Press Release – Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta

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Registrations Now Open for the Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta 

Friday, 27th June 2014:

It’s the second largest sport in the world with over 50 million people from 76 nations participating annually and for two days this September you too will be able to experience the excitement of dragon boat racing.

Registration is now open for the for the annual Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta which takes place on Saturday, 13th and Sunday, 14th September 2014 in Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock. Entries for the two-day event, which is sponsored by Waterways Ireland, are being accepted on a first come, first served basis. Members of the public are being reminded to register their team now (see to avoid disappointment and to join the hundreds of paddlers from Ireland and abroad who will be competing at the event. The regatta is co-hosted by the Irish Dragon Boat Association (IDBA) and the Plurabelle Paddlers.

“Dragon boat racing is the world’s fastest growing watersport, and it’s easy to see why,” says Julie Doyle, Chairman of the IDBA. “As a sport it is not only competitive; but it is also very sociable and great fun too. What’s more, no experience is required and the competition is open to people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels. So, there’s no excuse not to give it a go!”

According to Ms. Doyle, dragon boat racing is also a fantastic team-building activity and has proven popular with the corporate and community sectors in Ireland and abroad.

“Last year’s Dublin regatta saw corporate teams representing companies of all sizes – from small local businesses to large multinationals. This year, the event will include the ‘Go for IT’ race specifically for technology companies, many of whom are located near the Grand Canal Dock.”

The races, which will be run over 200 metres and 400 metre distances, will also include Under 18s and International categories, with teams travelling from the UK and Germany already registered and those from as far afield as Dubai and Trinidad and Tobago hoping to participate in the colourful two-day event.

A Breast Cancer category looks set to feature many of the growing number of teams from around the country, including Ireland’s first dragon boat team – Plurabelle Paddlers – which trains at the Grand Canal Dock and will be co-hosting the regatta with the IDBA.

Speaking of the event, Fiona Tiernan, founder of Plurabelle Padders, says, “We really enjoy co-hosting the Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta and welcome both novice and experienced teams to our training ground. It’s set to be a hectic, but fun couple of days and we love when work colleagues, school friends, and extended families enter a team and get involved. You can raise funds for any chosen charity or even turn up in fancy dress; we have a prize for the wackiest team outfit!”

“If you’re not competing, we’d be delighted to see members of the public drop by the Grand Canal Dock on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September to experience the unique atmosphere, cheer on the teams and witness some wonderful dragon boat racing. So, put it in your diary!”

Dragon boat teams for the regatta will consist of 16 to 20 people, along with a drummer. Each team will be supplied with an experienced helms person for their race. Entry fees per team for the two-day event cost €425 (adults) or €255 (under 18s).

Proceeds from the event will go towards Plurabelle Paddlers and to the development of dragon boat racing in Ireland.

For further information on the event and on the sport of dragon boat racing, visit, or email

For further information on the Plurabelle Paddlers, visit


Further Information

Julie Doyle, Chairman, IDBA, tel: (059) 916 1685/ (085) 7422902

Paddler’s Workshop – Thursday, 26th June 2014

We have ONE slot left on the Paddler’s Workshop this Thursday, 26th June 2014. If you want it email The course is being run in Rathvilly, Co. Carlow and costs €30.00.

Athy Dragon Boat Regatta on Irish TV – 21st June 2014

The Athy Dragon Boat Regatta 2014 will be aired on Irish TV’s, County Matters Kildare on Saturday, 21st June 2014 at 20.00hrs on SKY 191, Eircom E Visions and Freesat 400 worldwide. It is on all Sky boxes, even free to air ones. It can also be watched live on

Note the regatta will be first up so make sure you tune in early!

Paddler’s Workshop – 26th June 2014

We have a few places left on the half day Paddler’s Workshop next Thursday, 26th June 2014 (09.15hrs to 13.30hrs). The workshop allows us to work with you on a one to one basis and analyse your technique on the paddle machine using the latest technology. We will also teach you how you can make your boat go fast. Cost €30/head. Email for further information.

Results – Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta 2014

Please find attached the results from the Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta. Barrow DBR Results 2014

Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta – Sunday, 15th June 2014

Carlow Town Park, Graiguecullen, Carlow

Crew Manager’s Meeting – 10.00hrs

First Race – 11.00hrs

Last Race – 15.30hrs

Prize Giving – 15.45hrs

See you all there!

Enter Now for the Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta

We are now open for domestic entries in the Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta – Sat, 13th & Sun, 14th September 2014. Entry Form – Dublin14

As well as the normal novice and international categories:

Saturday, 13th September 2014 will also have the “GO FOR IT” Challenge for IT companies & the Breast Cancer Survivors Challenge & Sunday, 14th September 2014 will have the Under 18’s Challenge.

Please can you ensure that the entry form and payment are received in plenty of time as this year we will NOT be able to accommodate those entries which are submitted after the closing date of 29th August 2014. If payments are made electronically please ensure they are referenced by the team name.

From the interest we have had to date this looks to be our biggest event so far!

Race Programme – Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta – Sunday, 15th June 2014

The Race Programme for the Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta on Sunday, 15th June 2014 has now been forwarded to all Crew Managers and a full copy can be found here. Race Programme
Crew Managers Meeting – 10.00 hrs (sharp)
Crew Briefings Commence – 10.15 hrs
First Race – 11.00 hrs
Last Race – 15.30 hrs
Prize Giving  – 15.45 hrs


We look forward to a good days racing on Sunday.

Hot Off The Press!

The Athy Dragon Boat Regatta will be airing on Irish TV – SKY 191 – County Matter Kildare on Saturday, 21st June 2014 at 8pm.

Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta – Race Programme

The Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta Race Programme will be issued to all Team Managers on Monday, 9th June 2014 and will be available to download from the website.

We still have space in the regatta programme so if you would still like to enter a team, please get in touch asap – info@dragonboat,ie.

Our regattas provide a fun filled day of entertainment and are great as a team building activity for existing sports clubs and businesses.