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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

Message from the IBA

“The only club fees due to the IBA in 2020 will be the annual subscription  of £40 sterling.
Any club that has entered the Irish Cups in 2020 will have their entry carried forward to 2021″

Updates from IBA

World Bowls is scheduled  for 25th May to June 4th 2021 in Broadbeach, Australia  with players travelling on 16th.
The Senior Inter Association in 2021  will be hosted by the BLI and will probably be held on 7th/8th May.
The BIBCs will be in Wales from 1st to the 4th July and Cathal Gillen of CYM will represent Ireland  in the U25 event.
The 2021 Junior Inter Association will be in Belmont on the weekend 11th/12th September.
There will be no IBA dinner and prizegiving  this year.

International Bowling

World Bowls has cancelled the 2020 World Singles Champion of Champions, due to be held at Adelaide Bowling Club between October 26nd  and November 1st.

Following discussions regarding the ongoing Covid 19 situation, it has been agreed that the next event will be held in late 2021, date and venue to be confirmed.

IBA Cups Cancelled

The following was posted to the BLI website on the 25th of March.

In light of the continuing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Competitions Committee have CANCELLED the Senior, Intermediate and Junior Cup competitions for season 2020.

Ultimately the wellbeing of our Club Members must be paramount in any decision taken.

In the meantime, please remain safe and healthy.

Hon. Competitions Secretary
IBA Cups
Henry McFarland

LBLI Update on Coronavirus

Letter from LBLI Acting Secretary 


Dear Secretaries,

I am forwarding to you the email  received today from the Hon. Sec. of the IWBA Gwen McCormick with regard to the action they have taken in light of the Coronavirus that has impacted on all our lives. I trust you find it self explanatory. It is with great sadness these measures have had to be taken. World Bowls has also been postponed which is understandable but disappointing for the Irish team.

Unfortunately, I also wish to notify you all that the LBLI Officers have agreed due to the uncertainty that lies ahead, perhaps for many months to come  and in the interest of all our bowlers to cancel our league program and LBLI competitions for this season. Because of this there is no need now to forward competition entries to Rosie. I know Rosie will be in contact with you direct.

Our League Sec. Georgina and her committee had prepared the leagues, but we all knew this was coming down the line.

 We all know these are in difficult times, all we can do is follow the guidelines we are given, which  I am sure you all understand.  

Please take care and stay safe.


On behalf of all the LBLI officers.

Letter from the LBLI Championship Secretary

Morning everyone

As you have already had correspondence from Fran advising that Leagues, Championships  etc have been cancelled this season, I am just confirming this as Competition Secretary.
I too am very disappointed that there will be no competitive bowls for the forthcoming season.
I am not sure yet how the 2020 season will impact on the 2021 season but as soon as I have any information, or the LBLI officers have information, we will let you know.
Good opportunity for us to get our knees and backs into condition!!!😁
In the meantime stay healthy and safe and keep the spirits up.
God Bless
Rosie + Committee

Letter from the IWBA Hon Secretary

To all clubs

I am sure you won’t be surprised that in light of the awful circumstances everyone is in at the moment IWBA will be cancelling all competitions this year. That includes Inter-Association Games, Junior and Senior, Championships and International trials.

Each club will be making their own arrangements for the season so I would ask you to still support each other and your club in whatever way you can.It is unprecedented and very worrying times at the moment and all we can do is follow the guidelines we are given and hopefully the situation will change for the better sooner rather than later.

Because IWBA definitely will not be having any events this season I would ask that you do not send IWBA Affiliation fees to our Treasurer Isobel Palmer.

In the meantime, on behalf of President Angeline, Officers and Council of the Irish Women’s Bowling Association, I wish you all well, take care of one another and above all stay safe.


Gwen McCormick

IWBA Hon Secretary

BLI Postponement

The President, Pat Wall, with the full support of the BLI Executive, has decided to postpone all BLI related activities until further notice. Apart from bowling, this includes player registration,championship entries,green inspections etc. I am aware that most,  if not all , clubs are already closed or have delayed their unfurlings and the start of their new season.  The Aer Lingus Classic was postponed last week. Already the World Bowls tournament in Australia has been deferred.  The BIBC  have today cancelled the championships due to be held in Wales in June and  as a result the IBA have decided to postpone the Senior Inter Association scheduled for Dublin in May.
The Executive will keep abreast of the situation while following government and Sport Ireland guidelines. As soon as things improve I will contact you with new arrangements for leagues,cups and championships.
The Executive wish all the clubs and their members a safe passage through these difficult times.
Charlie Lynch
Hon Secretary.