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.



The teams to represent Ireland in this year's championships in Shaw's Bridge have been selected. This year the selectors have decided , in the interest of the players, that there will be no doubling up in both team and individual series.


1. The Honorary Secretary will forward a letter to all players in the next 7 to 10 days which 
     must be returned with the signed code of conduct.

2.  Players appearing for the first time will be provided with polo shirts. Other players who
     may wish to purchase a shirt should inform the Honorary Secretary.

3.  All players must stay in the Crown Plaza Hotel on Thursday and Friday nights. Prices
     will be £99 for single room and £109 for double / twin. There will be a team meeting on
     Thursday night.

4.  A meeting will be held for all players on the day of the Champion of Champions as
     follows; those involved in rinks or triples 9.30 and for all others 1pm.

DATES FOR 2017/18

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National Finals



National, Ladies, Junior and Over 55 Winners (pics in gallery)


A Leckey
K Conroy
PJ McCrossan
G Conroy
Ladies Singles
P Beattie
Ladies Pairs
F McDermott
Ladies Triples
C Scott
Over 55's
T Mulholland
Junior Singles
 A McKeown
Junior Pairs
A Evans

IIBA President Mrs Flo McNally presents original Boomer Trophy and Boomer Cup to winning Oriel Zone Convenor Gerry O'Hare

Winning Oriel Team

Runners Up Donegal

Inter Zone Draws


There was a redraw for each round.


Men Preliminary...
Meath v South Tyrone
Western v Belfast
South Down v North East
North West v Mid Tyrone
Mid Ulster v East Antrim
Mid Down v West Down
North Down v Lisburn


1st Round
Western or Belfast v Armagh (1)
North Down or Lisburn v Monaghan (2)
Mid Down or West Down v Donegal (3)
North West or Mid Tyrone v Cork (4)
South Down or North East v Foyle (5)
Northern v Mid Antrim (6)
Oriel v Mid Ulster or East Antrim (7)
Meath or South Tyrone v Larne (8)


Quarter Finals
1 v 3
6 v 2
8 v 4
7 v 5


Semi Final
7 or 5 v 6 or 2
8 or 4 v 1 or 3


Ladies Preliminary
Donegal v Oriel
Armagh v Cork
South Tyrone v Mid Tyrone


1st Round
Northern v North West (1)
Armagh or Cork v South Down (2)
South Tyrone or Mid Tyrone v West Down (3)
Donegal or Oriel v North East (4)
Foyle v Western (5)
Mid Ulster v Lisburn (6)
Mid Down v East Antrim (7)
Monaghan v Mid Antrim (8)


Quarter Finals
5 v 2
7 v 8
6 v 1
3 v 4


Semi Finals
6 or 1 v 7 or 8
5 or 2 v 3 or 4




Ladies Triples

Over 55's

Junior Singles


Winning Foyle Ladies team

Armagh Ladies Runners Up

Foyle defeat favourites Armagh winning 54 - 49


1st Half
I Doone 10 D Stevenson 14
D Marshall 10 S Johnson 5
R Cassells 10 I Robb 7

2nd Half
I Douglas 7 L Hamilton 14
P Beattie 5 V Witherow 11
L Douglas 7 S Finlay 3

              Junior Inter Zone

Winnng North West A team

Junior Inter Zone


Mid Ulster 12(0.5) Oriel 33(4.5)
North West A 29(5) Northern 18(0)
North West B 15(0.5) West Down 25(4.5)...
Armagh 23(4) South Down 21.25(1)

Mid Ulster 26(4) Western 17(1)
Armagh 30(5) South Down 16(0)
Donegal 22(1) Northern 24(4)
Monaghan 32(4) North West B 22(1)

Donegal 13(0) North West A 33(5)
Monaghan 30(4) West Down 17(1)
Western 22(1) Oriel 29 (4)

Semi Final

Armagh 20 Oriel 29
Monaghan North West A


Oriel 16 North West A 38

Inter Zone Plate
Mid Ulster win Men's Plate with 48 - 44 win over South Tyrone

Donegal win Ladies Plate with 67 - 43 win over West Down


Boomer Cup Final

Sat 11 March St Swithin's Magherafelt
Donegal v Oriel



Updated forms and information is in the Child Protection section .


Mid Ulster had competed in the British Isles Top Team competition on 9 occasions winning all 9. At the end of day 1, it looked as if that unblemished record was about to go as they trailed both Pembrokeshire and Norfolk, a position they had never been in before.
The opening game saw Pembrokeshire defeat Norfolk 109-61 and take 12 of the 16 points. Mid Ulster then played Norfolk winning 85-79 but sharing the points 8-8. In round 3, Pembrokeshire were the opposition with Pembrokeshire on top 102-83 and taking 9 of the 16 points. In round 4, Pembrokeshire played Norfolk in the team game winning 61-46 scoring 9 points to 3. The final game on Saturday saw Mid Ulster play Norfolk in the team game and again it was a below par performance with Norfolk winning 42-39 taking 9 of 12 points.
Day 1 saw Pembrokeshire with 30 points, Norfolk 24 and Mid Ulster 18.
it was clear that it would take a phenomenal performance on the Sunday if the situation was to be turned around. Mid Ulster played Pembrokeshire in the individual series targeting 12 of the 16 points. In the end they won 98-82 with 10 points which really could have been 14. It was a totally different Mid Ulster team compared to the Saturday. This reduced Pembrokeshire's lead to 8 points but with Pembrokeshire defeating Norfolk 100-69 taking 13 of the 16 points the lead increased to 21 and it was odds on a Pembrokeshire title. Mid Ulster took on Norfolk In their penultimate game knowing they needed to take all games to have a realistic chance in the final game with Pembrokeshire. Across the mats, they put in a tremendous performance to win 96-63 and more importantly taking all 16 points redusing the points deficit to 5. Pembrokshire were stunned at this clean sweep and knew that if Mid Ulster took the ooverall score the title was theirs. They certainly did not expect Mid Ulster to get off to the start they did building up a 25 shot lead after 4 ends. Mid zulster were in total control and the overall was never in doubt but the fact they they achieved a successive clean sweep showed a performance and team spirit reminiscent of the 5 in a row era.
Every member of the squad deserves the highest price for the way in which they turned a likely defeat into a tremendous win, one which left the Pembrokeshire team wondering what had hit them.


Mid Ulster 56 points 461 for 406 against
Pembrokeshire 49 points. 492 for 419 against
Norfolk. 27 points 360 for 488 against



This season's Galway Bay Hotel Club Championship has been won by St Mark's Portadown. IIBA President Flo McNally presents Andy Leckey St Mark's with the Championship Shield after their win over All Saint's Tullylish.


Ireland win International team event

Ireland win A Series team event

Ireland win International triples with Gordan Stubbs, Ray Stubbs and Pasul Reid

Ireland win A Series rinks with P J McCrossan, Gary Moore, Terence Patton and Mark Beattie

Ireland win A Series triples with Adam, Ryan and Philip McKeown

Ireland win A Series singles with Martin McNicholl

Ireland Captain Colum McHugh celebrates 25 successive years on the International team.Colum is by far the most capped Irish player.


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.

IIBA Masters Pairs


Congratulations to Don and Paul McNamara on winning the Irish Masters Pairs with a narrow 8 - 7 win over Malcolm Cunningham and Dayne Jordan.

Champion of Champions

Champion of Champion Singles winner Alan Paul who qualifies for World Championships in Sweden in 2017.


This year 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.





At present I am trying to establish contacts with clubs in Southern Ireland with the intention of setting up some meetings with clubs who might be interested in learning more about the IIBA and hopefully join the Association. If anyone can help with contact details in Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Dublin, Longford, Clare and Offaly where we know there are a number of clubs operating or indeed any other area, perhaps you could contact me with details which can be followed up. All help would be appreciated.

Galway Bay Hotel Irish Club Championship

Winning St Mark's team


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


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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