About Blackrock Bowling & Tennis Club
We welcome all membership enquiries. So if you are a tennis player, or a bowler, or indeed a complete novice to either sports, we look forward to showing you around our club.
Tennis Section – Applications for tennis membership is now closed open for 2017. For 2018 there is already a waiting list in place so early application will improve chances. We normally take in a further 30-35 new senior and junior members annually so chances of success are good. Playing and attending club coaching is for members only, as non members are not covered by the necessary club insurance. Junior coaching is also available to members only Any junior application must be associated with a senior existing parent member or new senior parent application. A complete set of rules is available on request.
Bowling Section – Membership of our Bowling Section is currently OPEN and we are running a limited introductory offer to join our Bowling section for €110.00. We welcome new members from beginners, to experienced players. Please register your interest in our Club by filling out the attached form. Return your application to us by email, or download a copy, fill it in, and post for the attention of Hon Sec, Blackrock and Tennis Bowling Club, Green Road, Blackrock, and we will contact you ASAP to organise a tour of our facilities.
Senior Bowls €320 p.a
Senior Tennis €345 p.a
Intermediate (Students) Tennis: €50 p.a
Junior Tennis €110 p.a
Junior Tennis with Parent member: €50 p.a. per child
*Senior fees include compulsory €70 bar voucher
No Joining Fees Intro Bowling Membership (all Inclusive) €110 p.a
Interested in joining? Download the application form Here
Information on Child Protection can be found here
The anecdotal evidence is that the Company was set up in response to proposals from a local builder to build a factory on the site. To pre-empt this possibility a group of “gentlemen” got together to form Blackrock Bowling and Lawn Tennis Club. They then approached the successors of the Rev. John Craig who in 1843 had taken out a lease on the land from the Pembroke Estate. The new Company took out a lease for a period of 33 years, on an area of one acre, two roods & four perches on land situated behind Victoria Place.
Included in this lease was a clause that forbade the use of the premises “for the purpose of any trade, manufacture or business of any description, nor of any public body or society or religious or charitable institution nor as an asylum for lunatics or idiots hospital, nursing or nurses home or barrack school or as a burial ground”. This clause was to prove invaluable, when, at a later date, during a difficult financial period creditors came prowling around thinking that they could move in on a lucrative site. The restriction on any business caused them to shrink back from whence they came. With regard to the reference to the burial ground, there have been many occasions when a bowl or a tennis ball took a funny bump and members, and even more so visitors, swore that there must be a body buried under that spot.
Blackrock Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club Ltd. was set up in 1906 as an old Public Limited Company with a maximum of 50 Shareholders. It was to remain like this for 90 years until the Shareholders agreed to hand over power in 1996 to Blackrock Bowling & Tennis Club Ltd. This was a new Company limited by Guarantee, not having a share capital, which had been set up to allow all the members a say in the running of the Company.
Peter Robbins – President & Chairman
Phil Gunn – Hon Secretary
Barre Carroll – Finance
Niall O’Grady – Tennis Membership & Fundraising
Martin Ryan – Bowling Membership & Special Projects
Patrick Fearon– Men’s & Juniors Tennis Liaison
Ann McCluskey– Ladies & Juniors Tennis Liaison
Shay Hammond – Bowling – Liaison & Membership Recruitment
Dee McCann – Bowling Liaison & Entertainment
Michael Scanlan – Bar & Facilities
Gordon Richards – Development Projects Lead
Sarah Cahill – Social & Website