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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.

Short mat bowling, as we now know it, originated in Northern Ireland but detailed information of the early days before the formation of the Irish Indoor Bowling Association in 1961 is somewhat hazy. Myth has it that the game was started, or conceived might be more appropriate, around 1926 when bowlers from the outdoor club of Victoria in Belfast were rained off their green and retired to their Church Hall, Strand Presbyterian. To pass the time they rolled bowls up and down the bare floor and someone suggested that a piece of carpeting might help matters. What happened after that is not clear and the next relevant information comes from Ballymacarret Presbyterian Church which claims to be the first club in existence and have hanging on the wall a photograph as evidence. This, taken in 1929, shows the Minister delivering a bowl on what seems to be a three foot wide piece of carpet and through a hoop......more

British Isles Championships


The Ireland teams to play in the British Isles Championships and 'A' series have been selected. The competition will take place in LLanneli Wales on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November. Tavel will be by coach and ferry from Rosslare and ful details will be provided later...... more

Irish Club Championship

The Irish Club Championship will be held in Shaw's Bridge on Sat 8 and Sat 22 November. The IIBA are delighted that the Galway Bay Hotel have agreed to continue their sponsorship of Ireland's premier team competition. Current holders of the title are St Mark's Portadown from the Armagh Zone...... more

September Tournaments

  MGBC Singles
  St. Ninian's Convoy Singles
  1st.Limavady Pres. Open Triples
  Magheracross Triples
  St. Johnston Pres. Singles
  Ardstraw Pres Open Pairs
15-18 1st. Dromore Pres. Singles
15-18 Kilkerley Triples
19-21 Conna Pairs
22-25 St. Michael's (Dundrum) Singles
22-25 All Saint's Tullylish Open Pairs
22-27 Carrigaline GAA Triples
23-26 Redeemer Pairs
Sep  Armagh Zone Open Singles
Sep Roslea Pairs
27-1 Oct Clabby Fours
29-2 Oct Geraldine's Singles


Tournaments will be listed for current month. Details of tournaments can be found in competition section. Please forward winners as soon as the event has been completed. Those which are taking place and are not on the list can be added to when the relevant details are forwarded




Year Book & Licence Forms

Year Book Form.doc
Microsoft Word document [29.5 KB]
Microsoft Word document [30.5 KB]

Download and forward to the local Zone Convenor

IIBA Pairs
Microsoft Word document [50.2 KB]


IIBA Pairs competition Saturday 27 September at Shaw's Bridge.Entries so far .......

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