Monday, December 16, 2013

Finn McCool: Irish Folklore

The mystical Causeway Coast and Glens region is steeped in myths, magic and folklore! Learn about the legend of Finn McCool.

The legend tells us that the Irish giant, Finn McCool has a rival - a Scottish giant names Benandonner. Finn McCool decided to build a causeway to Scotland so that he could challenge his adversary in battle. When the work was completed, the causeway stretched from North Antrim in Ireland to Staffa in Scotland. Benandonner accepted the invitation to walk over to Ireland and fight for supremacy. As Benandonner appeared over the horizon, Finn McCool realized in horror that he had taken on a rival much bigger than himself. He ran home to his wife, Oonagh. What to do? The quick thinking Oonagh disguised Finn as a baby and made him curl up in an enormous cradle. Benandonner, faced with the sigh of the huge 'child; took fright at the thought of the size of his father and fled back to Scotland, tearing up the causeway in his wake.

Step out onto the hexagonal rocks of the Giant's Causeway and imagine the gigantic battle that would have taken place. Travel to Ireland with Celtic Tours World Vacations!

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