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Laws of the Game of Bowls

The Laws of the Sport of Bowls are subject to copyright as detailed in the content.  You can view the laws by clicking on the attached photograh.  If you require a paper version of the laws copies of the  booklet can be obtained from the Secretary of the Irish Bowling Association (IBA).  See 

IBA Honorary Secretary

for contact details.


BowlsChat Scramble Sunday Fours at Ulster Transport BC from 29th May – 14th August 2022 Licence No. 22/04

To all Club Secs of clubs affiliated to the IBA/IWBA (Assoc Secs bcc copied in this email, others in a separate email).

The BowlsChat Scramble Outdoor Open Sunday Fours will take place at Ulster Transport Bowling Club between 29th May and 14th August 2022.  It is an IBA and IWBA Licensed Event (Licence No. 22/04) and open to members of all affiliated clubs, with a maximum of 64 entries in 16 groups competing for a Prize Pool of £1000.  Teams may be all Men, all Ladies or Mixed with three group games and 1 or more Knockout game guaranteed for each team.  The green and facilities at Ulster Transport BC are excellent and Bar/Catering will be available during the event (9am – 9pm each Sunday with 6 x 2 hour sessions for matches).
Sunday Schedule
29th May – Group Matches
19th June – Group Matches
26th June – Group and KO Matches (Cup and Plate)
31st July – KO Matches (Cup and Plate)
14th August – KO matches (Cup and Plate)
The entry form and information poster are on the BowlsChat Facebook Page as well as the Scramble Sunday Fours WhatsApp Group. A PDF download is also available on the BowlsChat website at PDF Docs – BowlsChat.  Players may enter online at or email or send a message on the BowlsChat Facebook Page or use the BowlsChat Scramble Whatsapp Group.
A N Other is acceptable for player information when entry is made as long as any missing details are received before the draw at 7pm on Tuesday 24th May 2022.  The entry fee is £10 per player, payable at the venue before their first match.
All draws, fixtures, live scores, results, Tables, Players and Stats will be available on the BowlsChat Sport website at BowlsChat Scramble Sunday Fours 2022 matches, results & standings ( as well as the BowlsChat iOS/Android apps on the App Store and Google Play.
There will be a livestream of selected matches during the event.
All details will be updated in the pinned post on the BowlsChat Facebook Page as well as the News section for the Event on BowlsChat Sport.  Please note the online link for players to enter the event is at and multiple entries may be posted at the same time (for example if a club sec is entering teams from the club).
We hope everyone enjoys the first Scramble event of the 2022 outdoor season at Ulster Transport BC and details of other events will be announced shortly.
Richard Nash
Managing Partner

Minutes Silence National Famine Commemoration Day

9 May 2022

A chara,

Re: National Famine Commemoration, Sunday 15th May 2022 Invitation to observe a minute of silent reflection in memory of all those who suffered during the Great Famine

The 2022 National Famine Commemoration will take place at Strokestown Park House & Gardens,Strokestown, Co Roscommon at 12pm on Sunday 15th May, in the presence of the Taoiseach Micheál Martin T.D.

As you know, the catastrophic failure of the potato crop during the 1840s was a transforming event in ireland. The population of Ireland, which exceeded 8 million in the Census of 1841 was reduced by approximately 1.5 million through death and emigration by the time of the 1851 Census. There is no other event in our history that can be likened to the Great Famine either for its immediate impact or its legacy. That legacy includes a strong appreciation among Irish people of issues such as food security
and a strong commitment to humanitarian aid and relief.

All sporting organisations are invited to observe a minute’s silence at events taking place during the weekend commencing Friday, 13th May in memory of all those who suffered loss during the Famine.It would be particularly appreciated if this could be observed at all matches under your auspices that are scheduled for that weekend.

I would like to thank for your support in paying tribute to those who died during the Great Famine.

If you would like to discuss the matter further, please feel free to contact Caitríona Nic Conmara on (01) 631 38 30 or by email at

Yours sincerely,


Catherine Martin, T.D.
Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media
Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee

Ciaran Ryan R.I.P.

Very sad to report that Ciaran Ryan  died suddenly on his way home from a bowling league match yesterday evening. A member of the Blackrock Bowling  and Tennis club for over sixty years, Ciaran made a major contribution on the tennis court, the bowling green and in administration. Twice president of the BLI (2006 & 2019) and an honorary member, he was also president of the IBA (2012).
He will be remembered for his wisdom and his wit and was a much loved  and widely respected member of the club, the association and the wider bowling community north and south. In particular we looked forward to and greatly enjoyed his after dinner speeches. The BLI  and bowls in general has benefitted greatly from his commitment and service over many years.
We extend our sympathies to his wife Deirdre and family.
Ciaran,  “I have a plan”,  you were great company, and a pleasure to have known and work with, may you rest in peace.
Charlie Lynch

Leinster Bowling Club Charity Day

The Leinster Winter Bowls Committee would like to thank everyone who supported our recent charity day.  We are looking forward to seeing you all (and more) in 2023. The picture shows the presentation of 1,500 Euros to Paul McBride from Laura Lynn Hospice

BLI Postponed Matches

A new link has been included at the top of this home page.  It is entitled “BLI MATCH POSTPONED” and is intended to be used by the captains of both league and cup matches that re postponed for whatever reason.  In order to keep the website up to date it is important for the webmaster to know both the result of matches and also if and when matches are postponed.

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