Eel Weir, taken from Town Bridge in Athlone, County Westmeath

I’m a little afraid of eels and am at a loss why I should find this photograph of an eel weir at Athlone, Westmeath, Ireland (circa 1900) evocative in an appealing way.

If you do not know what an eel weir is, you can read an article about one in the Catskills on the East Branch of the Delaware River.

18 thoughts on “Eel Weir, taken from Town Bridge in Athlone, County Westmeath

  1. SC

    … eels that are migrating to the sea to spawn, hundreds of miles east of Bermuda in the Sargasso Sea…

    Eels are catadromous? Is there a mass eel migration?

    Hmmmm, I’m not sure I want to know more. I think the first time I got sick from reading was the during the eel and horse head scene in Tin Drum:

    “… Oskar’s group stayed to watch. The man climbed down the rocks and heaved a severed horse’s head, attached to the clothesline, onto the breakwater. Clinging to the black horse’s head were green eels, which the man pulled off the horse and put in his bag, which Matzerath held. The man pulled open the horse’s mouth and pulled out two large eels from the horse’s throat, causing Agnes to throw up her breakfast. Circling seagulls swooped down and ate what Agnes had disgorged. The man pulled an eel out of the horse’s ear, spilling the horse’s brains out of its head…”

  2. Sheila Ryan Post author

    Damn it, SC. I have not thought about those Tin Drum eels in ages.

    I wish eels had never been invented.

  3. Sheila Ryan Post author

    Oh, but now I am thinking about Graham Swift’s Waterland. Eels in knickers! That’s nasty.

  4. Sheila Ryan Post author

    I already done seen some of a nasty eel video I wish I could forget, so I’m hesitant, but I will be brave andngive it a look.

  5. SC

    …That’s nasty…

    Doesn’t Mary like the eel in her knickers in Waterland? In fact, she asks for, ahem, more eel, no?

  6. Sheila Ryan Post author

    ‘Tis true, SC, so far as I recall.

    I speak only to my own squeamishness in the matter of eels.

  7. Sheila Ryan Post author

    I found the Eel Day article most edifying on the distinctions between the Kanto and Kansai styles of unagi.

  8. Sheila Ryan

    I checked, and sardine head on-a-holly-stick is not among this year’s stick-food offerings at the Iowa State Fair.

  9. SC

    It’s not really a stick food, it’s a stinky stick talisman with defensive features. (Hmmm, I might need to rethink stick food in general…)

    Note that the rotten sardine needs to be protected from… weasels. “You would be surprised at the number of weasel and mink you see scurrying around the quiet streets of Kyoto at night…”

  10. Sheila Ryan

    Indeed. Weasel PLUS quiet street PLUS Kyoto DOES NOT EQUAL any picture I’ve formed in my mind.

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