On an overcast Sunday Afternoon back in July 2010, during an exploration of the Curragh and surrounding area, I came across this stunning sculpture of what I had initially believed to be that of CuChuliann. Following some research afterwards I found that it was actually the legendry leader of Na Fianna, Fionn Mac Cumhaill.
Situated on the Ballymany Roundabout (exit 12 of the M7 motorway), at the entrance to the Curragh Camp, The majestic statue of a spear-wielding Fionn is five meters high while the hounds stand at three meters. The Hill of Allen was the home of Fionn MacCumhaill and the headquarters of the Fianna; it can be seen from the site of the sculpture. Fionn and his Hounds are a powerful symbol of strength and protection and they now stand guard once again in County Kildare.
Fionn MacCumhaill and the Fianna are historical figures whose deeds and life stories have been embellished through time, myth and legend. There are many tales of their acts of bravery and magic. Accounts claim that they were the bravest, swiftest and strongest hunters and warriors who made the wild places of Ireland their demesne. Fionn, their last leader, was larger than life and always accompanied by his two hounds Bran and Sceolan who were said to be his nephews transformed into hunting dogs by evil sorcery.
Completed in March 2010, the sculpture by Lynn Kirkham cost €45,000 (paid for out of profits from Newbridge Town’s car parking fees) and the figures are made of corten and stainless steel and will turn ‘rust-like’ as they age. One of the many cultural & Historical gems to be found in Kildare & the surrounding areas.
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