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Community Grant Applications


I attended a meeting of Regional Development Officers hosted by South Dublin County Council this morning.
Paula from SDCC provided an excellent update in relation to Community Grants and really encouraged both Clubs and NGB’s to apply.

I’ve included the follow up mail from Paula below.  She made a very good point that if clubs build a central response for these purposes it makes subsequent applications much easier.

 You can access the grant information from South Dublin County Council via the link below;

The SDCC – community grants are now open, what’s different this year is that the application process is ONLY online and there is no closing date for applications, but grants have to be spent by the end of this calendar year, so best to get in early with applications in case the funds are gone.

Below is the Link to the community grants on our webpage, where the Community Grants Booklet and the Online Grant Application can be accessed.

Community Funding Document

Assistance with regard to the Sports Development Grants can be obtained by contacting Sports Recreational Officers Paula Swayne (086-8292-443) & Ciaran Farrelly (086-4649-504) or by email at:

I’ve included Clubs outside of the catchment area for information purposes as there may be similar Grants available from your local County Council.
Best regards.

BLI AGM 2020

Dear Secretary/Council Delegate,
I attach motions received for consideration at the a.g.m. being held by Zoom on 16th December.
In the section covering the constitution proposed changes submitted by the Executive are highlighted with blue type to reflect additions and red type for deletions.
The Standing Orders Committee have reviewed all the motions and are satisfied that they are valid.
Amendments to the motions should be submitted before November 25th.

Nominations for the following officer positions on the Executive should be submitted by 16th November, one calendar month before the a.g.m.:-
Honorary Secretary
Honorary Assistant Secretary
Honorary Treasurer
Honorary Competition Secretary
Honorary League Secretary
Public Relations Officer
National Children’s Officer
The position of International Selector is also up for election.
The agenda and documentation for the meeting will be sent to club secretaries well in advance along with details of delegate registration, and debating and voting procedures. The meeting will be taped to ensure all decisions are accurately recorded.
The Executive appreciate that not all delegates may be familiar with Zoom so if anyone has a difficulty please get in touch and we will try to help.  To assist delegates a trial run of a Zoom meeting  with mock voting is being arranged for Thursday 10th December at 7.30p.m.
When clubs nominate their three delegates please send me their names and email addresses by December 1st so that they can be entered on the Zoom contact list. Please be assured that these addresses will not be used for any other purpose. Observers are welcome but they should identify themselves and will not be entitled to vote.

Please note that the IBA annual general meeting has been postponed until Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland are relaxed.
BLI clubs that entered 2020 IBA cup competitions that were not held are automatically entered for the 2021 competitions unless a club wants to withdraw. That does not preclude new entrants. A new draw will be made in due course. 2020 entry fees will be credited to the clubs who may seek a refund if they wish.

Can I remind clubs of the fund raising campaign in memory of Cathal Gillen for the youth mental health awareness organisation Jigsaw being  organised by his family and friends. Details are on the website.
Best wishes,



Guidance on Face Coverings & Visors from Sport Ireland

Dear Sport Ireland Stakeholder,

Please find attached HPSC update on the efficacy of visors compared with masks and face coverings.

Any additional queries on the content should be raised directly with the HSPC via  +353 1 8765300 /

Some key recommendations include:

  • In public settings, when considering the options of cloths face coverings compared with visors, expert opinion and international guidance generally favours cloth face coverings.
  • There is a rationale and laboratory evidence in particular for favouring cloth face coverings over visors where the wearer is at a higher level (standing) than those potentially exposed at a lower level (sitting).
  • However, there is evidence that visors do reduce exposure to droplets to a certain extent and may be an alternative in certain circumstance including
    • People with breathing difficulties
    • People who are unable to remove masks/face coverings without help
    • Anyone with particular needs who may feel upset or very uncomfortable wearing the mask/face covering
    • in settings where people who have learning difficulties or hard of hearing or deaf are present.
    • Where cloth face coverings are used, it should be of multiple layers of suitable fabric and correctly applied. Further information on the handling and care of cloth face coverings can be found here.
    • Where visors are used they should cover the entire face (above the eyes to below the chin and wrap around from ear to ear) and be correctly applied. Further information on the handling and care of visors can be found here.



Friends of Cathal – Mental Health Awareness Events-November 2020

The entire bowling community was shocked at the recent untimely and tragic death of Cathal Gillen.

Cathal is  the current Irish under 25 champion, and a junior international who no doubt would have been a future senior international.

Ian, and the Gillen family and friends, have asked me to publicise a fundraiser for Jigsaw, Ireland’s national centre for youth mental health, being organised by Cathal’s friends in the month of November. 

Twenty five of them plan to run 100km each during the month of November and some are even  shaving their heads or taking up other challenges.

 They aim to spread the word that “It’s ok to not be Ok”.

 The relevant GoFundMe campaign is called *Mo Runnin Less Problems

I would appreciate if clubs or individuals could contribute to this worthy cause in memory of an outstanding bowler and a fine young man.


Hon. Sec.

Level 5 Restrictions

The following email was issued by the Irish Sports Council on the 22nd October 2020

Dear Sport Ireland Stakeholder,

Ireland is now at Level 5 of the Framework for Restrictive Measures. Level 5 is expected to be in place for the next 6 weeks.

The Government’s guidance on Level 5 is clear, with the risk to public health meaning that individuals are asked to stay at home, with certain exceptions.

With regard to sport, the restrictions applicable in Level 5 are as follows:

1.      No training or matches should take place with the following exceptions:

  • Non-contact training can continue for school aged children, outdoors in pods of 15
  • Professional, elite sports and senior inter-county Gaelic games, horse-racing and greyhound racing are permitted to continue behind closed doors

2.      All other training activities should be individual only.

3.      No exercise or dance classes are permitted.

4.      Gyms/leisure centres/swimming pools closed.

5.      Exercise within 5 kilometres of home.


As they are not recognised as essential services, the decision of Government is that all gyms, leisure centres, swimming pools and other sports facilities must close in the Level 5 restrictions. This includes both indoor and outdoor sports facilities.

It is permitted to open sports facilities for training sessions and scheduled matches for the exempted categories of sport, i.e. high performance, professional and senior inter-county Gaelic games. It will also be permitted to open outdoor sports facilities for structured training sessions by school aged children, i.e. those aged 18 years and younger, in pods of no more than 15, under the supervision of designated coaches and in compliance with approved COVID-19 protocols and all relevant public health guidance.

During these training sessions it will only be permitted for participants and relevant coaching and support personnel to be present. In the case of children’s sport, parents will be permitted to attend for child safeguarding purposes, however they will be required to comply with social distancing and other public health advice.

Professional & Elite Sport

Professional and elite sport must adhere to comprehensive protocols, which ensure extraordinary levels of control and compliance are in place. Professional and elite sport is defined as follows;

  • Professional sports people or sports people who participate within professional competition.
  • A Member of a high performance team funded by Sport Ireland.
  • Those who compete at major international events including European and World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is advised that these are senior athletes only within one of the following categories:
    • Athletes on the 2020 International Carding Scheme
    • Players on the 2020 Team Ireland Golf Scheme
    • Senior riders in Show-Jumping, Eventing & Dressage
    • Senior team players in Hockey, Cricket, and Rugby Sevens.

Inter-county sport refers specifically to senior competition organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association or the Camogie Association.

It is important to note that protocols as they apply to each sport will be prepared and communicated directly by the respective National Governing Bodies.

Non-contact training for school aged children

Specific guidance on non-contact training for school agreed children will be issued by Government. In the interim, the following is advised:

  • Underage activity refers to those in primary and secondary school who are aged 18 years and younger
  • Participants and coaches may travel beyond the 5km limit to attend training. Car-pooling should continue to be avoided
  • Outdoor facilities may open only to allow the activity to take place. Only those participating in and conducting the training session should attend.

Kind regards,

Niamh O’Sullivan

Director of High Performance

Sport Ireland

St Brendan’s League and Cup Winners 1991

Thanks to Gerry Rutlege who sent me a copy of the Photo below and requested that I put it on the website.  The photo is of the St. Brendan’s team that won Division 2 and the Crumlin cup in 1991.  Some of our younger members may not remember St Brendan’s but us older folk remember playing there and will probably have memories of some if not all of those in the photo.

If you have an old photo of your club that you want to share with others why not send me a copy with names and I will put on the website,

Back Row left to right

Nicky Brown, Dominic McEvoy, Paddy Harford, Willy Bacon, Dave Kavanagh, Charlie O’Reilly, Emmet Downey, Gerry Rutledge, John Kearns, John Gavin, Leo Scullen

Front Row

Gerry Monks, Mark Trimble, Willy Finn, Jim Downey, John McSherry, Harry Leighton, Jimmy Swaine

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