Of course. Shillelagh: the Irish fighting stick, by John Hurley. Here's a citation from the works of William Carleton (1882) describing a fight: For the datation of the weapon, there is an account from the battle of Moytura in 1272 BC (mostly oral history), also from the account of the invasion of Ireland by Richard II in 1399 written by Jean Creton, there is also this picture, taken by myself last summer in Kilkenny cathedral on a Butler family tomb dated from 1507 clearly depicting a man carrying a bata (all the other figures also carried weapons as swords, pikes and axes): http://img76.imageshack.us/img76/5905/gisantkg8.jpg. Thomas Gainsford also notes in his 1618's book The Glory of England, that Irishmen were using "..axes, staves, broadswords and darts." in warfare. I think that's more than enough to support my point.