North American Irish Roadbowling Championship

Blackwater Falls State Park will welcome some of the country’s top Irish road bowling competitors Aug. 3-5 for the 2018 North American Region Finals, hosted by the West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association (WVIRBA). The public is invited to attend and learn about this fun sport.

The event starts Aug. 3 with practice matches and a reception at the lodge. Semi-final matches will be played Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Finals will be played Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will be followed by an awards ceremony to close out the event.

For more information about the event, contact David Powell by calling 202-387-1680 or 202-905-1959, visit www.wvirishroadbowling.com or find West Virginia Irish Road Bowling on Facebook. For more information about Blackwater Falls State Park, activities and lodging, call 304-259-5216 or visit the park’s website.

Irish Road Bowling

Irish road bowling — also called long bullets — has been played in rural Ireland for more than 300 years. It’s played by hurling a baseball-sized iron and steel cannonball down a one to 1.5-mile road. Competitors can throw with blazing speed and reach distances between 250 and 300 yards. The bowler who reaches the finish line with the fewest throws wins the match.

Three clubs from Boston, New York City and West Virginia compete in the North American Region Finals each year. The winners advance to the final competition, the All-Ireland Finals in Boston on Oct. 6-7.

Event Details

  • Start Date: August 3 - 5, 2018
  • End Date: August 5, 2018

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