Shillelagh maker Liam Kealy said the art of making the traditional Irish walking stick was disappearing.
He said: "There are very few people making the authentic shillelagh these days - probably less than 30 people.
Liam's company - called Olde Shillelagh Stick Makers - is based in Shillelagh in Co Wicklow.
Once at Town Hall, the event began with the loud whack of a shillelagh hitting a table by organizer Edward M.
Haley, who received a Shillelagh Award with his wife, Carol A.
Sheridan, who was recently hospitalized for more than a month after heart surgery, managed to make a few jokes about the situation, describing shillelagh winner Tom Comeau, director of the Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home, as "the last one to let you down.
According to Himself, 406,287 of the Wee Folk voted 17 Shillelagh Awards to those "who performed noble deeds of common men and women" during their annual midnight meeting under a tree in Emmer O'Malley's field.
The Clinton High School's Gael Force robot was awarded a shillelagh, but not before "Itself" awarded Himself with a modern-day aluminum shillelagh.
CLINTON - Following hours of oration and deliberation, the Wee Folk of Clinton have selected this year's Shillelagh Award honorees for the 34th annual Leprechaun Parade and Convention.
Honorary Shillelagh Awards will be given to the late Jean Flanagan, for her faith, courage and commitment to family; and to Gael Force, the Clinton High School-Nypro FIRST robot.
CLINTON - It's time for the town's annual Leprechaun Convention and Shillelagh
Awards, which this year will