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  • n  a cudgel made of hardwood (usually oak or blackthorn)

  • The smartest thing that Philip Joseph Christopher Aloysius Regan ever did was to drop his nightstick and pick up a shillelagh.
  • Timothy Costello, 67, shillelagh-sporting Manhattan pubkeeper and longtime confidant of such writers as Hemingway, Steinbeck, O'Hara, and most visibly, James Thurber, who adorned .
  • For a mild man, and the begetter of Friendship Trains, Drew Pearson has had more drawn-out feuds than an Irishman could shake a shillelagh at.
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  • The shillelagh a brief history of the Irish 'fighting stick'
    The timeless shillelagh found itself in the news again last week. Apparently the winner of the Notre Dame and USC football contest every year is awarded a famed jeweled Shillelagh trophy. This tradition spans 58 years.
    June 29, 2013 - Irish Central
  • USC and Notre Dame battle for famed Jewelled Shillelagh trophy
    The jeweled shillelagh has to be one of the most unusual college football trophies. Traditionally it is passed between the annual winner of the USC versus Notre Dame game. After Saturday night’s game if USC win they will have held it for a record nine years.
    June 29, 2013 - Irish Central

  • Brian Cowen in GlobalPost
    I've always felt that there was an element in this country that looked over at the diaspora in a rather patronizing way, as the shillelagh and the Aran jumper brigade,Cowen said.
  • Russ Hodges in New York Daily News (blog)
    Earlier in the season, during a Camp at-bat, Sterling quoted Russ Hodges, a famed broadcaster he admired, saying, "Any man is dangerous up there swinging a shillelagh."

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