The draft Competition Rules for the ILB have now been published and can be accessed by clicking on the link below.  Please note that these are draft rules only and will not come into affect until approved by council.
Comments and suggestions on the draft rules can be sent to the ILB General Secretary by the 1st October. These will then be reviewed by the Management Committee, and there will be a Council meeting on the afternoon of Saturday 14th October, when we hope to finalise the Rules.
The rules can be viwed by clicking on



Irish Lawn Bowls (ILB) was formed in March 2023 following a merger of the Bowling League of Ireland (BLI) and the Ladies Bowling League of Ireland (LBLI) and is recognised by Sport Ireland as the National Governing Body for the sport of lawn bowling in the Republic of Ireland. 
Bowling is an all-island sport and  the ILB is one of four organisations affiliated to the overall governing bodies, the  Irish Bowling Association (IBA) and the Irish Women’s Bowling Association  (IWBA).  It is also affiliated to the Irish Sports Federation.
There are twenty seven bowling clubs affiliated to the ILB serving almost two thousand members. They are mostly located in the greater Dublin area including Wicklow, Meath and Kildare along with clubs in Cork, Sligo and Waterford. Eleven of these clubs play on traditional grass surfaces while the remainder have artificial or synthetic surfaces with one club having both. Many clubs are attached to other sporting facilities like tennis or rugby clubs or leisure complexes.
Members, both male and female, have represented Ireland at international events  and we anticipate being involved in the  World Bowls Championship in Australia in the Autumn. Four  bowlers are representing Ireland in the World Deaf Championships in Edinburgh in September 2023.

Submit League, Cup, and Competition Results

The ILB wish to express their appreciation to Cronin Movers Group who have been extremely generous sponsors of the score cards for the ILB.  This sponsorship is available to all clubs. They are also the main sponsor for our regional youth academy, The Leinster Lions.    

You can access their website at 


Laws of the Game of Bowls

The Laws of the Sport of Bowls are subject to copyright as detailed in the content.  You can view the laws by clicking on the attached photograh.  If you require a paper version of the laws copies of the  booklet can be obtained from the Secretary of the Irish Bowling Association (IBA).  See 

IBA Honorary Secretary

for contact details.

ILB Blog

Hall-Thompson Cup

Congratulations to Sarah Kelly who won the Hall-Thompson Cup on Sunday in Ballymena Bowling Club.  The Hall-Thompson cup is presented to the winner of the Ladies National Singles Championship.  Sarah retained the cup in the Kelly family as her mother Noleen was the outgoing champion have won it in 2022.

Sarah is also a member of the team that will represent Ireland in the World Bowls Championships in The Gold Coast, Australia from 28 August to 10 September.  We wish her all the best on her trip down under.

Leinster Crumlin Tournament 2023 Results

All the finals are not completed due to Ladies National Championships clashing with the tournament.  The Ladies Pairs final is still outstanding but the other results are:

Mens Singles: Winner Shane Leonard, r/up Drew Logan

Ladies Singles: Winner Rita Saunders, r/up Pat Mac Donagh

Mens Pairs: Winners Richie Leonard and Robert Maher, r/up Paul Smyth and Stephen Millane

Mixed Pairs: Winners Nikki Ryan and Nicky Smyth, r/up Rita Saunders and Mick Cusack

Pat Tallon RIP

Very sorry to report that Pat Tallon, a long time member of Kenilworth B.C., Council delegate and former president of the BLI has died. May he rest in peace

ILB Cup Finals

The following Cup finals will be played at 2.30 pm on Sunday the 20th of August.

Open Cup          Crumlin v CYM  venue Kenilworth
Crumlin Cup  Crumlin v Ierne  venue CYM
O Dea Cup  Blackrock v ICICYMA   venue Clontarf
Shot Cup    Westmanstown v CYM  venue Ierne

The following final will be played at 2.30 pm on Sunday the 27th of August

Senior Challenge Cup Leinster v Dun Laoghaire   venue Dun Laoghaire Golf 

The following semi final will be played at 2.30 pm on Sunday the 27th of August

Junior Challenge Cup Bray v Westmanstown    venue Leinster
Junior Challenge Cup Crumlin v Clontarf  venue Westmanstown




The ILB are very sorry to hear of the death of Val Kerrigan, a long time member and former president of CYM Bowling Club and a much loved member of the entire bowling community. May he rest in peace.

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

Map of Bowling Clubs within the ILB

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.