The modern practice of bataireacht has arisen amongst some practitioners from a desire to maintain or reinstate Irish family traditions, while for others a combination of historical and
cultural interest has led to their interest. Practitioners, which started independently of each other, exist in Ireland, the United States, Canada and Germany. Bataireacht has also gained
popularity amongst non-Irish people, especially in the United States, as a form of self-defence, especially as a cane or walking stick can be easily carried in modern society. As with
most martial arts, multiple versions exist.