Dragon spirit

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Áilín Quin­lan

More than 100 women par­tic­i­pated in a spec­tac­u­lar Dragonboat Re­gatta along the River Lee to raise aware­ness of breast can­cer.

More than 100 women par­tic­i­pated in a spec­tac­u­lar Dragonboat Re­gatta along the River Lee as part of a drive to raise aware­ness of breast can­cer and show that pa­tients can go on to lead full and healthy lives fol­low­ing a can­cer di­ag­no­sis.

The colour­ful event which in­volved Dragonboat teams from Cork, Lim­er­ick, Shan­non and Water­ford was presided over by deputy Lord Mayor Kieran McCarthy at Lapps’ Quay.

Be­gin­ning at noon, the drag­onboats, each car­ry­ing an 18mem­ber crew — 16 pad­dlers, a drum­mer and a helms­man or helmswoman — set off from the start­ing point at Port of Cork pad­dling around 500 me­tres up­river to the Clay­ton Pon­toon, care­fully su­per­vised by vol­un­teers in two safety boats.

Dur­ing the re­gatta, the club’s sec­ond such event, a spe­cial re­mem­brance cer- emony was held to re­mem­ber friends, team-mates and fam­ily mem­bers who had passed away as a re­sult of can­cer.

Flow­ers were strewn on the wa­ters of the Lee as Cork Dragonboat mem­ber, Linda Quin­lan sang “Some­where over the Rain­bow”.

“The re­gatta was about rais­ing aware­ness of breast can­cer and about show­ing how breast can­cer sur­vivors are com­ing to­gether to live life to the full,” said Caro­line War­ren, trea­surer and founder mem­ber of the Cork Dragonboat Club.

Es­tab­lished in 2012, the club meets at Lapps Quay ev­ery Tues­day night at 6pm to pad­dle on the River Lee.

It boasts about 50 ac­tive mem­bers drawn from all over the city and county sup­ported by an army of en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teers.

“Our whole premise is that you can have a full and healthy life fol­low­ing can­cer di­ag­no­sis,” ex­plains Caro­line, who has sur­vived breast can­cer and leukaemia:

“We are all about pro­mot­ing Cork and see­ing the city from the per­spec­tive of the River Lee.

“The group is es­sen­tially a can­cer sup­port group on the wa­ter,” she said, adding that the club, which boasts 50 ac­tive mem­bers and an army of com­mit­ted vol­un­teers of­ten brings in­ter­ested or­gan­i­sa­tions onto the Lee in team­build­ing ex­er­cises.

Ten mem­bers of the highly ac­tive and suc­cess­ful Cork club will be among the Wild At­lantic War­rior dragonboat team which will travel next July to the Ital­ian city of Florence to com­pete in the 2018 In­ter­na­tional Breast Can­cer Cham­pi­onship.

“We’re al­ready train­ing hard for this event,” she re­veals.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the Cork Dragonboat Club call 087-9375193, visit cork­drag­ons.ie or find Cork Drag­ons on Face­book

Pic­ture Dan Line­han

Mem­bers of the Cork Drag­ons who took part at the sec­ond an­nual Cork Regels Dragon boat­ing Re­gatta at Lapp’s Quay, Cork.

Pic­ture Dan Line­han

The Water­ford Dragon team in ac­tion at the sec­ond an­nual Cork Regels Dragon boat­ing Re­gatta at Lapp’s Quay, Cork.

Pic­ture Dan Line­han

Mem­bers of the Shan­non Drag­ons who took part at the sec­ond an­nual Cork Regels Dragon boat­ing Re­gatta at Lapp’s Quay, Cork.

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