Finn McCool’s Fingers

Finn Mc Cools Fingers

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Name Finn Mc Cools Fingers County Cavan Nearest Town Cavan Town Access Road R188 About Finn McCool Fingers or to give them their correct title, The Shantemon Stone Row, is situated on the Northern side of Shantemon Hill, Drumalee, County Cavan, about 12 kilometres from Cavan Town on the road to Cootehill.

This was a site of worship over 4,000 years ago and the Finger Stones on Shantemon Mountain so called because the five standing stones resemble a gigantic hand and were believed to have great significance at the time.

The middle finger is over 6ft in height and weighs approximately four tons and the rest are in proportion.

Here the Celts celebrated the great feasts such as Lunasa and Samhain.

It was also the inauguration place of the O'Reilly Chiefs of Breifne.

Finn McCool's Fingers' is a row of pillar stones which mark the place of inauguration.

Situated on the northern side of Shantemon hill the alignment was hidden in a conifer plantation up until recently, now that most of the trees have been cleared on this side of the hill we are now rewarded with some splendid views of County Cavan.

The row is aligned along a north east-south west axis and is about 16 metres long, consisting of four large bulky standing stones, the largest of which is almost 2 metres high with a fallen small boulder at the north east end of the row.

The row stands on a small plateau about 180 metres up the hill not too far from the top.

The best way to approach it is from a small road running along the northern side of the hill.

From Cavan Town take the R188 north then take the first right at Drumalee, then take a left at the next crossroads, this is a narrow winding road that takes you 3.

5 kilometres up to the side of Shantemon Hill.