Con Lucey of CoAction West Cork is an avid road-bowling enthusiast, and gives us a flavour of this fast-paced and exciting sport that is peculiar to parts of Ireland.
Road Bowling is a rural sport where people throw bowls along roads.
Coaction is situated right where they hold the bowling games. There is lots of fun to be had.
Road bowling is an Irish sport, in which competitors attempt to take the fewest throws to propel a metal ball along a predetermined course of country roads. The sport is mainly played in the Counties of Armagh and Cork, although there are other small strongholds in Mayo (Aughagower) & parts of Louth.
CoAction West Cork is situated right in the middle of Road bowling territory and are the founding members of the first Unlimited Road bowling club in Ireland back in 2002 which was quickly joined by the Borders bowling club (Monaghan, Armagh) and members from Mayo and Mid Cork.
Bol Chumann Na-hÉireann helped organize the 1st All-Ireland Unlimited Road Bowling Championships which are now held annually in either Bantry, Westport or Armagh/Monaghan.
Every September a team of Competitors & supporters from CoAction attend the event. Even though it is a sporting event, there are also opportunities for ‘relaxing & pampering’ for the lads and other leisure activities. The delegation checks into a ‘fancy’ hotel for the week of the Championships and enjoys all that the Hotel has to offer in the way of food, drink, luxury, swimming pool & sauna, steam room, bar music etc.
The lads who are on the committee help to plan the trip from the beginning, and this would involve research on the ‘places of interest’ and local amenities and obviously the best shopping locations. Local cafés & pubs are frequented in the evening time and short walks organised (for instance, in the foothills of Croagh Patrick, or a stroll through Monaghan town).
It is a great opportunity to meet up with friends from other clubs and also to meet new people.
The week away, although expensive, is looked forward to for months beforehand and you are assured that everybody who attends have fun and crack and good humour throughout.