Eels and People in Ireland: From Mythology to International Eel Stock Conservation

  • T. Kieran McCarthy
Part of the Humanity and the Sea book series (HUMSEA)


Pleistocene glaciations left their mark on many aspects of Ireland’s flora and fauna, and the biodiversity of its freshwater fauna reflects the incomplete post-glacial recolonization by many taxonomic groups following their total displacement during the time Arctic and boreal conditions prevailed. The absence of many species of freshwater fish, widespread in the nearby landmasses of Great Britain and northwestern Europe, has often been noted in biogeographic dialogue on Ireland’s fish. Giraldus Cambrensus, a British monk who was chaplain to English King Henry II, came to Ireland with the invading Norman army in the twelfth century and commented on this aspect of Ireland’s natural history, chronicling the events he witnessed then (O’Meara 1951).


Twelfth Century Irish People Fishing Spear Fishing Weir Irish River 
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The advice and assistance provided by the following in compiling this chapter is gratefully acknowledged: Criostóir MacCárthaigh, Con Manning, Michael O’Connell, Shane Mawe, Brendan Delany, Dariusz Nowak, Ruairí MacNamara, Fintan Egan, Michael Guiry, Aidan O’Sullivan and members of staff at the National Gallery of Ireland and National Museum of Ireland, and artists Simon Dick, Pauline Bewick and Sabine Springer, and especially Anne Bateman.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Natural Sciences and Ryan InstituteNational University of IrelandGalwayIreland

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