Irish Road Bowling takes place on a country road, but beware the road is not usually blocked off to traffic. Speculator, NY and Indian Lake are just two places that enjoy this St. Patrick's Day tradition! Irish road bowling has been played in the Irish countryside since the 1600s. Using a 28-oz iron or steel ball, called a bowl, or bullet is chucked down a country road to the finish. The player or team with the fewest shots at the finish line wins. The "course" can up to two miles long.