Road Bowling is an old game, played for centuries and at one time far more widespread in Ireland, but since 1954 it has been organised under a national controlling body, Bol Chumann na hEireann.
Large crowds gather to watch the matches and they are real family affairs. Visitors are welcome but dont expect any fancy facilities, dress warmly, be prepared to walk a few miles while following the matches and to keep yourself out of the way of flying bowls and road traffic!
Matches are not generally publicised in advance outside of the immediate local area so keep an eye on local newspapers.
Road bowling is very common in the North Cork area particularly Doneraile, Glanworth, Ballyclough and Fermoy.
The season generally starts in April to September and can be seen most Friday nights from 7pm on the Castletownroche road outside Doneraile.