Located in North Antrim, Northern Ireland, this magical place is the location for one of Ireland’s best known legends. Crafted from sterling silver and 14K gold designs inspired by the hexagon shapes that make up the natural stone landscape.
All designs are designed and made in Ireland as well as hallmarked in the Irish Assay Office which is based in Dublin Castle, Ireland and is a sign of quality and purity.
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Giant’s Causeway – Linking Ireland and Scotland
Ireland and Scotland have been linked since ancient times. The two Celtic lands share many similarities in their climate, culture and mythology. The Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland is the tangible symbol of that connection across the Northern Channel between the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea. Spectacular basalt columns rise from the sea up the coast like stairs, and across the sea, more of these distinctive columns are found on the tiny isle of Staffa off Scotland’s coast. Our ancestors concluded that this was a passage from Ulster to Scotland. While we ordinary people could not walk across sea on the columns, it was no bother for giants to stride back and forth this way.
Even a quick glance at a photo of the Giant’s Causeway makes it clear why it is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. More than 40,000 of the famous interlocking, flat columns sit here. Five-sided and six- sided, they fit together like cobblestones. It is astonishing to think something that looks so deliberate and perfect is actually the result of nature. Our ancestors’ theories about these rock formations being the handiwork of giants seems as plausible!
The Science of the Causeway
More than 50 million year ago, a series of volcanic eruptions sent lava slowly flowing toward the sea. Once it reached the water, it cooled. As the basalt solidified into columns, the pressure between them created their amazing shape. Despite what the legends tell us, the basalt columns do not
actually continue underwater to Scotland.
The causeway stretches along four miles of the County Antrim coast. The columns themselves tower as high as 82 feet and sit atop cliffs that reach more than 300 feet in elevation. With sizes ranging from 15 to 20 inches across, the columns are uniform enough to astonish but still distinctly
individual. Other rock formations such as the Giant’s Boot and the Wishing Chair add material to the ancient legends of the causeway.
The Legends of the Giants
Finn McCool is Ireland’s most famous giant, and he first crossed the sea to woo a giant woman there. Perhaps this was the woman who became his wife, the star of the most famous legend of the Giant’s Causeway.
In this legend, Finn has a rival in Scotland, Benandonner the Red Man. The Red Man was even bigger than Finn McCool, which Finn failed to notice until he had stomped across the sea to fight him. Deciding he’d rather live to fight another day, Finn retreated at top speed, losing one of his boots along the way.
He returned home with Benandonner in pursuit. Finn’s wife Oonagh quickly devised a plan. She put Finn into the bathtub and wrapped him in a sheet. When Benandonner arrived, she calmly told him that Finn had left that morning and hadn’t returned but he was welcome to stay and wait. She prepared him a griddle cake with an iron skillet cooked into it and told him it was Finn’s favourite snack. Benandonner was alarmed to think his enemy munched through iron for a snack. Then Oonagh invited Benandonner to admire her ‘baby’ and showed him Finn wrapped in the sheet.
Looking at the giant, Benandonner thought he must have seriously misjudged Finn’s size and quickly excused himself. He fled home, thinking he had a narrow escape from a giant much larger than
The Giant’s Causeway is a stunning symbol of the bonds between Ireland and Scotland and of our shared history of legends and tall tales. It’s also one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in Ulster.
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