Men's Taster session on a Dragon Boat MayMay 08 2022 10:30 UTCCarlow, Ireland

Come along and experience a Men's Taster Session on the Dragon Boat.

About this event

Taster Opportunity to participate in and experience a Men's Taster Session on the Dragon Boat.

Date: Sunday 8th May

Time: 10.30am

Venue: Carlow Town

The Irish Dragon Boat Association (IDBA) is the Governing Body of the sport of dragon boat racing in Ireland and is a member of the International Dragon Boat Federation. It was set up formerly in October 2010.

The IDBA is responsible for all aspects of the sport from community development to managing Irish teams racing abroad. Their mission is for dragon boating to become a mass-participation sport throughout the whole 32 counties of Ireland.

What to wear: Lycra leggings/jog pants, thermal top, waterproof rain jacket, woolie hat, soft-soled shoes e.g. trainers. NO JEANS.

Any queries or questions contact: or Emma at 087 9601135

What is Dragon Boating?

A brief history of the sport - The sport originates over 2000 years ago in China.

Legend has it that the government of the Kingdom of Chu was a corrupt one, and after jealous rivals falsely accused him of treason, a well-loved statesman, warrior and poet, ‘Qu Yuan’ (pronounced ChuYwan), was banished. In despair and, perhaps as a final act of protest against the government, he threw himself into the Mi Lo River and drowned. The Chinese people have never forgotten this desperate heroic act and when fishermen raced their boats to recover his body before it could be devoured by fish (beating drums and throwing rice dumplings into the river to distract them) they founded a tradition that continues to this day.

Each year, on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month (usually June) crews of paddlers, re-enact that frantic rush to save Qu Yuan, by powering long narrow boats with the ferocious heads of dragons mounted on the prow through the water, to the frenzied, rhythmic beating of drums. It is not known how the dragon boat prow came into being, but it is thought that over the years, they were added to ward off evil water spirits.

This probably arose because the combination of the 5th lunar numbers is thought to be a bad omen and dragon boat races held, at this time, would ward off evil spirits; protect the health of the people and ensure a good crop each year.

• In China the sport is as popular as say football and soccer is in Ireland.

• Irish Dragon Boat Association is the National Governing Body and was formally set up in October 2010.

• European Dragon Boat Federation / International Dragon Boat Federation.

What is a Dragon Boat?

• 40-foot-long boat, 3 feet wide which holds 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a helm.

• The boat weighs in excess of 250Kg.

• At top level the boats can travel of speeds of up to 4 - 5m / second which equates to circa 2mins for a 500m race distance.


Time to join in and experience a new sport and perhaps join the Carlow Dragon Boat Club and learn the skill of paddling.

  • Carlow Dragon Boat Club
    Organizer of Men's Taster session on a Dragon Boat
    Established in 2013, the Carlow Dragon Boat Club is a dragon boat club based in Carlow Town, Ireland. Membership of the club is open to women, men and juniors aged 16+. Currently the club has over 45 members who are from Carlow and its surrounding areas. Carlow Dragon Boat Club are members of the Irish Dragon Boat Association, the governing body for the sport in Ireland. ​ The objects of the Carlow Dragon Boat Club are: ​To promote and interest in dragon boat racing and maintain its traditions To allow the sport to be open to all by encouraging participation from Juniors (16+ accompanied by a guardian), men and women To encourage a high standard of participation in the sport, through the formation of crews and by racing dragon boats To offer practical assistance to members by obtaining training facilities, equipment, technical and other information To promote wellness, fitness, fun and camaraderie for all participants To raise awareness about lifestyle and health management and to promote the health gains in relation to the sport To support the objectives and aims of the Irish Dragon Boat Racing Association (IDBA) as the sport's governing body ​
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