The resilient blackthorn wood was used for the production of first class walking sticks centuries ago. The plant, also known as blackthorn, is widespread all over the British Isles and particularly in Ireland, where it was processed into so-called Irish shillelaghs. Irish stick fighting was very popular in the 19th century and consisted of three disciplines, fighting with the long, medium and short shillelagh. At the time, Irish gentlemen carried the shillelagh with them at all times, and disputes were often fought with this fighting stick until modern times. Eventually the Shillelaghs were banned by the British occupiers and replaced by a functional walking stick, which is now simply called the Blackthorn.