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Real Irish Fighting: A History of Shillelagh Law and Hob-Nailed Boot Stomping

"But Kelly himself, his arms akimbo stood calmly over his enemy." From The Party Fight and Funeral (Carleton's Irish Peasantry by William Carleton, George Routledge & Co, 1854) The myth of the violent Irish hooligan, perpetuated through popular culture representations authored, most frequently, by their British rulers, hinges on the Shillelagh, a weapon that is as ancient and enigmatic as Ireland itself.
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