A variety of styles, techniques and games as competitors from Ireland, Germany and Holland take part in a three day bowling competition in Cork.
The International Bowling Competition organised by Bol-Chumann na HÉireann (the Irish Bowlplaying Association) begins at St Finbarr's Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club in Togher, County Cork on 21 May 1977.
Three countries are competing in the event; Ireland (with participants from Cork and Armagh), Germany and Holland. The teams use different types of bowling balls, the competitors from overseas use lighter wooden balls compared with the 28 ounce Irish balls.
The event gets underway with the raising of the flags of the three competing countries at St Finbarr's GAA. Then the German loft International commences on the adjoining pitch. It is followed by the Irish loft competition.
Each country has its own bowling technique and style. The German loft resembles discus throwing. The men of Holland favour an under hand delivery which is a style used in road bowling. Many of the spectators in Cork are seeing the spring board in use for the first time.
Sunday morning sees the viaduct challenge, where competitors must loft a German bowl all the way over the Chetwynd Viaduct which straddles the Cork Bandon Road. Two of the German squad compete against a number of local players including Denis Scully.
The tripartite bowling international ends on 23 May 1977 with the road bowling competition held in The Rising Sun locality of County Cork.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 May 1977. The reporter is Liam Ó Muirthile.