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 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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Two boats, 40 paddlers, 6 newcomers…and glorious sunshine! Thanks so much to all those who turned up to our ‘Try it Out’ session (view photos). We hope the newbies enjoyed their first taste of paddling and that we see you back on the boat very shortly! If you’ve had breast cancer and missed the ‘Try it Out’ session, don’t worry! We welcome new paddlers all year round. Simply drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Well done to the Plurabelles who have been selected for the Irish Senior Women’s Dragon Boat Team. The team will compete in the 12th EDBF European Nations Championships in Rome this July. The competitive selection process was demanding, but the Plurabelles did us proud. Well done ladies, you’re winners already!
Want to know more about Plurabelle Paddlers? Look at this fantastic short film by the students of Griffith College. It captures the fun and friendship of Plurabelles! If you’ve had breast cancer and want to embark on a new adventure, email us on: email@example.com