The Lordship of Corbeny in the Barony of Kerry Currihy in the County Cork
The Giant’s Circle, Curraghbinny (Corbeny – Corbenny - Currabinny)
The name Curraghbinny in Irish is “Corra Binne”, which is reputedly named after the legendary giant called Binne. Legends tells that his cairn (called a “Corra” in Irish) is located in a burial chamber atop the now wooded hill. The cairn is not marked in the first edition Ordnance Survey map, but its existence was noted during the original survey in the Name Books compiled at that time. John Windle, the well-known Cork writer and antiquarian of the early nineteenth century, mentions the site in his publications. There is no record though in his printed works or in his manuscripts preserved in the Royal Irish Academy Library of any digging having taken place at the cairn.
In 1932 archaeologist Seán P Ó Riordáin and his team excavated the 70 feet in diameter cairn (with its greatest height being 7 ½ feet). The most interesting discovery was made on the south side of the cairn. In a space between two stones of the kerb and a third lying just inside the team found, mixed with a thick layer of charcoal, some burnt bone fragments. Examination proved these to be human. The cremated human bone found nearby was carbon dated roughly to be 4,000 years old. A small bronze ring, about five-eighths of an inch in diameter, was found outside the kerb on the south-east side.
Once upon a time there lived in Currabinny, Co. Cork, a giant whose name was Curragh-fue. One day when he was playing marbles he threw one in the direction of Crosshaven, and it landed on the sea shore in front of Kennefick's Hotel; although this stone is at the edge of the sea the tide never seems to wash it away. The print of the giant's thumb can be seen on the stone.
Another day, as he was playing, he threw one in the direction of Hoddersfield where it landed, and the print of the giant's thumb and five fingers can also be seen on this stone.
At that time there also lived in Crosshaven another giant. One day the two giants fought so fiercely that the other giant killed Curragh-fue and the Curragh-fue's warriors took him to Currabinny and they buried him.
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