W.Va. embraces ancient sport of Irish road bowling...

Aug 17, 2012 by

BRUCETON MILLS, W.Va. (AP) — It sounds as if it ought to be a drinking game: Grown men and women hurl a 2-pound cannonball as far as they can down a paved country road, each aiming to finish the 1.5-mile, chalk line “course” with the fewest throws. But in some circles, Irish road bowling is serious business. Players and coaches — or players who think they’re coaches — stand in the road as a competitor pauses, studying the slope and the curves before taking a few running steps and pitching the ball underhand, releasing it just before his velocity carries him across the starting line. The ball rolls and the crowd parts, screaming, leaning, gesturing and otherwise willing the iron and steel sphere to stick to the pavement. When the roll is good, they pump their fists...

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Top Irish Road Bowler in Monongalia County for North American Finals...

Aug 5, 2012 by

WBOY: Posted: Aug 04, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Updated: Aug 04, 2012 7:12 PM EDT By Andrew Clay, Monongalia and Preston County Reporter   WBOY.com: Clarksburg, Morgantown: News, Sports, Weather   COOPER’S ROCK -One sport competing for a championship right now that won’t be shown during the Olympics, and not likely to make ESPN either, is Irish Road Bowling. The centuries old Irish sport stopped in West Virginia for the Irish Road Bowling North American Region Finals where more than 20 of the top competitors faced off for a chance to travel to Ireland. “Very simply, its taking a steel ball, and throwing it down the road, and running after it. That’s road bowling,” said John Nelson of the West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association. It may not be Cowboys Stadium or the Superdome, but Cooper’s Rock...

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Irish Road Bowling Is Gaining Popularity In The Mountain State...

Aug 5, 2012 by

WDTV: Written by Fallon Pierson Last updated on August 05, 2012 @ 12:01AM Created on August 04, 2012 @ 11:25PM Irish Road Bowling has gained a lot of popularity here in the Mountain State over the last seventeen years. As word spread, and people began to realize how fun this sport is, more state parks and festivals have started to pick it up. Saturday evening, bowlers from all across the U.S. and Ireland, came to the last tournament of the fifteen game season at Cooper’s Rock. “Growing up in the area I grew up in Ireland, everyone competed.  My family played it, my friends played it, so-it started from there I think,” says Adrain Lappin, of All Ireland Road Bowling. From New York to Boston to right here in the Mountain State, Irish Road...

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