplies and food and you may buy your own drinks in the bar throughout the evening.

Thanks, Helen

A big thanks to the artists Tina & Susan from Susan Malone SMart Art School, Cavendish Lane and also to Declan in the Bridge Street Bar.

See photos of after the evening. Click below

Committee & Helm’s end of year night out

Committee & Helm’s end of year night out

Mayo Dragons, Committee and Helms meet up at end of 2023 for a meal in the House of Plates.

One of the benefits of being on the committee or being a helm, nudge nudge, wink wink 😁   We had a fab night in House of Plates.

All volunteers and helpers welcome in 2024.

Committee members Marie, Catherine and Kay

Marie, Catherine and Kay in The Bridge at the end of the Committee / Helms night out.

Vivienne, Catherine and Kay finish up the night in the Bridge bar.