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Friday, December 9, 2022

Bataireacht: The ancient Irish martial art making a comeback | BBC

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Irish stick fighting, which was used to revolt against the British occupiers in the late 1800s, is being recreated by fighters around the world.

A combination of fencing, boxing, and wrestling that dates back to the 16th century, bataireacht flourished in the 1700s after the British occupiers forbade the carrying of many different kinds of weapons by Irish people. Instead, they used shillelagh, which was essentially walking sticks, to defend themselves. In Ireland, bataireacht was taught in schools by the 1800s, but by the start of the 20th century, it had all but disappeared due to a change in fighting customs and the effects of the Great Irish Famine. Bataireacht is now making a resurgence owing to Leddy and members of the sizable and loyal Irish diaspora.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20221016-bataireacht-the-ancient-irish-martial-art-making-a-comeback

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  1. A little Irish whiskey and a big stick and no telling what might happen 😉
    Full disclosure – I have Irish blood but not the whiskey – and I do have a big stick (or three).

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