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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 80+ active members, a wonderful coach Julie Doyle and two dragon boats.

We train on the water twice a week during Spring and Summer months, 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 plus.
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

  • Torch of Hope

    Over the years, many Plurabelles have benefited from the extraordinary support offered by ARC Cancer Support. The Torch of Hope is more than a fundraiser, it’s an opportunity to show our appreciation to this wonderful Dublin-based voluntary organisation.

    So, thank you ARC from the Plurabelles… and well done to our representatives (who posed for photos with the Lord Mayor and also with Christy Dignam from the band Aslan – view photos). Have you no shame ladies?!

  • Magical Mayo!

    A huge thank you to Grainne Mhaol dragon boat club. The paddlers were amazing hosts to the Plurabelles who took a trip westward in early October.

    Lough Lannagh near Castebar, Co. Mayo, looked magical on a beautiful, sunny, autumn day as the Plurabelles joined members of Grainne Mhaol for a training session on the water. Simply stunning (view photos).

  • It’s a wrap! 2018 Dublin Hong Kong Dragon Boat Regatta

    There are some very sore and weary Plurabelles after the Dublin Hong Kong Dragon Boat Regatta. But while bodies may be wrecked; souls are singing!

    Memories of the weekend will stay with us forever. We made new friends, old friendships were rekindled and, of course, there were nail-biting races. There’s even talk that we may have done our fastest 400m – ever!

    What a fabulous occasion (view photos here). If the newbie Plurabelles weren’t hooked before, they certainly are now!

    We are so proud to be involved with this event, and to show-off the Grand Canal Dock to paddlers who come from near and far. We are also delighted to see the sport that we love so much, develop and thrive in Ireland. It was a lonely spot to be the first dragon boat racing club in the country, but now there are loads of clubs and some serious, serious competition!

    Congratulations to all the winners at this year’s regatta. You did great. We’re looking forward to next year already… bring it on!

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