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Finn MacCoul and His Fearless Wife:  A Giant of a Tale from Ireland

Finn MacCoul and His Fearless Wife: A Giant of a Tale from Ireland

  • Author: Pattertravelers
  • Date Posted: Apr 28, 2015
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  • Address: Giant's Causeway, Ireland

Finn MacCoul and His Fearless Wife: A Giant of a Tale from Ireland by Robert Byrd was published in 1999 and is a retelling of a tale from Irish Folklore.  Finn MacCoul is said to have been the greatest leader of the Fianna, the military elite of ancient Ireland responsible for guarding the High King.  In this story, we learn how Finn gains his wisdom from the Salmon of Knowledge, how the Giant’s causeway was built and how his wife tricked Cucullin, another giant, by disguising Finn as a baby.  It’s proved a very popular tale in our household, and has been requested every night for a week so far.

While this is a retelling of a very old legend, locations in the story can still be explored.  The Giant’s causeway is located on the north coast of Ireland.  It is an area of 40,000+ interlocking basalt columns,  believed to be caused by a volcanic eruption, but it’s much more appealing to think that Finn MacCoul and his men built it by throwing giant rocks into the sea and riding on whales!  You can also visit Knockmany Hill in County Tyrone where Finn lived and Oonagh tricked Cucullin.

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