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 (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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The sun shone and the Grand Canal Dock was looking at its very best for our ‘Try it Out’ session on the 12th August. Thank you to all those who turned up – we hope you had fun! (View photos). If you missed the Try it Out session, don’t worry. We welcome new members all-year round. Simply phone us on (087) 468 6662 or drop us an email to email@example.com. Want to know more? View new members recruitment leaflet or listen to a podcast of a Near FM interview with Anne and Ciara from Plurabelle Paddlers.
This year’s regatta takes place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September. Registrations are now open for the colourful two-day event. For more info, visit www.dragonboat.ie
18th April 2015: Thanks to all our families and friends who joined us for the unveiling of our memorial bench and our 5th birthday party celebration!