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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Don’t forget to tune in to UTV Ireland on Thursday, 27th October at 7.30pm when Plurabelle Paddlers will be showing presenter, Bobby Kerr, how to paddle!
Bobby – who filmed the segment a few weeks ago at a Saturday morning training session – also chatted to some of our paddlers and found out for himself what makes the Plurabelles such a very special club. So, don’t forget to tune in (or set your recorder) – Thursday, 27th @7.30pm on UTV Ireland.
With the imposing cranes of Grand Canal Dock’s redevelopment acting as an eye-catching backdrop, local schools (CBS Westland Row and Ringsend College) did ‘battle’ in dragon boats under the expert eye of Plurabelle Paddler helms.
Our club has always sought to engage with the local community. The schools training session in mid-October was the latest local schools’ initiative undertaken by the Plurabelle Paddlers. View photos here.
The nights may be getting longer and the days shorter, but Plurabelle Paddlers’ won’t be hibernating. Our Winter Fitness programme is back. Paddlers should check out Teamer for details.