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IRISH ROAD BOWLING The exact origins of Irish Road Bowling are uncertain. The game itself in its present form began to emerge in the 17th and 18th centuries. Stone bowls and iron bowls were used during this period of transition. Prior to the structured rules, the game of road bowling was not played over a particular distance, but instead the winner was decided by who could throw the furthest over 20 shots. The term score represented 20 (scor, an Irish word meaning 20) and thus the match was referred to as a score. Around the end of the last century the rules of the game began to resemble those of today. In 1954, the rules were finally formalized and a controlling body was established, when a group under the chair of Flor Crowley set up the organisation as Bol Chumann na hEireann. These initial moves proved to be consequential, in that, they signaled exciting times ahead for road bowling in Ireland.

Prior to 1963 separate championships titled All-Ireland were held in Ulster and Munster. Although, strictly speaking, they were not All-Ireland titles as understood today - winning players were granted the title All-Ireland Champion.

In 1963 the two codes got together for the first open All-Ireland Road Bowling Championships.

The basic premise is the same as golf, but with the subtle difference that:
• Billions of dollars have not been wasted trying to improve the game,
• You don't go around trying to hit a small defenseless ball with a stick,
• No holes are cut into perfectly good grass,
THERE CAN BE ANY NUMBER OF “NINETEENTH HOLES,”
• And, it can be a lot more exciting to watch.

It is not as easy as it sounds however. When the ball chooses to take a bad bounce and go off the road, it still must be retrieved. Retrieval is hazardous since there is usually a cold flowing stream adjacent to a portion of the course, or soft ditches where one can easily sink to the knees are all along the route. But the most dreaded difficulty along some courses is a very soft and juicy barn lot whose mud contains a toxic percentage level of bovine excrement while guarded by a 1500 pound Black Angus bull. Some of the local farmers consider it fair game to let the cattle wander a little when the roads are so quiet.

You don't have to be a he-man to be good either - one of the best bowlers is a 90 pound-soaking-wet sophomore.

Irish Road Bowling White T-Shirt
Irish Road Bowling White T-Shirt
$24.99
Irish Road Bowling Ash Grey T-Shirt
Irish Road Bowling Ash Grey T-Shirt
$20.99
Irish Road Bowling BBQ Apron
Irish Road Bowling BBQ Apron
$20.99
Irish Road Bowling Baseball Jersey
Irish Road Bowling Baseball Jersey
$23.99
Irish Road Bowling Boxer Shorts
Irish Road Bowling Boxer Shorts
$16.99
Irish Road Bowling 2.25
Irish Road Bowling 2.25" Button (10 pack)
$23.98
Irish Road Bowling Cap
Irish Road Bowling Cap
$20.99
Irish Road Bowling Classic Thong
Irish Road Bowling Classic Thong
$13.99
Irish Road Bowling Dog T-Shirt
Irish Road Bowling Dog T-Shirt
$20.99
Irish Road Bowling Fitted T-Shirt
Irish Road Bowling Fitted T-Shirt
$23.99
Irish Road Bowling Golf Shirt
Irish Road Bowling Golf Shirt
$24.99
Irish Road Bowling Green T-Shirt
Irish Road Bowling Green T-Shirt
$19.99
Irish Road Bowling Hooded Sweatshirt
Irish Road Bowling Hooded Sweatshirt
$39.99
Irish Road Bowling Infant Creeper
Irish Road Bowling Infant Creeper
$18.99
Irish Road Bowling Jr. Spaghetti Tank
Irish Road Bowling Jr. Spaghetti Tank
$22.99
Irish Road Bowling Kids Baseball Jersey
Irish Road Bowling Kids Baseball Jersey
$20.99
Irish Road Bowling Kids Hoodie
Irish Road Bowling Kids Hoodie
$26.99
Irish Road Bowling Kids Sweatshirt
Irish Road Bowling Kids Sweatshirt
$21.99
Irish Road Bowling Kids T-Shirt
Irish Road Bowling Kids T-Shirt
$18.99
Irish Road Bowling Large Mug
Irish Road Bowling Large Mug
$15.99
Irish Road Bowling Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Irish Road Bowling Long Sleeve T-Shirt
$28.99
Irish Road Bowling 2.25
Irish Road Bowling 2.25" Magnet (10 pack)
$23.98
Irish Road Bowling Ringer T
Irish Road Bowling Ringer T
$20.99
Irish Road Bowling Mini Button (10 pack)
Irish Road Bowling Mini Button (10 pack)
$14.99
Irish Road Bowling Mousepad
Irish Road Bowling Mousepad
$15.99
Irish Road Bowling Mug
Irish Road Bowling Mug
$14.99
Irish Road Bowling Stein
Irish Road Bowling Stein
$17.99
Irish Road Bowling Sweatshirt
Irish Road Bowling Sweatshirt
$35.99
Irish Road Bowling Tile Coaster
Irish Road Bowling Tile Coaster
$8.99
Irish Road Bowling Toddler T-Shirt
Irish Road Bowling Toddler T-Shirt
$14.99
Irish Road Bowling Tote Bag
Irish Road Bowling Tote Bag
$17.99
Irish Road Bowling Wall Clock
Irish Road Bowling Wall Clock
$17.99
Irish Road Bowling White T-Shirt
Irish Road Bowling White T-Shirt
$21.99
Irish Road Bowling Women's Cap Sleeve T-Shirt
Irish Road Bowling Women's Cap Sleeve T-Shirt
$22.99
Irish Road Bowling Women's Raglan Hoodie
Irish Road Bowling Women's Raglan Hoodie
$34.99
Irish Road Bowling Women's T-Shirt
Irish Road Bowling Women's T-Shirt
$22.99
Irish Road Bowling Women's Tank Top
Irish Road Bowling Women's Tank Top
$19.99
Irish Road Bowling Yellow T-Shirt
Irish Road Bowling Yellow T-Shirt
$19.99



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