Railway Union Bowling Club

Founded in 1904, Railway Union is Dublin’s second-oldest bowling Club. The Club was a founder member of the “Irish Free State Bowling League”, which was later to become the The Bowling League of Ireland (BLI) in 1927.

Originally an all-male bowling club, lady members became part of the club in 1975 and today both ladies and men participate in BLI and LBLI league and cup competitions, as well as all-Ireland inter-club and inter-association competitions throughout the bowling season. Both our ladies and men’s teams have enjoyed successes over the years and while we always strive to win, the pleasure of playing is just as important. As far as we’re concerned, if players enjoy themselves, they play better – simple as that. 

Latest Bowling News

Bowls Update 12th September 2016.

Saturday’s game for the 1st team was away to Skerries. We went into the game 1 point behind Cym in the league. The bad news is that we lost the good news is that it made no difference to the league as CYM won 7-0 against Herbert park which made them uncatchable....

Bowls Update 30th August 2016.

On Saturday the ladies had no game. Their next game is away to Blackrock on the 3rd of September. Saturday’s game for the 1st team was at home to Westmanstown. A 5 – 2 win would ensure promotion to the 1st division next year. But a loss would more than...

Our Club

Railway Union is Dublin’s second-oldest bowling club. Our Men’s section competes in BLI League Divisions 2 and 5, as well as the Veteran’s League, while our Ladies section competes in LBLI League Division 3. Members and teams from both sections also participate in other IBA, BLI and LBLI cup, all-Ireland inter-club and inter-association competitions throughout the bowling season.

Why Join?

We’re building a dynamic, forward-looking bowling club and aim to make it the best and most successful in Dublin. To this end, we are actively seeking both female and male members of any age and any level of experience.

Give it a Go!

Everyone has to start somewhere – so start with us! If you’ve never bowled before and are curious to try it, feel free to drop down to RUBC (click here for directions) any Tuesday evening between 7:00 – 8:00pm onwards. There’ll always be someone out on the green who’ll be more than happy to show you the ropes. If you want to have a go, just make sure you wear a flat-soled pair of shoes or runners.

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Intro to Bowls

Contrary to popular opinion, lawn bowls isn’t just a retirement sport. While one of the advantages of the game is that players can continue to play and compete for many years.

Bowls is an easy game to learn, but it can take years to perfect your game. The important thing is to get out there and give it a go!

To get started, you will need a set of bowls and flat shoes/runners (i.e. no heels or ridges). Railway Union Bowling Club has a set of bowls for use by newcomers, as well as all the other bowling equipment needed for a game (jacks, mats, markers, measures and scoreboards).