Irish Road Bowling

Irish Road Bowling at Blackwater Falls is one of the closer events to Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.

Blackwater Falls is WV’s best known landmark in a state famous for its scenery. The Washington Post described the Falls as “so perfectly set in its narrow canyon and so beautiful as to be almost surreal.” Rhododendron blossoms and a circle road make the road bowling course a challenge as well as memorable.

For overnight reservations at Blackwater Falls, call 1-833-WV-PARKS. For greater detail about road bowling visit www.wvirishroadbowling.com.

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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  • Start Date: June 20, 2020

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