BLI / LBLI Blog
Dates for the BLI Council Meetings for 2021 as well as the 2021 BLI Calendar have been updated. All dates and venues are dependent on the Coronavirus situation at the time and may change.
The IBA Calendar for 2021 should be on the IBA website shortly. In the meantime you can view a copy of it here
It is hoped to update the Club Tournament Dates shortly after the February Council Meeting.
The 2020 round of the Sports Capital & Equipment Programme is now open for applications – deadline extended until 5pm Monday 1st March
The Sports Capital & Equipment Programme (SCEP) is operated by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and provides grants to assist in the development or refurbishment of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment.
Grants are available to voluntary, not-for profit sports clubs, community groups, NGBs, and local authorities. Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and schools may only apply for funding jointly with sports clubs or organisations.
THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 5PM ON MONDAY 1ST MARCH 2021.
The extension is designed to assist any clubs who may be encountering difficulties finalising their applications due to Covid related restrictions.
To make an application an organisation must first register on the website but organisations only need to register once for all rounds of the Programme.
The following email has been received from Sport Ireland.
Dear Sport Ireland Stakeholder,
As you will be aware, yesterday December 30th the Government announced a revised Level 5.
During this period people are asked to stay at home, except to travel for work, education or other essential purposes.
The below should be noted in relation to sport & exercise. Full details on those measures can be viewed here:
1. Sporting facilities (Indoors & Outdoors), gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools must close.
2. Activity is restricted to individual training/personal exercise within 5 km of home.
3. Individuals may meet with one other household in outdoor settings when taking personal exercise.
4. Exemptions to Training & Matches apply to certain professional, elite sports, horse-racing, greyhound racing and approved equestrian events. Such events should take place behind closed doors.
5. No other matches or events are to take place.
Sport Ireland will continue to provide updates to the Sector as and when they arise.
Shane Califf – Director Of Governing Bodies
Dear Sport Ireland Stakeholder
Between December 24th 2020 and January 12th 2021 Ireland will move into Level 5 of the Governments Resilience and Recovery Plan.
Full details on those measures can be viewed here:
The below should be noted in relation to sport & exercise.
Outdoor sporting facilities for example golf courses and tennis courts may remain open.
Participants in unsupervised/un-coached activity should be from a maximum of 2 households.
Supervised/coached non-contact training in pods of up to 15 may take place outdoors.
All other training activities should be individual only. Sport Ireland has previously distributed Guidance to the Sector on Individual and Indoor Training. This Guidance can be viewed here:
No Competition or Events should take place.
Exemptions to Training & Matches apply to certain professional, elite sports, horse-racing, greyhound racing and approved equestrian events. Such events should take place behind closed doors.
Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools may remain open for individual training only.
No exercise or dance classes are permitted.
Travel for non-exempt sporting activity should be in line with the broader Government advice. Full details on current travel can be found here
Shane Califf – Director Of Governing Bodies
On the evening of Wednesday the 16th of December 2020 the BLI took a historic step when it held it’s first ever online AGM using the Video Conferencing platform ZOOM. Because the meeting was online it meant that all of our country member clubs could join in without the necessity of what could be a long journey to Dublin. In fact at it’s peak there were 58 in attendance as well as the first attendance at a BLI AGM of Dick Larkin’s dog.
The meeting was chaired by our President Pat Wall from Westmanstown Bowling Club ably assisted by our Secretary Charles Lynch of Blackrock Bowling Club. The technical adviser was our PRO Sean Keegan from Crumlin Bowling Club. There were a few teething problems at the start but once Pat had explained the mechanics of using ZOOM with a large audience the meeting ran quite smoothly and was very similar to what goes on when we are all together in Kenilworth Bowling Club.
All in all a good evening and congratulations are due to all those who planned and set it up, Maybe this is the way of the future not only for the AGM but also for future Council meetings.
The amended constitution and competition rules will be put on this website when the minutes of the AGM have been passed by the next council meeting.
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.
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