Irish Road Bowling gains popularity in West Virginia

By Scott Finn 

Imagine a sport that’s a cross between bowling, golf, and fast-pitch softball – and you’ll have Irish Road Bowling. Like the name suggests, the bowler hurls a two-pound ball of iron and steel down a country road. The bowler who crosses the finish line in the fewest number of shots, wins. 

The game has roots going back more than 300 years in Ireland. But it’s also gaining popularity in three parts of AmericaBoston, New York and West Virginia. Last weekend, more than 100 bowlers came to Holly River State Park in Webster County to compete. Why is Irish Road Bowling becoming so popular in West Virginia?

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