Grace O'Malley, Pirate Queen of Connacht

It is St. Patrick's Day, so we are thinking about our Irish heritage, and inspired by Grace O'Malley, the Pirate Queen of Connacht, who was "vilified by her English adversaries as ‘a woman who hath imprudently passed the part of womanhood.’"

Though ignored by contemporary chroniclers, her legend persisted in folklore and "nationalists later lionised her as Gráinne Mhaol, a warrior who would come over the sea with Irish soldiers to rout the English.

She finally became an icon of international feminism, both as an example of a strong and independent woman and as a victim of misogynistic laws."

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March 17, 2017 by Megan Reilly Cayten