Deadline to register for Irish Road Bowling is Tuesday

Posted: Feb. 18, 2013 10:14 am Updated: Mar. 18, 2013 12:15 pm

ST. PATRICK, Mo. --The second annual Irish Road Bowling event will be held Saturday, March 16, in St. Patrick.

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.

It consists of a ball, called a "bowl," that 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. Teammates not throwing at the time go 20 to 30 yards down the road to mark the desired path of the bowl. They stand like human croquet wickets, feet apart, straddling the perfect path to be taken to achieve maximum distance.

The game will take place on Mo. 81 South, south of the St. Patrick city limits as part of the town's St. Patrick's Day celebration.

Teams of four people can register by sending an email to with names and contact information by Tuesday. 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 $20, and can be paid the day of event.

Check-in at St. Patrick's Old Irish Gift Shoppe begins at 9:30 am March 16. Road bowling begins at 10 a.m. Participants are welcome to bring their own rolling coolers and beverages. The contest runs rain or shine. A maximum of 40 teams can participate.

For more information, call (217) 242-5593.