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Sunday 16 December 2018

Skittle participants are gearing up for the final

Jamie Howard, Marc Flanagan, Ryan Cullen, James Lynch and Joe Bolger
Jamie Howard, Marc Flanagan, Ryan Cullen, James Lynch and Joe Bolger
Christy Donohoe and Oliver Hall

Sara Gahan

Teams are ready to battle it out for a place in the Skittles final which will be held outside Browne's Pub later this month.

Skittles is a traditional game with roots embedded deep in Irish history. It continues to flourish in north and south Wexford, with Browne's pub arguably the county's skittles hot spot.

'It has been played outside the pub for over 50 years now,' said publican Joe Browne.

There is a total of 58 teams taking part in the skittles tournament, and the final will happen in the middle of August. There is a Division 1, Division 2, and a Women's Division,

'Each of the teams go through knock out stages during the summer months,' said Joe. 'When it comes to the final there will only be two teams per division.'

The aim of the games is to throw lobbers at skittle pins.

'They have to knock out the pins but they have to finish on just the one,' said Joe. 'It is quite a skilful game to play.'

He added the game is growing in popularity year-on-year and said it hasn't died once. Browne's only had to ever stop the tournament one time, but that was due to foot and mouth disease.

The participants play skittles from Monday to Friday, at 7 p.m. All are welcome to come along and see the game.

Gorey Guardian

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