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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 60+ active members, a wonderful coach Julie Doyle and two 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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News & Events

  • LMFM interview

    Did you hear the Plurabelle Paddlers (and Plurabelle, Gina) being mentioned in an interview on the LMFM Mid-Morning Show (on Friday, 15 September)? The interview between LMFM’s Daire Nelson and Roisin Lyons of Lyons Financial Services in Dunboyne can be heard here (go to 23 minutes). The Dunboyne-based company have recently won a nationwide workplace fitness competition (and experienced the excitement of a dragon boat regatta in the process!). Bet they’re now hooked!

  • Memories of the 2017 Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta

    It was a wonderful weekend of racing (& fun!) at the Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta.
    Thanks to Karen Byrne for the fabulous photos (view here), and to the hard-working organisers and paddlers for making the weekend such a great success. Visit YouTube for IDBA drone footage of the weekend (or use this link).

    We’ve rekindled old friendships this weekend and made many new friends. Hope to see you in Florence in 2018 or at the dock when we do all again next year…can’t wait!

  • We WON!

    Guess what? We won!
    Congratulations to the Plurabelle Paddlers team who WON the Breast Cancer category in the Hong Kong Dublin Dragon Boat regatta. Congratulations ladies….You were fierce!
    (well done also to the Purebelles who missed out on a place in the final by just a fraction of a second… it was so close ladies, you did brill)
    Enjoy the regatta party ladies… You deserve it! (Though, don’t forget that some of you are racing in day two of the regatta!)

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