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Competition Rules

Following last Saturday’s Council meeting the latest and hopefully the final draft of the Competition Rules can be accessed with the link below.

The draft rules will be on the agenda for approval for the 2024 season at the Annual General Meeting scheduled for Thursday 21st March in Crumlin B.C. at 7.30p.m.

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Congratulations to Shane Barker – Sportslink, Glenn Kaufmann – Leinster and Paul Smyth – Leinster, on their selection for the Ireland Disability Bowls Squad,

Devco Update

ILB Devco Update

The new DEVCO has hit the ground running with Ian Wilson taking up the Development Officer role.  Ian can be contacted on 087 773 9080 or with any development related enquiries.

Strategic Plan

It was great to get the updated ILB Strategic Plan 2024-27 finalised and sent to Sport Ireland – this sets out our priorities for the next few years which we have already started working on.  The Plan was sent to all Clubs and is also available on the ILB Website.

50 Plus Show

We have agreed to take part in this two day convention on 15 and 16 March 24 in the RDS and look forward to talking to attendees about our sport – hopefully this will generate further new members!  Attendance at the event will be supported by an article in Senior Times early in the new year.  We look forward to your support in advertising the event through your Club media, further details will be shared nearer the time.

 Club Development Activities

DEVCO will be writing to all Clubs in the coming weeks to ask for updated information on membership numbers and areas in which you need support from the ILB and DEVCO in particular.  Accurate membership information is really important as we use it for reporting to Sport Ireland in support of future grant applications. 

Charlie Lynch

General Secretary – ILB

ILB Newsletter

Management Committee Officers

Following recent resignations John Nolan of Blackrock B.C. has been co-opted as National Children’s Officer but we have not received any nominations for the vacant League Secretary position.  There is a legal requirement to have a deputy N.C.O. in the event of a conflict of interest and Anne O’Herlihy of Leinster Bowling Club will fulfil that role
Our webmaster Mike Brophy wishes to retire after ten years in that position and we have identified a replacement who is currently engaging with Mike with a view to taking over next year.
A few months ago Ian Wilson from CYM B.C. was co-opted as Development Officer to fill a vacant position on the Committee.
The term of office for all co-opted officers is until the next AGM. when they may seek election.

Para Bowling

Ireland is the only country involved in bowling not to have an international para bowling team and the Irish Bowling Association based in Northern Ireland are behind an initiative to rectify the situation. They are prepared to fund it but cannot finance players from the Republic of Ireland and we will seek support from Sport Ireland. Our Disability Officer, Margaret McNevin  arranged a coaching session in Bray B.C. recently attended by eight people, including some in wheelchairs  and others visibly impaired, and followed up with another session in an indoor stadium in Northern Ireland. There are plans to have friendly internationals in the U.K. next year. 
If your club knows of anyone who might be keen to take up the sport please let Margaret know. There are different para grades and all participants will be selected.


An email was sent recently to club secretaries on behalf of our Staff Umpire, Paula Russell announcing a training course for potential umpires. Due to retirements we need to augment the current number of qualified umpires so we would encourage people to enrol.

Competition Rules

Following discussions at two Council meetings the Management Committee  have made several changes to the draft Competition Rules and hope to finalise them at a meeting on the 10th January.  We have divided them into sections, General Rules, Championship Rules, League Rules,  and Cup Rules. We will add the Winter League Rules when we assess the experience of the  2023/24 leagues and get feedback on them.
We then plan to circulate another draft to the clubs and  hold a Council meeting for further consideration. After that their approval will be on the agenda for the Annual General Meeting on March 24th next. Clubs may submit motions to add or amend rules to the AGM.
On the starting time of Saturday League matches clubs were asked to give their preferred options but only four clubs responded to date. We would like to get a consensus on this issue so I would ask you to discuss it at club committee level and let me know.

New Clubs

There is a new bowling club in Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny and hopefully they will affiliate to the ILB next year. There are also two potential clubs in Graiguecullen, Co. Carlow and Adare, Co. Limerick but they are dependant on Capital Sports Grant funding which will be announced early next year.
Aughrim B.C., Co. Wicklow have expressed an interest in participating in a Saturday league next year.
Charlie Lynch
ILB General Secretary

ILB Strategic Plan 2024 / 27

The ILB has now produced their new Strategic Plan for the years 2024 to 27.  This was presented to Sport Ireland on Monday the 4th of December.  Our development officer, Ian Wilson will later this week be sending a copy of the plan to Club Secretaries and Development Officers.  

As it is important that all members are aware of and working towards the Implementation of the plan it is also being put on our website and on our Facebook page.  In order to access a pdf version of the plan click on the following link.

ILB Strategic Plan 2024 / 27