FAQ - Games from Ireland
Which games are Irish or have an Irish connection?
Well, we've looked into this and we think that there are a few games
that qualify as games from Ireland:
Indoor Irish Games
- Irish Skittles (played with 5 pins)
- Croquet is, of course,
supposed to have come from a game called Crookey in Northern Ireland
- Quoits - the Northern Irish
play a particular version of the proper clay pit game
- Darts - the Irish have their
own Darts board
Historic Irish Games
Fichneal or Fidchell was an Irish board game of equal sides played in
the early second millenium
is a board game of the Tafl variety (unequal sides) that was played in
Outdoor Irish Games
- Gaelic Football
- Handball. While these days handball is played internationally it
grew from a variety of different indigenous handball games from a number
of countries, Ireland being one of them. It still has its own rule set
played only in Ireland or with GAA clubs in other countries.
- Rounders. The American games
Baseball and Softball are both descendants of a game played by Irish
immigrants. Today in Ireland it's modern form is called rounders and
it's a very popular activity.
- Road bowling is an unusual and exciting version of bowls that it
particular to Ireland. It is played with a steal shot, which is tossed
under arm by the player down a twisty road. The player who gets to the
finish line with the least shots wins. The whole course is called a
score. It only really survives in Cork and Armagh, but there are pockets
in other countries.
Let us know if you think
there's something missing from this list.