An iron and steel small cannonball, called a “bowl” is hurled down a 1.2 mile country lane, fewest throws to the finish line wins, similar to golf. Throws can roll 250 or even 300 yards.
Excitement builds as two evenly skilled players match each other shot for shot for more than a mile. Often these memorable matches, called “scores,” are decided by only a few feet or inches distance past the finish line, both players with the same number of throws.
The twists and turns of a narrow country lane as well as the tilt of the road surface (the “pitch and camber”) provide a rich playing field for strategy and can spark spirited debate among the thrower, his coach (the “road shower”) and full-throated spectators.
Before football, soccer, and basketball, before baseball and golf, was . . .
The Old Game, Irish Road Bowling.
Enjoy the pleasure of an afternoon walk on a scenic country road by becoming part of the West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association. This ancient game has been played for more than 300 years on the rural country roads in Ireland, but it is now being brought to you from
the green hills of West Virginia. Also known as Irish Long Bullets, this sport is for men and women of all ages from 9 to 90 and is extremely easy to learn while being highly competitive.
The Old Game was restored to West Virginia in Ireland, West Virginia, in 1995. Ireland, WV,is a picturesque mountain town with small farms that recreate scenery from the Irish countryside. Players during the Irish Spring Festival in 1995, introduced this great pursuit that everyone loves.