History & honours

A very brief history

  • 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.

  • Our 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).

  • The club has enjoyed much success in Bowling League of Ireland competitions over the years, winning all of the BLI Junior Cups at various stages (see our Club honours section below for further details).


  • We won BLI Div 3 for the first time in 2012, and followed that up by winning BLI Div 2, again for the first time, in 2014. After a tough first year in BLI Div 1 we dropped back down but returned to the top division in 2016 and have been competing there since

  • The club was an all-male institution until 1974, when a ladies section was instituted. This was in place place until 2018 and was very successful in its own right, even having a player selected for the Irish international team (Pat Evans).

  • Like all clubs, we've had our ups and downs over the years, but we're fighting very hard to restore the Club's fortunes and are looking to the future with confidence. There are no longer separate ladies and men's sections in the club. Wherever you're from, whatever your experience and however you identify, you're welcome to bowl with us.

Finals appearances & honours

BLI Leagues:

  • 2016 - Division 2 runners-up (promoted)

  • 2014 - Division 2 winners (promoted)

  • 2012 - Division 3 winners (promoted)

BLI Cups:

  • 2016 Crumlin Cup winners

BLI Championships:

  • Sixsmith Cup (senior rinks):

    • 2019 - B Stirling, D Kells, C Carrick & A Kells (runners-up)

    • 1934 – TJ McKee, P Reynolds, V Sully and JP Morrow (winners)

  • Nassau Cup (junior singles):

  • 2012 – N Daly (winner)

  • 1945 – S Wilson (winner)

  • 1943 – CT Sheppherd (winner)

  • 1941 – JA Connolly (winner)

  • 1934 – TJ McKee (winner)

  • Tyler Cup (junior pairs):

    • 2011 – A Kells & D Kells (winners)

    • 2010 – U Daly & N Daly (winners)

    • 2009 – F Tierney & D Kells (runners-up)

    • 1943 – WR Sargeant & AC Hogg (winners)

    • 1940 – SJ Doyle & JA Connolly (winners)

    • 1933 – TJ McKee & V Sully (winners)

  • BLI Cup (Junior Triples):

    • 2002 – T Moorehead, T Wynne & C McKernan (runners-up)

    • 1990 – F Tierney, G Dagg & J MacKenzie (winners)

    • 1989 – J Tanham, L Fox & W Ensor (winners)

  • Mecredy Cup (Junior Rinks):

    • 2011 – U Daly, J Mellon, V Daly & N Daly (winners)

    • 2010 – U Daly, J Mellon, V Daly & N Daly (runners-up)

    • 2009 – F Tierney, A Kells, D Kells & W Jackson/T Kennelly (winners)

    • 2002 – R Fitzgerald, V Daly, T Moorehead & P Coady (runners-up)

    • 1990 – F Tierney, J Campbell, G Dagg & J MacKenzie (winners)

    • 1989 – F Tierney, J Campbell, G Dagg & J MacKenzie (winners)

    • 1980 – J MacNamara, H McKeown, E Collins & T Perkins (winners)

  • Bank of Ireland Investment Cup (Under-18 Singles):

    • 2012 – A Jackson (winner)

Dun Laoghaire Champion of Champions:

  • 2016 - Billy Stirling (Runner-up)

  • 1972 – Brian Carpenter (Winner)

LBLI Championships:

  • Senior Rinks

    • 1991 - K Parsons, Z Trower, N Moorehead & M Tubbert (winners)

  • Senior Triples –

    • 2011 - P Evans, B Condron & L Lyons (runners-up)

    • 1987 - B Murphy, P Evans & P Corcoran (winners)

  • Junior Singles

    • 1981 - T Devlin (winner)

  • Junior Pairs

    • 1981 - T Devlin & P Evans (winners)

    • 1980 - P Corcoran & F Wilson-Price (winners)

  • Junior Rinks

    • 1999 - D Neilan, H Buggy, L Lyons & V Doddy (winners)