The giant legend is one of the most known legends in Irish mythology. A large flat rock lies near the Abbey. Local legend holds that it marks the grave of a ferocious giant who terrorised the people of Kylemore
who had to feed him from their own meagre provisions. When the giant’s appetite had all but decimated the livestock, vegetable gardens and fish stocks of the valley he then announced the locals would have to feed him their children! Luckily before this terrible event happened a brave young man returned from fighting in France and killed the giant. To get close enough to deal the fatal blow he dressed in his mother’s shawl and pretended to be an old woman bringing the giant his breakfast before producing his sword and ending the reign of terror. The large rock was placed over the giant where he lay to make sure that he would never rise again.