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Where be Giants?…

County Antrim, Tuesday, 14th June, 2022

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‘In the land of the blind

the one eyed man is king.’

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Clochan na bhFomharach, being, ‘Stones of the Fomorians’,

who were, according to ancient Irish tradition,

the early, if not original inhabitants of Ireland,

and whom, so the stories say, retreated to the coastal fringes

and islands of the north-west after their defeat by the Crafty Folk.

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‘They were large and would have looked like giants to our eyes.’

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Sixty million years ago,

slow cooling basalt, created one of Ireland’s

most famous areas of coastline…

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The honeycomb of crystals known as, ‘The Giant’s Causeway’.

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The causeway is formed by basalt columns packed together

whose tops make stepping stones

leading from the cliff-face

and disappearing under the sea.

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They reappear again,

as Fingal’s Cave, on the island of Staffa,

which is off the west coast of Scotland.

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It is tempting to regard ‘Fingal’ as late and a contraction of ‘Fin’s Gal’, that is, Fin’s Girl…

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Over the causeway as a whole

there are about forty-thousand

of these crystal pillars.

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Which if correct would also give us the name of Fin’s girlfriend…

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Most are hexagonal

but they can have anything

from four to eight sides.

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The tallest columns,

in, ‘The Giant’s Organ’,

are over forty-feet tall.

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The causeway itself is said

to have been built by

the legendary Irish hero,

and folkloric giant, Fionn mac Cumhaill,

(Fin Mac Cool or Fin Mac Coll) who used it

to visit his girlfriend over in Scotland.

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So, where be all the giants?

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For those with an eye to see…

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…The giants are everywhere!

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