Enter the dragon boat - regatta a hit despite the rain
The International Dragon Boat Regatta roared to life in Dublin yesterday despite the damp and dreary weather conditions.
While spells of heavy rain lashed much of the country yesterday, drier weather is expected in most parts of Ireland by this evening.
At the regatta in the Grand Canal Basin, some 1,150 competitors took part in the international two-day event.
Each colourful long boat crew consisted of 20 paddlers, one drummer, one helm person, and a number of reserves.
Forty-six crews from around Ireland took part, along with crews from the US, Tasmania, Italy, Germany and the UK. The 400-metre race was won by the Edeakan crew from Germany and the 200-metre race was won by the Easy Dragon team from London. Seven crews consisting of women diagnosed with breast cancer competed in a 200-metre race and the victors were local team the Plurabelle Paddlers.
"It was a very successful event," said Julie Doyle, chairwoman of the Irish Dragon Boat Association.
The rainy afternoon gave way to a couple of hours of glorious sunshine in Dublin in the evening. Met Eireann said the worst of the rainfall over the weekend was in the Mid West and South West.
Widespread rain this morning was expected to give way to drier conditions later. In Dublin, the weather will be mainly dry and mild.
Wednesday will be "fairly good" in the capital, but there will be a risk of a spell of heavy rain in the South and East on Wednesday.