Welcome to the Grace O'Malley Web Site

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.

COMING HOME | A Short Film

 

Coming Home is an uplifting and enlightening story of one woman’s journey to recovery from breast cancer. 

It evolved out of a short story, previously short-listed for the Hennessy Literary Awards by author Anne Chambers who wrote the screenplay.

Coming Home is directed by Lisa Mulcahy (The Clinic) and stars the Tony-nominated and IFTA award-winning actress Dawn Bradfield, supported by Simon O’Gorman, Maria McDermottroe, Theo Kirwan, Joey O’Sullivan and Holly Gregg. It is produced by Tile Films Ltd and funded by Nawrik, a not-for-profit family trust.

Coming Home is both a creative film and also an innovative and valuable aid in spreading the message of early detection and positivity in the fight against breast cancer. 

The film is available free to any organisation/group/individual who wishes to avail of it as a support or fundraising tool in spreading the message of making cancer less frightening by enlightening.

 

Click this link to view the film 

http://comingho.me/

 

Granuaile Trail 22 : Kismul Castle

 

Kismul Castle, off the Island of Barra, in the Outer Hebridies. In 1597 it was reported to the English Council in Dublin that Granuaile had sailed there in her galleys to attack  the  castle, owned by the famous pirate-chief, Ruaridhi MacNeill, in retaliation for an attack by MacNeill on her relations in Mayo.

Granuaile Trail 21 : ASKEATON CASTLE. Co Limerick

 

The principal castle of Gerald FitzGerald, the 'great' Earl of Desmond, Askeaton, Co. Limerick.

In 1577, while leading a plundering attack on the Earl's lands, Granuaile was captured and imprisoned in the castle.

In 1578, to divert English attention from his secret negotiations with the King of Spain, the Earl handed Granuaile over to the English government.  

★BBC - SONGS OF PRAISE feature GRANUAILE★

 

 

Clare Island Abbey, traditional resting place of GRANUAILE, Anne with director/producer Cat Lewis and presenter Clare McMullan for the filming of the BBC - SONGS OF PRAISE - to be broadcast on Sunday 3 September 4-6pm

T.K. Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot

In 2002, an eighty-five-year-old former civil servant was voted 'Irishman of the Century'.

RANJI MAHARAJAH OF CONNEMARA

Indian Prince KS Ranjitsinhji was the most famous cricket-player of his generation

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