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.