Finn McCool, Ancient Art & The Tomb of Queens

This interesting site is located on a beautiful forested hilltop 700 feet above sea level and has panoramic views all around. It’s name in Irish ‘Cnoc mBaine’ has had various different interpretations from ‘The Hill of Queen Baine’, ‘The Hill of the Monks’ or ‘Annya’s Cove’. Queen Baine, the wife of the 1st century King Tuathal Techtmar was reputedly buried here in the tomb of the earlier Queen Anya. The tomb dates back even further by thousands of years before this event as the designs carved on 3 of it’s 12 huge orthostats are broadly similar to those at Newgrange and Lough Crew.  These include spirals, cup-marks, serpentines and concentric circles which could date back to 3000BC during the Neolithic period. The upright stones vary in height between 3 to 7 feet and the mound is 82 ft in diameter. In Irish mythology, this was the home of both the giant Finn McCool and his wife Oonagh who reputedly defeated the bad giant Cucullin at this location! This national monument is now under state protection and was covered in 1959 by the Department of the Environment to stop further destruction and vandalism of the site.