Author ANNE CHAMBERS welcomes fans to the official website of Ireland’s Pirate Queen - Grace O’Malley.
Fearless leader by land and by sea, political pragmatist and tactician, rebel, pirate and matriarch, the ’most notorious woman in all the coasts of Ireland’ GRACE O’MALLEY challenges and manipulates the turbulent politics of the 16th century.
Breaching boundaries of gender imbalance and bias, she re-wrote the rules to become one of the world’s first documented feminist trail-blazers.
In GRANUAILE - the original best-selling biography of this historic icon, from rare and exclusive contemporary manuscript material ANNE CHAMBERS draws Ireland’s great pirate queen in from the vagueness of myth and legend and presents the historical reality of one of the world’s most extraordinary female leaders.
Omay Island, Cladaghduff, Connemara.
In July 1586 Grace O'Malley 's eldest son, Owen O'Flaherty, who had taken refuge on the island, was killed by Captain John Bingham.
RENVYLE CASTLE - CONNEMARA
No braver seaman took a deck in hurricane or squall
Since Grace O'Malley battered down old Curradh (Renvyle) Castle walls
East truly meets West in 1924 when a wealthy Indian Maharajah, Prince Ranjitsinhji, iconic cricketer and loyal supporter of Empire, becomes the landlord of Ballynahinch estate in remote, Roman Catholic, Republican Connemara.
Charismatic and benevolent, known as ‘The Ranji’ he endeared himself to the local community and became part of the folk memory of Connemara.
From rare documents in public and private archives and from the personal reminiscences of the people who worked for him, for the first time, ANNE CHAMBERS brings the intriguing story of Ranji: Maharajah of Connemara to light.
While focusing on Ranji’s association with Ireland, the book also reveals the troubled and darker side of this Indian autocrat, his indebtedness, his addiction to western life, his political inflexibility and his romantic attachments.
’Anne Chambers gives us the fascinating story of how one of the world’s greatest cricketers, an Indian prince... fell in love with Connemara.’ Irish Times
’Anne Chambers book shines a light on the Ballynahinch period of this colourful life... ’ Sunday Tribune.
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