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Prince of Greece flees in ship

Finn Freesheet Somewhere in the midst of time



Caol* outrun

Caol’s challenge to become king of Ireland
ended when the Bodach of the Grey Coat
threw him into the sea at the end of an
epic race.

The prize was the kingdom of Ireland, after
the handsome Prince of Greece had
challenged Finn MacCool, the king of Ireland,
to the race.

Finn did not race himself but appointed as
his champion the big-booted, blackberry-eating Bodach.

Although Caol was often in the lead, the

outcome was never really in doubt since the Bodach was none other than the Sea God in disguise.

* Pronounced Quail

Finn delighted

Finn declared he was very pleased with the result.

Asked if he had been worried
at any time, he said

'I had every confidence in the Bodach, although I did
wonder about the wisdom of stopping so often to eat



Finn had been asleep when Caol had arrived by ship and taunted him:

'I will be king, not you!'


Free commemorative poem! Download here: pp 1-10; 11-20

The race has been celebrated in a specially commissioned narrative poem written and illustrated by Paula Hibbert of Birkdale Primary School, one of Sefton's ASTs.

To help younger readers Paula has added a commentary which includes the forty-five key words designated for Reception children. The left-hand page has the verse, the opposite page the illustrations and commentary.


Stepping stones & early learning goals

The poem also addresses these goals with imaginative and engaging activities,

all included with the poem:


Communication, Language and Literacy

Creative Development

Knowledge & Understanding of the WorldMathematical Development
Personal, Social & Emotional DevelopmentPhysical Development.


                                       Measuring the Bodach's boots

Four shoes

Seventeen dinosaurs