Irish Indoor Bowling Association
Irish Indoor Bowling Association

Short Mat Bowls Serving The Whole Community

Welcome to the web site for the Irish Indoor Bowling Association which is the controlling body for the game of short mat bowls across the island of Ireland. The web site is designed to provide up-to-date information about the IIBA. We hope that you will find the site interesting and informative.

Champion of Champions

Kevin Conroy qualified for World bowls with a narrow 7 - 6 thrilling win over Raymnd Stubbs. In the rinks it was a successful day for Andrew Leckey, Johnny Wilson, Eddie Campbell and D J Wilson with a narrow 7 - 6 win over Gerry McCabe, Paddy Hanlon, Stephen McMahon and Duarmaid McMahon in a game which was only decided on the last bowl.

Kevin Conroy receives the CoC Single tropny from IIBA Chairman Harold Massey
Winning rink of Eddie Campbell, Andrew Leckey, Johnny Wilson and D J Wilson with IIBA Chairman Harold Massey

IIBA Masters


The Masters Pairs competition was won by Gerry McCabe and Derrmauid McMahon who defeated John Quinn and Alan Paul in the final at Shaws Bridge.



Galway Bay Hotel Irish Club Championship


This will be held on Saturday 7 and Saturday 21 November in Shaw's Bridge Belfast with finals on Friday 27 November. Entries are now being taken through Zone Convenors.

Annual General Meeting

Annual club fee raised from £20 to £25 (35 Euro)
Competitions run on time basis not permitted from next season as it conflicts with Rule 37
Players must sit out 1 year from inter zone competition before they can play for another zone. (Rule 45g). They can still play nationals in zone they are leaving.
Players named on entry form will constitute the original players (added at end of Law 44(c)


              Special Olympics

Recently the Meadowbank Arena in Magherafelt played host to the regional finals of the Special Olympics bowling, known as bocce. It was a tremendous experience for those short mat bowlers who gave up the day to help the disabled compete and to see the enjoyment which they showed throughout irrespective of how successful they were. They played the game in a competitive manner but not with a must win at all costs attitude, something that perhaps many in the short mat game could learn from. The game is very different from what we are used to with a 60 foot by 12 foot surface surrounded by a frame and a light jack with no bias in the bowls. Certainly those short mat bowlers who tried it (John Murnahan, Jim Pinkerton,Joyce Pinkerton, Sean Davidson, Damien McAllister, Alan Johnston, Mrs Johnston and Seamus Kyne) at the practice night did not find it easy to adapt to. The organisers were highly impressed with the venue and plan to return in 2016 when it is hoped that many more will volunteer to give up a day to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

Short Mat Bowlers who assisted at Special Olympics Bocce Finals
Special Olympics Players In the Bocce finals

Dates For 2015/16


26 Sept Masters Pairs  
3 Oct Champion of Champions (Singles / Rinks)  
17 Oct Champion of Champions (Pairs / Triples)  
24 Oct Men's Inter Zone  
31 Oct Ladies Inter Zone  
7 Nov Club Championship  
14 Nov British Isles (Aberdeen)  
21 Nov Club Championship  
27 Nov Club Championship Finals  
28 Nov Men's Inter Zone  
5 Dec Ladies Inter Zone  
  Top Team (Newry)  
2 Jan Junior Competition  
9 Jan Men's Inter Zone  
16 Jan Ladies Inter Zone  
23 Jan Men's Inter Zone  
30 Jan Ladies Inter Zone  
6 Feb Plate Finals  
13 Feb Junior Inter Zone  
20 Feb Ladies Inter Zone Final  
27 Fen Men's Inter Zone Final  
5 Mar Nationals  
12 Mar  Nationals  
19 Mar World Bowls  
2 April National Finals  


Galway Bay Hotel Club Championship on Sky TV
Galway Bay Hotel Club Championship Winners


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