For years the idea of a screen version of the life and times of the original female trail-blazer Grace O’Malley has been talked about. 

Ideas and offers have come and gone.

As Grace O’Malley’s biographer I did not want to sell her short or have her unique and remarkable story end up as some kind of ‘Annie Oakley of the West of Ireland’ or ‘Pirate of the Atlantic’

There is so much more to her life story as an antidote to gender stereotyping today and one which has a relevance to women everywhere. 

In this new more gender balanced movie era…the time for talking is over. 

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★Grace O’Malley’s time is NOW.★

My 6x1 hour TV drama biopic THAT WOMAN is based on my original biography Granuaile: Grace O’Malley – Ireland’s Pirate Queen and, as far as possible, stays true to the extraordinary life, character and spirit that is Granuaile.


This edgy, authentic and topical biopic is of a woman who, to provide for her young family, resorts to the dangerous but lucrative trade of seafaring on the wild Atlantic. In the process she is drawn into a Machiavellian web of international political intrigue and duplicity in Ireland, England, Scotland and Spain.


THAT WOMAN is an empowering story of one woman’s quest for survival and fulfilment against a background of immense military, political and social turmoil.


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A six-part TV drama biopic screenplay of the life of the incredible 16thcentury Pirate Queen




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63rd Annual O'Malley Rally in Claregalway Castle


Anne Chambers, Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland and Ellen O'Malley Dunlop, Guardian Chieftain, at the 63rd Annual O'Malley Rally in Claregalway Castle. Hosted by Chieftain Sarah O'Malley- Kelly.


New Edition

East truly meets West in 1924 when a wealthy Indian Maharajah, Prince Ranjitsinhji, iconic cricketer and loyal supporter of Empire, becomes the landlord of Ballynahinch estate in remote, Roman Catholic, Republican Connemara.

Charismatic and benevolent, known as ‘The Ranji’ he endeared himself to the local community and became part of the folk memory of Connemara. 

From rare documents in public and private archives and from the personal reminiscences of the people who worked for him, for the first time, ANNE CHAMBERS brings the intriguing story of Ranji: Maharajah of Connemara to light.

While focusing on Ranji’s association with Ireland, the book also reveals the troubled and darker side of this Indian autocrat, his indebtedness, his addiction to western life, his political inflexibility and his romantic attachments. 

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’Anne Chambers gives us the fascinating story of how one of the world’s greatest cricketers, an Indian prince... fell in love with Connemara.’ Irish Times

’Anne Chambers book shines a light on the Ballynahinch period of this colourful life... ’ Sunday Tribune.

Genre: Biography


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The book is also published in India by Roli Books, New Delhi.


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Dr TK Whitaker. RIP

With a deep sense of sadness and loss at the passing this evening of a remarkable patriot and perosnal friend, Dr TK Whitaker. RIP

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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