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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 80+ active members, a wonderful coach Julie Doyle and two dragon boats.

We train on the water twice a week during Spring and Summer months, 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 plus.
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

  • Fun in the sun at the Athy Dragon Boat Regatta!

    What an amazing day we had at the Athy Dragon Boat Regatta… What a showcase for this exciting sport! The sun shone brightly as the two Plurabelle teams participated in competitive and exciting races. Well done to the Florence Belles – our team heading to Florence – who came 2nd in the women’s category.

    But today wasn’t only about the silverware. It was also about catching up with old friends and making memories with new ones (including the many newbies who travelled to Athy to cheer on the team).
    Sitting on the bank of the river, watching the dragon boat racing as the sun shone…. it was just magic! View photos

  • AGM done. Tick!

    It’s been another busy year for the Plurabelle Paddlers, so there was lots to talk about at the AGM in the club house on Saturday, 21st April.

    As well as looking back, the Plurabelles we were also looking forward to what promises to be another exciting year for this vibrant club. Well done and thank you to Margaret, Susan, Margy, the other members of the committee and to the huge array of Plurabelles who do some much voluntary and unseen work for the club. Take a bow ladies!

  • Smiles at our Open Day

    Well, it’s not called a watersport for nothing! It was a wet introduction to dragon boat racing for the 20 or so newbies who braved the weather and arrived at the Grand Canal Dock earlier today for the open day training session. The session was arranged as a result of interest generated by our appearance on Operation Transformation earlier this year.

    The open day was a huge success. Not only did the newbies experience the exhilaration of dragon boat racing, but they also got to sample our famous hospitality in the clubhouse afterwards with coffee and lots of delicious cake (see photos of the day on our Pictures & Videos page).

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