The Plurabelle Paddlers is a dragon boat team based in the Grand Canal Dock in Dublin, Ireland. The team members have one thing in common, they have been diagnosed with breast cancer .  We have set up a dragon boat team (think Hawaii Five-0) to:
– get fit
– enjoy the mutual support of team mates
– raise awareness of breast cancer.
We were all new to the sport and are inspired by the 150 or so breast cancer dragon boat teams worldwide. Why dragon boats? >>

We are the first dragon boat team in Ireland. The team was set up by Fiona Tiernan, in order to keep fit after a recurrence of breast cancer. From a membership of 2 and no boat in 2010, we now have 60+ active members, a wonderful coach Julie Doyle and 2 dragon boats.

We train on the water twice a week from March to November, and once a week during the rest of the year (view map – you can click on the map to enlarge it) and have members aged from early 30′s to 70+.
The other thing we all have in common is that we were all new to the sport of dragon boat racing.

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News & Events

  • We did it! Plurabelle Paddlers make the short list!

    Brilliant news in yesterday’s Irish Times – Plurabelle Paddlers have made the short list in the competition to find Ireland’s Best Sports Club.  The winner will be revealed in mid-June (so, fingers crossed!)

  • It’s Gold for the Plurabelles in Florence!

    Well done to the Plurabelle Paddlers who have won GOLD in 200m category at The Florence Dragon Boat Pink Meeting. Proud of you, ladies! View photos

  • Our next Try it Out session!

    Two boats, 40 paddlers, 6 newcomers…& glorious sunshine!  Thanks so much to all those who turned up to our ‘Try it Out’ session in April (view photos).

    The good news for those who missed the session, is that we’re doing it all again on Wed. 15th June @6.30pm! So, if you’ve had breast cancer and want to get fit following treatment, please email us at newmembers@plurabellepaddlers.com & come along to the Grand Canal Dock on the 15th. If you can’t make it on the 15th, don’t worry. We accept new members at any time of the year. Just email us and let us know that you’re interested. What to find out more? View this short film by students of Griffith College

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