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