Because Kenilworth has a long established presence on the bowling scene in Ireland, there are some special relationships that continue to the present day. Annual matches are played home and away on alternative years and are very jolly affairs indeed!
Belfast Bowling Club
As Kenilworth celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2017, Belfast Bowling Club celebrated its 175th Anniversary. The annual match between the two clubs in 2017 was a special occasion and was recorded by the Irish News of 31 March 2017
The Minnis Trophy was presented by Richard Minnis in 1940 for an Annual Game between Kenilworth and a team from the Northern Irish Private Greens Association. Traditionally a collection for Guide Dogs for the Blind is taken up at the match. The are pictures of the wonderful trophy and a little more about the trophy on the NIPLG site.
The K&C Cup
The Kenilworth & Clontarf Cup (which isn’t a cup at all) is usually the first friendly match played in the season against Clontarf Bowling Club.
It is played home and away on alternative years since 1941.
The WH Morton Cup
WH (William Henry) Morton was a member of Leinster Cricket & Bowling Club. In 1944 when President of Leinster, he presented a cup to be played annually between Leinster and Kenilworth Ladies Bowling Members.
It is still played home and away on alternative years at the beginning of the season. A granddaughter of WH Morton is currently a member of Kenilworth Bowling Club.