A shillelagh is a cudgel or club that’s usually made of blackthorn wood with a leather wrist strap affixed to a handle. The name “Shillelagh” possibly originated from the village of Shillelagh in County Wicklow, which at one time was surrounded by extensive oak forests. The shillelagh was the weapon used in Bataireacht, which is traditional Irish stick fighting prevalent in the 19th century. Shillelaghs are commonly confused with traditional blackthorn walking sticks as they are produced from the same wood. The blackthorn tree is sense with dark brown to black bark. Stiff branches cover spiny thorns and grows up to ten feet in height. Blackthorn wood is lightweight, but very sturdy. Irish folklore says that blackthorn hedges are a favorite home to fairy-folk.