Giant’s Causeway

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Giant’s Causeway (Source – Robert Brown)

The Giant’s Causeway is a World Heritage Site that was created 50 to 60 million years ago during a period of intense volcanic activity. The size and shape of the columns is determined by the conditions and speed at which the lava cooled.

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Giant’s Causeway Stones (Source – Robert Brown)

It was “discovered” in 1692 by the Bishop of Derry and became immortalized in water colour paintings of Susanna Drury in 1739.  Originally there was debate as to whether the columns were the creation of men with hammers and picks, nature, or even a giant.

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Finn MacCool (Source – Lurgan Ancestry)

The Legend of Finn MacCool:

“Finn is having trouble with someone across the water. The Scottish giant Benandonner is threatening Ireland. An enraged Finn grabs chunks of the Antrim coast and throws them into the sea. The rock forms a path for Finn to follow and teach Benandonner a lesson.

Bad idea – Benandonner is terrifyingly massive. Finn beats a hasty retreat, followed by the giant, only to be saved by our hero’s quick-thinking wife who disguised him as a baby. The angry Scot saw the baby and decided if the child was that big, the daddy must be really huge.” (Source – Ireland.com)

 

Giant’s Causeway

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Lurgan Ancestry

Carrick-a-Rede

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Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (Source – National Trust)

 

On our trip to Ireland my buddy and myself visited the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Over 350 years ago local fishermen were going across to the island to fish for salmon.  In 1755, the first rope bridge was installed to allow the locals to go across to fish without relying on boats in the weather.

It was a nice hike and the rope bridge was a fun experience.  The views were amazing and it made for some excellent photography as shown below.

 

Carrick-a-Rede

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