Anti-recruitment Shillelagh in “Arthur McBride”

Irishmen Stick-fighting for Freedom on Christmas Morning. Some versions of the Irish ballad "Arthur McBride" take place on December 25th, so today being Christmas makes it an apt time to share a bit of information about this traditional song. Of key interest here is the use of a shillelagh by two Irishmen to defend themselves … Continue reading Anti-recruitment Shillelagh in “Arthur McBride”