The Grace O'Malley Trail

Written by Anne Chambers.

 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 

Grace O'Malley Trail:  HOWTH CASTLE, HOWTH, CO. DUBLIN - Picture no. 3

Written by Anne Chambers.

 This is the historic gateway which Grace O'Malley found closed against her when she sought hospitality at the Castle and kidnapped the grandson of the owner, the Earl of Howth, in revenge.

For more information see page 54  Granuaile: Grace O'Malley - Ireland's Pirate Queen

 

GRACE O'MALLEY TRAIL: Picture 4 Murrisk Abbey

Written by Anne Chambers.

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.

GRANUAILE TRAIL NO.5

Written by Anne Chambers.

GRANUAILE TRAIL NO.5

Clare Island - from Atlantic Drive Achill Island - home to Grace for part of her life and from where she controlled the coasts of Mayo and Galway

 

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 © 2019.

 

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