Sites of Fionn mac Cumhaill Legends

Fionn mac Cumhaill

Location: Caherconlish (County Limerick) - Knockeen (little hill)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This hill was said to be the first place Fionn mac Cumhaill appeared having killed Ceannurran, a one eyed giant.

Giant's Stone

Location: Clonbulloge (County Offaly) - Clonkeen standing stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: The giant Fionn MacCumhaill was said to have thrown this stone from Croghan , around twenty kilometres southeast. Rolling across the ground, a dog stood in the stone's path and stopped it with his paw; the paw print is still seen on the stone today.

Finn's Bridge

Location: Giant's Causeway (County Antrim) - Rock formation
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Rock formation still present
Further Comments: Finn McCool, a hero of Ireland, created this rocky causeway to enable a Scottish giant to cross the sea so they could fight. MacCool won the duel after dressing as a baby; the Scottish giant fled home, tearing up the bridge to prevent the Irish giant from following. Also, the ghost of a boy who drowned here in 1910 is still seen playing on the rocks - he wears a soaking wet sailor's suit and vanishes if spoken to.

Finn's Dog

Location: Lough Bran (or Brin?) (County Leitrim) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: McCool's hunting dog, Bran, drowned in this body of water - the area was named after the faithful hound. Bran's ghost now haunts the lake.

Wet Boar

Location: Lough Cullin (County Mayo) - General area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: While Fionn mac Cumhaill was hunting with his hounds Cullin and Conn, they encountered a boar with water leaking from its feet. He hunter and his dogs gave chase; the boar eventually creating the lake enabling it to escape and drown Conn in the process.

Scoop of Earth

Location: Lough Neagh (County Antrim) - Waters of the lough
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fionn mac Cumhaill, aka Finn McCool, created Lough Neagh when he picked up a lump of earth and threw it at a Scottish rival. He missed, and created the Isle of Man. The waters are also said to be the home of a peist.

Finn's Kitchen

Location: Machrie, Isle of Arran (Ayrshire) - Fingal's Cauldron Seat
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Created by the giant Finn McCool as a place for his cauldron, this set of standing stones remain intact ready for the next passing ogre...

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