★ Westport House and the O’Malley Clan Association Presents - Finding Grace ★


There is no charge for attendance, but please reserve a place at: shop.westporthouse.ie 

Grace O’Malley (1530-1603), “the Pirate Queen”, is one of the most important figures in Irish history and a source of great national pride. Her many exploits are both legendary and inspirational, with successive generations of people worldwide becoming enthralled with her life history and its legacy. Grace’s biographer, Anne Chambers, describes her as

an accomplished mariner, a fearless leader, by land and by sea, a shrewd political tactician, a successful independent business woman, a ruthless plunderer, a mercenary, a rebel, the protective matriarch of her family and her tribe and – above all else – a woman who broke the mould and refused to allow the barriers placed in her path, either by society or by nature, to deter her from her quest”.

The O’Malley Clan Association is conducting research into Grace’s genetic heritage, in a bid to identify the genetic signature of her immediate forbears. We hope that soon, O’Malleys from all over the world will be able to find out how closely they may be related to her. In so doing, we aim to highlight the importance of genetic heritage, attract the O’Malley diaspora to their ancestral home and draw further attention to the incredible human being that was Grace O’Malley.
On Saturday, 13th August, Dr Maurice Gleeson, a leading genetic genealogist, will present the findings (so far) of this ground-breaking project. He will explain how multiple O’Malleys have combined their historical connections to Grace with DNA analysis to reveal the complex story of O’Malley descent. He will be joined by Anne Chambers, biographer of Grace O’Malley, who will talk about the O’Malley Clan into which Grace was born and how they interacted with the other leading families of the time. The panel discussion, chaired by Newport local historian, Peter Mullowney, will bring together the project, the woman and her impact on Mayo, Ireland and the world.
There is no charge for attendance, but please reserve a place at: shop.westporthouse.ie

Matriarchs at Greenwich


On the 2nd of March 2022,  the filmed version of the stage play 'MATRIARCHS: The Pirate Queen and the Virgin Queen' by ANNE CHAMBERS will be streamed at 6.30 pm GMT for the Women's History Month at the Royal Museums Greenwich.

The event will be preceded by a live interview with author ANNE CHAMBERS.

For further information: https://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/online/matriarchs


★Home of Thomas (Black Tom) 10th Earl of Ormond (1531-1614)★


Following in the footsteps of Grace O'Malley to Ormond Castle in Carrick-on-suir, home of Thomas (Black Tom) 10th Earl of Ormond (1531-1614 )

There in April 1593, Grace came to obtain a letter of introduction from the powerful Earl to the Queen's Secretary of State, William Cecil (Lord Burghley) which paved the way for her famous meeting with Elizabeth at Greenwich Palace later in July 1593.

What a wonderfully preserved historic building. Congratulations to the OPW and to their on-site staff.

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

Grace O'Malley: The Biography of Ireland's Pirate Queen, 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 © 2022.


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