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.

GRACE O'MALLEY TRAIL: Picture 4 Murrisk Abbey

Murrisk Abbey at the foot of Croagh Patrick was built by O'Malleys for the Augustinian Friars in1457 and featured in Grace and her family's life. Many generations of her  ancestors and descendants lie buried within its ruins.

A gold chalice (now at Ballintubber Abbey) was donated to Murrisk Abbey in 1638 in memory of Grace's youngest son, Tibbot-ne-Long, Viscount Mayo who died in 1629.

LORD MAYO at Ballintobber Abbey

As part of the eight hundred year celebrations of the foundation of the famous Ballintobber Abbey, Co. Mayo, Anne as been invited to give a talk in the Abbey on Tibbot-ne-Long Bourke, the First Lord Viscount Mayo (1567-1649) on Monday 25 July at 7 pm.  Lord Mayo and many members of his family are buried in the Abbey. 

Born aboard his mother's ship and saved at birth from Barbary Coast pirates this youngest son of Grace O'Malley seems destined to fulfill his birthright as a Gaelic chieftain. But international politics catapult him into prominance. Amid the choas of the disintegration of the Old  Gaelic Order, before and after the Battle of Kinsale, Machiavellian, cunning and daring Tibbot weaves his way through the political, social and military chaos in an all-consuming passion to survive and to slavage a future from the wreckage for himself and his family.

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

GRANUAILE: Ireland's Pirate Queen (Grace O’Malley) 1530-1603 is the sole published biographical account of Grace O’Malley, sourced from original manuscript material, both in public and in private domain. For the latter, the author, Anne Chambers, had sole and exclusive access. Much of this material was located and decyphered in its original form (i.e.16th century manuscripts) by the author and is exclusive to her book. Furthermore, the presentation, opinions and analyses in the book are exclusive to the author. The author reserves all her rights in this book. No part of her book may be reproduced or utilised in any form or media, written or oral, or by means digital, electronic or mechanical, including photographic, film, video recording, photocopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system. Permission from the author and publisher must first be obtained to reproduce any part of or quotations from the book. Any transgression in this regard will be addressed. For more information, comments or enquiries please contact: Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Copyright © 2016.

 

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