'Finn McCool And His Wife' : Hill Figure

Grid RefS 950 893
Longitude6° 35' 11.65" W
Latitude52° 56' 46.06" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKiltegan (4.9 Km)
OS Sheet62
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 11th January 2004

These two figures were first brought to my attention by Chris Corlett who recently wrote a short article on them in Archaeology Ireland magazine.

There is a folk history dating at least as far back as the 18th Century. It is said that these figures represent Finn McCool & his wife, who every morning come down from the mountain to bathe in the stream below and then go and cook breakfast at Boleycarrigeen (County Wicklow), which is why that site is known as the Giant's Griddle.

It's hard to say if these figures are natural, man-made or natural & enhanced. If they are purely natural then that adds to their wonderfulness! How incredible would it be if these were a natural phenomenon? One thing to note is that the figures are on quite a slope and it is only the foreshortening and perspective that makes these marks look like figures ... natural wonder or good engineering?

If you look to the right of the two main figures it is just possible to see a very faint impression of aa further figure that could have horns.

The best place to view these to the south of Boleycarrigeen stone circle on the road that runs north-south, just to the east of the site.

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Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

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UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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