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Sunday March 2, 2014

3rd Annual Irish Road Bowling

IRB Lawrence, KS

Registration opens at 10:30am at 23rd Street Brewery

IRB Lawrence, KS


Participants will start heading out to Clinton Lake State Park from 23rd Street Brewery at 11am.
Suggested donation for each 4-person team is $120.00.
There will be prizes awarded and the winning team bowls free next year.
Minimum age to bowl is 21.
Each team will receive their own Cannonball (bowl) to use for the event. (Please return the bowl).
You must have a spotter for your bowl.


Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade
P.O. Box 1702
Lawrence, KS 66044

For information please call (785) 749-6677

email: info@lawrencestpatricksdayparade.com

Want to see what IRISH ROAD BOWLING is?
Here are a few video links:
Anthony Bourdain road bowling (6-7 min)
One minute long road bowling ad
Slightly longer (2.5ish minutes)
Read about it in the Washington Post


Saturday, March 15, 2014 

St. Patrick Irish Road Bowling happening in Missouri


Looking for some fun on St. Patrick's weekend?

Looking for some fun on St. Patrick's weekend? Consider joining the hundreds of people expected to visit St. Patrick, Missouri, on Saturday, March 15, 2014. 

In addition to the special cancellation stamp and the Shrine of Saint Patrick, visitors will find the 3rd Annual Irish Road Bowling event.  Irish Road Bowling is an ancient game, played for more than 300 years in County Armagh in Northern Ireland and in County Cork in Southern Ireland.  The best description of game is that it is like golfing with a cannonball and a good sense of humor. 

Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball, called a “bowl.”  It is made out of steel and weighs 28 ounces, heavy enough to pick up speed yet small enough for any person to handle. 

Teams of four compete, taking turns throwing the bowl as far as they can to get it across the finish line.  Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. The game will take place on Highway 81 South, south of the St. Patrick city limits.

Teams of four people should register by sending an email to stpatrickirishbowling@gmail.com with names and contact information by Friday, February 28.  All participants must be 21 years of age or older and participants and spectators are encouraged to dress in spring regalia and Irish green.  Teams will be provided with all essential equipment which includes the bowl, scorecard, and chalk.  Team fee is $40 ($10 per player), and can be paid the day of event.  There will also be a $15 refundable fee for the steel bowl, when the bowl is returned at end of play.  Check-in at St. Patrick’s Old Irish Gift Shoppe begins at 8:30 am on March 15.  Road Bowling begins at 10am.  Participants are welcome to bring their own rolling coolers and beverages. Contest runs rain or shine.  A maximum of 40 teams can participate.  For more information, call 217-242-5593.

There will be prizes for the first place team, the biggest loser’s team, and best costume.

The best route into St. Patrick, Missouri for the Irish Road Bowling event is Highway 61 North to State Highway Z.  Drive 3.9 miles, and then turn left on Missouri Highway 81 South.

Throughout the day, the public can also enjoy Irish food provided by the Knights of Columbus and live music, as well as activities at the Post Office and gift shoppe.  

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool NY

11:00 am
Shoreline Walking Trail
Teams will "tee off" from 11am-2pm and the outdoor fun will continue along the scenic two mile route capped off by a mid afternoon awards celebration.

Registration & Start will be at the Saw Mill Creek Shelter. Located in the Willow Bay section of the park.

Onandaga Lake, Syracuse NY

Onondaga Lake, Syracuse NYPrizes

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. In addition, prizes will be awarded to teams with the best decorated cannonball.

Awards Celebration

Everyone is invited, following the tournament. In addition to announcing the award winners, participants will be treated to a complimentary Irish-style buffet.


Teams are made up of 4 people and may be co-ed or same-sex.

  • Fee - $100 per 4 person team

Registration Opens February 3. Click here for Registration Form.

Registration & Start will be at the Saw Mill Creek Shelter. Located in the Willow Bay section of the park.

Day of the Event

Onandaga Lake, Syracuse NY

  • Onandaga Lake, Syracuse NYRegistration & Start will be at the Saw Mill Creek Shelter. Located in the Willow Bay section of the park.
  • Check-in begins at 10:00am.
  • Teams will begin play at 11:00am.
  • Plan to park one car at the start and one at the finish (near the Salt Museum) or you will have to walk back down the trail to your vehicle.
  • Awards Ceremony, featuring a complimentary buffet, for all participants at White Water Pub, located near the Griffin Visitor Center. Please note: Outside alcoholic beverages are not allowed on White Water Pub property.

Onondaga County Parks places a top priority on the safe and legal use of alcoholic beverages. No person under 21 may possess or consume alcoholic beverages in the park. Coolers are not allowed along the course. Alcohol may be brought in and consumed only in designated areas at the beginning and end of the course. Quantity is limited to one six pack of beer (12 oz. cans) per person in cans or plastic. Please drink responsibly.


Saturday March 22, 2014 Savannah Ancient Order of Hibernians, Savannah,  Georgia

In Savannah they bowl on a race track and get some huge long bowls -

Annual Irish Road Bowling Tournament March 22

By Guest Blogger, Shawndra Russell

Savannah has long been known as one of the best places to ring in Saint Patrick’s Day thanks to a strong Irish population and the involvement of organizations like the AOH (Ancient Order of Hibernians). But the men behind the AOH organization celebrate their Irish heritage in another way bi-annually: by hurling iron balls around the racetrack on Hutchinson Island during their Irish Road Bowling Tournaments. These tourneys serve as a fundraiser for local charities, including 2014’s cause: supporting Savannah’s Catholic schools.

Irish Road Bowling in Savannah, GA

Irish Road Bowling started in the 1700s in Ireland. The longstanding tradition certainly celebrates the beauty of nature and camaraderie, and no doubt makes for a grand few hours on a Saturday morning in Savannah. Teams of three—men, women and children of all ages and heritages participate—take turns throwing the 28 ounce iron ball with the goal of reaching the finish line in as few throws as possible.

Irish Road Bowling in Savannah, GA

In St. Helena, South Carolina, a group of Road Bowlers meet every Sunday to perfect their bowling techniques, but in Savannah, the AOH tournaments are the best way for those interested to give it a try. It’s not just about strength; playing the lay of the land and being strategic when considering your team’s 3-person lineup also play a factor.

Hutchinson Island in Savannah, GA is where the Irish Road Bowling Tournament takes place…

Previous sponsors have included Churchill’s Pub, O’Connell’s Pub, The Distillery, Magner’s Cider, Image is Everything, Savannah Shamrocks RFC and Six Pence Pub. And at the finish line, hot dogs, beer and other morsels keep finished teams entertained until all teams have thrown their final ball.

If you’re ready to give Irish Road Bowling a try, sign up on the AOH website.

Irish Road Bowling in Savannah is a family-friendly event!


May 4, 2014 Fr. Donnelly's Road Bowling Score, Bonner Springs, Kansas
Tournament Information

Players: Men and women who are 21 or older.
Teams of four compete for prizes:

1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place


When:    May 4, 2014

                 12 Noon First Throw

                 3:00 pm Last Throw

 Where:  Wyandotte County Park

               126th and State Ave.,

               Bonner Springs, KS  

Saturday May 10, 2014 Potomac Highlands Wounded Warriors Outreach,

Salem, West Virginia   

All Proceeds Benefit the Potomac Highlands Wounded Warrior Outreach   

Where: Sperry-Davis VFW Post 9151, Salem, WV

When: May 10, 2014 

Registration: 10:00 a.m.

Match Starts @ 11:00 a.m. 

$25.00 per person - Prizes for 2-,3- or 4-Person Teams   

Fee includes Picnic Lunch. Any non-player can purchase picnic lunch for $5.00. Free event T-shirt to first 50 to sign up! 

Contact Stephen Kelley for info, and to pre-register.  

Email: VFWPost9151QM@hotmail.com

Cell: 304 669 8977.


Saturday June 7 Wellsville, NY AOH Spring Classic

Hello Dave-our AOH Spring Classic Irish Road Bowling Tournament will be this June 7th, 2014 on our 1.3 mile Kilbane Road course in Andover, NY.   The website is incorrect on the graphic below   The Correct website is www.aohwellsvilleny.com  and you can list me a contact for more info.  My email is  aohcannon@gmail.com   We hope to have over 100 2 person teams for this bowling event!   Thanks for adding us to your schedule!  Hope to see you!

Brian Cannon  Wellsville, NY   585/593-1405
Saturday June 21, 2014 La Crosse,  Wisconsin

Sunday July 27, 2014 Missoula Celtic Festival & Ancient Order of Hibernians, Missoula, MT


Toss a cannonball and win some prizes...

The Missoula AOH is sponsoring Missoula's third annual Irish Road Bowling event. Get a friend to register with you as a team and then spend the morning of July 27th learning a sport that has been played in Ireland for centuries. Registration is open and the registration fee will be collected at the event.  The fee is $20.00 per team of two.

Location: The third Irish Road Bowling Tournament will be held near Florence, Montana on July 27, 2013 on the walking trail. Park at the Carlton Creek Park and Ride (about mile marker 78). Follow the signs from there a short ways along the walking trail to the starting point. The course continues on the walking trail and is a little less than a mile (which is shorter than last year for those of you who participated). It is a fun course with just enough curves and small hills to keep it interesting.

Irish Road Bowling 101

Road Bowling

Traditionally, Irish road bowling in Ireland is governed by Bol~Chumann the  Irish Road Bowling Association. The basic premise is similar to golf. Participants, usually single opponents, throw a 28 ounce bowl or "bullet" along a country road course, up to 4 km long, and the fewest throws to traverse the distance wins the contest.

A road shower advises the thrower about the throw (or shot) much like a coach, standing ahead of the thrower, feet apart, to show the best line or path in the road.

In the Northern, Co Armagh style, the thrower runs to the throwing mark and extends the arm and bowl behind him as he runs. At the throwing mark the arm is snapped forward by arching the back and shoulders, releasing the bowl underhand before stepping over the mark. In the Southern, Co Cork style, as the thrower runs to the mark the arm and bowl are lifted up and back, then whirled downward into an underhand throw, releasing the bowl before stepping over the mark.

Wherever the bowl stops (not where it leaves the road surface), a chalk mark is made at the nearest point on the road and the next throw is taken from behind that mark.

Over tight curves, or corners where two roads meet, the bowl may be thrown through the air (lofted). The loft must strike the road or pass over it. If the loft fails to reach the road, it counts as one shot, and the next throw must be taken again from the same mark.

If two players or teams approach the finish line with equal shots, the winner is decided by which throw goes farther past the finish line.



Irish Road Bowling Prizes:

1st Prize – Two tickets to the Missoula Community Theater VIP Night with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dessert.  Two commemorative glasses and four drink tickets for Celtic Festival Missoula.

2nd Prize – Two Celtic Festival Missoula t-shirts, two commemorative glasses and two drink tickets for Celtic Festival Missoula.

3rd Prize - Two commemorative glasses and two drink tickets for Celtic Festival Missoula.

We encourage fun team shirts. The team with the best team shirts will receive two commemorative glasses and two beer tickets!







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