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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0969

Giants Graves

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Page 112
One time two giants were fighting on Ben Aughlin in the Parish of Kinawley. The strongest of the two threw the other one over the mountain to a farm in the townland of Doohatt Co Fermanagh distant about a mile from the mountain. The place where the giant fell is supposed to be marked by two cup shaped hollows where his knees fell into the earth.

In the townlands of Greenan, Swanlinbar Co. Cavan Gortaluckney, Kinawley, and Teesnaughlon Kinawley there are what are locally called Giant's Graves. They are over twenty feet long by ten feet broad and are covered with 'flags' or large flat boulders.
Two giants lived in the district. One lived mostly on Molly mountain in this parish of

Kinawley and the other on Knockninny Rock in a neighbouring parish. The two places are about five miles apart. The giant on Molly mountain threw a huge stone at the one on Knockninny Rock but it missed him. The stone is still pointed out on Knockninny Rock with the giant's finger print's plainly visible.

Pillar Stone - There is what is supposed to a Pillar Stone in a field behind the house of Rev. Fr. Mallon. P.P. Swanlinbar Co. Cavan. A priest said mass there during the Penal Days was killed and is said to be buried beside it.

Informant: Mrs Mary Reilly
Age 94
Address Teesnaghtan

School Uragh (C.)
Location Uragh, Co. Cavan
Teacher E. McCaffrey



Thanks to Bernadette McGovern who transcribed this and a great many other pages of the The Schools' Collection, from the National Folklore Collection Archives.

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