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IRISH LAWN BOWLS
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.
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
For club addresses and Secretary Details see
Welcome to the BLI / LBLI BlogHere will be posted various notice that we want to bring to your attention
Update Re Squads for 2020 and 2021 Season
Given the rather unique situation in 2020 with Covid 19 we have been unable to name a conventional Emerging Squad and Elite Squad for the 2 year build up to the Commonwealth Games.
It is our intention to select an Elite Squad following World Bowls in May/ June 2021.This will stay in place until the completion of the Commonwealth Games in 2022. Those players currently in the Elite Squad will remain in place this year.
A new Emerging Squad will be selected at the start of 2021.
In the meantime for the remainder of the 2020 bowling season it is our intention to have Squad Sessions with both the World Bowls Squads and the 2020 Emerging Squad which is listed below. It is hoped sessions will take place at several locations to cut down travelling for players. Other names may be added to the Emerging Squad as the year progresses. It is hoped to use some players from the current Elite Squads also in these sessions.
Emerging Squad 2020
Mitchell Albert Sam Barkley Laura Cassells
Ryan Cavan Cameron Gaw Cathal Gillen
Matthew Hastings Robert Kirkwood Stephen Kirkwood
Ryan McElroy Sophie McIntyre Allana McKee
Dean Mills Zoe Minish Jack Moffett
Colm O’Brien Mia Patterson Jordan Rankin
Adam Rankin Lara Reaney Adam Stratton
Could all players in the Emerging Squad please confirm acceptance by text to High Performance Coach, Neil Booth on 07834958136.
The BLI Executive recognise the recent relaxation of restrictions on participants in sporting activities. While clubs can make their own decisions on playing protocols the Executive do not recommend having full rinks of eight players at this time due to difficulties with social distancing compliance
Government approves revised Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, press release on Friday 19 June 2020aft
Issued by the Government Press Office
19 June 2020
Government approves revised Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business
Places of worship, gyms, cinemas, leisure facilities & hairdressers can open from June 29th
Announcement provides businesses with time to prepare
The Government has today (Friday) approved a revised Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, with most activity now being moved to Phase 3, beginning on Monday June 29th. The acceleration of the Roadmap has been made possible thanks to the progress made by the Irish people in supressing the virus and keeping transmission levels low. The announcement is being made today to give businesses time to plan ahead of June 29th.
As our country is reopened in a controlled, measured way personal responsibility will be more important than ever. We must maintain physical distancing to the greatest extent possible, for as much time as possible, to prevent the spread of infection. We are asking everyone to consider four things before making a decision about doing something and at all times to evaluate the risk:
The revised Phase 3 includes the reopening of churches and places of worship, gyms, cinemas, leisure facilities, hairdressers and barber shops. All sporting activities, including close contact sports, can recommence including team leagues for adults and children. However, these sports will take place with a very limited number of spectators.
Mass gatherings will be limited to 50 people indoors and 200 people outdoors. If the presence of the virus remains low, this will rise to 100 people indoors and 500 people outdoors in Phase 4.
Members of the public are continuing to be advised to use a face covering (i.e. a non-medical face covering) as an additional hygiene measure, when using busy public transport or when in enclosed indoor public areas such as retail outlets. A new communications campaign launched this week encourages more people to wear face coverings in these circumstances, and when you are visiting people vulnerable to Covid 19.
Speaking this evening the Taoiseach said:
“The virus hasn’t gone away. We are all still susceptible to it. Certain types of activity are more risky than others, so we must lower that risk by taking appropriate steps, wearing face coverings, maintaining physical distancing, washing our hands and so on.
“Taking personal responsibility means not entering a place if you see it is packed. It means leaving somewhere, even if you are having a good time, if you have been there beyond a certain point. It means exercising judgement and self-control for your own sake as well as the collective good.
“This re-phasing of the Roadmap has been made possible by the solidarity of the Irish people and the sacrifices made by so many over the past few months in suppressing the virus. Instead of being forced back, we have been able to push the spread of the virus back and advance forward.
“We will need to continue to act responsibility, understand that we have no treatment or vaccine for this virus and until such time as we do we will be living a different type of life. But a life where we can again do so many things that are important to us and our families. We have been through a shared experience and as we move forward, we will never forget what we have lost and learned.”
On Monday 23rd June, Minister Griffin and John Treacy launched the 2019 Local Sports Partnership Annual Report showcasing the work of the LSP network and its partners in 2019.
This report highlights the work and achievements of the LSP network in 2019, some of which your NGB may have been involved in. Please see the report by following this link.
From: NGB <NGB@sportireland.ie>
Date: 19 June 2020 at 17:02:12 IST
Subject: FYI: LSP National BeActive Day- 28th June
National BeActive Day is a Local Sports Partnership led initiative which was developed by the Community Sports Development Officer network.
Some of you may have already heard or seen about this day on our social media feeds. We are now asking NGB’s to support the Local Sports Partnerships National Be Active day.
On the 28th June 2020, National BeActive Day, we will encourage people to meet their daily requirement of physical activity by taking part in a number of sport and physical activity games.
Some NGB’s have already got involved in supporting the LSP network and promoting BeActive Day, such as Athletics Ireland who are opening registration for the Irish Runner 5 Mile on the same day. This is a great opportunity for NGB’s to get involved in a national Local Sports Partnership campaign as the return to sport begins to take shape.
NGB’s may want to:
– Promote the Local Sports Partnerships National BeActive Day on social media, or in their newsletters.
– Align particular events they are running to National BeActive Day and use the social media and traditional media momentum to boost awareness of their events.
There are a number of resources being promoted by the LSP network to help promote the day (see attached).
– Be Active Day Booklet – Includes simple fun and accessible games and further information about the day. This is a four page booklet which can be uploaded on your website or printed locally.
– Posters – These can be used for social media and other promotion about the day.
– Certificates – These can downloaded by those who participate in the day.
If you have any questions, please let me know,
A copy of the booklet can be accessed at
IRISH BOWLING ASSOCIATION – NEWS LETTER
2020 World Championships – cancelled – re-scheduled for 2021 – 25/5 to 6/6 at same venue – Broadbeach, Australia.
John Bell re-elected as President for a further 2 years from 1/6/2020.
Garry Collins re-elected as Director for Europe for a further 2 years from 1/6/2020.
2020 Champion of Champions – cancelled. This event was to be held in Adelaide, Australia. There is no venue for the 2021 competition as yet.
The next Meeting of World Bowls will be on Sunday, 21st June, 2020.
ATLANTIC SENIOR FOURS
This inaugural tournament was to be held in Cyprus in December, 2020 however, the organising committee have decided to cancel and will continue to work towards staging the event in 2021.
BRITISH ISLES BOWLS COUNCIL
The A G M was held in March where David Graham OBE handed over the Presidency to Mike Flanagan (Wales). Robert Madden (Ireland) was elected as Vice President. Treasurer Ken Woodcock & Secretary Duncan McLaren gave notice to retire after 10 years and were proposed and seconded for Honorary Membership. 2020 Senior Championships & International Series – cancelled.
A further Executive meeting was held on 16/5/2020 via Zoom. 2020 Junior International Series – cancelled
It was agreed that all 2020 Events & Venues be carried forward to 2021. Therefore, the Senior Championships & International Series will be in Wales and the Junior International Series will be in Ayr. In 2022 Ireland will host the Senior Championships & International Series at Belmont B. C.
The President and Vice President will remain in office for 2021. Ken (Treasurer) & Duncan (Secretary) will remain in post for 2021.
A discussion took place on the amalgamation of the B I B C & B I W B C. Bowls England to produce a document for further discussion.
I B A EVENTS ETC.
2020 Senior Inter-Association Championships – cancelled – This event was to be hosted by the B L I in Dublin and will be in Dublin in 2021.
Irish Cups Competition – cancelled. All Cup entry fees for 2020 will be transferred to 2021.
2020 Junior Inter-Association Championships – cancelled.
There will be no Irish Championships this year therefore, the 2019 Irish Champions will represent Ireland at the B I B C Championships in Wales in 2021.
The President and Vice President will remain in office for 2021.
There will be no Annual Dinner in October.
All Tournament Licence Fees paid will be transferred to 2021.
Club Membership £40 – This is a yearly fee which is necessary for all Clubs to retain Membership of the Association. The same fee will apply for 2021.
There will be no Capitation Fees this year as there will be no competitive bowling.
The appointment of the International Team Manager (Neil Booth) for a further 3 years has been approved. I am delighted to announce that Neil has accepted the offer and wishes to thank the Council for all their support.
A decision regarding the Annual General Meeting will be taken later.