#OTD in 1594 – English expedition sets out from Galway to kill pirate queen, Gráinne Ní Mháille (Grace O’Malley).

England used Galway as a launching pad for capturing the Pirate Queen, Gráinne Ní Mháille — and failed miserably. Gráinne Ní Mháille was chieftain of the Ó Máille clan in the west of Ireland, following in the footsteps of her father Eoghan Dubhdara Ó Máille. Commonly known as Gráinne Mhaol (anglicised as Granuaile) in Irish […]

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#OTD in 1594 – English expedition sets out from Galway to kill pirate queen, Gráinne Ní Mháille (Grace O’Malley).

England used Galway as a launching pad for capturing the Pirate Queen, Gráinne Ní Mháille — and failed miserably. Gráinne Ní Mháille was chieftain of the Ó Máille clan in the west of Ireland, following in the footsteps of her father Eoghan Dubhdara Ó Máille. Commonly known as Gráinne Mhaol (anglicised as Granuaile) in Irish […]

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#OTD in 1594 – English expedition sets out from Galway to kill pirate queen, Gráinne Ní Mháille (Grace O’Malley).

England used Galway as a launching pad for capturing the Pirate Queen, Gráinne Ní Mháille — and failed miserably. Gráinne Ní Mháille was chieftain of the Ó Máille clan in the west of Ireland, following in the footsteps of her father Eoghan Dubhdara Ó Máille. Commonly known as Gráinne Mhaol (anglicised as Granuaile) in Irish […]

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Brehon Law and Marriage

In the fifth century, Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland and with it Roman law whose patriarchal orientation was in conflict with the matriarchal orientation of Irish aboriginal society. The change to Roman law and to patriarchy was not immediate. Gradually but insidiously the role of women was confined to childbearing, engaging in charitable deeds, for […]

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1574 – Captain William Martin lays siege to Grace O’Malley in Rockfleet (Carrigahowley) Castle. 1594 – English expedition sets out from Galway to kill Grace O’Malley

Today we have a 2 for 1 as we explore the history of Grace O’Malley the Queen and Chieftan of Umaill, Pirate of the High Seas, and the bane of Queen Elizabeth I. O’Malley, or Gráinne Ní Mháille as she is known in Irish, was born around 1530 in the Irish Kingdom of Umaill in […]

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Today in Irish History – 19 January:

1739 – Birth of Arthur Wolfe, 1st Viscount Kilwarden and Lord Chief Justice in Forenaghts, Co. Kildare. 1787 – Birth in Cork of Mary Aikenhead, founder of the Irish Sisters of Charity and St. Vincent’s Hospital Dublin. 1788 – The second group of ships of the First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay. The First Fleet […]

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