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 and have set up a dragon boat team 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

  • Farewell ‘Anna’…..and thank you!

    Saturday, 24th June was a poignant day for the Plurabelles, as we said goodbye to ‘Anna’ (our blue boat). We’ve had fun sessions -and very serious competitive races – in the ‘Anna’ boat over the past 7 years. She has served us well.

    We’re getting a new boat shortly, so it’s time to say goodbye to ‘Anna’ (though ‘Livia’ – our pink boat – is remaining). It was sad to see ‘Anna’ go, but we’re very happy that she has got a new home in Kilkenny with the Nore Dragon Paddlers. I’m sure that ‘Anna’ will give Nore Dragon Paddlers as much joy, as she gave us! Click here to see photos of the Plurabelles ensuring that ‘Anna’ looked at her very best for Nore Dragon Paddlers.

  • Fun Moments & Memories at Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta

    Let’s face it, it’s not every Sunday morning that the citizens of Carlow wake-up to discover that dragons have invaded their town! But that’s what happened on Sunday, 11th June, as hundreds of paddlers from all over Ireland converged on the town for the annual Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta.

    The Plurabelle Paddlers were well-represented at the event; by not one, but two teams (Plurabelle Paddlers and the Purebelles). There were some very competitive races and close finishes…. but there was still time between races to relax, catch up with friends and to enjoy the sun (when it shone!). You can view photos here. Well done to the IDBA who organised the event and to the Plurabelle team managers.

  • The Dragons Roar at Dublin Docklands Festival!

    The Plurabelles are very proud to train at the Grand Canal Dock….It’s definitely one of Dublin’s hidden gems! So, it was an honour to paddle at the Dublin Dockland’s Festival on 20th May (view photos). Thanks to Chris for excellent helming (despite a myriad of obstacles) and to Tara who spoke so well to the assembled crowd about Plurabelle Paddlers and the growing sport of Dragon Boat racing.

    As Tara said, if you’ve had Breast Cancer and fancy giving Dragon Boat racing a go, we’d love to hear from you. For those who have not had a breast cancer diagnosis and want to try out the sport, the Dublin Vikings also train at the Grand Canal Dock. Please check out Dublin Vikings on meetup.com

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