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Road bowling has a long history - it apparently started in ancient Ultster at a time when Ireland had kings, at Eamhain Maca near Armagh, in the county of Cork, Ireland. In the early days, stone balls were used, but nowadays cast-iron balls are preferred. The standard ball size is 58 mm diameter and 8 kg. The aim of the competitions is to cover a prescribed distance with a set number of throws. These are not casual affairs, there is a controlling body which have set down the rules and international competitions are held.