Meelick fish trap

Fish trap

Christy Cunniffe

Meelick fish traps
Christy Cunniffe

A set of stone v-shaped fish traps survive in the river bed to the rear of the Franciscan friary in Meelick. This stretch of water was left undisturbed during the 19th-century drainage scheme undertaken by the Shannon Commissioners. The traps consist of stone built traps placed along the route of the fish swim. A large area of river below the weir linking Galway and Offaly has surviving fish traps and is a very important piece of riverine archaeology. The Franciscans held rights to trap the eels at Meelick and as late as the 20th century the same traps/weirs were used by local fishermen. During the summer of 2010 the water levels dropped exposing the traps, providing a unique opportunity to photograph these features.

This page was added on 01/04/2016.

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  • For more on fishing weirs
    Went AEJ (1964) The pursuit of Salmon in Ireland. Proc R Irish Acad 63C:191–244
    Went, A. E. J., “List of some historical papers etc. on Irish fish, fishing and fisheries 1940-1974”, Irish Fisheries Leaflet, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Fisheries Division) 1978

    By Tom Mc Dermott (22/02/2019)
  • Thanks very much for that Tom. I look forward to reading it. C

    By monument (22/02/2019)

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