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Irish Road Bowling at Coopers Rock

May 1, 2021

Coopers Rock State Forest offers Irish Road Bowling, a beautiful spring setting for a family fun event. The park closes the course to traffic during the event, a rarity in this game. In 2018, bowlers traveled from as far as Chestertown, MD, and Dallas, TX, to compete at this venue located near Morgantown and Cheat Lake.

Typically, team road bowling events are for teams of 4. Straying from tradition, the event at Coopers Rock State Forest this year will be the site of a doubles match. Join forces with your favorite friend, relative, coworker, or even encourage a seasoned bowler to be your partner. This year’s winners will receive their own Championship Belts! Not to mention the customary bragging rights that come with every victory.

Registration at 12:00 p.m. Bowling begins at 1:00 p.m.
Contact Coopers Rock State Forest 304-594-1561 or Road Masters Andy Shay 304-516-4030 or Dennis Pierson 304-692-6669. For greater detail about the actual road bowling game, visit http://www.wvirb.com/event/coopers-rock-state-forest-2/.

Coopers Rock will also be the site for the 2021 Jerod Putnam Amateur Open, June 4th – 6th. Bowlers from all over the country are welcome to compete in this singles tournament that benefits the Jerod Putnam Scholarship Fund. For camping reservations, call 833-WVPARKS.

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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May 1, 2021
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