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.

Men's Inter Zone


the 2nd round of the Boomer Cup takes place today. Full results will be posted later.


East Antrim v Oriel
North Down v Armagh
Foyle v North Eastern
North West v Donegal
Mid Down v Monaghan
Lisburn v Northern
Mid Ulster v Meath
South Down v S & E Belfast

Galway Bay Hotel Irish Club Finals

St Mark's Portadown are the 2105 Irish Club Champions following their defeat of Loughenreagh in the final.In the semi final they  accounted for local Armagh rivals, St Anthony's. Loughenreagh in their semi final proved too strong for a Sydenham side who on qualification day were the surprise victors over the holders and 5 times winners Cookstown Parochial.
In the Plate competition it was Spa Golf Club who won for the 3rd time narrowly defeating Kildress. In the semi finals Spa had a 2 shot margin over St Coleman's while Kildress defeated Larne Falcons on a tie end.
Prizes were presented by IIBA President Mrs Flo McNally who tahnked the Galway Basy Hotel for their continued support of Ireland's premier club championship.

Winning St Mark's team

British Isles Championships


The Championships in Aberdeen saw Ireland claim 7 of the 10 trophies in contention. They clearly won the International team event with 6 wins and won the pairs, triples and rinks. THe A International team disappointingly lost despite a valiant comeback to miss out by a couple of shots. Their opononents proved much stronger than last year and while Ireland may not have reached last year's exceptional level every player did his or her best. At some point another nation had to win this event and that is perhaps good for the overall competition while obviously disappointing for our players.
The entire playing party are to be congratulated on their play and on the excellent way in which they conducted themselves on and off the mats. This is something they and the Association should be very proud off. The team manager Tom Haire again proved and excellent choice and his encouragement of the players throughout was very evident. Some photos of the weekend are in the gallery under Aberdeen.

Pairs Winners -Kevin & Sean Conroy
Triples winners - Aidan Corrigan, Terrry Mulholland, Stephen McMahon
Triples winners - Nixon Alexander, Eddie Curran, David Crawford
Rinks winners - Gerry McCabe, John Murnahan, Paddy Hanlon, Brendan McCabe
Rinks winners - Mark McCullough, D J Wilson, Jal Richardson, Martin Og Trainor

International Team Ireland WIN
K Conroy Pairs WIN
E Curran Triples WIN
P Hanlon Rinks WIN


A Series
T Crawford Singles WIN
D Walker Pairs lost on count back
A Corrigan Triples WIN
D J Wilson Rinks WIN






2 events are being planned for this season, one in the Jim Baker Stadium and one in Meadowbank Magherafelt. Volunteers are urgently required to assist. Last season we had 8 who helped - Jim Pinkerton, Joyce Pinkerton, Robin Gamble, Damian McAllister, Alan Johnston, Sean Davidson, John Murnahan and Seamus Kyne. If you would like to assist the less able to compete and enjoy their bowling, please contact S Kyne as soon as possible so that a training session can be arranged. Those who assisted last season thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The dates are 15/16 April at Baker Stadium and 27/28 May at Meadowbank. Help on any of these days would be appreciated. It does not require anyone to be there every day with each session lasting about 5 hours.

Presentations To Retired Officers



President Flo McNally makes presentation to Past President David Sterritt
Artie Rice makes presentation to David Hunter Past Chairman, Hon Sec and Comp Sec
Charlotte Adair makes presentation to Past Comp Sec Jim McIIlroy

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.

              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  


Latest breaks from Galway Bay Hotel
IIBA President Mrs Flo McNally pesents shield to winning captain Andrew Leckey
Galway Bay Hotel Club Championship on Sky TV


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