The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland

ANCIENT PLACES - There are so many fascinating natural structures around the world. Shapes that are said to be natural, but just seem too special. You would think intelligent beings built them. 

Giant’s Causeway Ireland

A famous one is the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. This coastline formation consists of a large number of basalt columns that seem neatly cut into hexagonal and other angular shapes. The Giant’s Causeway is the result of ancient volcanic eruptions that happened at least 50 million years ago.

Irish legend has other explanations for the Giant’s Causeway, however. According to several myths, the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool) built the structures as a bridge to Scotland. He had been challenged to a fight by Scottish giant Benandonner and wanted to face him without getting his feet wet.

The Giant’s Causeway is also called the Causeway of the Fomorians (Clochán na bhFomhórach) in Irish. The Fomorians were the very first inhabitants of Ireland. They were a race of supernatural beings, giants. In some stories they are half man, half goat, in others they are described as exceptionally beautiful.

Ancient Roman and medieval texts connect the Fomorians to biblical peoples, stating that they were African pirates from the race of Ham, actually Phoenicians expelled from Palestine. They came to Ireland to be even further away from the Israelites, the descendants of Shem.

Is all this just ancient legend and mythology? Or could some ancient giants actually have built the Giant’s Causeway? If so, for what purpose? Advanced technology must have been involved. Did ancient man have knowledge that we have lost since? Or were some alien forces involved?

Legend has it that Fionn mac Cumhaill is not dead. He and his troops are just asleep somewhere underground. They will arise some day when Ireland is in trouble. Could this actually have meaning? Will our ancient helpers actually return to Earth some day?

Giant's Causeway: an unusual geological formation. Video by National Geographic