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Faugh a Ballagh! (Clear The Way!) for Irish Road Bowling History, Rules and Terms

Faugh a  Ballagh! (Clear The Way!)  is the battle cry of Irish Road Bowlers to make sure no one is hit by an approaching cannonball.  From green beer to  corn beef and cabbage , some of the most popular  St. Patrick’s Day traditions  have very little direct connection to Ireland. Not to downplay the importance of dressing in green, parades and brined meat, but one fun tradition that has been practiced in Ireland for hundreds of years in the counties of Cork and Armagh, is the sport of Irish Road Bowling.  Originally known as  Long Bullets , Irish Road Bowling's North American the road bowling history is a great deal shorter. The first American outpost of the  Irish Road Bowling League  was founded in 1996 in Boston, MA. Since that time there have been a small number of leagues founded in West Virginia and New York with non-official games sprouting up all over. As in all games, Irish Road Bowling has its own lingo where a  road shower  gives advice and you never want to  bre

Adirondack Irish Road Bowling

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.