• Short Summary

    This shows the sport of road bowling in Ireland, the winner completes the course with the least throws.

  • Description

    County Cork, Ireland.

    M/S of a group of men standing around, one man hands some money over to John Foley. He is the stakeholder for the competition of road bowling where two men bowl a ball down the roads over a two mile stretch. C/U of John's hands counting the money. C/U of his face as he says something to the group.

    M/S of the group moving about, the two competitors take off their jackets. They are Bill Desmond aged 21 and Joe Ahern aged 22. John takes some more bets. M/S of Joe holding the ball, some of the group are stood behind him. C/U of the ball. M/S of Bill running down the street and bowling the ball. M/S as a large group of men walk down the street. M/S as Joe kicks the ball. C/U of a tuft of grass being placed on the road and the ball dropped on it. M/S of two men wearing flat caps watching. M/S of the men, one is signalling to someone to move over. M/S of some men stood in the background and another man jumping up and down. L/S of the group stood about on the road, Bill runs up and bowls. The men move on, M/S of the group walking up the road. M/S of Joe picking up the ball, C/U of him hitting it with a stone. C/U of his face. L/S of the group as they move with the ball. MS of two men in flat caps watching. M/S from the back of Joe bowling. C/U of an elderly man in a flat cap smoking a pipe. L/S of the ball running up the road. Various shots of the ball and the group. C/U of John and another man watching.

    M/S of the ball rolling over the finish line. M/S of the group, Bill is the winner and is presented with the trophy, he shakes hands with the other bowler. C/U of everyone congratulating him.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:33:59:00 / 01:36:00:00
    CP 141

Comments (1)

  1. finbar.ahern@yahoo.ie says

    When I saw this clip it brought back many memories.I was only ten years old when this film was made.One of the bowlers is my brother Joe Ahern and also my brother John as part of the Group.The man smokeing the pipe is my Father.I remember nearly all of these men and they are nearly all gone to there eternal rest.My Brother Joe died in 2012 and he was able to recall that day.I can still see the camera man on the ground and the bowlers jumping over him to take the shot.The narrow roads the bicycles no cars life was hard but they all enjoyed there time off.It is hard to describe the friendship amongest those men at that period of time in Ovens Co.Cork where I grew up in such a short space.I am glad Pathe passed that way that day to bring back som my childhood memories.

    Finbar Ahern

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