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 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 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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The first training session of Team Ireland is Sat 8th March, see video below. We still have a few places available, email us on email@example.com .
After 3 months of winter fitness training we are back on the water Sat 1st March 2014. Coach is expecting us to hit the ground running (so to speak) as we prepare for our first competition of the season on the Easter weekend in Spain!
Congratulations to Orla Kaminska who was awarded the European Breast Cancer Conference Arts & Humanities Award 2014 in conjunction with the Europa Donna Ireland for her work on the Plurabelle Paddlers clubhouse mosaic. The award recognizes outstanding contribution to the arts/humanities in relation to the fight against breast cancer. Thanks to everyone who helped create our beautiful mosaic.