"Edward O'Reilly: The popular report of the country is that a great battle was fought between this hill and Sigh Mor at a very remote period, in which the celebrated Fionn MacCubhal and his Fianna Eirionn were defeated. One of Fionn's heroes, who was killed in the engagement, is said to lie entombed in Sighbeg, and a celebrated champion of the opposite party who was killed in the same battle had his remains deposited in the center of Sigh Mor. Some insist that it was over the body of Fionn himself that the mote on Sighbeg was erected...
George Reynolds had a gigantic effigy of Finn built from an immense pile of lime and stone over the carn, the supposed place of Finn's sepulchre.
Hardiman: This pile remained for several years, a conspicuous object ot the surrounding country, but it was at length prostrated by a storm. It was afterwards rebuilt, but another storm laid it in ruins and so it has remained ever since. . .and the people of the country assert and firmly believe that the storms by which it was overthrown were raised by the "good people."
The carn on Shebeg has been excavated; it is 5 feet 6 inches long, 3 feet wide and 4 feet in height. It could only be entered by a person lying at full stretch. Two human skeletons, one male and one female, both facing towards the former royal seat of Tara, were found. One set of teeth believed to have been those of the woman were found to be in a perfect state of preservation.
I climbed up both Shebeg and Shemore and played the tune on my tin whistle across the valley between. It is really a lovely place and with the fog lying between the two hills you can almost see the ghostly armies rushing across the plain."