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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It’s official; when it comes to dragon boat racing, the Irish are a force to be reckoned with!
We’re so proud of the Plurabelles who competed with the Irish Senior Women’s Dragon Boat Team at the European Championships in Rome at the end of July. The Silver (200m) and Bronze medals (2000m) – plus a very close 4th place in the 500m – are a testament to the sheer hard work, commitment and sacrifices made by each and every paddler. Well done ladies, we are so very proud of you!
The sun made an appearance (along with the Dock’s swans and their cute little cygnets) to welcome new paddlers for our latest Try-it-Out session on Wednesday 15th June.
It was a wonderful evening and the dock looked at its very best. It seems that the new paddlers are now hooked on dragon boat racing (and maybe the coffee and homemade cake in the clubhouse afterwards helped!)
If you missed the Try-it-Out session, don’t worry. We welcome new paddlers all year round. What to find out more? You can listen to Eithne and Celine on Near FM, read the News Four article on the club, or view this great short film by students of Griffith College. So, if you’ve had breast cancer (whether you’re female or male) and want to try a new adventure and to get fit following treatment, simply drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the Plurabelles who have secured 1st place in the Breast Cancer category at the Barrow Regatta in Carlow. But it wasn’t only in the Breast Cancer category that the Plurabelles excelled. In the overall regatta standings, we were the third placed team! (view photos) What a weekend for the club!