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National Lottery Good Causes Awards

E-Mail from The National Lottery

I am delighted to inform you that the Bowling League of Ireland is eligible to enter the National Lottery Good Causes Awards through receiving funding via Sport Ireland. These grants are part funded by National Lottery proceeds.

Now in its third year, National Lottery Good Causes Awards are open to all community and voluntary groups and organisations like yours making an incredible difference in communities with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding.

All sports organisations, groups and projects who received grants between 2014-2019 are eligible to apply for this year’s competition under the Sports category.  Applications for the Awards are now open (closing date Friday October 9th, 5pm)  and you can enter at Here you will also find full details of the competition including the rules and T&C’s.

The competition will have two rounds of judging from which a total of 36 organisations will go forward to the national final. This will culminate in an awards luncheon in the Mansion House, Dublin on Saturday 20th February 2021 (in strict adherence to Government health guidelines with regard to COVID-19).

The Sports category winner will receive €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year, which will be one of the seven category winners, will receive an additional €25,000.

Should you require any additional information please do not hesitate to contact me on 087 1832604 – It would be great to get an application from you.

Sad News

The following sad message has been received from Blackrock Bowling Club

“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the untimely death of Cathal Gillen, beloved son of Ian Gillen.

Cathal was a wonderful young gentleman and a wonderful bowler.

All of our thoughts are with the Gillen family at this time.”


Email from Sport Ireland re Club Competitions.

Could you please put this clarification from Sport Ireland on the website. It means clubs cannot hold internal competitions.

Shane Califf <>
Date: 18 September 2020 at 20:31:08 IST
To: Charles Lynch <>
Subject: Re: Covid Level 3/BLI

Hi Charlie
There unfortunately should be no competition in level 3 with the exception of elite (as defined by Sport Ireland) or senior national competition which can take place behind closed doors.
If the competition outlined below is not senior national competition or equivalent then the no ‘matches or events’ restrictions apply.

BLI Singles and Pairs

Hi all

Unfortunately the news we didn’t want to hear has arrived. With Dublin going into level 3 from midnight tonight I have been left with no option but to cancel the finals for this weekend and next.

I would like to thank all the bowlers and clubs who made the effort to try and salvage something from this season through difficult times. I hope the club competitions that took place leading up to the finals gave people some sense of normality.

Stay safe

Stephen Millane

BLI Competition Secretary

Resilience and Recovery : Practical Guidance for Sport : Levels 2 & 3

The following email and attachment has been received from Sport Ireland

From: Shane Califf <>
Date: Fri 18 Sep 2020, 14:06
Subject: Resilience and Recovery : Practical Guidance for Sport : Levels 2 & 3
To: NGB <>, Participation Unit <>

Dear Sport Ireland Stakeholder,

 On 15 September 2020, the Government published a framework for restrictive measures to guide Ireland over the short to medium-term in managing Covid-19.

 The framework consists of 5 Levels. The lower Levels of the framework will be activated when there is low incidence of the disease, with isolated outbreaks, low community transmission. The higher Levels will be used to deal with higher incidences of the disease. It will be possible for different regions and counties to be at a different Level to the National Level, depending on the incidence of the virus in that particular region or county.

Sporting Organisations protocols and restrictions should reflect each of the relevant levels. There should be clear differences in sporting activity between the higher and lower levels of the plan.

Since its publication, Sporting Bodies are seeking clarity on some aspects of the framework, in particular measures set out in Level 2, Level 3 and the additional advice around Dublin.

 The attached guidance has been prepared by the Return to Sport Expert Group in addressing the queries arising and providing some practical interpretation of the Framework for the sector. Please refer to Appendix 1 for the extracted elements of Framework, which relate to sport.

 Ireland is currently at Level 2 of the Plan for Living with COVID-19.

Currently there are additional measures in place in Dublin.

In the event of Level 3 – the following measures in relation to sport will apply.

 Sport Ireland will continue to work with NGBs on their individual queries across the duration of the new plan.


Shane Califf – Director of Governing Bodies


Live Streaming

It is hoped to live stream the forthcoming BLI Singles and Pairs Championships starting at 10.00am on Sunday the 20th September.  A new page has been set up and added to the menu at the top of each web page.  Just click on “Live Streaming” in the menu and you will be straight into the page.  It contains

  1. A link to the Live Stream which will not be enabled until Sunday morning.
  2. The revised draws.
  3. A note to players re attire, play format, protocols etc.



Fancy yourself a photographer?
Maybe you have something that already fits the bill?
We are looking for a new photo that will appear on the BLI Website, rules for the competition are below and there will be a PRIZE for the winner. A sample of what your picture should look like is included in this post.
1. It must be a bowling theme.
2. There should be no identifiable person visible
3. Preferably the club where it is taken should not be identifiable.
4. Colour will get you style points
***There are no limits on how many times you can enter!!! So enter early and often***
Winner will be chosen by a panel of 3, the Public Relations Officer, the BLI Webmaster and a professional photographer.
Entries can be posted directly to the BLI Facebook page or by emailing your entries to
Closing date for entries is midnight September 30th and the winner will announced after.

Guide to this website


If you are having problems finding your way around this website hopefully the guide below will help you find what you are looking for.

Website Guide


Welcome to the official site of the Bowling League of Ireland and the Ladies Bowling League of Ireland.

Irish Lawn Bowls is the combination of the Bowling League of Ireland (BLI) and the Ladies Bowling League of Ireland (LBLI), the governing body for Lawn Bowls in the Republic of Ireland. The game is fast growing with clubs now in the following counties: Cork, Dublin, Kildare, Limerick, Meath, Offaly, Sligo, Waterford, and Wicklow. There are however many other counties where clubs are in the process of being formed.

Lawn bowls is a sport for all ages with competitors aged from under 10 to almost 100 currently playing in BLI/LBLI affiliated clubs. 

If you are new to the sport of bowls and want to find out how to play the game have a look at the following link which will help you find out how to play.

Link to How to Bowl


Map of Bowling Clubs within the BLI / LBLI 

Click on the “view larger map” button at the top right of picture for more details.  Note the details are what the individual club has put on Google and may not always be a 100% correct.  

A full list of BLI Member clubs together with their website details can be found at

BLI Clubs 

For club addresses and Secretary Details see

Club Secretaries

Welcome to the BLI / LBLI Blog

Here will be posted various notice that we want to bring to your attention