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.


In this centenary commemoration year of the 1916 Rising it is fitting to recall that 1916 also commemorates the centenary birth on 8 December of another Patriot who led a revolution of another kind. 

DR. T. K WHITAKER'S long life of public service parallels the history of the modern Irish State in whose economic, social, educational, political and cultural evolution he played such a pivotal role and who was conferred with the accolade 'Irishman of the 20th Century' by the ordinary citizens of the country. 

His life was the subject of a recent best-selling biography by Anne - TK WHITAKER: PORTRAIT OF A PATRIOT (Transworld Ireland) now available in paper back.

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of TK Whitaker, Anne has been invited to give a talk  


as part of the  DUBLIN LECTURE SERIES at the LITTLE MUSEUM OF DUBLIN, St Stephen's Green

on Wednesday 16 November 2016, starting at 6.30pm.


The moderator for the evening is former government minister GEMMA HUSSEY.  


Tel: Little Dublin Museum 01 6611000 for reservation. 


The lonely castle of Doona, Fahy Strand, Ballycroy which, for a time, was seized by Granuaile from the MacMahons in revenge for the killing of her lover, Hugh de Lacy.

In 1588 one of the Armada ships, La Rata Encondorado, foundered near the castle

GRANUAUILE TRAIL no. 9 : Bunowen Bay and the Hill of Doon

Bunowen Bay and the Hill of Doon, Ballyconeely, in the Barony of Ballinahinch, Connemara.

In 1546 Grace O'Malley married Donal O'Flaherty, chieftain of the barony of Ballinahinch and tanaist to the senior O'Flaherty chieftain of Connemara. Donal's castle of Bunowen was situated close to the ruined 18th century MacGeogegan Castle, the family that later displaced Grace's O'Flaherty grandson from his ancestral lands during the Cromwellian confiscations of the 17th century.

 Grace had three children with Donal viz. Owen, Murrough and a daughter named Margaret

 In 1564 Donal died in a tribal dispute with the Joyce Clan clan on whom Grace extracted her revenge by seizing their castle in Lough Corrib.


T.K. Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot

In 2002, an eighty-five-year-old former civil servant was voted 'Irishman of the Century'.


Indian Prince KS Ranjitsinhji was the most famous cricket-player of his generation


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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