About this Piece
Fionn MacCumhaill, under the guardianship of poet Finnegas, was ordered to cook a salmon, and while turning it, burnt his thumb. By sucking his thumb he inadvertently ate from the salmon of knowledge “bradán feasa” which fed from the sacred pool surrounded by nine hazels. In this way he gained his extraordinary wisdom and power, allowing him to famously create the Giant’s Causeway by ripping rocks from the earth and throwing them across the Irish sea, in order to make a causeway to Scotland to conquer the Scottish giant Benandonner.
This product measures 24mm long and 25mm wide.
About the Maker
Úna O Boyle is a jewelry designer, maker and storyteller who uses her silversmith craft to retell the ancient stories of her Irish and Celtic culture. She is passionate about the mythology and folklore that define her heritage, and after studying anthropology at university is now studying the Irish language too.
Having grown up in Belfast during the turbulent times of the 70s and 80s, Úna often escaped to rural Donegal on Ireland's remote northwest, a rugged area populated with hidden prehistoric megalithic tombs and ancient standing stones. These local relics are enshrouded in legends, from Diarmuid and Grainne’s grave to the 'little people' living under the mountains. Úna continues that tradition by enshrining her jewelry with Celtic and Irish symbolism, ensuring that these ancient stories live on.