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Grace O'Malley, Irish Pirate. Some good reading on Saint Patrick's Day.
Pirates and Privateers, Wikipedia, et al ^ | March 17 2012 | Admin

Posted on 03/17/2012 12:32:47 AM PDT by Kevmo




The story of Gráinne Ni Mháille or Granuaile (Anglicized as Grace O'Malley, Grany Malley) reads like the most brazen and unlikely sort of adventure fiction, but there's history as well as myth in the legend of the Irish noblewoman who led a band of 200 sea-raiders from the coast of Galway in the sixteenth century. Twice widowed, twice imprisoned, fighting her enemies both Irish and English for her rights, condemned for piracy, and finally pardoned in London by Queen Elizabeth herself, Gráinne was one of the few sea-raiders to retire from the sea and die in her own bed, though where she's buried remains a mystery.
Gráinne's exploits were many and attested, and there can be no doubt that she made a deep impression on the Englishmen sent to complete the conquest of Connacht. From her appearance in 1576 before the Lord Deputy Sir Henry Sidney in Galway, when he described her as a 'most famous feminine sea captain' and 'a notorious woman in all the coasts of Ireland', to her interview with Queen Elizabeth in London in 1593, when she secured the release of her son and her brother from prison, and promises of maintenance for herself for the remainder of her life, she proved herself ready to face all dangers in her determination to salvage some part of her family's inheritance.

- Gráinne Ni Mhaille or Gráinne Uaile
The Sea-Queen of Ireland
Grace O'Malley, a brief biography by Rosemarie Colombraro at Renaissance-Central. New !
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Granuaile, a history with map and illustrations, at Defiant Women's Pirates page.
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Gráinne Ni Mhaille or Gráinne Uaile, part of the history of Westport, County Mayo.
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Mystery surrounds burial place of legendary pirate queen Gráinne Uaile, an article from Western People, August 1997. New URL.
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About Granuaile, history links from the Unofficial O'Malley Website.
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Gráinne Ní Mháille Pirate Queen of Connaught.
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Grace O' Malley - The Official Site, from biographer Anne Chambers. New !
Further Reading
Granuaile: The Life and Times of Grace O'Malley by Anne Chambers has just been issued in a revised edition by Wolfhound Press (ISBN: 0863276318).
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The Twilight Lords, an Irish Chronicle, by Richard Berleth, Knopf, 1978; reprinted Barnes and Noble, 1994, details the warfare and treachery that characterize Ireland in Elizabethan times.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_o%27malley
Excerpts from Wikipedia:
Legendary exploits

Many folk stories and legends about Ní Mháille have survived since her actual days of pirating and trading. There are also traditional songs and poems about her.


A widespread legend concerns an incident at Howth, which apparently occurred in 1576. During a trip from Dublin, Ní Mháille attempted to pay a courtesy visit to Howth Castle, home of Christopher St Lawrence, 8th Baron Howth (d. 1589) However, she was informed that the family was at dinner and the castle gates were closed against her. In retaliation, she abducted the Earl's grandson and heir, the 10th Baron. He was eventually released when a promise was given to keep the gates open to unexpected visitors, and to set an extra place at every meal. Lord Howth gave Ní Mháille a ring as pledge on the agreement. The ring remains in the possession of a descendant of Gráinne Ní Mháille, and at Howth Castle today, this agreement is still honoured by the Gaisford St. Lawrence family, descendants of the Baron.[28] (Commemorating these events, there is in Howth a street of 1950s local authority housing named 'Grace O'Malley Road'.)

The legendary reason for Ní Mháille's seizure of Doona Castle in Ballycroy was because the MacMahons, who owned the castle, killed her lover, Hugh de Lacy, the shipwrecked son of a Wexford merchant Ní Mháille had rescued. When the guilty members of the MacMahon clan landed on the holy island of Caher for a pilgrimage, Ní Mháille captured their boats. She and her men then captured the MacMahons and killed those responsible for her lover's death. Still not satisfied with her revenge, Ní Mháille then sailed for Ballycroy and attacked the garrison at Doona Castle, overpowering the defenders and taking the castle for herself.[19]

Her attack against the MacMahons was not the first time she interrupted someone at their prayers. Legend tells of another chieftain who stole property from Ní Mháille and fled to a church for sanctuary. Ní Mháille was determined to wait out the thief, maintaining that he could starve or surrender. The thief dug a tunnel and escaped, however, and the hermit who took care of the church broke his vow of silence to scold her for attempting to harm someone who had sought sanctuary. Gráinne's reply is not included in the legend.[29]

[edit] Revolutionary activity

In 1593, in his letter to protesting Gráinne Ní Mháille's claims against him, Richard Bingham claimed that Ní Mháille was "nurse to all rebellions in the province for this forty years".[26][30] Bingham was Lord President of Connacht, with the task of increasing control over the local lords that had been effectively self-governing.


Ní Mháille had every reason, and used every opportunity, to limit the power of the Kingdom of Ireland over her part of the country. Her castle at Clare Island was attacked by an expedition from Galway led by Sheriff William Óge Martyn in March 1579. However, they were put to flight and barely escaped.


[edit] Meeting with Elizabeth






TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: graceomalley; saintpatricksday
My daughter's name is Grace O'Malley

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

1 posted on 03/17/2012 12:32:51 AM PDT by Kevmo
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To: Kevmo

cool. thanks.


2 posted on 03/17/2012 12:44:16 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: OMalley; markomalley; k omalley; GracieOMalley; Betis70

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to some O’Malley Freepers


3 posted on 03/17/2012 12:47:56 AM PDT by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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To: onedoug

Ping


4 posted on 03/17/2012 2:06:55 AM PDT by stylecouncilor (Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
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To: Kevmo

Interesting Irish stuff ping!


5 posted on 03/17/2012 2:16:07 AM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (If you back Newt . . . then SEND HIM MONEY!! "Be Breitbart, Baby!")
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To: Kevmo

Fascinating stuff! The Irish side of my family came from County Mayo as well.. the town of Kilmaine.


6 posted on 03/17/2012 3:27:49 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: Kevmo

Great post- thanks


7 posted on 03/17/2012 4:49:41 AM PDT by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: Kevmo

Happy St Patrick's Day!

8 posted on 03/17/2012 6:02:03 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: ScottinVA

I have people in my family tree from Mayo. I am pretty sure they were Gannons.


9 posted on 03/17/2012 6:42:06 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Kevmo

Did you deliberately choose her name in honor of this Grace O’Malley?

BTW, I apologize on behalf of the state of Maryland for the disgrace our Communist governor has brought to the O’Malley name.


10 posted on 03/17/2012 6:45:16 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Kevmo
What her detractors decry as "piracy" was in actuality, nothing more than agressive tax collection on commercial shipping in O' Malley territorial waters. The O' Malleys had been a maritime clan before, and after her life...

the infowarrior

11 posted on 03/17/2012 7:18:58 AM PDT by infowarrior
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To: Bigg Red
BTW, I apologize on behalf of the state of Maryland for the disgrace our Communist governor has brought to the O’Malley name.

Were she alive today, she would disown Martin O' Malley from the clan, even as she disowned her eldest son for supporting Bingham, who had murdered his brother....

the infowarrior

12 posted on 03/17/2012 7:21:30 AM PDT by infowarrior
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To: Kevmo

Grandfather Toler said he was Scotch/Irish and the devil. Never met him, he died for I was born, but pretty well assured of the devil part.


13 posted on 03/17/2012 7:35:07 AM PDT by wizr (Keep the Faith, no matter what. "Worry is practical atheism." - Robert Mounce)
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To: Kevmo

“O’Malley’s Rule!”


14 posted on 03/17/2012 8:29:31 AM PDT by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: Kevmo

I’m thinking of another Irishman who became a pirate. I can’t remember his name!

He converted to islam then lead raids on IRELAND carrying off the entire population of Baltimore, Ireland, sold them into slavery in Morocco. He lived during the reign of Charles I.


15 posted on 03/17/2012 8:53:20 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

There is a wikipedia entry for the Sack of Baltimore. Not sure how accurate it is:

“The attack was led by a Dutch captain turned pirate, Jan Janszoon van Haarlem, also known as Murad Reis the Younger. Murad’s force was led to the village by a man called Hackett, the captain of a fishing boat he had captured earlier, in exchange for his freedom. Hackett was subsequently hanged from the clifftop outside the village for his conspiracy.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sack_of_Baltimore


16 posted on 03/17/2012 10:43:07 AM PDT by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: Betis70

Them d***ed Dutch! But then they share a border with Belgium!

I do remember of reading about other Irish pirates converted to islam and raided the isles.


17 posted on 03/17/2012 1:07:04 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: ScottinVA; Kevmo

Me late mother’s family also came from County Mayo—Roscommon was the hamlet. Conboy and Gormley were the surnames...


18 posted on 03/17/2012 1:26:29 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Just because you are paranoid it doesn't mean they aren't out to get you.)
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To: Bigg Red

Did you deliberately choose her name in honor of this Grace O’Malley?

***Partly. It’s a little bit like having the last name of Revere and naming your son Paul. I’ve been telling her that she is also named after the Grace of God, which is what the original Granuaile was named after, and that I expect her to redeem the name. It is a beautiful name.

Besides, it has such rich history and amazing story to it, that it’s a name to be proud of. Some british lady at my church asked who that beautiful child was and she was told, Grace O’Malley. The lady said, “Oh my God, do the parents know who Grace O’Malley was?” And she was told, yes they do. She acted as if she’d just heard of someone named Yasir Arafat.

I look forward to the day when Hollywood picks up on this story of a female pirate who commanded respect from men in her age. It will prove interesting.


19 posted on 03/17/2012 9:21:22 PM PDT by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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To: infowarrior

Were she alive today, she would disown Martin O’ Malley from the clan, even as she disowned her eldest son for supporting Bingham, who had murdered his brother....

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:)


20 posted on 03/18/2012 9:52:25 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Kevmo

Well, may the Grace of God be always with your Grace.

As for
I look forward to the day when Hollywood picks up on this story of a female pirate who commanded respect from men in her age.

Don’t wish too hard on that one, FRiend, as the Grace O’Malley those perverts would present would likely not be the one you are imagining.


21 posted on 03/18/2012 10:02:54 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Kevmo

I visited Grace O’Malley’s island when I was in Ireland. You can actually wade to get to it during low tide.


22 posted on 03/18/2012 10:29:15 AM PDT by k omalley (Caro Enim Mea, Vere est Cibus, et Sanguis Meus, Vere est Potus)
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To: k omalley

Dang, I’m jealous.


23 posted on 03/18/2012 3:48:29 PM PDT by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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To: Bigg Red

Well said, Big Red.


24 posted on 03/18/2012 3:49:32 PM PDT by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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