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Grace be to thee

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Grace O'Malley was a tough 16th century Irish warrior woman who led a horde of broadsword-swinging Vikings, Celts, and Scottish Highlanders in naval operations that would dominate the coast of Ireland for a couple of decades. Known to her contemporaries as "The Pirate Queen of Connaught," this estrogenocidal ginger gunslinger raided shipping vessels, battled English armies, conquered castles from rival Irish clans, and once traveled to London just so she could talk to Queen Elizabeth.

Grace O'Malley was a tough 16th century Irish warrior woman who led a horde of broadsword-swinging Vikings, Celts, and Scottish Highlanders in naval operations that would dominate the coast of Ireland for a couple of decades. Known to her contemporaries as "The Pirate Queen of Connaught," this estrogenocidal ginger gunslinger raided shipping vessels, battled English armies, conquered castles from rival Irish clans, and once traveled to London just so she could talk to Queen Elizabeth.

Rockfleet on Clare Island is just one of the O’Malley clan castles dotted along the coast in Ireland. Pirates!

Rockfleet on Clare Island is just one of the O’Malley clan castles dotted along the coast in Ireland. Pirates!

A guide to the meeting of two Irish queens - Elizabeth I, queen of England and Ireland, and Grace O'Malley the Irish pirate queen. The meeting of these two powerful women was quite remarkable - the political leader and the pirate formed a special bond.

A guide to the meeting of two Irish queens - Elizabeth I, queen of England and Ireland, and Grace O'Malley the Irish pirate queen. The meeting of these two powerful women was quite remarkable - the political leader and the pirate formed a special bond.

Some people have nobles in their bloodline. I got warriors and outlaws and witches. I think I got the better end of the deal.

Some people have nobles in their bloodline. I got warriors and outlaws and witches. I think I got the better end of the deal.

Women pirates.    Grace O’Malley was one of the strongest, most assertive women to ever emerge from Irish legend.

Women pirates. Grace O’Malley was one of the strongest, most assertive women to ever emerge from Irish legend.

Grace O'Malley was a 16th century Irish warrior who led a horde of broadsword-swinging Vikings, Celts, and Scottish Highlanders in naval operations that dominated the coast of Ireland for decades. Known to her contemporaries as "The Pirate Queen of Connaught,"

Grace O'Malley was a 16th century Irish warrior who led a horde of broadsword-swinging Vikings, Celts, and Scottish Highlanders in naval operations that dominated the coast of Ireland for decades. Known to her contemporaries as "The Pirate Queen of Connaught,"

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