Irish Road Bowling

Followed by a international sports quiz 100 questions

& some random sports facts in between,

Irish Road Bowling Info

outdoor sport
Participants, usually four person teams, throw a 28 ounce (800 g) bowl or bullet along a country road course, up to 4 km long, and the fewest throws to traverse the distance wins.

Rules and playing style
A 28 ounce iron and steel cannonball ( the bullet) the size of a tennis ball bowl is hurled down a country lane. The player or team with fewest shots to the finish line wins. It is rare that the road is closed so effort must be made for safety.

In Ireland numerous bowling courses exist in counties Armagh and Cork and also in Mayo (Castlebar), Limerick, Waterford and Louth, roads have been developed in Tyrone and Wexford and also in London.

A road shower stands ahead of the thrower, feet apart, to show the best line or path on a road. The thrower runs to the throwing mark and, in Northern or County Armagh style, extends an arm and bowl behind him as he runs. At the throwing mark the arm is snapped forward by arching the back and shoulders, releasing the bowl underhand before stepping over the mark.

In the Southern or County Cork style, as the thrower runs to the mark an arm and bowl are lifted up and back, then whirled downward in an underhand throw, releasing the bowl before stepping over the mark. Wherever the bowl stops, a chalk mark is made at the nearest point on the road and the next throw is taken from behind. Over tight curves, or corners where two roads meet, the bowl may be thrown through the air. The loft must strike the road or pass over it. If the loft fails to reach the road, it counts as a shot, and the next throw must be taken rom the same mark.

If two players or teams approach the finish line with equal shots, a winner is decided by which throw goes farthest past the finish line.


A Score : a match. (In the past, players were given 20 shots each, the winner determined by who went the greatest distance.)
A Shot : a throw.
Bowl of Odds : when a bowler is one full shot fewer than his opponent, when a bowler is equal to or farther in distance than opponent, but has thrown one less shot.
Bowl or Bullet : the 28-ounce ( 800 g) small cannonball, with circumference of 18 cm, used in Irish Road Bowling.
Bullets or Long Bullets : the County Armagh term for road bowling.
Butt - throwing mark on the road. To step over the mark before releasing the bowl is to break butt.
Clear the Road : to get spectators out of the road in front of thrower.
Corner :sharp curve in road or a corner where two roads meet.

centered in Ireland : primarily in County Armagh and County Cork. However, it also has players in Boston, MA, Cambridge, NY, New Zealand and is growing in fairs and festivals of State of West Virginia.

There are a European Bowling championships, and a World Road Bowling Championship

Road bowling in Ireland is governed by the voluntary Irish Road Bowling Association Irish Road Bowling Association

Quiz on Sport Generally

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2 What about the 1991 Rugby World Cup, 

3 As of March 2021, which 2 teams had won the most American Football, Superbowls, 

4 How many had the Dallas Cowboys won, 

5 How many years was it since the last British man, won Wimbledon, when Scotsman Andy Murray won in 2013. 

6 Who have won the most Netball World Cups, 

7 As of 2 March 2021, Who have won the most NBA Championships, 2 teams again,  

8 Who have won the most World Series of baseball, as of March 2021

9 Who have won the most NHL Stanley Cups, as of March 2021, 

10 Which 2 players have won the most Golf Majors, 

11 Which golfer has been runner up in Golf majors more times than anybody else up to March 2021, without winning one, 

12 Up to March 2021, who had won the most Snooker World Championships, since 1969. 

13 Which 3 teams have won the most WNBA titles, as of mid March 2021, 

14 Which 2 nations, top the All Times, Combined, Winter and Summer Olympics, total Gold, Bronze and Silver medal table, even in March 2021, 

15 Who have won the most Rugby League world cups, 

16 As of March 2021, who have won the most Cricket County championships

17 What year was Muhammad Ali, the World Heavy Weight boxing champion, born, 

18 As of March 2021, who have won the most Constructors championships in Formula One, 

19 in terms of the Tour De France, what do these names have in common in March 2021, Jacques Anquetil (FRA) Eddy Merckx (BEL) Bernard Hinault (FRA) Miguel Indurain (ESP)

20 How many times have Wales reached the Rugby World cup Semi final, up to March 2021. 

21 Hoe many times have Scotland been ranked 4th in the Rugby World Cup at the finish, their highest position up to March 2021. 

22 Who won the gold for Tennis, at the women's event for tennis in 1the Summer Olympics 1988 in Seoul. 

23  How many times did Carl Lewis win gold at the 100 metres in the Olympics, individual event. 

24  How many gold medals did Jessica Ennis win in the Heptathlon at the Olympics,

25 How many Paralympics did Tami Grey Thompson compete in,  

26 What country did Chess World Champion Gary Kasparov play for at the 1992 European Championships. 

27  What event have Sandi Morris, Sergei Bubka, and Armand Duplantis take part on. , 

28 What event have, Heike Henkel, Isobel Pooley, Matt Hemingway, and Dick Fosbury taken part in 

29 What species was Red Rum

30 Who has on March 2021 topped the table of the most gold medals in Olympic swimming.  

31 Who was the first Welsh winner of the Tour De France

32 Who won Gold at the 1980 100 metres Men's individual event

33 Who won Gold at the 2012 Women's Indoor Volleyball at the Olympics

34 Who won Bronze at the 2012 Women's Basketball

35 Did Seb Coe ever win gold at the Olympics

36 What position was Sylvester Stallone in Escape to Victory in the football match. 

37 How many Olympic golds has Chris Hoy won

38 Has a Scotsman ever won Formula One, World Championships, 

39 Has a Finnish man ever won Formula One World Championships, 

40 Is it true that both a Englishman, a Scotsman, and a Frenchman,  have won World Rally Championship. 

41 Has a Welshman ever won the Wales Rally  GB, the most prestigious rally in the UK, as of 2021 anyhow, it operating since 1932. 

42 Which of these movies was not about Baseball, A league of their own, Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, A shot at glory., 

43 Where was the 1986 world cup of football held. 

44 Where was the 1992 Summer Olympics held 

45 Who was the Switz Miss, in Tennis,  in the 1990s. 

46 Which teams were bottom of the Highland League in a year in the 1980s, but won the Scottish League cup in the 2010s. 

47 What year did Beach Volleyball join the Summer Olympics. 

48 Who won the 1979 Cricket World Cup

49 Who were the first African team to win the Football gold at the Summer Olympics. 

50 What was the first Fifa world cup to be hosted in more than one country 

51 When was the Americas Cup founded

52 What is Usain Bolt's 2009 record in the 100 metres. His world Record time. 

53 Who were the first Argentinian Football champions, 

54  Which motor racing driver who won the Formula 1 world title in the 1990s, had  a Surname, whose first part is the start of the name of a Iron Age structure, popularly seen as a defensive bastion, the second part of that name of that kind of defensive bastion, defines it as a kind of bastion, 

55 Which Formula 1 world champion of the 2010s, has the same surname, as the name of a town in Lanarkshire, Scotland, 

56 Name Scotland's most successful Formula one star of the 1990s, 

57  Which British tennis player won the ladies title at Wimbledon in 1977

58 What decade was Arantxa Sánchez Vicario runner up at Wimbledon, 

59 What county did Billie Jean King the tennis player come from, 

60 What sport does or did Dominika Cibulkova play, 

61 Danica Patrick was a breakthrough racing driver in which brand of motor sport. 

62 What sport do Karsta Lowe, Kim Hill,  Haleigh Washington and Jordan Larsson, perform for the USA in, or did, 

63 What major movie part was Johnny Weissmuller Olympics swimmer most famous for 

64 When did Maria Sharapova first win Wimbledon Ladies Championship

65 Castro, is a surname that has featured in the 2008 Women's Indoor Volleyball, for Brazil, also the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies. in MLB baseball, a Brazilian competitor in Men's swimming at the 1988 Olympics,  and the Honduran international soccer team. but which 2 land's in Europe have it as their equivalents of hillforts. 

66 Where is Sumo Wrestling a national sport

67 Which Ukrainian football team have won the European Cup Winners cup

68 What year did Europe first win the Ryder Cup 

69 What year did Europe win the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles before 2021

70 What nationality was golfer Ian Woosnam

71 What nationality was golfer Sam Torrance

72 What year did Beijing host the Summer Olympics

73 Who were Runners up in the 1988 European Championships of football

74 Who won the 1984 Football European Championships

75 Where did Paul Lawrie win a golfing major, 

76 Who won the 1988 European Football Championships

77 Where was the 1995 FIFA World Cup held, 

78 What nationality is Robert Lewandoski

79 What year were the Polish and Ukrainian football European championships held

80 How tall was Pele, as a footballer

81 What was the name of the winner of the Long Jump in 1968 at the Olympics, 

82 What year was Mike Tyson born

83 Where do Honved football club come from as in the country

84 What year was the first modern Olympics held, 

85 Where were the 1996 Olympics held 

84 What city was the 1983 European Cup Winners Cup final held 

85 Who have won the most Winter Olympics Gold Medals 

86 Was Eddie the Eagle last in the 70 and 90 metre Ski Jumps in 1988 at Calgary 

87 Where were the 1984 Summer Olympics held 

88 Where were the 2004 Summer Olympics held

89 Where were the 2016 Summer Olympics held 

90 Where were the 1960 Summer Olympics held

91 What stadium was the place where the 1896 Olympics were held 

92 What year did China win their first medal in Athletics at the Summer Olympics

93 Which of these lands has not finished top of the Gold Medal table at a individual Summer Olympics, Great Britain, The USA, The USSR, China, France, 

94 How many times have Germany including the West won the World cup of Football up to 2021

95 Who have won the most European Championships of football

96 What year did Lionel Messi win Olympic gold with Argentina, 

97 Have Sri Lanka ever won the Cricket world cup 

98 Where was the 2006 Men's world Ice Hockey championships held 

99 Where were the 2014 Commonwealth Games held

100 Where was the 2019 Netball world cup held 

Answers at bottom of page, but here are some facts in between,  On Ac AC Milan honours, The Isle of Man football festival, and Real Madrid honours,

Isle of Man football festival list of winners,

The trophy ran from 1983 to 2005.

The Isle of Man Football Festival. Winners.

1983 Sunderland 1 St Mirren 0.

1984 Sunderland Beat Blackburn Rovers.

1985 Blackburn Rovers 1 Stoke City 0.

1986 Wigan Athletic 1 Portsmouth 0.

1987 Stoke City 1 Dundee 0.

1988 No Winner.

1989 Motherwell 2 St Mirren 1,

1990 Motherwell 3 Oxford United 1.

1991 Stoke City 2 Sunderland 0.

1992 Stoke City 5 Wrexham 0.

1993 Wrexham.

1994 Tranmere Rovers.

1995 Wrexham 0 Stockport County 0 - Wrexham won on penalties.

1996 West Bromwich Albion.

1997 Wrexham.

1998 Stockport County 1 Wrexham 1 - Stockport won on penalties.

1999 Oldham Athletic 1 Stockport County 1 - Oldham win on penalties.

2000 Oldham Athletic 0 Bury 0 - Oldham win on penalties.

2001 Wrexham 1 Burnley 0.

2002 Wrexham 1 Darlington 0.

2003 Rushden & Diamonds 1 Wrexham 0.

2004 Rushden & Diamonds beat Bristol Rovers.

2005 Carlisle United 1 Oldham Athletic 0.


In terms of the Isle of Man Football Festival cup

Wrexham won it the most times with 4 trophy wins.

An interesting fact id that were successive champions 6 times.

Motherwell were the only Scottish team to win the trophy.

I put this list as I was givenit as my contributor said he could find no list of these elsewhere,






AC Milan Trophy Wins By Decade.

Correct on October 2021.

This is a list of how many trophy wins and trophy runners-up spots that AC Milan had in the major trophies of Italian and World football. These are the Italian League, the Italian Cup, the Italian Super Cup, the European Cup, Champions League, the European Cup Winners Cup, the UEFA Cup, the Europa League, the European Super Cup, and the Mitropa Cup.



Decades.  Wins.  Runners-Up.

1890s.       0.           0.

1900s.       3.           1.

1910s.       0.           0.

1920s.       0.           0.

1930s.       0.           0.

1940s.       0.           2.

1950s.       6.           4.

1960s.       7.           5.

1970s.       5.           7.

1980s.       6.           1.

1990s.      13.          11.

2000s.       9.           4. 

2010s.       3.           4.

2020s.       0.           1.

So the most successful decade for AC Milam was by far the 1990s, when AC Milan won 13 trophies and were runners-up in 11 trophies.

The next most successful was the 2000s where they won 9 major trophies and were runners-up in 4 trophies.

Yet from the 1910s, 1920s, 1930s and 1940s AC Milan won no national or international official trophies. So AC Milan only started to win trophies every decade from the 1950s onwards.


Lit of official AC Milan trophies.

Italian Football Championship / Serie A Tier 1.

Winners - 18 times champions: 1901, 1906, 1907, 1950–51, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1961–62, 1967–68, 1978–79, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04, 2010–11.

Runners-up 16 times: 1902, 1947–48, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1960–61, 1964–65, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1989–90, 1990–91, 2004–05, 2011–12, 2020–21.



Coppa Italia.

Winners 5 times winners: 1966–67, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1976–77, 2002–03.

Runners-up 9 times: 1941–42, 1967–68, 1970–71, 1974–75, 1984–85, 1989–90, 1997–98, 2015–16, 2017–18.

Supercoppa Italiana.

Winners 7 times: 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2004, 2011, 2016.

Runners-up 4 times: 1996, 1999, 2003, 2018.



European Cup/UEFA Champions League.

Winners 7 times: 1962–63, 1968–69, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1993–94, 2002–03, 2006–07.

Runners-up 4 times: 1957–58, 1992–93, 1994–95, 2004–05.

European Cup Winners' Cup.

Winners 2 times: 1967–68, 1972–73.

Runners-up 1 time: 1973–74.

European Super Cup/UEFA Super Cup.

Winners 5 times: 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007.

Runners-up 2 times: 1973, 1993.

Intercontinental Cup.

Winners 3 times: 1969, 1989, 1990.

Runners-up 4 times: 1963, 1993, 1994, 2003.

FIFA Club World Cup.

Winners 1 time: 2007.

Latin Cup.

Winners 2 times: 1951, 1956.

Runners-up 1 time: 1953.

Mitropa Cup.

Winners 1 time: 1982.


Real Madrid Trophy Wins by decade

Correct up to October 2021


Real Madrid Trophy Wins Per Decade.

This is a table that shows the number of official trophy wins for Real Madrid in terms of the La Liga, the Spanish Cup, the Spanish Super Cup, the Copa Eva Duarte, the Spanish League Cup, the European Cup / Champions League, the European Cup Winners Cup, the UEFA Cup, the Europa League, the European Super Cup, the Latin Cup, the Intercontinental Cup, the  Copa Iberoamericana and the Club World Cup.

Decades.    Wins.    

1900s.         4.    

1910s.         1.

1920s.         0.

1930s.         4.

1940s.         3.

1950s.        10.

1960s.        11.

1970s.         8.

1980s.        13.

1990s.        10.

2000s.        11.

2010s.        17.

2020s.         2.


So the least successful decade for Real Madrid was the 1920s when they won no trophies. The most successful was the 2010s when they won 17 trophies.


Real Madrid Trophy Wins.

La Liga: 34 Times Champions.

1931–32, 1932–33, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1971–72, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1994–95, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2011–12, 2016–17, 2019–20.

Copa del Rey: 19 Times Winners.

1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1917, 1934, 1936, 1946, 1947, 1961–62, 1969–70, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1988–89, 1992–93, 2010–11, 2013–14.

Supercopa de España: 11 Times Winners.

1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2012, 2017, 2019–20.

Copa Eva Duarte: 1.


Copa de la Liga: 1.



Official titles

European Cup / UEFA Champions League: 13 Times Winners.

1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1965–66, 1997–98, 1999–2000, 2001–02, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18.

UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League: 2 Times Winners,

1984–85, 1985–86.

European / UEFA Super Cup: 4 Times Winners.

2002, 2014, 2016, 2017.

Latin Cup: 2 Times Winners.

1955, 1957.


Official titles.

Intercontinental Cup: 3 Times Winners.

1960, 1998, 2002.

Copa Iberoamericana: 1.


FIFA Club World Cup: 4 Times Winners.

2014, 2016, 2017, 2018.

NOW The ANSWERS to the quiz

1 New Zealand, France, Wales, Australia, 

2 Australia, England, New Zealand, Scotland, 

3 New England Patriots, and Pittsburgh Stealers, 

4 5 

5 77 years

6 Australia

7 The LA Lakers, and Boston Celtics, 

8 New York Yankess

9 Montreal Canadiens

10 Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods

11 Colin Montgomery

12 Stephen Hendry

13 Houston Comets, Minnesota Lynx,  and Seattle Storm, 

14 The USA, and USSR.

15 Australia 

16 Yorkshire

17 1942, 

18 Ferrari, 

19 They each top the list of finishing the tour with the Yellow Jersey, 5 times each. 

20 3 times

21 once

22 Steffi Graff

23 Twice

24 One

25 Five

26 Russia

27 Pole Vault

28 High Jump

29 Horse

30 Michael Phelps

31 Geraint Thomas

32 Alan Wells

33 Brazil

34 Australia

35 Yes

36 Goalkeeper

37 Six

38 yes

39 yes

40 Yes, 

41 Yes

42 A Shot at glory

43 Mexico

44 Barcelona

45 Martina Hingis

46 Ross County

47 1996

48 West Indies

49 Nigeria

50 South Korea and Japan 2002

51 1851

52 9.58 seconds

53 St Andrews and Old Caledonians

54 Damon Hill, as in Hillfort, 

55 Lewis Hamilton

56 David Coulthard

57 Virginia Wade

58 the 1990s

59 The USA

60 Tennis

61 Nascar

62 Indoor Volleyball

63 Tarzan

64 2004

65 Spain and Portugal

66 Japan

57 Dynamo Kiev

68 1985 

69 2014

70 Welsh

71 Scottish

72 2008

73 The USSR

74 France

75 Carnoustie

76 The Netherlands

77 The USA

78 Polish

79 2012

80 5 foot 8  

81 Bob Beamon

82 1966 

83 Honved

84 1896 

85 Atlanta, 

84 Gothenburg

85 Norway

86 Yes

87 LA

88 Athens

89 Rio De Janeiro 

90 Rome

91 Panathenaic Stadium

92 1988

93 They all have finished top

94 4 times, 

95 Germany 

96 2008 

97 Yes

98 Latvia

99 Glasgow, 

100 Liverpool



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