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SHANTEMON STONE ROW
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SHANTEMON STONE ROW, COUNTY CAVAN
This fine stone row, marked on the Historic maps as ‘Fin Mc Cool’s Fingers’ & ‘Finn
McCaol’s Fingers’ and on the OSI maps as ‘Stone Row’, is located on the northern
shoulder of a high ridge on Shantemon Hill which is NE of Cavan Town, ‘An Cabhan’.
The stones are situated in a clearing within a modern plantation of coniferous trees
and are accessible via a walking trail from a nearby road. The five stones, orientated
NW-SE, are graded in height with the lowest 0.50m in height is at the NW end and the
tallest 2m in height at the SE end. A 6th stone lies prostrate 4m SE and is not in line
with the other five stones. Local folklore recalls that the stones are the fingers of the
legendary giant from Celtic Mythology, Fionn mac Cumhaill  & the prostrate stone is
his thumb. Legends of Giants, who undertake extraordinary feats, are very common in
Irish mythology. There is the well known myth of the great warrior & giant Fionn mac
Cumhaill and his battle with his Scottish rival, Cuhullin. The legend recalls that
during this battle, Fionn has built the Giant’s Causeway, ‘Clochán na bhFómharach’,
as stepping-stones to Scotland, so as not to get his feet wet. He scoops up part of
Ireland to fling it at his rival, but it missed and landed in the Irish Sea; the clump
becoming the Isle of Man, a pebble becoming the island of Rockall, ‘Rocal’, and the
void becoming Lough Neagh, ‘Loch nEathach’, the largest, freshwater lake in the
British Isles.