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Irish Road Bowling
July 17, 2021
Irish Road Bowling continues to be a popular activity in West Virginia. Irish Road Bowling can be traced back to the 1600s. One story is that Dutch soldiers brought it when William of Orange came to Ireland in 1689. Another legend says that Irish patriots robbed English cannonballs and rolled them down a country lane by the light of a full moon. West Virginia’s connection is that Irish troops marched over rugged hills and into deep hollers, cutting their way through vast rhododendron thickets, all over what is now West Virginia during the Civil War, 1861-1865. Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. at Cacapon Nature Center. There may be a small fee to participate or loan and return bowls. Teams of four may enter or complete individually. Learn more about West Virginia’s Irish Road Bowling at www.wvirb.com.
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