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Sunday, May 17 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Bataireacht- Shillelagh and Irish Stick Fighting: Panel

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The Irish have used various sticks and cudgels as weapons of self-defence for centuries. The shillelagh is still identified with Irish popular culture to this day. By the 18th century bataireacht became increasingly associated with Irish gangs called “factions”. Irish faction fights involved large groups of men (and sometimes women) who engaged in melees at county fairs, weddings, funerals, or any other convenient gathering.
As the faction fights became increasingly repressed and other sports were promoted such as hurling, bataireacht slowly faded away and by the turn of the 20th century.[Although still documented sporadically- it had became mostly an underground practice, saved by a few families who still handed down their own styles.

Mark P. Donnelly is a multi-award winning Author, Historian, Screenwriter, and Television Producer as well as internationally renowned Duelist, Swashbuckler, and constant gentleman.

Professionally, M. P. Donnelly has scripted and/or produced nearly 200 hours of historical documentary television for Discovery Channel, History Channel, BBC, PBS, National Geographic, and numerous European networks.

He is also the author or co-author of twenty non-fiction books on a wide variety of historical subjects. He is also inordinately fond of Port and would be happy to recount anything he has learned if you happen to have a fine bottle to share.

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Mark P. Donnelly

Canes Enable
Purveyors of Unique and Antique Walking Sticks, Canes, Cudgels, Umbrellas, Parasols, Brollies, Gamps, Bumbershoots, and En Tout Cas as well as antique accessories and oddities for discerning Ladies and Gentlemen.


Sunday May 17, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Salon C Radisson