Bowling (with the first syllable pronounced as bough and not to be confused with ten-pin bowling or indoor/outdoor bowling) is a sport that was common to this area of Clare. It was the vigorous under-arm throwing of a steel ball along the main Ennis-Kilrush road, over a two miles course. The winner was the person who covered the distance in the least number of throws.

This was a popular pastime in the old days before traffic on the road became a problem for the bowlers. However the tradition continues along country roads in some parts of the country today, particularly in the southern counties.