A Story About a Giant

Newcastle, Co. Galway

There is a story told about a giant who was living in Knockbrack. He fought and beat Fionn MacCumhail in a fight and came again to defeat him. Fionn’s mother made 3 griddle cakes and put the griddle into one of them. The giant came and picked up the house and she gave him the cake with the griddle in it. The giant complained about the hardness of the cake. A fairy put a spell on Fionn, making him small enough to fit in to a cradle. The giant was surprised he could eat the cake so easily and out his finger in his mouth. All the giant’s power immediately disappeared when his finger was bitten. The fairy returned him to his original size and he immediacy killed the giant.

Collector: Philomena Mahon, Newcastle, Co. Galway

Informant: John Mahon, Newcastle, Co. Galway (grandparent)

Place: Newcastle, Co. Galway

Footnote: Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’, www.duchas.ie

This page was added on 26/04/2017.

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