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 From Humble Beginnings to the National Governing Body

The origins of English short mat bowling Association Rumours have it that the sport was first played in Wales by two South Africans who came to work in the area. They had played bowls outdoors in South Africa and, perhaps due to the poor climate and the long close season in this country, they began to play a simulation of the outdoor game on a strip of carpet in a church hall. Sometime later, they moved to Northern Ireland and took the new game with them. Rules and conditions of play were drawn up and the game soon became well established in the Province during the 1940’s in village halls as a way for outdoor bowlers to keep their “hand in” ready for the next season. The Irish Indoor Bowling Association was formed in 1961.

Useful information

To a large extent, the association is given purpose through the commitment and enthusiasm of its members. Yet we are just as much indebted to our many sponsors and patrons, whose valued support ensures that our association remains active, alive and well.



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From our simple beginnings to our present-day structure, the basic principles of the common interest of our association have been enthusiastically embraced by each and every one of our deeply committed members in their daily lives.

National Triples Winners 2017


Simon White - Adam Smith - Grant Soller



2016 World Flags

At the 2016 World Championship held at Leigh Indoor Sports Centre in March was a great success with 14 countries taking part, Ireland winning the Singles, Triples and Fours with England winning the Pairs event.





National Fours Winners 2017


Ross Dunkley -Alan Williams

Craig Strong - Adam Easthope



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