Press Release – Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta 2018

Join the Dragons at the

Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta

 Although it is still relatively unknown in Ireland, over 50 million people from 84 nations participate in dragon boat racing every year and you too will be able to experience the excitement of an ancient Chinese sport which dates back over 2,000 years.

The Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta takes place on Sunday, 10th June 2018 on the River Barrow with the athletes village based in the picturesque Carlow Town Park. Once again supported by Waterways Ireland, the event will see 320 competitors battle it out to find the fastest women’s, open and under 18s teams. This year teams will come from as far afield as Belfast and Cork as well as the more local areas of Carlow and nearby Athy.

Speaking of the event, Julie Doyle, Chairman of the IDBA, said: “Dragon boat racing is such a sociable sport and it’s great fun. A lot of teams started as a team-building experience with their companies and organisations, but many now have formed clubs and the standard of the sport is rising year on year”.

Races at the regatta will be run over 200 metres for the under 18s and 500 metre distances for the adults. Racing will run from 10.50hrs – 16.45hrs.


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


Further Information

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


Athy Dragon Boat Regatta 2018 – Results

The sun shone and the teams raced hard yesterday at the Athy Dragon Boat Regatta 2018. In all 360 competitors took part in the event with strong fields in both the women’s and U18s racing categories. The full results follow. Athy DBR 2018 – Results

Athy Dragon Boat Regatta – Sunday, 6th May 2018

The Event Details and Race Programme for the Athy Dragon Boat Regatta can be found here. Athy Race Programme – 18 Boats 2018

Irish Senior Women’s Dragon Boat Team 2018 Announcement

We are pleased to announce that the Irish Senior Women’s Dragon Boat Team 2018 will be made up of the following women from Carlow Dragons, Dublin Vikings, Plurabelle Paddlers and Shannon Dragons:

Evelyn Cronly, Ciara O’Donnell
Fiona McKeon, Dympna Watson
Jane Tynan, Elaine Rowe
Lorraine Leonard, Fiona Burke
Marian O’Dea, Grace James
Mary Foley, Ifty Finn
Rosemary Phelan, Julie Doyle
Susan Rowe, Margaret Doyle
Valerie McDonagh, Margaret Kehoe
Veronica Gordon, Orla McFarland

Helm: Valerie Robinson

Drummer: Frances Lee

Coach: Mick Doyle

Team Manager: Niamh Nolan

Team Physio: Catherine Sheehan

We wish the team the best of luck at the EDBF European Nations Championships in Germany in August.


Notification of 4th Annual Meeting of the Irish Dragon Boat Association Ltd.

Please be advised that the 4th Annual General Meeting of the Irish Dragon Boat Association Limited will be held on Saturday, 19th May 2018 at 11.00hrs in Waterways Ireland Visitor’s Centre, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin. The formal notification can be found here.1004 – AGM Notification

Athy DBR & Barrow DBR – Now Open for Entries!

We are now open for entries for:

Athy Dragon Boat Regatta – Sunday, 6th May 2018. You can find the entry form here. Entry Form 2018 – Athy

Barrow Dragon Boat Regatta – Sunday, 10th June 2018. You can find the entry form here. Entry Form 2018 – Barrow

Dublin Hong Kong Dragon Boat Regatta 2018 – Bulletin No. 1

Dublin Hong Kong Dragon Boat Regatta  – 15th & 16th September 2018.

Please find Bulletin no. 1 and the Entry Form 2018 – Dublin Internationals. These details are for the International crew entries only and not for the domestic Irish teams.

Dragon Boating – Not just for girls!!!

Although not always portrayed by the media, dragon boating is open to all – Men, women, young, old and non-breast cancer survivors as well as breast cancer survivors. If you cannot find what you are looking for feel free to email us at

Latest IDBA Newsletter Out Now!

Please find attached our latest IDBA newsletter – Edition 13. Newsletter – January 2018

IDBA Membership 2018 Now Due

It is that time of year again when IDBA Club/Associate/Individual Membership is due. Follow the “Membership” tab which will take you to the relevant forms.