ALSAA Executive Council – Club Representation


The Aer Lingus Tenpin Bowling Club has had representation on the ALSAA Council since 1982. Thanks are due to the following club members who gave their time to ALSAA affairs in general.


The first to be elected was Cormac Somerville in March 1982. He was re-elected in March 1986 and seconded from Aer Lingus Cargo as full time assistant to Manager-ALSAA in the run up to the opening of the complex in June 1986. On his third election in March 1988, Cormac topped the poll. In February 1990 Cormac advised the Committee that he was not going forward for election as he was moving to the USA.


Tom Maxwell was selected as the Club’s nominee and was elected to the Council in March 1990 for 2 years.  He was re-elected in 1992, 1994 and 1996 and decided not to run in 1999. The term had changed to three years.


John Fearn was selected by the club and elected with 594 votes to 254 in March 1999. John was re-elected unopposed in 2002.


Marie McAndrew served on the Council for other clubs for a number of years up to 2004. Peter Grimes was elected in 2004 from the general panel.





A reflection by Cormac Somerville


“How would you like your own bowling alley”? This short, eight-word question was asked by ALSAA Chief Executive, Matt Kelly of myself, Paddy Kilduff and Greg Baker in 1979. When we picked ourselves up off the floor, we suddenly realized that the Aer Lingus Tenpin Bowling Club would never be the same again.


We had been summoned to a meeting with Matt Kelly in somewhat unusual circumstances. Matt had been appointed ALSAA – CX about nine months earlier to replace Nicky Cash. Aer Lingus management had taken a hard look at the organization of ALSAA and did not like what it saw. It had become an ‘old boys’ club, stagnating and haemorraging money at an unacceptable rate. The Club, as the old clubhouse was known, was a place to be avoided and the interest level in ALSAA by the majority of Aer Lingus and Aer Rianta staff was minimal.


The ALTBC had been in operation since 1964, with our sport based in Ireland’s only bowling alley, the Stillorgan Bowl. A handful of us pioneers had played in winter leagues there as Aer Lingus. Paddy Kilduff eventually arrived on the scene and along with Greg Baker and Dermot Cullen established the Aer Lingus Tenpin Bowling Club Summer League. The international airline tournaments soon followed and so we went until the arrival of Matt Kelly.


This very brief historical snapshot of the ALTBC shows how our organisation looked to the new ALSAA – CX when he was searching for an “anchor club” for the proposed ALSAA Sports Complex. Even though our Club had little input into the affairs of ALSAA, we had written a letter of welcome to the new chief executive and wished him well in his endeavours. This may have been the most important letter ever written by our secretary, Paddy Kilduff!


Matt Kelly had come to ALSAA from Dublin Corporation, where he had been manager of Dublin’s public sporting facilities. A man of great vision, he looked at the state of ALSAA in the late 70’s and decided that the only way to survive was to clean house and launch a major expansion project. He convinced Aer Lingus management and the ALSAA Executive Council to think big and they threw their full support behind this very ambitious project. As mentioned, they needed an anchor club to get the project started. This club would have to be well established, well organized and capable of generating sufficient revenue to support the first phase of the project. Matt Kelly looked at all the clubs, but the only one who could help raise the type of revenue needed was the ALTBC.


Obviously, the answer to the question at the top was, YES. But what did we have to do? Nobody was just going to give us a bowling alley without some serious commitment. The membership of the ALTBC at that time was about 20! Although the Summer League utilised many more people, it was not a requirement to be a member of the ALTBC. The Club’s bank account was barely in the black, so a financial contribution to ALSAA was not the criterion by which it was selected to be the cornerstone of the New Development. Paddy, Greg and I had a very soul-searching meeting to see if we did indeed have the will and the commitment needed to see this project through. We realized that it would take enormous amounts of time and effort, but never for a minute did we think of not going forward.


About this time, we agreed that it would be to the Club’s benefit to be involved with the ALSAA Executive Council. I began to familiarise myself with the affairs of ALSAA. Although not yet elected to the Executive Council, I made it my business to find out as much as possible about the administration of ALSAA through Executive Council minutes and association with high profile ALSAA members.


It must be remembered that nobody in the ALSAA organization (including Matt Kelly) had any idea about the sport of tenpin bowling. Most people had tried it at one time or other, without paying much attention to the details. This makes it all the more remarkable that our sport and our little Club were selected to be the stepping stones to the prosperous future of ALSAA.


With our commitment to the ALSAA Bowling Alley project agreed, we set to work on what was to be the most exciting two years in the history of the ALTBC. Many meetings followed, both our own committee and also with Matt Kelly. Scepticism at the Executive Council level was expressed as to the achievability of this lofty goal by one of the ‘minnow’ clubs of ALSAA. The financing of this project was outside our bailiwick so we did not have to concern ourselves (thank goodness!) with that.


The two main parts of the project were the design and construction of the building and the selection of the equipment supplier. Aer Rianta architect, Declan O’Dwyer had been seconded to ALSAA to design the entire ALSAA Complex. The ALSAA Executive Council had envisioned four, perhaps six lanes as being sufficient for the project. We put our heads together and produced a “Report by the ALTBC to ALSAA on Proposed Bowling Alley at Dublin Airport” in which we stated that a minimum of ten lanes, but preferably twelve were necessary for a financially viable venture. If ALSAA wanted the ALTBC to move from its Stillorgan base, our leagues could only be run with at least ten lanes. It took a couple of Executive Council meetings to agree to the ten lanes – alas we couldn’t stretch it to twelve!


With the basic building design in place, it was now necessary to determine which company would supply the equipment, AMF or Brunswick. Matt Kelly and Arthur McSwiney, the ALSAA Chairman deferred to our knowledge of the technical aspects of bowling on this matter as long as we remained within budgetary constraints. Our initial thoughts were to go with the traditional wood lanes as supplied by AMF. We had bowled on wood since day one and were very comfortable with it. Brunswick had developed the synthetic lane a year or so previously, and were anxious to get a foothold in the Irish market. We were a little skeptical, but open to persuasion. A visit to Charrington Bowl, Tolworth in Surrey to inspect and experience synthetic lanes was arranged through the auspices of our good friends in British Airways Bowling Club.


This visit was a turning point in our research and in subsequent negotiations. It was strange bowling on synthetic for the first time but we all felt that it was something we could get used to. Although more expensive to install, it was felt that in the long term, with less maintenance requirements, synthetic was the way to go. I was privileged to be included in the negotiations between ALSAA and both AMF and Brunswick for the supply of the equipment. With Brunswick being more eager to establish a new ‘dot on the map’, they were more manoeuvrable than AMF (who were already well established in Stillorgan) and so offered us greater incentives to purchase synthetic. The deal having been made, the order went out for ten synthetic lanes, ten pinspotting machines, balls, shoes etc.


Around this time we felt that it was necessary that the ALTBC should be fully represented on the ALSAA Executive Council in order to safeguard the Club’s interests in the new Bowling Centre and to offer to ALSAA our many (collective) years of experience in the sport. I was proposed for election to the Council and with the assistance of all those in the ALTBC and my colleagues in Aer Lingus, I was duly elected.


Having spent my time in Aer Lingus dealing with airfreight, it was a new experience to become involved with seafreight. Our equipment was being shipped by the Dart Line and once it arrived in Dublin Port it was my responsibility to see it safely through customs and delivered to the Bowling Centre site. Two forty-foot and two thirty-foot containers were needed for the ten machines and all the other equipment. A crane suitable to offload these containers was required so, as my local ‘hire it’ shop was all out of cranes, I had to resort to the yellow pages. The Aer Lingus Cargo Dept. was also generous in loaning us a forklift truck plus driver. On the appointed day, with all the forces mustered, the equipment duly arrived on site and was offloaded outside the front door. During our visit to Tolworth, we were advised to obtain a German installation crew for the equipment. This suggestion was incorporated into our negotiations with Brunswick, and so on the same day our equipment was delivered, our German installers arrived. The excitement was palpable as the container doors were opened to reveal ten shiny new pinspotting machines.


The professionalism of the German crew was very soon evident. They were excellent, knowledgeable workers who applied themselves to their task with gusto, and before we knew it, the ten machines were in place. Next came the laying of the lanes along with the armour-plated pin decks. The levelness of the building floor was a critical factor that had been much discussed with Declan O’Dwyer. Being the highly-detailed architect that he is, he rode roughshod over the building contractor to get the floor as level as possible. The framework to hold the lanes was then put into place. All the electrical wiring that runs between the control desk and the machines was laid on the floor and connected. Work then began on putting down the lanes themselves.


I had been paying twice-daily visits to the site to observe progress. It so happened that one of such visits occurred just as the crew finished laying Lane 1. They very generously offered me the opportunity to be the first to roll a ball in the ALSAA Bowl. Not needing a second invitation, I grabbed one of the new house balls and let it go. About half way down the bone-dry lane it veered off into the gutter! Did I care? Not a bit. Even though I sheepishly had to go and retrieve the ball (the ball return had not been hooked up yet), the wonderful glow I felt that day more than made up for the embarrassment.


As work progressed on the installation, the question of staffing was being addressed by Matt Kelly. We had agreed with him that four staff would be sufficient to run the Bowl – two technical and two reception. Sean Carey, Peter Grimes, Margaret O’Flynn and Joanne Morgan were selected and the task of educating them in the ways of bowling fell to Paddy, Greg and myself. Sean and Peter went to Germany for technical training and we took Margaret and Joanne under our collective wings.

As this was a ‘from the ground up’ operation, it was our responsibility to design everything in the place to do with the sport – all operational procedures, stationery design, miscellaneous equipment ordering, notice board placement etc. This was the fun part. With the end in sight, it was a joy to see all the elements coming together. As part of our agreement with ALSAA, the ALTBC office at the front of the building became our new (first) home.


Matt Kelly raised a critical question at this time as to whether alcohol should be consumed on the premises. We discussed this over a few drinks and agreed that it should not! We had been bowling in alcohol-free Stillorgan for eighteen years without any problem, so we figured that we could still go without at ALSAA. It was felt that once the rest of the complex was constructed there would be ample availability of alcohol next door. Thus it was, that when the application for the ALSAA premises licence was prepared, the ALSAA Bowl was excluded.


The installation was eventually completed and we set about testing all the equipment and procedures prior to the grand opening. Everything worked remarkably well – a testament to the skills of our German crew. Finally, the big night arrived. The somewhat haphazard stone-chipping driveway had been laid from the Swords road to the Bowl door and also formed a small car park on the eastern side. The opening night, 30th June 1983 fell in the middle of a particularly dry spell, and the dust from the driveway ruined many a pair of shiny shoes that evening. Dignitaries from Aer Lingus, Aer Rianta, the ALSAA Executive Council, the Irish Tenpin Bowling Association, the Stillorgan Bowl and the ALTBC gathered to watch David Kennedy, Chief Executive of Aer Lingus and the late Martin Dully, Chief Executive of Aer Rianta roll the ceremonial first and second balls to declare the ALSAA Bowl open and the first phase of the New Development complete. An exhibition match between ALTBC members and an ITBA selection demonstrated the sport to the uninitiated. A fun match between the executives of Aer Lingus and Aer Rianta, the ALSAA Executive Council and the ALSAA Trustees ensued and a good night was had by all. The Bowl opened its doors to the ALSAA membership on the 2nd July and welcomed Mr. Alan Copeland (Aer Lingus Cargo Dept.) and his family as our first paying customers. The rest, as they say, is history!



ALSAA Bowl Opening and Anniversaries


ALSAA Bowl Official Opening – 30th June 1983

The “Opening Match” was arranged for Invitees to the Opening Reception with Trios Teams from: ALSAA Staff, ALSAA Council A & B, Rohan Builders, ALSAA Chairman, Aer Lingus CX, Aer Rianta CX, ALSAA Trustees, Ulster Bank, ALSAA Clubs.  The winning team was Aer Lingus CX (337) with David Kennedy bowling the High Game of the event – 143. His teammates were Bill Mulcahy and Cathal Mullan. Second were the ALSAA Council – Tony Murray, Vinnie O’Brien and P J Smyth. The third team were the ALSAA Trustees – Jim Fleming, Louis Slater, and Jim Kelly.


The second event was an exhibition match of Doubles Teams made up of members of the ITBA and the ALTBC. The winners were Paul Magee and Cormac Somerville (187, 209 for 396). In second place were Phillip Dunne and Dermot Cullen (214, 158 for 372), while in third were Patrice Gibbons and Ger Herrity (212, 146 for 358).


Open bowling then followed for any interested attendees.


The Bowl had been made available to Bowling Club and ITBA members for free practice during the three days prior to the opening.


ALSAA Bowl – 1st Anniversary – 30th June 1984

Three Events were arranged for the first Anniversary of the ALSAA Bowl – The Plate, ‘Best Ball’ Trios and ‘Him and Her’ Scotch Doubles.


16 bowlers took part in the Plate, played over 12 games, which was won by Cormac Somerville (2130, 177 ave), 2nd was John Fearn (2123, 176 ave.) and 3rd place went to Les Reilly (2114, 176).


20 teams played in the Trios in which the best ball bowled in each frame counted. The winners were Pat Power, John Fearn and Sean Carey with 256, 2nd were Greg Baker, Pat Tobin and Mick Russell on 233 just beating William Hill, Tony Hill and Mark O’Riordan by a pin.


The Scotch Doubles had 30 teams with Cormac Somerville and Ger Herrity successful on 491. Peter Grimes and Joanne Morgan took second spot with 469 while Kieran Hennessy and Noreen Russell came in on 453 in third.


ALTBC - 25th Anniversary – 1989

A visit by Fred Borden - Team USA Head Coach – was a major part of the celebrations. Instruction Courses were held in ALSAA Bowl from 30 May to 3 June 1989. From Tuesday to Friday the sessions were for ALTBC members and were all fully subscribed. A full day classroom session was held on Saturday open to all bowlers. Fred brought Scott Sustar (wearing his ABC 300 ring) to assist him. A Press Reception was held in ALSAA to promote the occasion.  A 25th Anniversary Dinner/Dance took place in the ALSAA Function Room with the Earl Gill Band entertaining.


ALSAA Bowl - 10th Anniversary - 1993

A week of events were arranged to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the ALSAA Bowl. The events ran from 28 June to 4 July. The events are shown below with the participation in brackets.

Monday             ALSAA General Fun Night (80), Reception (80)

Tuesday            ALSAA Bantam Doubles (20), ALSAA Ladies Fun Night (80)

Wednesday        Instruction (25) ALSAA Scratch/Handicap Singles (80), ALSAA Treasure Hunt (50)

Thursday           ALSAA Junior Trios (30), ALSAA Inter-Clubs (18 clubs – 72),

ALTBC Pitch & Putt (27)

Friday               Instruction (25), ALTBC Fun Night & Barbecue (80)

Saturday           ALSAA Senior/Junior Doubles (80), ALSAA Mixed Doubles (80)

                        Ladies qualifying section of Open Singles (16)

Sunday              Independence Day Open Scratch Singles (47) (Prize Fund £1600 +), Disco (150)


The total participation was 922, which represented 300 individuals.


Joe O’Brien produced a 16-page book on the 10 Year History of the ALSAA Bowl and a special anniversary sticker was also distributed.


Cormac Somerville, who was working with the Fred Borden Bowling School in Akron, Ohio, USA, presented two places in the school. These were put up as prizes in the Scratch Singles Event and were won by Dolores Fearn and Brendan Clare. Cormac provided accommodation in his home in Shaker Heights Mansion, Ohio.


Open Scratch Singles – 48 men & 17 women – winners Ray Byrne and Mary Mulcahy, while Marie McAndrew, Linda Mooney, Pat Power and Christy Redmond also played in the stepladder finals.


An exhibition of over 500 photos, Club Shirts and Bowling Equipment was on display for the week.



ALSAA – 50th Anniversary – 1997

A Scratch/Handicap Singles was held in July 1997 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of ALSAA. The prizewinners following a stepladder final were: Scratch: 1 – Brendan Clare, 2 – Ciaran Kilduff, 3 – Mick Gallagher: Handicap: 1 – Damien Doolan, 2 – Martin Ryan, 3 – Nicola Noone.



ALSAA Bowl - 20th Anniversary – 2003

Four squads of Team of Five of Moonlight Bowling were run on 5th July 2004. Prizes were given to the best three teams overall and the best team in each squad. There were prizes for strikes when a red pin was in the #1 spot. The bowling was free, as was the drink and food and a DJ played away during the event.


In May 2003 US International Top Amateur bowler Tim Mack, visited ALSAA for some coaching and a “Pro-am” type event. Qualifying sessions were run in ALSAA prior to Tim’s visit. During the Pro-am Mark Delany bowled a 300 game.  Tim visited again in August 2004 for more coaching and another Pro-am. Tim bowls a very fast ball and was challenged to bowl as fast as he could. He achieved 45.86 kph, which is 28.5 mph and he got a strike with this ball.



ALSAA Bowl Knocked Out Plate


The event was arranged for the 8 teams who were knocked-out in the first round of the Stillorgan Bowl Knock-out Cup. It ran in ALSAA from 28 February to 9 March 1985 and was won by Sundrive Leisure – Marjorie McEntee, Patrice Gibbons, Tom Caffolla, Fintan McManamon and Pauline Caffolla.


In March 1986 the event was won by ‘Bill Daly’s Team of Bill Daly, Mick Staines, Alex Telfer, Bernadette Whistler and Colm McGlynn.


It was never played for again and the plate was accidentally broken.


ALTBC Successes in the ALSAA Rose Bowl


The ALSAA Rose Bowl is arranged every year in January or February for the previous year’s Trios League winning teams.


The first event was in January 1985 and was won by “The Managers”, Cormac Somerville, Mike Dunne, Greg Baker and Damien Moles, who had qualified by winning the Bowling Club League. 


“The Mangers” qualified again for the 1986 Final and won again with the same players.


In the 3rd event in 1987 another Bowling Club team was successful.  This time it was “New Faces”, Dermot Cullen, Paddy Sweeney, Larry Moran, Michaela O’Donovan and Marie McAndrew.


A Bowling Club Team was again successful in 1988 when “The Kelly Gang” won, having qualified in the Sunday Morning League. The team members were Des (Snr), Helen, Terry, Brendan and Paul Kelly.


Again in 1989 a club team was successful when “One Last Try” won with James Long, Les & Patsy Reilly, Terry Duignam and Pat Keogh.


The Wednesday League Team of “Timberyahoos” won in 1990, but made up of

Bowling Club members Kieran Hennessy, Mick Russell, Les Reilly, John Fearn and

Christy Redmond.


There was an unusual result in 1991 with Timberwolves coming in 1st and 2nd. Larry Moran, Mick Crimmins and Mick Walsh beating Dermot Cullen, Liam Morgan and Greg Baker by 3 pins.


The Timberwolves won again in January 1993.  The team comprised Larry Moran, Mick Walsh, Liam O’Brien, John Moran and Dermot Cullen.


In 1994 it was the time of I. D.G.A.S. Kieran Hennessy. Nicola Noone, James Derham, Pat Tobin and John Dillon, who had qualified from the Bowling Club Winter League.


In 1997 a Wednesday League team “Slobodan Mylosovic” won, but all were members of the Bowling Club – Kieran Keogh, Brendan & Deirdre Clare, Mick Gallagher and Marc Mooney.


In 1998 The Kelly Gang won again – Des, Paul M, Brendan and Terry Kelly


The winners in 2000 were Cornerballs with Gerry Dennis, Eddie Massey and Noeleen O’Reilly.


We had two bowling club members in the winning team, FTB, in 2001: Alan McDonnell and Paul C Kelly with Ciara Tobin and Gareth Neary.


Ketchup won in 2002 with Joan & Dave Gardner, Colm Cloake, Eddie Galligan and Roger Hinchliffe, having qualified from the Sunday night league.


A Bowling Club team, having qualified from the Friday league won in 2004. They were the Bad Abbotts with Dave Godwin, Brendan Spain, Peter and Anne Marie Kelly.



ALSAA Bowl Open


We started a new annual event in January 2000 and took the opportunity to call the first the ALSAA “Millennium” Open. This is a five game scratch re-entry singles event and runs for three weeks concluding at the same time as the Irish Open in Stillorgan. One of the objectives was to get the best European bowlers to play in ALSAA. This was successful with 405 entrants and two 300 games. Norwegian, Ron Asheim, bowled the first ever 300 in ALSAA on 19 January 2000. Ron Oldfield had the second 4 days later. Norwegian bowler, Tore Torgersen (1238) and Kamilla Kjedsen, from Denmark (1139), won the event, receiving £2000 and £500 respectively. They were both holding the Number 1 spot on the World Bowling Index at the time, as compiled by Bowlers journal. The best finishing Club player was Del Delany who finished 3rd in the Irish section as well as winning the ALSAA Section, getting £300. Anne Marie Kelly was the best finishing ALSAA lady who was also 2nd in the Irish section for £200.


The second event was in 2001 with 390 entrants. The winners were Wayne Greenall from the U.K. (1244) and Irene Kragh Eckell from Norway (1149) and they received the same amount as those in 2000. There were two 300 games – Wayne Greenall and, local, Thomas Whelan. Del Delany (1143) and Anne Marie Kelly (934) were the best ALSAA Bowlers.


In January 2002 the third event was held. This time there were 302 participants. We had a new Men’s Section winner; Petter Hansen from Norway (1256) and Irene Kragh Eckell won the Ladies’ section for the second time (1112). Top prizes were €1900 and €500. Petter was second in the Irish Open in Stillorgan having lead all the way to the last rung of the step-ladder final. The best ALSAA Bowlers were Paul Stott, Jnr (1206), winner of the Irish section and 3rd overall, and Michele O’Connor (956). There was one 300 game bowled by Ulf Arnesen from Norway.


279 bowlers played in the fourth event in January 2003. For the first time we had an Irish winner when Alan Gibbons bowled 1298 on the first day of the event. Kirsten Penny from England won the ladies section with a new record of 1158, set in the penultimate squad. She also won the Irish Open in Stillorgan the next day. Prizes were the same as in 2002.  The top ALSAA bowlers were Del Delany (1200) and Jeanette McGuinness (1021). There were two 300 games bowled: by Jahn Kare Haugen and Lasse Ingebrigsten, both from Norway.


The 5th Annual event was in 2004 when 289 took part. Again the winning score for men was set in the first squad. This time by ALSAA bowler Alan McDonnell (1240), who only played in the squad to make the numbers even. Britt Bondsted from Denmark was the winning lady with 1070.  The best ALSAA lady was Barbara Minchin with 889.



ALSAA Junior Activities


First Junior League in ALSAA Bowl - 1984

The Bowling Club arranged the first Junior League in ALSAA, which ran from 8th September to 22nd December 1984, on Saturdays at 3pm. It was called the “ALSAA Junior Handicap League – Winter 84” and was for teams of three, aged from 14 to 18. A League Meeting and Instruction on 1st September preceded the league.


The winning teams were:

1st: Alleycats – Declan Colgan, Paul Treacher, William Fitzpatrick

2nd: Chosen Ones – John Kenny, Paul Molphy, Gordon McGrath, Brendan Kelly

3rd: Little Horrors – Kelly Irwin, Barbara Hill, Treacy Irwin


The Prize-winners Notice dated 22 December 1984 states:

“The above three teams, along with 4th place team, Jet Sets – Rosemary Maxwell, Brenda Beakey, June Carron, qualify to play against a Stillorgan Bowl selection on 29th December in the Stillorgan Bowl. Transport from ALSAA Bowl at 2.00pm.”


Individual Prizewinners were:

High Average:    Mark O’Riordan – 152, Brenda Beakey – 115

High Series:       Mark O’Riordan – 506, Brenda Beakey – 424

High Game:       Declan Colgan – 203, June Carron – 138


ITBA Junior Committee:

Brendan Beakey was on the Junior ITBA Sub Committee for 6 years up to 1991, when Peter Kelly took over. Roisin Cloake, Dave and Joan Gardner and Eddy Wattimena have also served on the committee.


Fund Raising Discos

In the late 80’s and early 90’s many fund-raising Junior Discos were arranged in ALSAA – up to 4 a year with up to 250 attending each. On one occasion over 50 were turned away as we were full. There were no junior discos in the area at the time but eventually others started in Swords the numbers in ALSAA dropped off, so it was not worthwhile to continue running them. 


ALSAA/Stillorgan Junior British Tour - 1985

A group of ALSAA Juniors, together with Tom Maxwell and Billy Hill, joined a tour to Britain arranged by Stillorgan Bowl in August 1985. Matches were played against local juniors in five centres. A match was played in ALSAA in August 1986 against a team from Bittern Bowl on a reciprocal tour. Tom Maxwell arranged a tour of the airport, including the hangars, for the visitors.


ALSAA Junior Tours – 1991 and 1997

1991: Over the weekend of 31/8 – 1/9/91 a tour took place playing against local teams in Galway, Limerick and Carlow. The group stayed overnight in a hostel in Salthill. Saturday evening all went to Leisureland. Brendan & Clem Beakey, Margaret & Paddy Kilduff did the “minding” of the 29 juniors


Another Junior Tour was made to Castlebar and Sligo in August 1997. An overnight was made in Hughes House Hostel in Castlebar. It was a long night with sleep disrupted by the local “Boys in Blue”, but not because of our group. Sheila Mullally, Margaret & Paddy Kilduff and 24 juniors travelled on this trip.



Team USA Visit to ALSAA Bowl


Team USA were visiting Europe to play in the Netherlands and in the British Open in September 1990 and took the opportunity to visit Ireland. Because of the involvement of Fred Borden a Pro-Am event was arranged for ALSAA on 26 September with 10 players from Team USA playing one game on each pair with three ALSAA bowlers. The Team USA bowler then moved on to another pair to be replaced by a colleague.  The best score bowled was Mick Dunne with 212-222-205 for 639. With the assistance of Robbie Tanaka (206), Lynda Norry (243) and Marc Skier (199) Mick won the event with 1329 total.


Lynda set ladies high game and series records for ALSAA of 265 and 688, which lasted for six years and eight years respectively.



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