November 25, 2005 End of the Year
Report Load O' Blarney
Top O the Morning Road
Well, 2005 has been a good season.
If we did not have a good basic, exciting new sport, whatever
growth Irish bowling has made in the USA in 2005 would not have
happened. Starting with the Irish Spring Festival, Ireland, WV in
March (147 bowlers on Saturday, more than 60 Sunday), we have had
record participation at every one of our 13 "scores" (matches) open
to the public. This Civil War era cultural heritage sport in the
green hills of West Virginia is rolling along.
According to a letter received from Cork
Military Barracks Museum, County Cork, Ireland, Irish soldiers
fighting in West Virginia during the American Civil War bowled
country roads between battles, as Irish troops have done in
military engagements all over the world for hundreds of
In West Virginia, Irish troops fought at
Carnifex Ferry near Summersville, at Greenland Gap in Hardy County
(Confederate troops burned a farmhouse with them in it), and
established Fort Mulligan near Petersburg.
Events - Annual banquet - Tentatively scheduled for January
7. Please reply with an alternate date if this is not
good for you. We had a good turnout last year in early January,
rather than waiting to have the banquet in the Spring close to the
Irish Spring Festival.
Agenda for the Banquet -
Please send suggestions for the agenda. WV Irish bowling is growing, so
for 2006 the Competition Committee will look at divisions, or as
they are called in Ireland, "grades." Individuals and/or teams will
be graded into divisions.
2006 Schedule - Next
season's schedule will be most of the same festivals and fairs as
2005, but we are open to any suggestions. Contact us about
new events for the 2006 WV Irish Road Bowling Tour. Deadline: the 2006
schedule will be finalized in Jan/Feb.
2005 Autumn Scores
Holly River State
Park Fall Challenge October 8 and 9.
A record turnout at Holly River, bowling
through the rhododendron glades along a trout stream, made the 2005
Holly River State Park Fall Challenge a big success. Some rain in
the morning stopped in time for the start of the score. Just before
the start, the Glade Creek United team, the alpha team from the
Wild and Wonderful West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association
Southern Wing, rolled up to the start in kilts and battle
armor, and Mark Whitt piping his bagpipe marched his troops and all
the teams into battle. Twenty teams fired their shots into the road
and the great roll began. Halfway through a fine warm mist
descended into the valley, but the teams were so fired up by then
that they were taking off their jackets in the mist. Afterwards,
all the teams and spectators, 125 people in all, met in the large
beam and river-stone pavilion in front of two large fireplaces.
Then the rain started to pour down but all were warm as the
bagpiper jumped up on the blazing hearth and began to play, just as
Ken McClintic and the Holly River Boys marched in carrying a
roasted pig on a spit high overhead. It was a scene from the Middle
Ages, with cold beer (Strohs!) instead of mead.
Stonewall Resort Yankee Skedaddle November
Several road records were broken
or tied in 2005, in fact at our final score at the Stonewall Resort
Yankee Skedaddle, three teams broke or tied the course record. The
Holly River Boys (Ken McClintic, Donnie Oates, Sonny Arbogast) tied
the course record of 23 shots, Quad S (Kenny Schmidt, Gary
Schaffer, Justin Schaffer, Guy Schaffer) from Horseshoe Run near in
Preston County shot 22, and the Ireland Road Bowlers (Travis Craig,
Jerod Putnam, Shannon Gear, Denton King) shot 19, four shots below
the old record for the 1.3 mile road.
After the score, we had a picnic at a
park overlooking the lake - thanks Ken McClintic and the Holly
River Boys for the cookout dinner. It also was one of our four
quarterly meetings. The banquet is tentatively January 7, probably
in the Weston/Buckhannon area, if no objections from the members.
We discussed a new grading system for 2006, and scheduling the
singles tournament for Spring 2006, to qualify two competitors from
the WV Irish Road Bowling Association to send to the 2006 North
American Championships in Boston.
2005 Ladies Longshot
Champ - After the match the Ladies
gave us a new champ for 2005. Pam Cronin has been one of our strong
competitors all year, and, since beginning Irish bowling only in
2004, she proved that practice makes perfect by winning the Ladies
Longshot Competition against 10 other ladies. Pam has a smooth
balanced bowling style that would do very well even across the
ocean in Ireland. Thanks Pam, and congrats!
Message from Ireland, the Country
We appreciate hearing from all of
our friends in Ireland (the Country). Please send us road
Emma Fitzpatrick from Rosscarbery Co
Cork sends us
"Lads! Wats the crack??? All Ireland
u-16 Champ here and Female Bowler of the Year! Bowling is the job
and thanks to the Lappins in Keady for putting up with me at the
All Irelands! "
Thanks for your e mail Emma and congrats
on the Female Bowler of the Year! We hope to get the West Virginia
strong arm bowlers over to the Emerald Isle to see you soon. Maybe
we can invite you up into our WV mountains one of these days. We
would probably even let you go home afterwards (just kidding,
Our web site is adding new pages
and pictures, as we figure out how to work the #*!&#! thing.
See our online
store for the official West Virginia
Irish Road Bowling Tour "Starter Pack" and T Shirt.
We have sent starter packs to 28 or more states. Also we have West
Virginia Irish flag hand blown glass ornaments for holiday
decorating (please don't throw them into the road, even after the
Guinness), and hand-made-in-West Virginia hardwood bookends
that also hold your bowls (when you go bowling the books fall
down). And last but not least the wondrous ORBDOC straight
from Ireland, WV ("easy" assembly instructions)!
Notes from the Southern Wing
The first Wild and Wonderful West
Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association "Southern Wing" Knights of
Columbus road war took place last week. Report below by Danny Kuhn,
captain of the Glade Creek United winning team. We are waiting for
a report from the White Sulfur Springs Knights to hear their side
of the story. By the way, when do we bowl at The Greenbrier??
consisting of Knights of Columbus and wives met in Lewisburg on
November 13 for the first Southern Wing intramural score.
The course circled
the campus of Greenbrier East High School and Middle School, and
was a full two
miles long, including two long, tight circular driveways.
The score began with
a bagpipe call to arms and ended with refreshments provided by the
Sulphur Springs Knights. Glade Creek United bowled a winning
48 on the long
and challenging course.
Our top teams are getting better and better.
The Ireland Road Bowlers (Travis Craig, Jerod Putnam,
Shannon Gear, Brian Craig, Chad Westfall) from Ireland WV, had
another great year and lowered several of their road records. In
2005, however, they were pushed hard by several other top teams.
Team Carp from Weston (Chip Turner, Randy Geer, Chuck
Turner, John Myers, Bill Bullion), traded victories with the
Ireland Road Bowlers, they both won several tournaments this year.
Holly River Boys (Ken McClintic, Donnie Oates, Sonny
Arbogast and Captain Blaise Arbogast) were clipping the heels of
the Ireland team all year, Quad S from Horseshoe Run (see
below), Macadam Mayhem (Mark Wilt, Aaron Wilt, John Nelson,
Brian Wilt) was always near the top, the Running Rebels
(Rev. Doug Smailes, Zack Smailes, Cory Smailes, Don Gain) who only
play at the Irish Spring Festival, the Preston County
Polecats ( Coach Paul Martin, Anthony Zinn, Chad Bishop, Brad
Martin) who only play at the Buckwheat Festival, and Martin
Oil (C.J. Martin, Jim Bostic, Randy Coffman, Steven Cutright)
who only play at the Strawberry Festival, were three home teams who
bowl low scores and defend their local road very well. If I have
forgotten any hard throwing (and low scoring) teams, please let me
know. We need to
let everyone know who the big dogs are on the WV Irish Road Bowling
Newcomers of the Year, 2005 season.
Quad S (Kenny Schmidt,
Gary Shaffer, Justin Shaffer, Guy Shaffer) - Jill Slaubaugh came to the
Gold Dollar Days in June to see road bowling for the first time and
purchase road bowls. Then she went back to Horseshoe Run in Preston
County and her community bowled six (6) miles a week for the rest
of the summer. No one had even heard of Quad S when they appeared
at the Doddridge County Fair and won their first ever competition.
They finished second to the Ireland Road Bowlers at the Barbour
County Fair, and have won or finished second at every match they
played since then. They tell us their mountain in Preston County is
tougher than any they have seen on the WV Irish Road Bowling Tour.
Thanks Jill !
2) Glade Creek
United (Danny Kuhn, Mark Whitt,
George Baker, Mike Snow, Kevin Smith) from Raleigh County rolled
into the Strawberry Festival in May and were dubbed Commanders of
the WV Irish Road Bowling Tour "Southern Wing." Since then they
have established Irish bowling in southern West Virginia. Mark
Whitt's first ever shot from the start line on Turkey Run at the
Strawberry Festival went farther than anyone's before or since,
including the legendary Boston Boys (and best of all Mark managed
to miss breaking a lady spectator's ankle by several inches). These
guys get the cultural heritage thing and show up to bowl in kilts.
Mark is a bagpiper and makes our matches better. Faugh a
Around the USA
New bowlers are trying to get clubs formed
in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Tennessee, Pennsylvania,
California, if they can just figure out who they are. We are
working to help with organizing that, compiling e mail lists from
those states. Word is getting out about this
old-in-Ireland/new-in-the-USA sport. At our 2005 scores TV stations
from Harrisburg, PA and Louisville, KY, and CBS News Sunday Morning
rolled down the roads with us. We t'rew da bowl in National Public
Radio's parking lot with Scott Simon. The Washington Post, the New
York Times and the Weston Democrat whooped and hollered with the
rest of us and even jumped into a few ditches chasing bowls. From
Mary Ellen Slater and Wade Cowart 's Post Toasties to the Jack
(Hitt) and Jeremy (Murch) Show, Carol Han's fast bowling, Bill
Geist and Amy Rosner battling the heat, Anne Marshall in the autumn
leaves, and WV's own Chad Samples covering the road bowling beat -
You all come back to see us in the West Virginia hills any old
Match of 2005. There
were many very close matches on the WV Tour in 2005, but we have to
give this to the three-handed match at the Buckwheat Festival on
Sunday Oct. 2, among Travis Craig, Jerod Putnam and North American
Region Champion Con O' Callaghan of Boston. Travis pushed Con hard
over the 1.4 mile course in Kingwood, but Con showed why he won the
2005 championship, throwing some amazing uphill shots while winning
with 14 shots to Travis's 15.
- So many
people made this year a success, I am sure to leave someone out. We
have to start with thanks to Shannon Gear, Judy Mize, President
Travis Craig, Vice President Jerod Putnam, John Nelson. This
group traveled to almost all the matches, as they have been doing
for years now, and have worked very hard to make this new sport
grow. Shannon, Jerod and Travis again represented West Virginia in
the North American Championships in Boston, and compete very well
against the best in North America. Travis just missed a trip to the
All Irelands on the very last shot in Boston. Shannon designed our
T shirts and chased down sponsors. Judy makes the long trip from DC
to the matches, does the registration and helps as a course
official while finding a little time to throw a few shots herself.
John keeps us all organized amid road bowl
Special thanks to Margaret, John Twomey,
Barry, Kevin, Roger and Carmel, Con, Mike and Yvonne, Brendan and
Bridget and all our friends in Boston who make us feel right at
home every time we go up to visit. Thanks also to North American
Champion Con O Callaghan from Boston for coming to WV again
to teach and help us learn this sport, at the Forest Festival and
Buckwheat Festival in October. Thanks to Susan Greene and
Jim O Driscoll of Bol ~ Chumann who are giving strong
support to road bowling in WV.
Thanks to the "Road Masters" who set up and
run the various matches. Irish Spring Festival- Denton "Buzz"
King; Strawberry Festival - Amy Hall; Carp Festival -
Chip Turner; Gold Dollar Days - Chip Turner;
Doddridge County Fair - Richard McMillan, Amy Hall; Barbour
County Fair - Bruce Short; Mountain State Forest Festival
-Shannon Gear; Preston County Buckwheat Festival - Mark
Wilt; Holly River Fall Challenge - Ken McClintic;
Stonewall Resort Yankee Skedaddle - Jennifer Riffle, Scott
Thanks also to our sponsors - Burton
Hunter at the Strawberry Festival, Burt has full speed ahead
enthusiasm and a vision for growing WV Irish road bowling that is
invaluable. Thanks to C.J. Martin and Jim Bostic for
the barbeque at C.J.'s house at the Turkey Run finish line, they
fed everyone not just one, but two days, after our matches! Thanks
to Shannon Gear for the lunch at the finish line in Elkins,
and to Mark Wilt for the Buckwheat Breakfasts in Kingwood.
Thanks Ken McClintic and the Holly River Boys for the
medieval pig roast feast at Holly River State Park, and also for
the cookout along the lake after the Stonewall Resort Yankee
Well, this report is way over the four page
limit, maybe our biggest load o'blarney yet. Who knows what
2006 will bring, the new schedule will be worked out over the next
couple months. In West Virginia the sport has been played more
seriously and skillfully in 2005 than ever before, but as Bill
Geist of CBS News Sunday Morning promised us, we are in no danger
of losing the truly whacky -ness factor that makes WV Irish
road bowling special. Stay tuned for 2006 news, keep hurling the
bowls and we will see you in the road or in the
O David Powell, publicity/ membership
chairman, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia Irish Road Bowling
2005 West Virginia Irish Road Bowl Report - O Blarney Line
Hi road bowlers
- Our Irish sport is still gaining momentum in the hills of West
Virginia: October 1 at the Forest Festival in
Elkins and Oct. 2 at the Buckwheat Festival in
Kingwood we had lots of bowlers, as well as Bill Geist, Amy
Rosner, Mike Hernandez and Eric Jensen of
CBS News Sunday Morning who traveled the
roads of West Virginia to see what Irish bowling is all about.
Bill assured us that no matter how seriously we bowl down the road,
WV Irish Road Bowling is in no danger of losing that
pure whackiness factor that makes it great. That
agreed, CBS News Sunday did see some long throws by our local
champions Jerod Putnam and Travis Craig; as well as Con O
Callaghan, the 2005 North American champion from Boston; the
strong arms from Horseshoe Run; Macadam Mayhem; the Preston County
Polecats; and many others. CBS News Sunday Morning competed in
the Forest Festival and Buckwheat Festival matches, then everyone
made a pilgrimage back to ye olde road in Ireland, West Virginia
where it all began, Wildcat Road to Duffy Bridge.
Buckwheat Festival October 2
34 shots -
Quad S - Justin Shaffer, Guy Shaffer, Gary
Shaffer, Kenny Schmidt (tied 2003 course record for 4 person
35 Shots -
CBS News Sunday Morning - Bill Geist
(captain, grand roadmaster, chief arbiter of corners and
straightaways), Con O Callaghan, Shannon Gear, Anthony Winn,
Travis Craig, Jerod Putnam
35 shots -
Preston County Polecats - Anthony Zinn, Coach Paul
Martin, Chad Bishop, Brad Martin
Two years ago
the Preston Co. Polecats took the Ireland Road Bowlers down to the
last shot, both teams bowling 34 shots. Ireland Road Bowlers
won on distance across the finish line on the last shot, and
dad-blamed if the same thing didn't happen again this year. The two
teams tied for second place (35 shots) and again on the last
shot Travis Craig blasted one far over the finish line to edge
out those Pesky Preston Polekats. Lightning strikes
44 shots -
Middle Eastern Eye Wear (MEEW) - Travis Mersing,
Nathan Jones, Josh Feather, Clifford Moul
48 shots -
Macadam Mayhem - Mark Wilt, Aaron Wilt, John
49 shots -
Road Masters - Pam Cronin, Jeff Hamman, Ian
Cronin, Judy Mize
52 shots -
Big L - Jill Slaubaugh, Timothy Schmidt, Kaitlin
Schalker, Jesse Schalker
the Team Awards (Buckwheat Breakfasts) were made, after the cars
and pickup trucks full of red-faced bowlers pulled away, after the
noise and excitement, all that remained was a quiet sun- dappled
West Virginia country road in late afternoon on a warm autumn
like that spaghetti western, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, three
gunslingers stepped up to the line.
three fast bowlers: Travis Craig and Jerod
Putnam, the two best Irish bowlers in West Virginia, both
from Ireland, WV and Con O'Callaghan of
Boston, 2005 North American Champion.
The Shootout on Pleasant Dale Road, The Three-Handed
Score That Nobody Saw,
was one of the best matches ever thrown in West
grade, Con O Callaghan was longest off the start - he threw the
"fore-bowl," with Travis second and Jerod third. All maintained
places until the fourth shot, when Jerod, with a six multiple
windmill windup, threw a "monster bowl" over 200 yards to go into
first place, all were even in shots, and Jerod had
thrown fore-bowl ahead of Con and Travis.
shots later Con had regained less than a bowl of odds (one full
shot) lead over Travis and Jerod.
first sharp downhill curve, Jerod shot through the upper edge with
slightly too much speed, and hit a hedge, just a few inches from
regaining the downward curve which then would have carried him many
yards farther. The bowl instead stopped dead. Next Travis shot a
very fast bowl, which barely held the lower edge of the curve, only
by a few inches, and stayed in the curve running forward far down
the hill. Con, an old fox, looked over the downhill curve, read the
road carefully, then tossed a very soft throw onto exactly the
correct path. The bowl slowly rolled around the curve, began to
gain speed, and finally followed the curve all the way down, almost
as far as the long throw by Travis. It is not always power that
maintained his nearly one bowl of odds lead with his soft shot,
Travis down almost one shot, and Jerod down over one bowl of
odds in the hedge. Irish bowling is very unforgiving at the
highest levels. Jerod,
nearly two bowls down late in the match, graciously picked up,
leaving Con and Travis to battle the last 1/2 mile to the
threw powerfully long and straight, but Con, completely warmed up
and working hard, matched Travis shot for shot. One shot by Con was
just deadly accurate, climbing steadily uphill through a double
curve, at least 100 yards, always avoiding a steep drop-off to the
right and finally stopping in the road on the left side. The match ended with Con
O'Callaghan holding his nearly one bowl of odds lead to the
of the best-ever matches in West Virginia, Jerod and Travis pushed
the North American Champion from Boston to some of his best Irish
bowling, on Pleasant Dale Road in Kingwood. Con O' Callaghan stated
that this road, with its uphill and downhill curves, would
henceforth be a particular favorite of his. The way Con played
those curves, we can see why. Con O Callaghan covered the
course, starting from the corner of Pleasant Dale Road and
Greens Run Road to the house just below the start line, in 14
shots, Travis Craig in 15 shots.
the match, in the pub Con's tired right wing was hanging low and he
announced that he would not be pitching for the Red Sox the next
day. Too bad - the way
it turned out they needed him.
Holly River Fall Challenge, Holly
River State Park Oct. 8 &
October 8 and 9 Holly River State Park had their best ever Irish
road bowling tournament. Rumor has it that the rain stopped just
before the start, then waited until everyone had a chunk of pork
roast in hand, in front of the fire under the park pavilion before
starting again. Also, they say the WV Irish Road Bowling
Association Southern Wing rolled in with a bagpiper, and
kilts to hide their bowls. They marched to the line in fine form
and shot a 41.
info on this match and the Forest Festival later if you can stand
thanks to Shannon Gear and Judy
Mize; Shannon for organizing the Forest Festival Irish
bowling sponsored by Mountain Hospice, and for
hosting everyone, especially the CBS News Sunday Morning crew,
making Elkins, West Virginia one of the very best Irish bowling
towns anywhere; and to Judy Mize for looking out for everyone -
from Boston to New York to Washington DC to Wild and
Next event - November 6 Stonewall
Resort Yankee Skedaddle Sunday 1:30
match of the season -
after the team bowling, the Ladies' Longshot: see who wins the 2005
Mountain Gal Longshot Irish Road Bowling competition at the
Stonewall Resort entrance. Pub discount.
www. wvirishroadbowling.com for new photos, schedule updates and
new items in the online store.
enough O' Blarney Line, see you in the road or in the ditch, O
David O Powell
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September 26, 2005
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Hi folks, lots of news -
Upcoming Matches -
October 1, Saturday - Noon - North
American Champions' Challenge Exhibition
1:30 p.m. Team Bowling - come one come
Mountain State Forest
Georgetown Road - 2 miles south of
Robert E. Lee Avenue from Rt. 33, 250
headed into town (from the west), then follow Flood Control Road to
Con O' Callaghan, current North American Junior C Champion (highest rated bowler
in North America) will be at the Forest Festival Saturday for an
exhibition match and to teach this ancient Irish sport.
Come out to see the best bowler this side of
Ireland! You can learn a lot just watching him
October 2, Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Preston County Buckwheat
Pleasantdale and Green's Run
Register at Kingwood Post Office or
Pleasantdale Road start
Bowl teams of 2, 3 or 4 - or just come out to
try and we will match you up on a team. Con O Callaghan, highest rated Irish
bowler this side of Ireland, scheduled to bowl at the
Buckwheat Festival. Buckwheats for the winner, our best prize of
October 8&9 Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Holly River Fall Challenge
Holly River State Park
Hackers Valley, West Virginia
This just might be our most beautiful road course,
Campground Road in Holly River State Park. A lofting bridge, trout
stream, giant boulders and rhododendron thickets make this an ideal
West Virginia experience.
November 6 Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Stonewall Resort Yankee
Stonewall Jackson Lake State
Roanoke, West Virginia
Stonewall Resort Road
Skedaddle Them Yankees !!
See www.stonewallresort.com. 1 888 278
See our online store for info about ordering extra road
bowls, the magic ORBDOC, T shirts, rules and strategery booklet,
Eleven teams (44 bowlers) came out to bowl on a hot
day in August. Amy Hall, Buckhannon and
Richard McMillan, West Union handled this
match, as some of our bowlers were in Boston at the North American
Region Championships. Thank you Amy and
Richard! The Doddridge County Cross Country
Team was out in full force (28 shots) . The big surprise of the
tournament was a team from Horseshoe Run in Preston County,
the Team Quad S (Justin Shaffer, Guy Shaffer, Gary
Shaffer, Kenny Schmidt). Who are these guys?? It turns
out, they had been practicing all summer on their home course - six
miles per week !!! They demolished the competition on the Old
Route 50 course, and tied the course record of 25 shots. Thank
you Jill Slaubaugh for cracking the whip on these
guys and putting together this new Preston County
Barbour County Fair September
The New York Times Magazine decided to look
into Irish road bowling mania in the green hills of West
Virginia for a sports edition. They sent Jack
Hitt, a very talented writer/reporter to see Irish road
bowling in this special corner of the nation and Jeremy
Murch, a talented photographer, to take pictures to prove
that they actually showed up. We let them come into the
hills, then we let them leave, so they just might come down
for another match one of these days. Welcome back any time Jack and
The new Horseshoe Run Team Quad S
faced long time champions Ireland Road
Bowlers in a showdown and the Ireland Road Bowlers
(Jerod Putnam, Shannon Gear, Travis Craig, Anthony
Winn) won, 23 shots to 26 shots. Team Quad S
bowled even with Ireland for 1/2 mile, then with some very long
shots Ireland pulled ahead for the win.
Thanks Bruce Short, Barbour County Fair,
for coming to see what road bowling is.
Boston August 20, 21,
Competitors from the New York,
Boston and West Virginia Irish
road bowling clubs faced off at Wampatuck State Park,
Hingham, Massachusetts on the south shore of Boston, to
decide the entries from North America in the All
Ireland Championships. Our West Virginia mountain
men, Travis Craig and Jerod
Putnam again bowled at a very high level, but close
is no ceegar and Barry Curran of
Boston emerged as champion in the Novice II Division.
Jerod who on a good day is very very fast, said it was
just was not one of his good days - and Travis bowled well but
was taken out by Barry on the last shot over the line.
Novice I Champion, Brendan Fleming defended
his trophy from 2004, and Con O 'Callaghan was the
Junior C Champion. Congratulations Barry,
Brendan and Con on the North American
championships. Thanks to Jerod, Travis and Shannon
Gear for making that long trip to see our friends in
Boston. The great sportsmanship and fast
competition that we find there will keep mountaineers headed north
in years to come - (until we win that dadburn
All Ireland Championships September 3, 4,
In the top competition of the All
Irelands hosted by the Westport Club, County
Mayo, the three North American champions, all from
Boston, bowled against the best in the world in
this old sport.
Con O Callaghan, who has won two All
Ireland Championships Novice I was defeated by a bowl and a
half of odds in Junior C, a grade higher. Brendan
Fleming came up up against a fast bowler in Novice I
and was defeated, and Barry Curran bowled very
well, but was defeated on the last shot in Novice
II. Thanks Margaret O
Callaghan for that
Around the United States
The Rules and Strategery Booklet, Bowls and Chalk,
"Starter Pack" has been sent now to 20 states around the
Tennessee - Paula Lilly
who learned the game at the Holly River State Park Fall Challenge,
said she was starting a club in Tennessee, and Paula doesn't
fool around. In August their first match in
Tennessee brought out 19 teams! They
had team uniforms and costumes and bowled through one of the town's
subdivisions with hills, curves and hazards. Paula used the West
Virginia standard 1.5 mile course distance. Local restaurants
donated food and the bowls were flying fast in all directions. Next
Iowa - Jeff Wagner
started Irish Road Bowling at Sheldon Celebration Days, in Sheldon,
Iowa. The Original Discover Irish Road Bowling
Team sponsored this event and odds are they won. How did
it go, Jeff? If you can just get
players out to try, they will come back for another
New York - See www.newyorkroadbowling.com.
Please send any news about new Irish road
bowling clubs in the USA or news from Ireland, so I can put it
in the next Irish road bowl report.
enough O Blarney Line - if any road bowlers can come
out to for our matches Oct. 1, 2 to see Con O Callaghan or October
8 & 9 in Holly River, we will make sure you get to throw the
bowl and jump in the stream. See you in the road or in the ditch, O
David O Powell 202 387 1680.
North American Championships Junior C,
Novice 1 & 2
The North American Semi finals and finals are being held in
Wampatuck State Park Hingham, Mass. on Sat and Sun.
20th and 21st of August.
Sat 20th Novice 2 semi final
1pm Barry Curran Boston V Travis Craig
West Virginia and Kevin O'Connor NY
3pm John Finn Boston V Jerod Putnam West Virginia and Colm Murphy
Sun. 21st Novice 1 Final
12pm Brendan Fleming Boston V Paul Lavery NY
2 pm Novice 2 winners from
3 pm Junior C
Con O' Callaghan Boston V Adrian Lappen NY
for more info call David Powell 202 387 1680 or Con O Callaghan 781
August 16, 2005 O' Blarney Line
Lots of news, I
will try to keep it brief.
North American Region
August 20, 21,
Putnam, Travis Craig and Shannon Gear are headed
to Boston to once again represent West Virginia Irish Road Bowling
in the North American Championships. They all made great shots last
year, beat the New York bowlers and nearly beat the Bostons to make
the 2004 "All Irelands" on their first try. They are going back to
Boston this weekend for some old fashioned "Mountain
Justice." All West
Virginia fans of this new sport appreciate their time and effort
making these trips to Boston, they all have a great shot at this
Thanks Jerod, Travis and Shannon!! Throw 'em, Whup 'em and Stomp 'em
! Faugh a Ballach
Upcoming matches -
August 20, Saturday
1:30 p.m. Doddridge
go west on Rt. 50. Before you get to West Union, take the Smithburg
exit (exit to the left). This Old Route 50 road course is wide with
many straightaways. Probably the second longest shot ever made in
West Virginia Irish road bowling (next to the legendary 422 yard
shot by Con O' Callaghan on Shenanigan Hill in Ireland, WV)
was made on this Old Rt. 50 course by that ace Irish bowler who
later became President of the West Union Bank, based on the fame
and glory of that immortal shot. For more info, contact Doddridge
County Road Master, Richard McMillan 304 873 1353. See www.doddridgecountyfair.com. The Doddridge
County Fair is one of the best in West Virginia and well worth a
Saturday 1:30 p.m. Barbour County Fair
On Rt. 250 south
of Philippi. Point Pleasant Road is one of the best on the tour.
Call 304 823 1328.
Saturday 1:30 p.m. Mountain State Forest Festival.
south of Elkins, WV, is tough off the mark, then a long sweet
downhill roll all the way home. The Mountain State Forest Festival
is one of the oldest, biggest and best in WV. Call 304 636 1824 for
more info. See www.forestfestival.com.
Sunday 1:30 p.m. Preston County Buckwheat Festival.
In Kingwood, meet
at the post office or on the Pleasant Dale Road start in town. The
mighty Preston County Polecats and Macadam Mayhem defend their
road. Northern-most stop on the tour. See www.buckwheatfestival.com.
October 8 &
9, Saturday and Sunday 1:30 p.m. Holly River State Park Fall
This is a great
weekend of WV Irish bowling. Holly River State Park is the "hidden
jewel" of the WV state park system. It is only about 20 miles from
Ireland, WV, but way back into classic mountaineer country; our
southern-most stop on the Wild and Wonderful Almost Heaven West By
Gosh Virginia Irish Road Bowling Tour gives you a bowling road
winding along a trout stream with giant boulders, through
rhododendron thickets and even a bridge to loft over. See www.wvparks.com.
Sunday 1:30 p.m. Stonewall Resort Yankee Skedaddle.
On I 79 take the
Roanoke exit 4 miles south of Weston. We will have a season ending
"Ladies Longshot" competition after the score. See www.stonewallresort.com
1 888 278
New York Club see www.newyorkroadbowling.com
This is the newest
web site on Irish bowling in the USA and it looks great. Fergal
Carr, brother of the 2005 Senior Men's World Champion, Eddie
Carr, is in the USA and Fergal and Adrian Lappin, a top
bowler in the New York club, are making plans to come down to see
WV Irish road bowling. More on this later.
In the program of
the world championships May 3- 8, 2005 in Skibbereen, West Cork,
Ireland, hosted by the Marsh Road Club, was a big article about
West Virginia Irish road bowling, thanks to Mary Ellen
Slayter of the Washington Post.
USA Irish road
clubs are forming in Amherst, Massachusetts, Charlotte, North
Carolina, upstate New York, South Carolina, Minnesota, Michigan,
and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to name only a few. Please
send me any news and info about developing USA Irish road bowling
clubs so I can send it out.
Susan Greene, Chairperson, and James O' Driscoll, Secretary, of
Bol- Chumann na hEireann in Ireland for all your help
and encouragement in getting some "home grown " USA Irish road
bowling associations up and running.
Of course the best
bowling roads anywhere are in Wild and Wonderful West
Virginia, so come on down. Well too much O' Big Block O'
Blarney, see you in the road or in the ditch, O'David O'
Powell 202 387 1680.
07 19 05 Irish Road Bowl Report - O Blarney
the Morning Road Bowlers -
** The Junior C and
Novice 1 & 2 All Irelands will be hosted by the Westport
Club in County Mayo on the weekend of 3rd and
4th September, 2005.
(Thanks Susan Greene
for this info.)
Results July 11,
here are results from the All Irelands Weekend in Cork.
A - Brian O Reily from Armagh
won his first All Ireland in a thrilling contest that looked over
at the halfway stage with O Donavan over two bowls in front with 4
shots left, O'Reily threw three milers to beat ODonavan by
Under 18 - Kelly Mallon from Madden,
Armagh won in a similar fashion with a late surge to oust her Cork
opponent. Kelly now
competes in another two All Ireland Finals in the Armagh leg of the
finals in August, the under 16 and the ladies intermediate.
- Gerry Heragarty from Cork
beat Harry Toal from Armagh on the last shot. Toal had his chances and should
have been a bowl in front going into the capped line but for a poor
throw that eventually cost him the score.
Senior - Debhla Toal from Armagh
had a great win over Gretta Cormican from Cork.
14 - Shaun Short from Keady/Tassagh Road in Armagh added to his
All-Ireland under 14 title last year in a great performance and a
great prospect for Armagh in the bowling future.
All the best, Fergal
(Ed. Thanks to Fergal Carr for this
report from across the sea in Ireland.)
24th - Junior C - Con O Callaghan vs.
Roger O Riordan. For
info call Con O Callaghan 781 492 2593.
17th - Novice 1 - Brendan
Fleming defeated Mike Fleming by one bowl of odds. Novice 2 - Barry Curran defeated
Frank Finn by two bowl of odds.
14 - Novice 2 - John Finn
defeated Kevin Twohig.
10 - Junior C - Adrian
Lappin, NY defeated Florrie O Malley, Boston by two bowls of odds.
Mike Fleming and Frank Finn, Boston beat Mike Moloney and Eoin
9th - Junior C - Adrian
Lappin, NY defeated Roger O Riordan, Boston in course record
bowling when he covered the line and beat the cross in fifteen
shots. In a pickup score Mike Maloney, NY defeated Frank Finn,
Boston by two bowls of odds.
3d - Junior C - Con
O'Callaghan beat Florrie O'Mahoney.
(Thanks Margaret O
Callaghan for these results.)
Wonderful West Virginia Results
matches, the Carp Festival June 12 (five
teams, 20+ bowlers) and Civil War Reenactment Gold Dollar
Days (ten teams, 40 bowlers), and a
community Independence Day
Celebration July 2 at Lake Floyd (over 40 bowlers)
all had good turnout, better than last year.
Festival - #1 Ireland Road
with a new "short course" record of 14 shots. #2 Team Carp had 16
shots. In the Vintage Division, Team Carp II Seniors won with 19
shots. Over 20 bowlers at Stonewall Resort, see www.stonewallresort.com.
Dollar Days - Team Carp won this one, bowling the tight
Weston State Hospital course in 28 shots, with several lofts. 40
bowlers had a great time, including "The Crew" Ron and Beth
Madurski from North Carolina with Shannon Gear, and "Steel Arms" -
Frank Kupsch and Stephan Kupsch from Germany with Jene Gilchrist
and Sean Gilchrist. Team Carp II (Matt Turner, Harold Riffle, Bud
Lovett, Mark Wilt) won the Vintage Division with 33 shots. Travis
Craig and Jerod Putnam, bowling unofficially as a two person team,
DATE) August 20 - Saturday 1:30 p.m. Doddridge County Fair, Old Rt.
50, near West Union, WV. Richard McMillan 304 873
3 - Saturday 1:30 p.m. Barbour County Fair, Point Pleasant Road,
1 - Saturday 1:30 p.m. Mountain State Forest Festival, Elkins, WV
Shannon Gear 304 823 3922.
2 - Sunday 1:30 p.m. Preston County Buckwheat Festival, Kingwood,
WV Mark Wilt 304 329
8 & 9 - Saturday and Sunday 1:30 p.m. Holly River State Park,
Hacker Valley, WV. 1 800 CALL WVA.
6 - Sunday 1:30 p.m. Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV. www.stonewallresort.com, 1 888 278 8150.
more info, see www.wvirishroadbowling.com.
Blarney, See you in the road or in the ditch, O David O
06 04 05 West
Virginia Irish Road Bowling Report - O 'Blarney Line
Irish road bowling
is a 350 year old sport from the Irish countryside. Paul Lay, a
London journalist, describes a match in Ireland - " in our sporting
age of pay-per-view and astronomical wages, there is something pure
about road bowling, in which the crowd is as much a feature as the
players, where competition takes place on public roads, with no
entrance fees, just the close involvement of a community
celebrating the skills of a chosen few of their own. That it takes
place in gorgeous countryside and gives the followers who traipse
the length of the road almost as good a workout as the competitors
is a lovely bonus."
June 12 Sunday 1:30
p.m. Carp Festival
Ireland Road Bowlers ( Travis Craig, Brian Craig, Jerod
Putnam, Mike O Hooligan) got sweet revenge on their arch rivals,
Team Carp (Randy Gear, Chip Turner, and two more O Hooligans).
Team Carp had a glorious two match winning streak until the
Carp Festival. Stonewall Resort Road (short course) -
Ireland Road Bowlers 14 shots, Team Carp 16 shots, Team HFC
17 shots (3rd on distance), Team D&N 17 shots. "Vintage"
Division - Team Carp 19 shots winner. Many Carps were caught,
but you should have seen "the one that got away." Some
disagreements were heard about the rules (actually some downright
carping) and if we actually ever get some rules some day that
will all be settled. Congrats to all, and thanks Randy,
Chip and all of Team Carp for sponsoring this match.
bowling, Resort Road at Stonewall Resort, Roanoke exit south of
Weston. The 1.4 mile bowling course begins at the golf cart
crossing with a long downhill straightaway along the golf course
into a sharp curve to the right. Then downhill curves and
straightaways past the resort entrance, along Stonewall Jackson
Lake until a long uphill curve, (Stonewall's Revenge), which is not
easily managed in two shots. Finally, short downhill curves to the
finish line. Except for Stonewall's Revenge, this course is easy
and scores should be low. Thanks to Chip Turner and Randy Gear
from Team Carp for organizing this match. In England they have
Carp Fishing Tournaments and traditionally kiss the carp before
releasing him. With eleven foot West Virginia Civil War Carp in
Stonewall Jackson Lake, you could lose your nose trying that, so
carp doctors and carp nurses will be on standby to monitor this
Subscribers - For those new to Irish Bowling, see www.wvirishroadbowling.com for
info about our road bowling paraphernalia, we have the amazing
Original Road Bowl Display Or Carrier (ORBDOC) You Could Be A
Legend! with assembly instructions; the Decorative ORBDOC with Tri
- Color Irish Flag Bowls; the Starter Pack with a Rules and
Strategery Booklet for beginners; and the Collector's Item 2005
Wild and Wonderful WV Irish Road Bowling Tour T Shirts. Call 202
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CHANGE - Doddridge County Fair has decided to
change their Irish bowling match to August 20, Saturday, 1:30
p.m. It is still on Old Route 50. This gives everyone a better
chance to travel there since the previous match was scheduled for
the morning. It is also changed to accommodate the Doddridge
High School County Cross Country Team, Irish road bowlers from
way way back (2004). A Cross-Country-Cross-County Challenge has
been issued - to the Preston County Cross Country Team,
(who have been road bowling even longer). Come down to West
Union August 20 for Irish bowling, and then the two
teams will meet again in Kingwood October 2 for the
Preston County Buckwheat Festival Irish Bowling High School
Cross- Country-Cross-County Rematch.
May 21 & 22 Strawberry Festival
Turkey Run Road,
21 - Four person teams.
Carp (Chip Turner, Randy Gear, Todd Turner, Bill
Boulyon) who won their second straight Irish road
bowling match. It turned out to be very close and exciting, coming
down to the last shot for no less than three teams - and all three
tied the road course record! #1Team Carp,
#2 Burnsville Volunteer
Fire Department (Jon Berlo, CJ Yoho, Mike Kelley, Bob
Kelly), and #3 Martin Oil
Martin, Jim Bostic, Steven Cutwright, Randy Coffman) all
had 28 shots across the line but Team Carp strong-armed the
farthest up the hill for the win. Other top scores: Ireland WV
Road Bowlers (Travis Craig, Jerod Putnam, Shannon Gear) 29
shots; Macadam Mayhem from Kingwood (Mark Wilt, Brian Wilt,
Aaron Wilt, John Nelson) 29 shots; Weasels (Rob Hoover,
Jason Hoover, Kevin Tallron, Dan Hackett) 31 shots; Blue
Ballers (Katie Deter, Jessica Loftis, Sabrina Brooks, Kari
Chips) 31 shots (awesome, ladies!).
Sunday May 22
- Two, Three and Four Person teams.
Two-Person Teams - #1
Beach Bums from Buckhannon (Teri Bostic, Heather Haddix)
tied with #2 Mountaineers
(Rachel Forest, Nathan Heilman) with 38 shots each, but
Teri and Heather rolled out farther across the line for the win.
Teams - Carl & Company
(Carl George, Judy Mize, David O'Powell) managed to tie
for the win with Team Blue from
Marshall U. (Billie Dahlheim, Josh Burnside, Katie
Deter) when in a fog of confusion among the yellow
flowers up the hill past the finish line it appeared both teams had
gone equal distance over the line on the 31st shot.
(There seemed to be a shocking conflict of interest when the match
referee was caught bowling himself, but since it was his first
decent score in eleven years, Team Blue graciously agreed to
settle for a tie.) Carl George proved to be an Irish bowling
natural, hurling many long shots in his first-ever match.
Four Person Teams -
Ireland WV Road Bowlers (Shannon Gear, Chad Westfall, Travis Craig,
Jerod Putnam) returned to their usual championship form
on Sunday, winning the four person prize with a course record 28
shots, (the fourth team of the weekend to shoot 28).
Carol Han from
Harrisburg, Pa. WHP CBS 21 came to Turkey Run Saturday for a TV
story about Irish bowling. It will go on the air sometime in June.
Barbara Clowdus from the New Mountain Tribune was on Turkey
Run Sunday, her excellent article and photos were in the May 25
issue of the newspaper. Thanks ladies for your interest.
Thanks - To Amy Hall from Buckhannon for jumping
in to organize this year's event. Thank you Amy, it was our
best-ever Strawberry Festival Irish bowling. Thanks to
C.J. Martin and Jim Bostic for hosting a mean and hungry
bunch of Irish bowlers for a cookout not just one, but two
nights at C.J.'s home near the finish line. We marched in mean
and hungry and marched out fat and happy, thanks to a delicious
dinner both nights at C. J.'s. (C.J. and Jim didn’t bowl too bad
either, tying the course record on Saturday.) Thank you, Burt
Hunter and Justin Hunter. Burt once again sponsored Irish
bowling at the Strawberry Festival and he has been a pioneer of
this sport in West Virginia, back when we were a lonely band of
bowling brothers from Wesleyan, dragging our pioneer wagons from
door to door, searching for a wee drop to wet our whistle, never
sure when we would next hurl in the road or in the ditch, if ever
again. Ah Burt, the sacrifices you have made. Burt's son Justin has
proved to be the recruiting wizard from Marshall U., giving up his
valuable time to night after night search the local establishments
in Huntington for new Irish bowling talent, which is shaking our
ancient sport to its very roots! Billie Dahlheim, Katie Deter,
Sabrina Brooks, Jessica Loftis, Kari Chips, Ben Selbe and
Justin are primed and ready to thrash any and all WVU bowlers
if they ever show up. Thanks to Judy Mize, for making the
long drive through the mountains to get to Irish road bowling, and
to Chedester Zhivanos for taking photos of the bowling
matches and the parade.
Tournament - According to the Competition Committee
of the West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association, players
on the first and second place teams in each competition qualify for
the Singles Tournament to be held this summer. Once you qualify,
you are in. From the Strawberry Festival the following people have
qualified for the singles tournament: Chip Turner, Randy Gear, Todd
Turner, Bill Boulyon, Jon Berlo, C.J. Berlo, Mike Kelly, Bob Kelly,
C.J. Martin, Jim Bostic, Steven Cutwright, Randy Coffman, Mark
Wilt, Aaron Wilt, Brian Wilt, John Nelson, Teri Bostic, Heather
Haddix, Rachel Forest, Nathan Heilman, Billie Dahlheim, Josh
Burnside, Katie Deter, David Powell, Judy Mize, Carl George, Jerod
Putnam, Travis Craig, Chad Westfall, Shannon Gear, Blaise Arbogast,
Sonny Arbogast, Ken McClintic, Donnie Oates. Some of the above
names had already qualified at the Irish Spring Festival.
West Virginia Irish
Road Bowling Association, Southern Division. Glade Creek
United (Danny Kuhn, George Baker, Mike Snow, Mark Whitt]
drove up from the Beckley area to see what Irish Bowling is all
about. Since they were wearing shamrocks, we decided to give them
command of the WV Irish Road Bowling Association Southern Division.
They agreed to make a bureaucracy that no one can figure out, just
like we have in the northern division. Then they stepped up to the
Starting Line and George Baker threw the shot heard round
the world, the best longest ever from Turkey Run starting line, it
went into the second curve. He became an instant legend and
generations from now children will talk about that shot. His shot
also missed another player's ankles by at least 12 inches, avoiding
our first ever lawsuit! Everyone was real happy about that. Go
George! Glade Creek United shot 36, a very respectable
Boston and Ireland
Thanks, Margaret O
Callaghan for sending
Sunday June 5th.
Curran beat Gerald
Leahy "Boogie" by two bowls of odds in the Novice
In the Junior C. Con O'Callaghan, Boston got off to a great
start by beating
Adrian Lappen, NY by two bowls of odds.
June 12th Florrie O'Mahoney V Roger O'Riordan
in the Junior C.
19th. Novice 2 Kevin McGrath V Kevin
Twohig. Novice 1 Brendan
Fleming V Mike Fleming V Brendan O' Donovan
three hand score.
bowling club would like to thank those who came from NY to bowl
for the weekend.
- the names above are some of the best Irish bowlers in North
Ireland - good to hear
from Fergal Carr from County Armagh, an All Ireland 18 and
Under Champion, his brother Eddie Carr just won the World
Championships in Skibbereen, County Cork. Fergal wants to come to
West Virginia to see the green hills just like home in Ireland.
Since he is going to be in the USA later this year, we look forward
to meeting Fergal. Also good to hear from Maria Fitzpatrick
News Around the
Nation - We have Ten Big Dogs howling and bowling on an
island in Vermont, the Ancient Order of Hibernians rattling their
swords in South Carolina, the South Shall Rise Again; we have
Virginians taking up Irish Long Bullets hoping to reclaim West
Virginia or at least win something up there for once; there are
many North Carolinians organizing at Johnny's Burrito ready to
march north and fire a shot; we have new bowlers in Oklahoma City,
and Waco, Texas and Red Rock, Utah where it is so hot they take a
shot and have a drink and the roads are always straight; we have a
big bunch of big Irish bowlers on an island in Lake Michigan, and
in Minnesota, how far can they throw it, and granola crunchers in
Washington state and Oregon, and so on and so on around the
country. Please send me any
news of new clubs so I can tell everybody about it.
Well, so much for
the Piled Deep O Blarney Line this month, see you in the road or in
the ditch, O' David O Powell
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Top O' the morning
The WV Irish Road
Bowling Report welcomes the many new subscribers who have joined us
through the website, www.wvirishroadbowling.com. We will try to
keep you informed about the WV Irish Road Bowling Tour in the green
hills of north central West Virginia, and also share some updates
on Irish bowling in Ireland, in Boston and around the USA. This ancient sport is
growing in America, as young and old (especially baby boomers) find
it is a leisurely and painless way to get some good exercise and
enjoy a fresh air walk on a scenic country road.
2005 Wild and
Wonderful West Virginia Irish
Road Bowling Tour
This is one of the
largest festivals in West Virginia, with one of the best small town
parades in America. The parade is 1:00 p.m. Saturday, preceded by a
large rolling display of vintage automobiles. See www.wvstrawberryfestival.com.
Irish Bowling -
Saturday May 21 4:00 p.m. 4- person teams,
trophies and cash prizes.
Irish Bowling -
Sunday May 22 3:00 p.m. 2- 3 - and 4- person teams,
trophies and cash prizes.
records on Turkey Run Road -
4 person team - 28 shots Ireland Road Bowlers: Travis Craig,
Shannon Gear, Brian Craig, Jerod Putnam. 2 person team - 26 shots Jerod
Putnam, Travis Craig.
Turkey Run Road is
two miles north of Buckhannon. The 1.4 mile road is excellent for
bowling, through a scenic green valley, and starts with a sweeping
curve to the left, then to the right over a small hill, with long
straightaways, another small hill, then in the last 1/4 mile
several small tight curves, and over a bridge to the finish.
Playing those small curves without a mistake often decides the
Since our banquet in
January, it has been an amazing winter for WV Irish road
bowling. The website
www.wvirishroadbowling.com is up and running,
check it out for schedule, road records and other info.
Irish Spring Festival, Ireland, WV,
on March 19 & 20
added new age divisions. On Saturday 147 bowlers made a big crowd
on Wildcat Road.
Winners in the 16 -
54 division, Team Carp: Randy Gear, Chip Turner, Todd Turner,
Jason Dahino, had a fine score of 34 shots. Four other teams
had scores under 40, including 36 by the Smailes family Runnin'
The first ever
"Vintage" Division (55 and over) was won by Burt Hunter's
Rollers: Milt Dotterweich, Ann Dotterweich, Rick Reich, Dick
On Sunday in the 0-12
age division three talented young road bowling ladies Penny
Spaur, Jocelyn Spaur, Hannah Maston had an amazing score of 46
shots over the 2.2 mile course.
On Sunday, two teams
tied for winners in the 16 - 54 division - Runnin' Rebels: Rev. Doug Smailes, Zack
Smailes, Joe Jenkins, Don Gain - 41 shots; and Dick's
Dunces: Dick Billick, Burt Hunter, Ben Selbe, Sebrina Brooke - 41
Ties are supposed to
be settled by distance past the finish line, but nobody waited and
the referee was not too sharp that Sunday.
One team was nearly
disqualified for a too "corny" name, the W. Post Toasties: Mary
Ellen Slayter, Judy Mize, Wade Cowart, John Nelson, David
Powell, but they persevered with a respectable 50, and Mary
Ellen wrote a most excellent story about the Irish Spring Festival
and the 2005 WV Irish Road Bowling Tour for the Washington
The Washington Post
story and a bowling match with Scott Simon in the National
Public Radio parking lot in Washington D.C. put Ireland, W.V. on
the map as a USA hotspot of this old Irish sport. Many people
recently have started Irish bowling - Ancient Order of Hibernians
in South Carolina, Waco, Texas, the Big Dogs in Vermont, New York,
on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan, Yakima, Washington, California,
Virginia, Capon Springs and Beckley, West Virginia, St. Paul,
Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and more to
We just got a report
from the first Irish bowling match in Vermont - the Big
Dog tournament - Big Red, StuEEE, Half - man, Curley Ashley,
One Nutt, Bertha, The Tree, Tom, and Powlovich defeated three
other teams. Buttons, Brick and Pogo added "noteworthy but
futile" shots. Big Red was the hero of the day, with mighty bulk.
Look for those Yankees in West Virginia one of these days, sounds
like they are crazy enough for us. We will match them against
Raphe O' Geaney's Ancient Hibernians, up from South
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and Strategery booklet, scorecard and pencil, road chalk. Also the
famous "Original Road Bowl Display or Carrier " ORBDOC, "You could be a legend!" And soon
to be a collector's item, the "2005 Wild and Wonderful West
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WV Irish Road Bowling
Association Singles Championship -
The following players
qualified at the Irish Spring Festival for this summer's 16 - 54
Singles Championship: Chip Turner, Randy Gear, Todd Turner,
Jason Dahino, Rev. Doug Smailes, Zack Smailes, Don Gain, Joe
Jenkins, Chad Westfall, Jared Singleton, Jeremy Bruffey, Danny
Spaur, Ben Selbe, Dick Billick, Burt Hunter, Sebrina Brooke, Leland
Pickens, Justin Burkhammer, Brittani Gregg, Kelsey
This is determined by
the Competition Committee - based on finishing in the top two teams
at any 2005 WV Irish Road Bowling Tour event. If your team
did not qualify in Ireland, WV, you can qualify in
Buckhannon May 21 or 22, or at any other upcoming event. See
the schedule on www.wvirishroadbowling.com.
The following players
qualified at the Irish Spring Festival for the "Vintage" (55 and
over) singles championship: Milt Dotterweich, Ann Dotterweich,
Dick Billick, Rick Reich, Michael McCartney, Julie McCartney, Patty
McCartney, David McCartney, Matthew Turner, Bob Williams, Ron
Lewis, Jack Fisher.
The tentative date
for the Singles Championship (and picnic) will be in July at Falls
Mills, near Ireland, WV.
Ireland, WV Road
Irish troops played
road bowling in West Virginia during the Civil War 145 years
ago. We want to recognize
and give thanks and respect to the team that has brought Irish road
bowling back to West Virginia, and to their amazing record in
eleven years of competition. This team began in 1995 as Don's
Boys, then became the Ireland Road Bowlers, and has
included Don Stewart, Shawn Stewart, Eric Stewart, Travis Craig,
Jerod Putnam, Brian Craig, Chad Westfall, Shannon Gear. They
have faced competition from all over West Virginia for 11 years and
their record is approximately 70 or 80 wins and 1 loss. They have
had tie scores only twice in matches, winning one by distance over
the line against a very good Preston Polecats team in
Kingwood, and their only loss was to Weston's Team Carp on
their home course on the Historic Weston State Hospital
The Ireland Road
Bowlers have the course record on almost every bowling road in West
Virginia. Two teammates, Travis Craig and Jerod Putnam
traveled to Boston in 2004 and each defeated native-born Irish from
the New York City club, and each came close to winning against the
eventual North American Region champions from Boston. Shannon
Gear is one of the top female bowlers in North America, and has
helped set most of those West Virginia road records.
Many of our Boston
friends are attending the world championships in Skibbereen, County
Cork, Ireland May 6 - 8. The world championships consist of Irish
road bowling, Dutch moors bowling, and German lofting.
Next Stop -
Team Carp meets the
Ireland WV Road Bowlers!! This is better than King Kong vs.
Godzilla!! The hills will rumble at this rumble in the hills!
Sparks will fly, thunder and lightning, as those hungry upstarts
from Weston seek out the mighty Ireland Road Bowlers. This is MUST
SEE road bowling, and it is FREE on Turkey Run! Come on out to roll
the bowl or just spectate along.
Well that is lots O'
blarney, hope to see some very hot and fast bowling in Buckhannon,
see you in the road or in the ditch, O' David O' Powell 202 387