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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Congratulations to the Plurabelles (& the Purebelles) who won Gold & Bronze in the hotly-contested Breast Cancer category (200m) at the Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta. Well done ladies!
View photos to get just a sample of the fantastic atmosphere of the Regatta (Photos courtesy of Irish Dragon Boat Association and Plurabelle Paddlers Facebook pages)
Everyone at Plurabelle Paddlers is VERY excited about this weekend’s regatta (10th & 11th September 2016). We can’t wait to welcome new and old friends to Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock. Safe travels to all who are travelling from near and far to race at the Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat regatta. The event, which is in its 6th year, is co-hosted by Plurabelle Paddlers and the IDBA. To keep up-to-date on the event, follow the Plurabelle Paddlers Facebook page or on Twitter (@dragonboatie).
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!