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 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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Waterways Ireland held a beautiful turning the canals pink event with stunning pink love heart balloons along the Dublin canals and Grand Canal Dock. The event was to mark end of breast cancer awareness month in support of the Plurabelles and the Irish Cancer Society.
A big thank you to all our supporters during the IBCPC Dragon Boat Festival! Particularly Richard Yudin (Fyffes) and his wife Charisse, Fyffes generously sponsored all of Team Ireland’s additional transportation needs. Also Jack and Claudia Barnett for their hospitality.
The Plurabelles formed an all Ireland team which competed in the International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission 2014 Dragon Boat Festival in Florida last October . The team came a very respectable 29th overall and was the top european team.