Giants Of Ireland
Were There Really Giants In Ireland?
There are many myths of giants in Ireland, such as that of Finn McCool, who is reputed to have built the world famous Giant's Causeway in County Antrim, as stepping stones to Scotland and to have created the Isle of Man (an island in the middle of the Irish Sea) by tearing out and throwing a piece of land from Northern Ireland into the sea with the hole left behind then becoming Lough Neagh, the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles. But is it possible that these myths have their origin in the existence of real giants?
The Irish Giant
A more recent giant, known as "The Irish Giant" was Charles Byrne, who was born in 1761 and who died in London at the age of 22 years. He was 7 feet 6 inches tall at his death and his skeleton is on view in London.
Recent work in Belfast and London has identified a genetic link to gigantism and acromegaly that is particularly common in the mid Ulster area, where about 1 in 150 people carry the gene responsible. This compares with about 1 in 1000 in Belfast and 1 in 2000 in the rest of the UK. It is thought that a number of families in the Mid Ulster and County Tyrone area carry the gene, though only about 20 per cent of carriers go on to develop symptoms. A recent sufferer from gigantism and acromegaly was found to be related to The Isish Giant and it is thought that many other sufferers are also related to him. It is possible that this genetic mutation occurred over 1000 years ago.
Irish Link To America
Of course, many people in America claim links to Ireland and many Irish people left the Mid Ulster area to travel to the United States. It is possible that they carried this mutated gene with them. It would be interesting to see whether there are any links between any sufferers of gigantism and acromegaly in the United States and possible links to the Mid Ulster and County Tyrone area in Northern Ireland.
There are a couple of videos available to look at on gigantism and acromegaly at http://www.healthnewscience.com/acromegaly-and-gigantism/
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