Fr. Abram J. Ryan Division 1

The Shillelagh!

…A Worthy Trophy

For the past 50 years, two of Kentucky’s high school football powerhouses, the Tigers of St. Xavier and the Shamrocks of Trinity, have competed for “the shillelagh,” an Irish war club and symbol of great pride… the AJ Ryan Division is proud to have donated this worthy trophy and looks forward to presenting it to the victor each Fall. Each year a medallion with the game’s score is added: The medallion is Gold if the Tigers win, Silver if the Shamrocks are the victors.

The game is one of the best-attended high school games in the country.  GOOD LUCK TO BOTH TEAMS!

 

Dan Fitzgerald, Kevin Powers, Tom McBride, and Billie Whelan with the shillelagh

Dan Fitzgerald, Kevin Powers, Tom McBride, and Billie Whelan with the shillelagh

About the Shillelagh
Used as hunting weapons, shillelaghs were essential life support to the Irish peasants of the middle ages.  Every lad searched the hedges diligently for the prime stick which would be his companion for life and when at last he spotted the perfect specimen – he would claim it with the traditional shout, “BE JASUS AND IT’S MINE!”

He would nurture and protect it henceforth until it matured.  When it was ready he would choose a winter’s day when the sap was down and joyously claim his prize!… he would then bear it home with pride and triumph and spend every spare moment until Spring by the peat fire lovingly smoothing the knots and rounding the head.  If part of the shaft had grown too crooked, he would gently soak it and hang it from the cottage rafters weighted with sand until it was shaped right.

From the day the shillelagh was completed until his death, it never left his side… even then it would be placed by his side in his coffin!

So then… as you look upon this most honorable symbol of Irish heritage… reflect on its history and understand that it has been won in a clean, hard-fought contest.

Links:

Trinity High School – The Shamrocks
St. Xavier  High School – The Tigers

Left: AOH past Pres. Shaun McKiernan, Trinity Coach Bob Beatty, and AOH Sentinal and Trinity alum Tony Lindauer in 2006

Left: AOH past Pres. Shaun McKiernan, Trinity Coach Bob Beatty, and AOH Sentinal and Trinity alum Tony Lindauer in 2006

 

Upcoming Events

  1. 2018 Annual Wearing O’ The Green

    February 24, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
  2. Blessing and Tapping of the Kegs

    March 8, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
  3. Blessing of the Beer and the Tapping of the Keg

    March 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  4. St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2018

    March 10, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  5. 2018 National LAOH & AOH National Convention

    July 11, 2018 - July 14, 2018