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BOOKS BY ANNE CHAMBERS:

- T.K. Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot

- ELEANOR: Countess of Desmond

- SHADOW LORD: Theobald Bourke -Son of the Pirate Queen

- FINDING TOM CRUISE and Other Stories

- AT ARM’S LENGTH: Aristocrats in the Republic of Ireland

- LA SHERIDAN: Adorable Diva

- RANJI MAHARAJAH OF CONNEMARA

- THE GERALDINE CONSPIRACY(a novel)

Screenplays:

- Screenplays

Plays:

- MATRIARCHS :A Play in 2 Acts

- COMING HOME: A Short Film


Welcome to the Grace O'Malley Web Site

Author ANNE CHAMBERSAuthor 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.

BALLYHAUNIS HERITAGE SOCIETY

17 April 7.30 pm at Ballyhaunis Credit Union Office
Talk and Q&A Session with author and biographer ANNE CHAMBERS
on LORD MAYO Son of the Pirate Queen

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LORD MAYO Son of the Pirate Queen Author of SHADOW LORD the biography of Tiboid-ne-Long Bourke, First Viscount Mayo (1567-1629), based on rare manuscript material, Anne presents the eventful life and times of this lesser known youngest son of the great Pirate Queen, Grace O'Malley.

Saved at birth from Barbary Coast pirates, in a period of profound political and social upheaval in Ireland, national and international events catapult this enterprising Gaelic chieftain turned Anglo-Irish Lord, into prominence as he weaves his way through the political and military morass - prior to and after the Battle of Kinsale - eventually outwitting his enemies to become the largest landowner in County Mayo.

Anne will also talk about the evidence she found, some leading to the Ballyhaunis area, regarding the controversy that surrounds his title Viscount Mayo today.

T.K. Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot

Availabe September 2014
Hardback
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T.K. Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot by Anne Chambers In 2002, an eighty-five-year-old former civil servant was voted 'Irishman of the Century'.

Widely regarded as 'The architect of modern Ireland', T.K. Whitaker's life spans the history of the Irish state in whose economic, social and cultural evolution he played an integral and influential role. Born in Rostrevor, County Down, reared in Drogheda, County Louth, from modest beginnings, T.K. Whitaker's meteoric rise through the ranks of the civil service saw him at 39 years become the youngest Secretary of the Department of Finance.

His was the quiet presence, the rational and informed voice behind many of the most momentous events in recent Irish history. His inspirational paper Programme for Economic Development became the blueprint for Ireland's regeneration in the 1960s. As Governor in the 1970s his vision and purpose transformed the Central Bank into a dynamic institution. And, as advisor to Taoiseach Jack Lynch and other political leaders, he played a crucial role behind the scenes in the movement towards peace in Northern Ireland.

Drawn from in-depth interviews conducted with Dr Whitaker and his family, as well as exclusive access to his personal papers and correspondence, in Portrait of a Patriot author Anne Chambers reveals the quite extraordinary extent and diversity of T.K. Whitaker's work on behalf of the Irish State; his relationship with Irish and international political figures such as De Valera, Lemass, MacBride, Costello, Sweetman, Lynch, Haughey, FitzGerald, O'Neill, and Whitelaw; his policy struggles with governments and individual ministers.

This personal and intimate biography also introduces Ken Whitaker the family man, his motivation, humour and compassion; the personal losses endured and the many highlights enjoyed.

T.K. Whitaker's life story is a model of excellence, integrity and public duty, and as such is all the more relevant today when such practical patriotism seems largely absent in twenty-first-century Ireland.


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Dr TK Whitaker - This is Your Life !

Anne presenting Ken Whitaker with the first copy of her new biography
T.K.WHITAKER - PORTRAIT OF A PATRIOT.
The book will be officially launched by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, on Tuesday
30 September in Dublin.

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PIRATE QUEEN OF IRELAND

Anne's biography of Grace O'Malley for young people is now an E-Book.

GRANUAILE Sea Queen of Ireland By Anne Chambers A new edition will also be published in March 2014 by The Collins Press, Cork.

"I hope this will make it easier for young people, especially those doing school projects/exams etc, as well as parents and teachers, to have the factual information about this extraordinary woman, in an accessible format."

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COMING HOME: A Short Film By Anne Chambers

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 short-listed for the Hennessy Literary Awards by Anne Chambers who wrote the screenplay.

The film is free to download 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 here to watch comingho.me

About author Anne Chambers

Author ANNE CHAMBERSAuthor of six biographies, historical novel, collection of short stories, film screenplays, stage and radio plays, Anne writes, lectures and has been interviewed around the world about her writing ( see dedicated pages for publication details )

Her books have been made into Radio and TV drama-documentaries for Discovery Channel. Learning Channel, RTE etc and have been translated and published abroad. She has appeared regularly on radio and TV programmes, most recently on the BBC’s popular series Who Do You Think You Are, on Nationwide RTE I and RTE Lyric FM.

She was short-listed for the GPA Irish Book Awards (biography) and for the 2004 Irish Hennessy Literary Awards (short story).

’Making the past accessible, as well as adjusting history’s glaring gender imbalance, has been my motivation, especially with the biographies’.

Anne has co-scripted a number of screenplays for cinema and TV ( see dedicated page for details ) some of which have been supported by the Irish Film Board and by Media. Her screenplay LORNA ( see dedicated page for details ) was short-listed for the screenplay award at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2009.

She lectures and has designed and presented public exhibitions on the subjects of her books ( see dedicated page for details ).

She holds an MA in History from the National University of Ireland and is a member of the Irish Writers Union and the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild.

Author ANNE CHAMBERS at the new Grace O’ Malley statue at Westport House with sculptor Michael CooperOver the years Anne’s name has become synonymous with GRACE O’MALLEY. Her biography of the Pirate Queen has become the inspiration for documentary film makers, composers and writers from a range of creative disciplines worldwide, as well as for students in all educational levels, both in Ireland and abroad.

’Writing Granuaile’s biography has turned out to be a wonderful adventure, in the company of this truly remarkable woman, an adventure which seems destined to continue’. Anne Chambers