To make strong and profitable Shillelagh no need to be Irish. Pronounce the word Shih-LAY-lee or shih-lay-lah, it is true that this knotted and hardwood which is utilized as canes or weapons are simple to craft, since the period of Irish giant named Finn MacCool. The name of this ancient walking stick emerged from the aged Gaelic word “oak club”. In the early period these armaments were made from oak whish was carried form huge forest in country Wicklow nearby Shillelagh village. In the early period, before 18th century these powerful clubs were uses to solve the disputes at village pales or solve at least one problem before the arising of the next one.
The British attacked the Emerald Isle, but they did not cut down the oak forests which was measured holy by the Druids. The timber was brought to England with many restrictions. One of them was that the ban on weapons. After this, Shillelaghs - away from dying along with the oak- just started produced from the wood of the Irish Blackthorn and this simple looking cane became the chief weapon for Irish people at the time of their hard days. As years passed away this cane was used to provide support in the form of walking sticks or sticks to guide cattle and slowly became the symbol of peace.
But nowadays Shillelaghs are a representative figure of the Irish strength. In the words of New York it the largest shopping center for canes. You will have to little bit careful about gathering raw Shillelagh material. This is because the entire 100 plus species of North American hawthorn are equipped with the thorns that make their place anywhere from 1 to 5 inches long. You will not find any difficulty in recognizing the constituent of genus Crataegus – no matter whether their height is up to knee, more high or tree like height. The hawthorn of America was generally grown as bushes in the dense forest. But as the modernization increases, the forests are cut down for the construction of big shopping malls or houses. Classified as the part of the rose family and apple, hawthorn goes by any number of assumed names in addition to the blackthorn, whitethorn, Mayhaw, littlehip etc.
All these above species are produce bunch of tiny, appealing fruit called haws which are dull to cherry red but you can also find them in yellow, black or blue color.You possess the stick or not. If you are the monitor of bata or walking stick made up of oak, ash, holly or blackthorn, you are as if having the real shillelagh. As for the reminder you may have chosen at the airport – the short, dumpy club which usually sports a green bow and an ingenious painted shamrock – but it is sorry to say that it is not Shillelagh, it is a sham.