Introducing the London Irish Bowling Association
The London Irish Bowling Association, which was originally known as the London Irish Bowls Club, was created in 1955, by recruiting Irish bowlers and those with an Irish name or connection, from a number of London Bowling Clubs. Great support was given by the Guinness Club in many ways, not least by offering the use of the Guinness Club's facilities on match days. Indeed the first President was C. E. Guinness whose earlier encouragement had been so instrumental in the successful creation of the Association. By March 1956 there were 40 founding members who agreed that the Club should become an Association. Hence, the birth of the London Irish Bowling Association.
As a result of a casual conversation, in 1961, between the then President (C. E. Guinness) and a member of the London Welsh there arose an annual outdoor competition, now known as the Miniature Internationals, between the London Welsh, Scottish, Irish and an appropriate team which could be 'dubbed' the London English, who play for the Edward Guinness Trophy. Since 1978 an indoor Miniature International has also been played. Since 1961 the Association has gone from strength to strength and now has a membership of 320, and a waiting list of Clubs who wish to have an annual fixture.
Also see 'History of LIBA' page.
The 2016 LIBA Tour to Northern Ireland
This short report summarises the tour experience. Great Clubs: Hospitality,meals and greens very good; players very welcoming and enjoyable to play against. Bobby our tour coach driver: Grand tour experiences as well as getting us to and from our games. Jury's Hotel: staff, rooms, accommodation and breakfasts were first rate and well situated for shopping etc in Belfast.
Pictures below show the men about start playing whilst the ladies go sight seeing
The match results are shown below
22rd Aug: LIBA 90 -- 75 Belmont BC
Once again Riverain IBA was the venue for the Guinness Mini Indoor Internationals
Great result again for the London Irish who are the winners of the Mini Internationals (See the 'Indoor Mini Internationl Results' page.)
A very close defeat for the London Welsh B.A., the London Scottish B.A. winning by just one shot for 85 to 84 scoreline.
A clear win for the Englidh against the London Welsh by 90 shots to 81.
Go to to the Tropy Winners 'Limavady' page to see the winners of theTrophy.
The picture below shows.the presentation, by Bill Copeland, to the Captain of the winning LIBA team.
LIBA 60th Anniversary Dinner Dance and Presentation of Prizes 2016
Thanks to the hard work of Jim and Sue Collins along with Des Hunter, approximately 90 members and guests enjoyed an excellent evening at the Annual Dinner Dance and Presentation of Prizes held at Hounslow Conservative Club.
The Falls’ Vase was presented to one of our newer members, Alan McInerney, for supporting the L.I.B.A. and Captain by playing 38 games since joining in April 2014. Congratulations!
Thanks also to those who supplied raffle prizes and contributions.
The pictures below show the raffle prizes and the venue.
The Frank Shaw Trophy (May 2015)
The newly instituted 'Frank Shaw Trophy', donated by Maidenhead Town BC to honour the memory of Frank Shaw, is to be presented to the winner of the annual matches between Maidenhead Town BC and the London Irish BA. The pictures below show the presentation by Ann Shaw, Frank's widow, to Des Hunter, Captain of the London Irish BA, the first winners. Alo shown in the pictures is Grant Oxtaby of Maidenhead Town BC.
The 2014 LIBA Dinner
Thanks to the hard work of Jim and Sue Collins
along with Des Hunter 66 members and guests enjoyed
an excellent evening at the Annual Dinner Dance and
Presentation of Prizes held at Hounslow Conservative
Club. After a very good meal the dance floor was
rarely empty with so many enjoying the opportunity
to let their hair down dancing to the musical
talents of the excellent Eamon Gorey.
The Lady Supporters