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History & honours

  • Railway Union Bowling Club was founded in 1904 and is the second oldest bowling club in Dublin. It was a founder member of the Irish Free State Bowling League (now the Bowling League of Ireland - BLI), which was instituted in 1927 to promote the game of bowls in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Railway Union's bowling green is the oldest green currently in use in Ireland. Originally consisting of three rinks, it is now a six-rink full-size green playable in both directions. (North/South and East/West).
  • Railway Union Bowling Club was an all-male institution until 1974, when the ladies section was instituted. In 1977, the Ladies entered Division III of the Ladies Bowling League of Ireland and having won it several times, they competed in the senior leagues during the 1980s and 1990s. The club was also very well represented in junior and senior inter-association teams during this time, winning several LBLI junior and senior competitions and culminating in the selection of P Evans for the Irish international team. Another current member and founder of the Ladies Section, Teresa Devlin, has acted as President of the LBLI on two occasions - in 1992 and again in 2004.
  • The Men's section has enjoyed success in Bowling League of Ireland competitions over the years. During the 1930s and 1940s we enjoyed several wins in the BLI's Nassau and Tyler cups. In 1980, Railway won the BLI Mecredy Cup for the first time, and another period of achievement arrived in 1989 and 1990 with the club winning both the BLI and Mecredy cups in both years. Even more recently, the club won the Mecredy cup in 2009 and 2011, the Tyler cup in 2010 and 2011, and both the Nassau and Bank of Ireland Investment cups in 2012 (see our Club honours section below for further details).
  • In addition, we won BLI Div 3 for the first time in 2012, and followed that by winning BLI Div 2, again for the first time, in 2014. After a tough season in BLI Div 1 last year we'll be competing again in Div 2 in 2016. But when we go back up to Div 1, we'll be much better prepared.
  • We have fought very hard to restore the Club's fortunes and regain former glories, as our recent successes show. We currently have one of the lowest bowling club age profiles around, and we are looking to the future with confidence. Watch this space!