Irish with Sticks.

Hollywood Gallery ~ Maureen O'Hara

Hollywood Gallery ~ Maureen O’Hara (Photo credit: erjkprunczýk)

Irish with sticks?  What kind of talk is that?  (I got the second sentence from the Monty Python skit, where John Cleese plays the dead parrot owner and Michael Palin, the pet store owner.  “He’s pining for the fjords.”  “Pining for the fjords?  What kind of talk is that)?

OK, I confess.  It is silliness on my part.  I came up with three examples of Irish with sticks.

1.  “And here’s a stick sir, to beat the lovely lady.”  A line from the move The Quiet Man, made by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.  The stick is being handed to John Wayne to beat the lady, Maureen O’Hara.

2.  Hurling.  A proud Irish sport to put a ball in a net; a bit like field hockey.  I’ve decided though it’s really an excuse to commit homicide with a stick.  Score a goal, hit opposing player.

3.  Shillelagh.  A combination  of walking stick and club.  You can use it to walk the unevenness of the countryside, then club any miscreant who disturbs the harmony of your walk with nature.

And so the Irish stick up.



About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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