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.

The Grace O'Malley Trail

 This summer I hope to revisit areas in the west of Ireland and elsewhere associated with the factual story of Grace O'Malley and which motivated me to write her biography. My journey will be in no particular order...just as I happen to visit.

  

The Grace O'Malley Trail

PIC no. 1

This picture was taken on 3-June-2016 from the lower reaches of Diamond Mountain high above Letterfrack, in the magnificent Connemara National Park, and shows Letterfrack and Tully bays, part of the territory ruled by Donal O'Flaherty, Grace's first husband, whom she married c. 1546. The ruins of Renvyle Castle, which she later attacked by sea, is also nearby. Anne 

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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