Press Release – Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta 2013

Annual Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta 2013 a Super Success 

Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock was home to its 3rd annual international dragon boat regatta on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September.  The event was a super success thanks to the generous support of lead sponsor, Waterways Ireland, and the brilliant organisation and passion of joint hosts, the Irish Dragon Boat Association and Plurabelle Paddlers.

Ifty Finn from Waterways Ireland said “It’s wonderful to have a full house at our Visitor Centre this weekend.  The amount of interest shown by paddlers, supporters and just passers-by who have found themselves enveloped in the atmosphere around the loading and unloading of dragon boats at our pontoon is fantastic.  We hope to have many of these people back to visit during the year ahead as we will be involved in multiple events happening in and around the Grand Canal Dock.”

The event attracted 60 teams including international teams from Dubai, Italy and England as well as novice teams from Ireland.  There were those who paddle professionally, those who have paddled for fun before and those who were paddling for the very first time.  Home teams came from all walks of life such as large corporates like Aegon Ireland, Google and LinkedIn to canoe clubs to gyms to football clubs to schools to local pubs to charities to the Irish Prison Service to St. Vincent’s and the Coombe hospitals to boats of friends and family members, with paddlers aged from 8 to 80 years!  Many teams used the event as an opportunity to raise funds for charity and the teams that raised the most money were Aegon Ireland and Matheson Solicitors.

Julie Doyle from the Irish Dragon Boat Association said “We were delighted to have such an eclectic mix of teams and it is very encouraging to see the extra efforts that so many went to in terms of fancy dress and commitment to the ‘having fun’ cause!  The fiery nature of many of the dragon boaters was evident as they paddled ferociously to gain the coveted dragon trophies in their particular category.  The ultimate ‘Squidgy Dragon’ award went to a great new home in the hands of Captain Smiley & the Wet Dreams Sailor Boys!”

Saturday’s racing also contained a breast cancer category, which saw the Dublin based Plurabelle Paddlers take 1st and 3rd places beating breast cancer teams from England and Italy.  Fiona Tiernan, founder of the Plurabelle Paddlers said “All our training paid off and the results for the Plurabelles was well deserved.  We didn’t just win but we improved our 2012 times by 4/5 seconds!”

Following the breast cancer category race, the breast cancer teams created a flower ceremony flotilla to recognise family and friends who have lost their battle with cancer.  Fiona Tiernan said some poignant words followed by a minutes silence and then all paddlers and spectators throw a delicate pink flower onto the water in memory of those gone before us.

Sunday’s paddling brought a tough challenge from Mother Nature but it didn’t dampen spirits! Officials worked hard to enable paddling to continue in very stormy conditions.  The paddlers showed great trust in their helms who managed to keep all boats upright and get over the finish line in one piece, though heart rates were definitely higher than they should have been.  The Dubai Marlins certainly learned a new style of paddling as Ireland didn’t disappoint with displaying extremes of weather across the two days.

The event was a terrific success with many teams vowing to return again next year. Though for those based in Ireland, why wait until September 2014 as there are breast cancer and regular dragon boat teams across Ireland ready to welcome new recruits. More information is available at or

For more information please contact:  

Julie Doyle, Chairman, Irish Dragon Boat Association –


1. Dubai Marlins at the ready…….

2. Dubai Marlins going for home….

3. Europa Donna Demons with winning grins


Notes to Editor

Note1: Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta Results

Results – Saturday, 14th Sept. 2013

International Challenge – 200m

1st – Dubai Marlins (Dubai Dragon Boat Racing Club)

2nd – GB Slayers  (English Dragon Boat Racing Club)

3rd – Plurabelle Paddlers (Irish Dragon Boat Racing Club)

Novice Challenge – 200m

1st – Google B

2nd – Boten Anna (Google)

3rd – Dublin Vikings (Irish Dragon Boat Racing Club)

Breast Cancer Survivors Challenge – 200m

1st – Plurabelle Paddlers (Irish Dragon Boat Racing Club)

2nd – Paddlers for Life (English Dragon Boat Racing Club)

3rd – Pure Belles (Irish Dragon Boat Racing Club)

Team Raised Most Money For Charity – ‘In First Plaice’ (Aegon Ireland Plc)

Best Fancy Dressed Team – Poseidon’s Daughters (Friends & Family)

Squidgy Dragon Award – Captain Smiley & The Wet Dreams (Friends & Family)

Results – Sunday, 15th Sept 2013

International Challenge – 400m

1st – Dubai Marlins

2nd – GB Slayers

3rd – Plurabelle Paddlers

Novice Challenge – 200m

1st – Barrowline Cromaboo (Barrowline Watersports Club)

2nd – The Suir Tings (Suir Dragon Paddlers Club)

3rd – The Knock (Castleknock College)

Under 18’s Challenge – 200m

1st – M&Ms (Muckross Park College & St. Michael’s College 5th Year Students)

2nd – Castleknock College

3rd – The Green Machine (Muckross Park College TY Students)

Breast Cancer Survivor’s Challenge – 400m

1st – Plurabelle Paddlers

2nd – Italian Pink Sisters (Italian Dragon Boat Racing Club)

3rd – Paddlers for Life

Team Raised Most Money for Charity – The Gongoozlers (Matheson Solicitors)

Best Fancy Dressed Team – Liquorice Allsorts (Friends & Family)

Squidgy Dragon Award – Paddlers for Life


3rd International Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta

With only a few days left to the start of our 3rd International Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta, the excitement is hotting up.

We extend a very warm welcome to the six international crews from Dubai, Italy and the United Kingdom and our IDBF international officials from the Netherlands and the United Kingdom who will be arriving on our shores over the next few days. We hope that you will enjoy your stay and appreciate the generous Irish hospitality.

We would also like to thank our Lead Sponsor Waterways Ireland who as always is very generous with allowing us the use of Grand Canal Dock and the Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre for us to run the regatta, as well as providing some of the contents of our goody bags for the international competitors.

We now look forward to seeing some great racing over the weekend, so pop along and watch the crews in action.

Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta – Sunday, 15th September 2013 – Race Programme

All information for the Sunday race programme has now been sent to the Crew Managers. In summary timings are as follows:

Crew Manager’s Meeting – 08.45hrs

Crew Briefings Commence – 09.00hrs

First Race – 10.00hrs

Last Race – 16.40hrs

Prize Giving – 17.00hrs

PLEASE NOTE, FlightFest will be happening over the River Liffey just across from Grand Canal Dock and there will be road closures from 06.00hrs to 19.00hrs on the following roads.

North Wall Quay 06.00hrs to 19.00hrs

Custom House Quay 06.00hrs to 19.00hrs

Georges Quay O6.00hrs to 19.00hrs

City Quay 06.00hrs to 19.00hrs

Sir John Rogerson’s Quay 06.00hrs to 19.00hrs

Please visit for further details.

Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta – Saturday, 14th Sept. Race Programme

Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta – Saturday, 14th September 2013 – Event Details & Race Programme.

All information for the Saturday race programme has now been sent to the Crew Managers. In summary timings are as follows:

Crew Manager’s Meeting – 08.45hrs

Crew Briefings Commence – 09.00hrs

First Race – 10.00hrs

Last Race – 17.40hrs

Prize Giving – 18.00hrs

Plurabelle Paddlers Party – 20.30hrs – 01.00hrs

FREE “Come & Try It” Session, Carlow Town Park – Sunday, 8th September 2013

We have arranged a FREE dragon boat “Come & Try It” Session in Carlow Town Park, Carlow on Sunday, 8th September 2013 between 10.00hrs – 12.00hrs for anyone wishing to be part of a new dragon boat club to be based in Carlow. It is our intention to have a standard dragon boat team and a Breast Cancer Survivor’s team as part of the Carlow Dragon Boat Club.

If you are 16+ years old and are interested in being part of the new club just rock up and we will give you a spin in the boats. We will also have members from Plurabelle Paddlers, Ireland’s first Breast Cancer Survivor’s Club on hand to help out and tell you about their own experiences and benefits of the sport.

Please note, there will be no changing facilities available in the park and it is advisable to wear sports type clothing and soft soled shoes.

Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta 2013

The race programme is now FULL for Saturday, 14th September 2013, but if you would still like to enter the regatta we have a few slots available for Sunday, 15th September 2013. Email asap to book you slot.