Dear Members

It is with a sad heart that we must inform you that due to the Covid 19 restrictions which are imposed on the venue,
  1. 24 tables instead of 40
  2. No spectators (not even other team members) only players
  3. Travel restrictions and quarantine measures
we will have to postpone the European Championships, we are awaiting for the venue to give us dates for possibly summer or autumn months, once they come back to us, we will communicate it to you, in the meanwhile we invite any Nation to submit proposals for the possibility of hosting the Championships in the latter half of the year and also we open up the bids for the 2022 Nations Cup in April/May


EBA Executive Committee 


The NIPA Committee would like to pass on our condolences to the family and friends of Alan Henry who passed away today 6th January after a short illness. Alan, from Ballymena, was a highly respected Manager of the Northern Ireland Mens 'A' Team and part of our Committee during the mid to late 1980s and will be sadly missed.

Our thoughts are with the whole family circle.


The Committee of the NIPA would like to pass on our condolences to NIPA member Michael Wilson from Ballynure on the passing of his father Dessie on Sunday 15th November.

You are in our thoughts at this very sad time Michael


Hi all 

It will probably be of no surprise to you that the 2020-2021 Northern Ireland Individuals (all categories) are now cancelled. The Championships were due to be held in late October and early November in Antrim Sports Club.

Everyone who paid by PayPal will receive a full refund of all fees paid over the next couple of days.

Could anyone who paid their fees by Bank Transfer please send their Name, Sort Code and Account Number to Gillian Rolston on Messenger to receive their refunds.

We are all gutted and can only hope we will all get back to playing Pool in the not too distant future.

Meanwhile everyone take care

NIPA Committee - Pauline, Gillian, Wayne



We are delighted to announce that we have confirmed arrangements for the 2020-2021 Northern Ireland Individual Blackball Championships which were originally postponed due to the Covid 19 Virus. Obviously these dates are dependent on the ongoing situation in the country and guidance from Stormont.


Yet again we have to offer our condolences to the loved ones of one of the NI Pool family. Rosemary Taggart, who was a constant attendee at Northern Ireland Special Pool events at home and abroad supporting her daughter Valerie, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 22nd. 

Our thoughts are with the whole family circle at this very sad time. 

In the photo Rosemary (right) with daughter Valerie. Rosemary was a huge part of Valerie's successes in winning multiple titles at World, European and National level 


The NIPA Committee would like to pass on our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jason McBride from Ballycastle who passed away suddenly on Sunday 20th September. 

Jason, 35, played in our Learning Disabilities Section and represented Northern Ireland proudly on many occasions. He will be sadly missed at events at home and further afield.

Thinking of the the family circle at this very sad time.



The Committee of the NIPA would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Ballymena's Corey-Lee Brett on the recent passing of his partner Shaciara McDowell aged 18 years.

Our thoughts are very much with you Corey-Lee and the entire family circle at this very sad time.



It is with a heavy heart that we inform you know that a decision has been taken to cancel the Northern Ireland Individual Championships & Willie Lucas Super 7s weekend due to be held in the Lodge Hotel from 23-25th October. With the current Covid 19 restrictions and legislation and continued uncertainty, it would just not be feasible to hold this as planned.

We are currently looking at all other options and we will update you as soon as we can but the safety of our members has to be paramount.

Anyone who had booked a room in the Lodge Hotel, please cancel as soon as possible as they cannot be sure who all was staying for the competition.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact us via email or private message.

Hope to catch up with you all soon.


Gillian (Secretary)


The Committee of the NIPA would like to pass on our condolences to member Greg Stevenson on the passing of his father Robert on Thursday 13th August.

Robert passed away peacefully at home after a long term illness.

Greg, our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time


The Committee of the NIPA would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Mike Leavens on the passing of his wife Jenny today 3oth July after an illness. Jenny represented England for many years on the green baize and also officiated and refereed. Husband Mike was a long time European Blackball Association and Blackball International Committee member. 

Jenny's friendly personality will be very sadly missed at future events.

Our thoughts are with Mike and the wider family circle at this sad time.


2021 EBA European Championships

Dates for the 2021 European Championships to be held in Bridlington, England have been confirmed as follows -


These are the playing days. As soon as we have the breakdown for Unders, Specials, Mens, Ladies, Overs and Wheelchair we will publish them here.

Obviously this event going ahead is dependent on conditions at the time relating to the Covid-19 Pandemic.


The 2020 EBA Nations Cup of Pool for 'B' Teams only is scheduled to take place on the following dates, hosted by the Irish Blackball Association -

Saturday 31st October to Thursday 5th November (6 playing days total)

The venue is the fantastic Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney which previously hosted the 2015 EBA Nations Cup and the 2016 Blackball International World Championship

Players must stay within the Gleneagle complex and book only via the official booking process which will be announced later.



Please note that all NIPA events have been postponed until further notice. Anyone who has paid money for the events on Sunday 29th March please contact me and I will send you a refund.
Stay safe everyone and take care.

Gillian Rolston

On behalf of the Executive Committee



Up until this point the thinking of the EBA committee has been that it was best for all if the UK government made a decision that events such as the Nations Cup would be banned from happening . The reason for this was that we had received advice that in the case of a government ban there was a possibility that accommodation, boat fares and flights monies could be reclaimed. We also have had to consider the possibility of financial penalties being imposed on the EBA by the SPA if the event was cancelled by ourselves, rather than by government. We thought such a statement would have been forthcoming from the government after the last meeting of their Cobra committee and like many others we were amazed no such decision was announced.

Obviously we assume such banning orders will be put in place soon by the government but due to the uncertainty this policy is creating among our members we now feel it is time the EBA officially cancelled the event and as a result will have to accept any consequences of doing so.

We also have considered the fact that even if the event were to go ahead the numbers attending due to nations/teams and individual players deciding not to attend would be of such a low number that the event itself would no longer hold any credibility.

Finally and foremost, this decision has been taken with the wellbeing of players and officials being of paramount importance to the EBA, to carry on with the event would have been a total neglect of our duty of care to every player.

We trust you will understand this decision has been taken with great regret by the committee, but we would encourage you to support us in that decision.

In regard to the 2020 AGM obviously it is no longer will be feasible to hold it in Bridlington on the proposed date. A new date and venue will be circulated when a suitable venue close to an international airport has been secured. I imagine that the meeting will not take place now for a few months when hopefully things will be a lot better

Yours in sport

Trevor Harte
EBA secretary on behalf of the EBA committee