If you’re at all a fan of Irish pubs, maybe you’ve encountered one named “Finn McCool’s” at some point in time. They’re everywhere—from New Orleans to Chicago to Philadelphia. But why is this name so popular? And who is Finn McCool, anyway?
Irish folklore has it that Finn McCool (also Fionn mac Cumhaill, and Finn MacCoul) was a warrior giant, responsible for creating the geological feature seen here. Finn built a pathway to the Scottish isle of Staffa to meet another giant in battle. Some say his opponent lost the battle; others say his opponent was tricked into rescinding the challenge. Either way, the Scottish rival destroyed the structure behind him so Finn could not follow. What remains of the bridge is Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. Science, of course, will tell us that volcanic activity actually created the hexagonal columns on the coastline.
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