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Irish Road Bowling at Pipestem

April 17, 2021 - April 18, 2021

Irish Road Bowling at Pipestem is complimented 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, and Fun Bowling for beginning road bowlers.

The event schedule is:
Saturday is fun for everyone in the team competition. Teams compete for 1st and 2nd place awards and more importantly, the bragging rights of southern WV. Bowling begins at the Lookout Tower parking lot a short distance inside the park. Contact WVIRBA Road Master, Kevin Smith at 304-228-7928 for greater details.

Team registration begins at 12:00 p.m. with bowling beginning at 1:30 p.m. Get a feel for the road on Saturday and come out again on Sunday to compete in a singles State Championship Qualifying event.

After a fun filled team event on Saturday, April 17, 2021, join fellow road bowlers again on Sunday to compete in the first of 2 singles State Championship Qualifying events. Top men and women bowlers will fill the first half of the WV State Championship bracket for all grades. Novice 4 is for beginners and anyone can compete. Come out and see how you stack up against other bowlers! Registration fee is $10 per person. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with road bowling beginning at 10:30 a.m. sharp!

For overnight room reservations, call 833-WVPARKS. Mention you are participating in the Irish Road Bowling event. For greater detail about the actual road bowling game, visit http://www.wvirb.com/event/pipestem-resort-state-park-4/.

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.



April 17, 2021
April 18, 2021


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