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Giants Causeway- Ireland

formed by volcanic activity over 50 million years ago, the Giants Causeway is Irelands first World Heritage Site. In Irish folklore, epic hero Finn McCool was said to have built the causeway in order to challenge a neighbouring giant.

Finn McCool Comes to Aid the Fianna, by Stephen Reid

Too great was he for standing. The neck to him was as the bole of a great oak, knotted and seized together with muscle-humps and carbuncles of tangled sinew, the better for good feasting and contending with the bards. The chest to him was wider than the poles of a good chariot, coming now out, now in, and pastured from chin to navel with meadows of black man-hair and meated with layers of fine man-meat the better to hide his bones and fashion the semblance of his twin bubs. The arms to him were like the necks of beasts, ball-swollen with their bunched-up brawnstrings and blood-veins, the better for harping and hunting and contending with the bards. Each thigh to him was to the thickness of a horse’s belly; narrowing to a green-veined calf to the thickness of a foal. Three fifties of fosterlings could engage with handball against the wideness of his backside, which was wide enough to halt the march of warriors through a mountain-pass.

– Flann O'Brien, At Swim-Two-Birds

Finn-a-bon, giving the one-eared salute and a very Merrry Christmas to everyone.  Yes, this is the outfit I bought for Maisie in France, but this is the only thing he didn’t rip off his body.  He is doing well for having shredded his cranial cruciate back in July. Can’t wait till I can stop carrying him up and down the stairs.  Here’s hoping i can master photoshop to get a combined “photo” of the 2 of them or there will again be no holiday cards this year. 

Watching the Sunset at the Giant’s Causeway

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Giant’s Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, is a magnificent, mysterious geological formation resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago on the North East coast of Co Antrim, and is steeped in myth and legend.
The setting is a spectacular dynamic coastal landscape of Atlantic waves, rugged cliffs, fascinating geographical antiquity, secluded bays and magnificent views.
The Causeway forms a jagged headland of neatly packed columns which point towards Scotland.
They say the Giant’s Causeway was the stomping ground of giant Finn McCool, who lived in these parts nearly two thousand years ago, and that the giant basalt chimney stacks mark his house.
The giant organ he built for his muscial son Oisín, and the giant boot he left on the shore can also be found here.

  • Me talking about Northern Ireland/Ireland on a whole: lmao this place is so shite I hate it here
  • Someone who doesn't live here: Yeah it's pretty bad haha
  • Me: what the fuck did you just say you fucking gobshite are you looking a dig in the bake how dare you stand there and breathe in our beautiful clean unpolluted air and so blatantly disrespect this proud and strong land of rich culture and history you disgust me I thought St Paddy got rid of all the snakes in Ireland but here you are in front of me scales and all I swear Finn McCool didn't dress up as a baby for us to listen to your bullshit get off our beautiful emerald island right now you fucking ballsack

This gruff-looking dude is Finn McCool, a central figure in Celtic folklore. Some branches of his lore claim he was a giant, stomping around the Celtic highlands and creating a wide variety of geologic features. Believers still attribute bizarre areas such as Giant’s Causeway to Finn McCool. Giant’s Causeway in particular was said to be a product of Finn’s desire to to walk to Scotland to fight the Scottish giant Benandonner. Why he’d want to go to Scotland remains unclear. 

I once saw one of the supposed “marks” of Finn McCool. In Donegal County, there is somewhere a peculiarly shirt-shaped indent in a hillside that you can view from down in the glen. Supposedly, this is where Finn McCool laid his shirt down after doing battle with various other giants.

This is a far more awesome explanation for the phenomenon than shifting rocks and under-grown botanical life and all that boring miscellanea. So whenever you see something odd in the Earth, think about the coolest possible explanation for it. The Irish are pretty good at it.