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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 60+ active members, a wonderful coach Julie Doyle and two 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

  • Activity Goals After Cancer Treatment

    Did you see the mention of Plurabelle Paddlers in the Irish Independent article on activity goals after cancer treatment? You can check out the article here.

    Why not give paddling a go? We’re always welcoming new paddlers who have experienced breast cancer and, best of all, you don’t need any previous experience. Find out more

  • Two Silvers and a Bronze at the Europeans!

    Well, we may be over our baggage allowance with the weight of the medals we’re bringing back from France!

    A huge congratulations to the Plurabelle Team who competed in the senior category at the European Crew Championships in Divonne Les Bains, France in July.

    Two silver medals (2000m and 500m) and a bronze medal (200m) showed the whole of Europe that a breast cancer diagnosis could possibly be the start of a whole new sporting adventure! We’re so proud of you ladies, and congrats to the Carlow Dragons on their medal successes too! View photos

  • Western Hospitality!

    Thank you to the Grainne Mhaol Dragon Boat Club in Castlebar who were such wonderful hosts to the team of Plurabelles who, at the end of July, travelled west for a bit of a paddle (0k, and a couple of good night’s out too!). Thank you!

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