Fishing and Hunting

Explore the Museum's Fishing and Hunting artefacts


There are about 1,000 objects in this combined collection. The fishing is representative of inshore and freshwater fishing and consists of a range of objects – fish spears, gaffs, nets, pots, strokehauls, weights lines and hooks.

The objects to do with hunting are mainly for trapping and snaring birds and small animals as well as a small number of firearms.

Further Reading

Séamas Mac An Iomaire, Cladaí Chonamara, An Gúm, Dublin 1985. Trans by P. de Bhaldraithe as The Shores of Connemara , Kinvara 2000.

C. Mac Carthaigh, ‘An tSaighneoireacht in Iarthar Chiarraí,’ in An Fharraige, Iris na hOidhreachta 5, An Daingean 1993.

Eiblhlín Ní Mhurchú – ‘An tIascach a bhí’ – Céad Bliain , Mícheál Ó Cíosáin (eag), Baile an Fhirtéaraigh 1973, 194-212.

Críostóir Mac Carthaigh – Shark Hunting in Ireland, Maritime Life and Traditions, No 13, 2-15.’

Anne O’Dowd, ‘Resources of Life: Aspects of Working and Fishing on the Aran Islands in Book of Aran (194-220), ed Anne Korff et al, Kinvara.