Irish Women's Bowling Association

Formed in 1947 the IWBA is the National Governing Body for the sport of women's bowls in Ireland.  Under it's umbrella it has four Associations, whose total of affiliated Clubs is 80, covering both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (where the Clubs are mainly located in the Dublin area). 

Each Association has its own league structure and cup competitions and meet annually in an Inter-Association tournament.

The IWBA aims, through the promotion of competition bowls, to enable players to develop their full potential at all levels, up to and including International representation. 

For those who are not so competitively minded, there is a place for recreational bowls at Club level and Clubs will welcome enquiries from prospective members.


Fran Neilson
President 2018

Cardiff 10 Nation Series

What a magnificent event we have just been part off. Teams of the calibre of Australia, Malaysia, South Africa and Wales to name but a few. The Event was played in a similar format to World and Commonwealth Games with a round robin section followed by a knockout for those sides who came out of their groups. The following is a summary of our medallists:
Ladies Singles Bernie O'Neill  Bronze Medal
Ladies Pairs Donna Meneely, Paula Montgomery  Bronze Medal
Men's Singles Gary Kelly Gold Medal
Men's Pairs Stephen Kirwood, Gary Kelly Bronze Medal
Men's Triples Stuart Bennet, Neil Mulholland, Mark Wilson Gold Medal
Men's Fours  Stuart Bennett, Neil Mulholland, Stephen Kirkwood, Mark Wilson Silver Medal

The weather was outstanding throughout the tournament, with no rain whatsoever, and the greens, at times running at up to 19 seconds.

A new High-Performance App was developed prior to the Series and valuable feedback will be given to players over the coming days.

Gary Kelly added to his British Isles Pairs Title and 3 unbeaten games in the International Series with an awesome performance to win the Blue Riband Singles event against South Africa.

Mark Wilson and his triple also turned in a top-notch display to collect Triples Gold with Wilson turning in an awesome skipping performance.

Valuable information was gained in relation to the logistics of the Atlantic Rim Event next May and we hope to continue in the same form come next year.

Neil Booth
High Performance Coach

Jersey Test Matches
Saturday 22 - tuesday 25 september
St. SAVIOURS Bowling Club

The following Squad has been selected to play Jersey, in September, in a series of test matches.

Nigel Beggs
Mark Brown
Barry Browne (Vice Captain)
Adam McKeown
Alan Paul
Jack Montgomery
SJ Curran
Sarah Kelly (Captain)
Allana McKee
Megan Morrow
Shauna O'Neill
Chloe Wilson

The following Management Team will travel with the Squad:
Barbara Cameron Ladies Team Manager
Mandy Cunningham Ladies U25 Team Manager
Tommy Smith Men's Team Assistant Manager
Neil Booth High Performance Coach

Congratulations to everyone on their selection. Players will be contacted by e-mail with all the details in due course.

Neil Booth
High Performance Coach

The 2018 Ireland U25 Team (U25 Team)

has been announced, and we are delighted that this year we have representation from each of the 4 Associations!!

The following players have been selected for the Annual Test Match -v- Scottish Young Bowlers on Wednesday 18th July at Old Bleach Bowling Club. Players are expected to be at Old Bleach at 8.30 am on the morning of the game. Matches will be played in whites and Irish Shirts. Please attend the game in greys and Irish Shirts. For those players who do not have a shirt please let me have your size or in the case of the girls please let Mandy know.

The team will consist of 12 players in each session, so there will be a degree of rotation throughout the afternoon. Everybody will play some part in the games.

Alex Cromie William Orr
Daniel Donnan Jordan Rankin
Peter Haughey Francis Savage
Jonny Hedley Carter Sloan
Brad Hutchinson Laura Cassells
Jayden Kyle Zoe Minish
Nathan Minish Shauna O’Neill (Vice Captain)
Colm O’Brien (Team Captain) Chloe Wilson

 Congratulations to all selected. Could everyone please confirm your attendance by texting me on 07834958136.
Please leave your name in case I don’t have numbers saved.

 Neil Booth
High Performance Coach
Irish Bowls Federation

Two Panels below (listed alphabetically)
selected until January 2019

Both Panels interchangeable for upcoming events.
The Selectors reserve the right to add to either Panel during the year. After January 2019 the list will again be reviewed.

Sandra Bailie

Catherine Beattie

Sarah-Jane Curran

Sally McAuley

Donna McCloy

Donna Meneely

Paula Montgomery

Bernie O'Neill

Erin Smith

Ashleigh Rainey

Rosie Brown

Emily Dornan

Sarah Kelly

Barbara Logue

Gemma McClean

Lisa McDonagh

Courtney Meneely

Mandy Tennant

Megan Wilson


Wales have invited a Team (Men & Women) to play in a
Test Series from 6-14 July 2018 -
the following have been selected to play:

Rosie Brown, Gemma McClean, Donna Meneely,
Paula Montgomery, Bernie O'Neill, Ashleigh Rainey


IWBA Constitution/Rules

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Contact List for All Club Secretaries

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Tom Sutton Rose Bowl

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International Players since 1983 - download from the 'Internationals' page

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