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

- FINDING TOM CRUISE and Other Stories

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- LA SHERIDAN: Adorable Diva




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- 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.

Ireland Adventure: In Search of the Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley

9-Day fully escorted small group tour 3 or 4-night Dublin extension with transfers, city tour & farewell dinner

This women-only travel adventure to Ireland includes: Special tours with author Anne Chambers, and archaeologist Michael Gibbons, tours with local experts, admission fees as per itinerary, 8 nights accommodations, 8 hearty Irish breakfasts, welcome reception, 2 Irish dinners, 2 lunches, welcome teas/refreshments, transfers, expert guided walks, and services of tour escort to take care of details so you can enjoy your vacation! GRANUAILE Sea Queen of Ireland By Anne Chambers

THE Pirate Queen Festival


Celebrate the Original Wild Atlantic Woman in the Festival of the Pirate Queen

Take a Voyage of Discovery about Grace O'Malley with Talks & Tours, Craft Beer, Adventure Racing, Yawl Racing & more

Can any modern day woman match the determination and bravery of the original Wild Atlantic woman? It's been over 500 years since the Pirate Queen, Grace O'Malley, commanded the seas from Scotland to Spain from Clew Bay in the West Coast of Ireland and even by today's standards, she is still considered legendary. This is why, over the May Bank Holiday weekend, the Festival of the Pirate Queen will celebrate this great Irish legend throughout Westport, Clare Island, Louisburgh, Newport, Mulranny and Achill Island. There's something for everyone whether its sampling the delights of craft beer at the Grainne Ale Festival at Westport House, competing in an adventure race to win the crown of Pirate Queen, enjoying the spectacle of traditional Yawl Racing on Achill Island or learning the story behind the legend through a selection of guided tours, historical talks and exhibitions.

Voyages of Discovery through Heritage & Historical Events
Learn about the life & times of Grace O'Malley through talks, displays and tours. Highlights include:

  1. Grace O'Malley: Her Family & Her Descendants, learn the historical reality of this extraordinary leader from her official biographer Anne Chambers in the home of her descendants, Westport House on Sunday 4 May at

  2. Or pop into Anne's Question & Answer session in Louisburgh and ask anything you've ever wanted to know about this iconic woman at the Granuaile Heritage Centre, Louisburgh, Saturday 3 May at

  3. The Grace O'Malley Coach Tour with Westport Heritage Centre, enjoy a day visiting the sites of her castles throughout the bay and two exhibitions in Louisburgh & Westport House. Or learn of the connection between the historic Westport House - still owned and run by her descendants, her 14th great grand-daughters, in a 30 minute tour, visit the permanent exhibition, her statue and what is left of her dungeons in the site of her Westport castle.

  4. Engage with nature in guided foraging and coastal walks, seashore safaris or join one of the "Girl Power" sessions in Mulranny, Louisburgh and on Clare Island.

Get Out There with the Active & the Adventurous
  1. Compete for the Crown of the Pirate Queen in the unique adventure race on Clare Island on Saturday,3rd May. The full race course covers 24.1km and involves running, cycling, climbing and walking the plank, not for the faint of heart! There is also a shorter Spirit course of 15km. This year the Pirate Queen Adventure Race is open to male participants also, however the emphasis is on the female participants with no prizes for males.

  2. Enjoy the spectacle of traditional Yawl racing and celebrate its customs at Grace O'Malley's Achill Island castle in Kildavnet.

  3. Take the "Greenway with Grace O'Malley" where you'll hop on your bike to cycle the Great Western Greenway taking in her Rockfleet Castle in Mulranny.

Enjoy a Pirate's Hospitality with Craft Beer & Food
  1. The Grainne Ale Festival, taking place Saturday & Sunday afternoons in Gracy's Bar & Cafe in Westport House - will celebrate the return to traditional brewing methods and showcase a range of Irish ale houses and musical entertainment too!

  2. Enjoy a delicious Taste of Louisburgh with local foods & flavours provided on stalls in the centre of this pretty town.

  3. A barbeque fit for a Queen will be served in Patten' Bar in Achill on Saturday and Sunday evenings with traditional music.

For more information and full programme details, see
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GRANUAILE Sea Queen of Ireland By Anne Chambers




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."

Click here to buy on Amazon

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

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