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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

Analysis of Membership Levels

The BLI Development Committee (DEVCO) carried out an exercise in Q1 2019 to understand membership levels and identify clubs which may benefit from support to increase membership.  As a result of that exercise DEVCO were able to offer guidance and support to a number of Clubs throughout Ireland.

DEVCO are now carrying out a follow-up exercise and have written to all Clubs to understand the current male and female membership levels.
They would also be very interested to hear thoughts on a number of areas including:
– membership trends – positive and negative
– initiatives undertaken in 2020
– outlook for 2021
– ideas on how DEVCO could help Clubs
A quick turnaround on this information would be much appreciated.

Neil Booth 52 Club Marathon

Dear fellow bowlers,

I am writing to you formally to thank you all for your welcomes when Neil, Shay Tyrell and I visited, and for the donations received from BLI Clubs and individuals. We have received our final contribution this week and have closed off the finances.

When Neil first suggested this project many months ago, our initial thought was to raise awareness among the bowling community of the challenges that mental health issues present to so many of us. The (very much second) financial ambition was to raise a couple of thousand Euro for our designated charities so that we would have something tangible to show for hisefforts. We never imagined that we would ultimately raise almost €19k, nor that the Clubs would animate Neil’s journey with so much positive activity built around it.

The link below allows access to a table that shows the breakdown of the amounts donated in the BLI/LBLI. We are circulating it for the sake of transparency, and not for comparison between Clubs.

Neil said in every club he visited that the money donated would save lives. It will, because Pieta House and MindWise will be able to fund counselling and outreach programmes as a result of Irish bowlers’ generosity.

As we are now acutely aware following our recent tragedy, we need to monitor our own mental health and to be prepared to have open conversations about issues we ourselves are facing. And, by corollary, we need to be aware of those around us, and to be prepared to check in on others. Most importantly, we need to seek help for any potential issues that arise in respect either of ourselves or others. Remember that GPs and A&E departments are the routes to
initially take.

This project has, thanks to so many bowlers around the country, opened up many possibilities for future activities. We will hope to work with Pieta House and MindWise to identify pathways for our community of bowlers to be able to engage with mental health support agencies.

Yours in sport,

Ollie (O’Brien).


Texaco Support for Sport

Please see initiative below from  Texaco Ireland – €5k to be won by a Club in each county.
The Development Committee will continue to monitor and communicate funding opportunities as they arise.  If you become aware of any further initiatives, please let me know and I will share with other member Clubs
Best regards.
Ian Wilson Secretary Development Committee

Final opportunity to take part in the Mental Health in Sport workshop for FREE

From: ULStudent:ELAINE.CAHILL <>
Date: Tue 6 Oct 2020, 14:35
Subject: Final opportunity to take part in the Mental Health in Sport workshop for FREE


The response and feedback to the workshop below has been phenomenal that we have decided to run one final workshop (for free) as part of my thesis before it gets rolled out nationwide (at a cost)
The workshop, delivered by accredited Sport Psychologist, Nollaig O Sullivan, will be held on Monday 12th October from 7pm – 9.30pm via Zoom. The workshop is available to sports coaches from grassroots to elite and support staff such as strength and conditioning coaches, physios and nutritionists who work with sports teams who would like to learn how to recognise the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety and be given the tools in order to reach out to someone they feel may need a conversation.
I would appreciate you sharing this info with your network. Should anyone be interested in attending please ask them to complete this questionnaire which will take a max of 12 minutes
If the above date doesn’t suit people but they would like to attend a workshop in the future, or have one hosted at their club/organisation, due to such interest this study has created (one of my aims!) Nollaig will be delivering these workshops at a cost following this study. Please contact her directly on if you are interested.
I shall leave you with some feedback which has been shared about the workshops so far;
“An absolutely brilliant, informative webinar. Would definitely see this as something that could and should be rolled out to sporting organisations nationally. The information was easy to absorb and relevant to anybody who wanted to learn.”
“Really enjoyed it, something every coach should have to do!”
“The content of the webinar was excellent”
“It was very informative and gave me food for thought as well as new skills and greater confidence in approaching and speaking to an athlete who I suspect is going through a tough time.”
Thank you for your help in promoting my research study, it is very much appreciated.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Le gach dea-ghuí, 
Elaine Cahill
Postgraduate Student, University of Limerick

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