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.

The Grace O'Malley Trail

 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 

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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