Another Myth Bites The Dust! Or Does It?

Legend: Fionn mac Cumhaill, also known as Finn McCool, was an Ulsterman. He was the leader of the Fianna (so he was the original unrepentant Fenian bastard!)

Comment: Bad news for the DUP

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Finn’s son Oisinn (another giant) returned home as a decrepit old man after running off to join the fairies

Comment: More bad news for the DUP

Finn’s big claim to fame was that he built

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because he had to go to Scotland to fight a Scottish giant. But he had a hot and wily wife, who disguised Finn as a baby to save him from defeat at the hands of the Scot!

Being a giant was Finn’s main claim to fame as all his prodigious works were due to his being big!!

Comment:Finn wasn’t the only legendary Irish giant. Others included 

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Nuada the Silver Arm, who ceded his kingdom to Image result for Lugh The Longhand

Lugh The Longhand. Both were giants and great warriors.

Cultures worldwide contain stories of monstrously big and strong human-like beings. They are often portrayed as primeval beings like Pan Gu, sometimes as the precursors of the gods, sometimes in conflict with them as in Greek and Norse mythologies. In the Old Testament the small youth, David overcame the  giant, Goliath

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Comment: Good news for the DUP

Even the English have the story of

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Comment: more good news for the DUP

So let’s examine the myth: who were the giants?– Did  Finn McCool  exist? Was he really a giant?

Fact 1: Gigantism, occuring in childhood prior to the closure of the growth plates in the long bones, has been described since ancient times, Two partial skeletons, one from Poland and another from Egypt, were identified as “probable” cases of gigantism.

A Roman specimen was found in 1991 during an excavation at an Italian necropolis. At 6 feet, 8 inches (202 centimeters) tall, the man would have been a giant in third-century A.D. Rome, where men averaged about 5 and a half feet (167 centimeters) tall. Interestingly, the second century A.D. emperor Maximinus Thrax was described in literature as a “human mountain.”

Fact 2: As far back as 3750 years ago, giants appear to have sprung from a mutant gene – the aryl hydrocarbon-interacting protein gene (AIP). The ‘gigantism gene’ was identified in the DNA of Charles Byrne,

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an 18th century man  from Northern Ireland. He harboured  a mutant gene predisposing to gigantism and the mutation  persists in the contemporary population of  Northern Ireland.

 

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It is still causing excessive growth in families in the same area of Northern Ireland where Charles Byrne was born.  

The mutant gene was found in living patients from four Northern Irish families. In Mid-Ulster, about 1 in 150 people carry this genetic mutation of the AIP gene. So around 200 to 300 people may be carrying the same mutation today
Scientists suspect they all inherited the gene from the same common ancestor who lived up to 66 generations ago. 
Query: Do Finn McCool’s descendants still walk among us today in Northern Ireland ?

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PS – Another fact: The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption around 50 to 60 million years ago

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant%27s_Causeway
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1008020?viewType=Print
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/11/121102-gigantism-ancient-skeleton-archaeology-history-science-rome/
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/730662
http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2005/Jun/30/il/il06a.html
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gene/9049
http://myths.e2bn.org/mythsandlegends/origins5639-finn-maccool-and-the-giants-causeway.html
http://magicseaweed.com/news/arise-finn-maccool/3676/

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Ep 1:15 “Destiny”: Another One Bites the Dust

http://www.dltk-teach.com/rhymes/beanstalk/story.htm

https://aliisaacstoryteller.com/tag/lugh/

David and Goliath: The Freight Forwarding Saga

http://celticanamcara.blogspot.it/2011/03/niamh-and-oisian-and-land-of-tir-na-nog.html

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2 thoughts on “Another Myth Bites The Dust! Or Does It?

  1. talking about tooth fairies – DNA was extracted from a tooth belonging to the 18th C Northern Irish giant and then matched with people living today in mid-Ulster.
    I can’t find a link to genetics and mid-Ulster voting SF. Another tooth fairy is needed!!!
    best as ever,
    Ben

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