Irish Road Bowling

Irish Road Bowling at Pipestem is complemented by a magnificent view into the Bluestone River Gorge, Appalachian spring colors in southern West Virginia, and one of the state’s best bowling roads. This event includes Women’s Singles Qualifier, Men’s Singles Qualifier, Team Bowling, Fun Bowling for beginning road bowlers.

The event schedule is:
April 25 – Team Registration at 12:00 p.m. Bowling at 1:30 p.m.
April 26 – Fun Bowling (no registration) begins at 11:00 a.m.

April 26 – Men’s and Women’s Singles Qualifiers.
Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. Qualifiers start at 10:30 a.m.

A second qualifier is held at the Strawberry Festival on Turkey Run Road near Buckhannon, WV, on May 16-17, 2020. The top men and top women from the Pipestem and Strawberry Festival advance to the WVIRBA State Championship, June 27-28, 2020, conducted in Ireland, WV.

For overnight room reservations, call 1-833-WV-PARKS. Mention you are participating in the Irish Road Bowling event. For greater detail about the actual road bowling game, visit

About Irish Road Bowling. Irish Road Bowling is primarily played in County Armagh in Northern Ireland and in County Cork in Southern Ireland. It consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. “bowl” with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins.

The West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association (WVIRBA) is a federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded December 8, 2008, and also registered in 2008 with the Secretary of State of West Virginia. WVIRB’s mission includes preserving and protecting the ancient Irish sport of road bowling, also called Irish long bullets, in the State of West Virginia; to follow the highest standards of sportsmanship in all of our activities; to teach Irish road bowling to men, women, and children as a sport providing health and physical fitness; and to celebrate nature and the scenic beauty of the country roads of West Virginia.

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Event Details

  • Start Date: April 25 - 26, 2020
  • End Date: April 26, 2020

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