Riches of Clare Exhibition - Water

...to 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 Spear

There are two types of eel spear: one which impales the 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.

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.

Pictured is an example of a five pronged eel spear used in County Clare.

Ref: 2000.201

Eel Spear, 2000.201
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