Clare County Museum - Recent Additions collect, preserve, interpret and display the material culture relating to the history of County Clare, both in the museum building and online,
as an educational resource and a socially inclusive cultural service for the people of Clare and visiting tourists.

Eel Fishing Spear

This three-pronged eel spear had been buried just under the surface of a field in Ruan and only came to light having been disturbed by the hoof of a cow.
There are two types of spear: one which impales the fish, perhaps and eel, between blunt prongs and another which holds it by pinching the eel’s body and snagging its skin so that it cannot slip out. This example belongs to the latter type.
The different approaches are significant since a skewered eel will die and need to be cleaned, salted and possibly smoked before it is sold. Conversely, snagged eels can be released, packed in baskets and sent to market live and sold fresh.


Eel Fishing Spear 2014.11

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