On the coast of northen ireland a vast plateau of basalt slabs and columns called the giants causeway stretches into the ocean the scientific explanation for this is that it's the result of molten lava contrating and fracturing as it cooled in the wake of a volcanic eruption.
But an ancient irish myth has a different accounting according to legend the giant finn maccool lived happily on the north antrim coast with his wife una their only disturbance came from the tuants and threats of the giant benandonner or the red man who lived across the sea in scotland.
The two roawed insults and hurled rocks at each other in dramatic shows once finn tore up a great clump of land and heaved it at his rival but it fell short of reaching land instead the clump became isle of man and the creator left from disturbed earth filled with water to become lough neagh.
The giants tough talk continued until one day Benandonner challenged Finn to a fight face to face and so the irish giant tossed enough boulders into the sea to create a birdge of stepping stones to the scottish coast finn marched across in a fit of rage when scotland loomed before him he made out the figure of benandonner from afar finn was a substantial size but at the sight of his colossal enemy thundering towards him his courage faltered with one look at benandonner's thick neck and crushing fists finn turned and ran
Back home with benandonner fast approaching finn trembled as he described his enemy's bulk to una they knew that if he faced benandonner head on he'd be crushed and so una hatched a cunning plan they need to create an illusion of size to suggest finn was a mountian of a man whilst keeping him out of sight as benandonner neared the end of the bridge .
Una stuffed her husband in a huge cradle disguised as an enromous baby finn lay quiet benandonner pounded on the door the house shook as he stepped inside una told the enraged visitor that her husband wasn't home but welcomed him to sit and eat while he waited.