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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We share with you the very sad news that Fiona Tiernan died on Wednesday 6th August 2014. Fiona was the energy force behind the Plurabelles and an inspiration to all the current and future breast cancer dragon boat clubs in Ireland. She was one of the first people in Ireland to advocate for the promotion of exercise therapy to those who have been diagnosed with cancer. Her legacy lives on.
Entries are now open for the Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta which takes place 13th and 14th September 2914. No experience required. Click here for an entry form.
Thanks to the Sandymount Ladies Amateur Golf Society who are donating the proceeds of their annual charity outing to the Plurabelles. They still have some tee times available and BBQ tickets for the evening do. For more details click here.