Grace O'Malley

Weatherly, Myra
January 1998
Women Pirates: Eight Stories of Adventure;1998, p21
This chapter focuses on Irish woman pirate Grace O'Malley. Born in the early part of the sixteenth century, Grace was the only daughter of Dudara and Margaret O' Malley. The daring, sea-going O' Malley clan differed from the majority of Irish clans in that the primary source of their income came from the sea. At fifteen, Grace's father arranged for her to marry a local chieftain, Donal O' Flaherty, linking two of the most prominent seafaring families of western Ireland during the 1500s. Uncertainty shrouds the death of Grace O'Malley. Historians believe she died about 1603 and was buried in the abbey on Clare Island, at the edge of the ocean that sustained her long and eventful life.


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