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 Plate

Top Team Competition


The Top Team Competition played in Norfolk produced a suprising and rare win for England’s Representatives West Midlands over Oriel and Pembrokeshire.
West Midlands 67 points...
Oriel 39 points
Pembrokeshire 19 points

Men's Boomer Cup Quarter Finals

Western v Donegal

Mid Antrim v Lisburn

Larne v North West

Oriel v North Eastern


Click link for results (pics in gallery)


Day 1 of the Galway Bay Hotel Irish Club Championship produced a Cookstown double with Cookstown High being crowned Irish Club Champions and Cookstown Parochial winning the Plate Competition. It was a day of surprising results. Parochial suffered a rare first round defeat against All Saints Tullylish who then fell by the wayside against Latton from Monaghan Zone. St Mark's Armagh Zone, current holders, also game defeat by one shot against Westen Zone's Wellington. Cookstown High came through by a single shot against Donegal's Ballylennon which was followed by a comfortable win over Mid Antrim's 1st Ahoghill. In the semi final they defeated Sydenham from Belfast Zone while Wellington won their semio final against Latton. In the plate semi final, Cookstown Parochial and St Mark's, two clubs who have dominated the competition in recent years, saw Parochial gain a last end win while Ballylennon had a comfortable win over Pickie. Cookstown High played Wellington in the final and it took a 16 - 3 win by Malcolm Cunningham's rink to compensate for the loss of the other two rinks, to give the High their 3rd win in the competition. In the Plate final Parochial were taken to the final end before overcoming Ballylennon by 3 shots.

Cookstown High Irish Club Champions

Cookstown Parochial winners of the Shield Competition

Chris McKnight receives the Irish Club Championship Shield from

IIBA President Mrs Flo McNally


Day 2 of the Galway Bay Hotel saw the introduction of a new format to encourage smaller clubs to participate and it proved to be a success with bowling of a high quality and many close games. While Day 1 catered for teams of 12 in 3 rinks, Day 2 catered for 8 players in 2 rinks. The main competition saw Magilligan come out on top over with a semi final win over Ardstraw while St Coleman’s accounted for Drummond in their semi final. The final was not as close with Magilligan winning 22 - 13. In the Plate competition Finvoy had a narrow win over Mayne while 2nd Donegore accounted for Strabane Mourne. The final was a disappointing affair with 2nd Donegore taking the Plate.

Magilligan Winners of Galway Bay Hotel Cluib 8 Competition

2nd Donegore Winners of Galway Bay Hotel Cluib 8 Plate Competition

Champion of Champions

Singles Winner William Boggs

Pairs Winners Sean and Kevin Conroy

Triples Winners skipped by Nigel Gamble

Rinks Winners Skipped by Andy Leckey



Zones which wish to publish general information about developments / events in their area can be allocated a specific page on the site and contributions will be credited to those Convenors who forward it.

News From Cork

Conna Pairs Winners John Martin, Noeleen Tanner and

Club Captain Catherine O'Regan



Updated forms and information is in the Child Protection section .


The IIBA are delighted that the Galway Bay Hotel have confirmed sponsorship of the Irish Club Championship, the premier club competition. The support for the competition shown by the Galway Bay Hotel is greatly appreciated.

Natalie Merrigan  representing the marketing department of the Galway Bay Hotel  with Seamus Kyne IIBA PRO.


Tournament resutts WILL NOT be published on the web site until the WINNER has returned the Champion of Champions form to the Competition Secretary. If details do not appear on the web site, winners will not have returned the form or if they have returned it and details do not appear on the web site, they MUST contact the Competition Secretary immediately. Only when the results appear on the web site will entry to the appropriate Champion of Champions competition be confirmed. Entries, this season, can only be made for only ONE category.


Latest breaks from Galway Bay Hotel

DATES FOR 2017/18

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Tournaments 2017/18

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Centre Activity Manager with IBA PRO Seamus Kyne

at the Blancherstown national Sports Centre

The National Sports Campus is providing state-of-the-art sports facilities to elite athletes in Ireland while offering valuable amenities to the local community.

 The Campus boasts an impressive array of facilities including the National Aquatic Centre, Centre for the Football Association of Ireland and the national team, Irish Institute of Sport- providing sports science and medical facilities, a National Modern Pentathlon Centre, Horse Sports Arena, the National Aquatic Centre, National Diving Centre, grass and outdoor synthetic playing pitches, complete with floodlights and pavilion. And there is more; the National Indoor Arena has started and the Campus has received planning for the National Velodrome and Badminton Centre.

It is in the new indoor arena that Centre Activity Manager Gary Stewart is enthusiastic about providing  short mat bowls as one of the activities when it opens in January. During a meeting of just under 2 hours Gary was given information about the IIBA and its activities at local level and further afield, the equipment required and how best he might advertise and involve the community which has a catchment area of some 450,000. At present there are no clubs in the Dublin area in the association though there are clubs playing the game and we are trying to make contact with some to see if we can get a base established.

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