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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The Plurabelle Paddlers won the BCS category in this years Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta held 13th-14th September 2014. Other winners were A-Team from Dubai (International 200m and 400m), Castleknock College (U18′s), Kendra and Suir Tings (Novoice 200m challenge) Saturday and Sunday respectively.
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 exercise as a therapy for those who have been diagnosed with cancer. Her legacy lives on.
The next training session of Team Ireland takes place Saturday 10th May 2014 in Clonmel. For more information email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our video.