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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
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The following email was received from the IBA Secretary on the 29th July.
While there have been no BLI Council meetings since February and there has been no inter club activity on the playing greens the Executive continue to meet regularly by Zoom. I wish to let you know of developments generally and decisions made, some of which will have to be ratified in due course at Council meeting or an A.G.M. A lot of this information was posted already on the website.
All competitions were suspended along with the BLI unfurling scheduled to take place in Westmanstown in April. Subsequently the clubs were surveyed to ascertain their attitude to having curtailed leagues, cups and championships later in the year and from the responses it was obvious there was little or no enthusiasm for competitive bowling in 2020 and some clubs remained closed. All club tournaments were cancelled.
When the restrictions were relaxed, guidelines on social distancing and safe play were sent to the clubs with a recommendation that they have their own protocols to cover their unique circumstances. As the restrictions were eased further another survey was sent to the clubs on the feasibility of having a special competition organised by the Competition Secretary, Stephen Millane.
Player affiliation fees were waived.
The annual prizegiving dinner was cancelled and clubs will not be levied for a ticket.
The Executive recommend that Westmanstown continue to hold the presidency in 2021 and that CYM will hold the vice-presidency. This is in line with decisions made by the I.B.A. and the three Northern Ireland associations. All the other officer positions will be elected by the delegates at the A.G.M. as usual.
The senior and junior inter associations and the national championships will be held at the same venues in 2021 as planned for this year. Similarly the BIBCs will be played in Wales and Cathal Gillen of CYM will compete in the under 25 championships. As a concession anyone who missed out this year and would be over age next year will be allowed to compete.
World Bowls cancelled their championships in Australia and Sarah Kelly of Crumlin who was due to compete there will qualify for next year’s tournament at the same venue.
The I.B.A. Council and management meetings continue to be held by Zoom and this could be the way of the future which for the BLI would eliminate travelling and reduce costs. All competitions were cancelled at an early stage as was the annual dinner. Our clubs will be invoiced for affiliation fees but not for the dinner.
Neil Booth was reappointed international team manager and Tommy Smith as assistant manager for a three year period.
Clubs that entered I.B.A. cup competitions will have their entry fees credited to them for 2021.
The BLI mid-term review was sent to Sport Ireland in July with audited accounts for 2019 and a balance sheet as at July 2020. To be eligible for future grants the BLI must be compliant with a code of governance by December 2021. The Executive have started the process and are confident that we will achieve compliance well before that date. One requirement is a signed Code of Conduct for officers which we intend to introduce at the next A.G.M. This may be extended to committee chairmen and members.
We received our core grant early in the year but as we will not have member affiliation fees the 2020 income will be considerably reduced. On the other hand, without competitions we don’t anticipate much expenditure. Sport Ireland have asked us to report on the financial impact of the pandemic and if we can retain their grant we won’t have a financial problem this year.
Development fund loans have been approved in principle for Crumlin, CYM and Kenilworth subject to the necessary documentation.
Sport Ireland have just announced a financial package for sporting organisations and clubs. It appears to be directed at sports and clubs facing insolvency or experiencing significant drops in their normal income. The documentation for clubs seeking assistance is quite onerous and comparative figures will be required for the last three years. Revenue from ancillary activities like bars or sub-letting will be disregarded. The grants will be routed through the BLI as the national governing body. I will send out details of the scheme separately. Any club that feels they would qualify should get in touch with me or the treasurer so that we can process a claim correctly while fulfilling the criteria.
Review of Constitution/Competition Rules:
The Executive are currently reviewing both documents and will bring motions to the A.G.M. on suggested changes. The proposed amendments will go to the Standing Orders committee first to check their validity and compatibility with other rules and hopefully they will go to the clubs for consideration well in advance of the A.G.M. We have also made contingency plans to hold the A.G.M. in a suitable venue if social distancing is still an issue at that time.
The Development Committee are providing advice to a number of groups who have plans to install new synthetic bowling greens in a town in Co.Waterford, in Rosscarbery in West Cork and in a suburb of Limerick City.
Both Cathal Gillen and Colum O’Brien of CYM are members of the international selectors’ emerging squad and are taking part in training sessions and coaching in Northern Ireland where the rest of the squad are located.
Neil Booth Charity Project:
As you know the Irish international team manager assisted by Shay Tyrrell and Ollie O’Brien have undertaken to visit clubs all over Ireland over a weekend in August playing a short exhibition game of bowls and collecting funds for nominated charities. The BLI have endorsed the project as have the other associations and the Executive have agreed to make a contribution of €200. Participating clubs are asked to subscribe a minimum of €50 and members are encouraged to help the fund raising.
I.B.A. President Dan Dempsey intends to attend the event in Westmanstown B.C.
Finally, I hope that even without BLI competitions your members are getting plenty of bowling in a safe environment in these unusual times and that next year things return to normal.
Dear NGB / Funded Body,
Sport Ireland now invites recognised Governing Bodies of Sport & other Funded Bodies to apply for support under the Government’s recently announced investment programme for sport.
The Fund is divided into four key schemes:
- €40 million support for the three main field sports
- €10 million support for recognised National Governing Bodies, Local Sports Partnerships & Other Funded Bodies
- €15 million to support NGB affiliated clubs
- €5 million to support Restart & Renewal Plans
The following are links to the appropriate documents
- Funding Guidelines
- Consolidated Grant Scheme Application Forms
- Club Funding Spreadsheet
- Restart & Renewal Project Application
- Declaration & Checklist
Points to Note:
- All Organisations applying for funding should return the Consolidated Application Forms along with a signed Declaration & Checklist.
- Organisations applying for funding on behalf of individual clubs should also return the Club Funding Spreadsheet.
- Organisations seeking to develop new programmes that can advance sport and physical activity in the post COVID 19 public health era should also return the Restart & Renewal Project Application Form.
- Sport Ireland will engage directly with the relevant bodies in relation to the Disability Sport Working Group in due course.
- The closing date for applications will be Monday 14th of September at 5pm.
- Late applications cannot be accepted.
- Sport Ireland will make an initial assessment on the level of request under each scheme.
- Final decisions will need to take into account the level of demand across the schemes.
- Depending on the level of submissions, the outcome of those deliberations will be communicated to sports organisations in October 2020.
- NGBs will need to put in place a parallel timeline to facilitate the applications of their affiliate clubs.
- A webinar and Q&A session on the scheme will take place on Tuesday 28th July at 1130am.
- The webinar is targeted at NGBs and NGB Unit funded bodies.
- Queries on the scheme can be submitted by NGBs in advance of the webinar.
Link to the webinar is as follows:
Queries & Submissions:
- All Applications should be submitted by the deadline to Shane Califf firstname.lastname@example.org
- Early submissions welcome.
- Any queries on the scheme can be raised with either myself or Paul McDermott.
Shane Califf – Director of Governing Bodies
Sport Ireland | The Courtyard | Sport Ireland National Sports Campus |
Snugborough Road | Blanchardstown | Dublin 15 | D15 PN0N
(T) +353-1-8608842 | (E) email@example.com
Text of Email from Sport Ireland to BLI Secretary.
Dear Sport Ireland Stakeholder,
Sport Ireland has today published two guidance documents to support the return to sport by older adults and people with disabilities.
The documents provide practical guidance and consideration when planning programmes. These documents have been produced with the support of Age & Opportunity and Cara, who conducted extensive consultation within their respective sectors. Further information on Return to Sport and Physical Activity can be found on the Sport Ireland website here
Sport Ireland would be grateful if you could share these documents throughout your networks. Social media assets to support the sharing of the documents have also been attached.
Both Age & Opportunity and Cara have produced sector specific information on the return to sport. Click on the links below to view the 4 documents.
Open Singles – 15 shots
This competition is open to all members of the BLI and LBLI. Each club is to run their own internal singles knockout competition with both finalists qualifying for the finals at the end of September. The names of the finalists must be emailed to Stephen Millane – BLI Hon Comp Sec by Friday September 11th 5pm. Entry fee for the singles is €3 per person and a list of each clubs entrants must be emailed to Stephen Millane – BLI Hon Comp Sec before the internal competition begins.
Open Pairs – 3 Bowls – 15 Ends
This competition is open to all members of the BLI and LBLI. A pair can be two men, two women or a man and a woman. Each club is to run their own internal pairs knockout competition with both pair’s finalists qualifying for the finals at the end of September. The names of the finalists must be emailed to Stephen Millane – BLI Hon Comp Sec by Friday September 11th 5pm. Entry fee for the pairs is €6 per pair and a list of each clubs entrants must be emailed to Stephen Millane – BLI Hon Comp Sec before the internal competition begins.
Clubs may enter the singles, pairs or both. The finals will take place over two weekends – September 19th/20th and September 26th/27th. The entry fee will be used as cash prizes for the winners.
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.