Who was Grace O'Malley?
September 13, 2011 8:46PM
grace o'malley was an Irish chieftain who lived/traded/pirated along the coasts of the west of Ireland, especially mayo and galway. her base was on clare island in mayo. famous for her skills as a weather forecaster (essential in a sea-faring community), a warrior, diplomat -(she visited the court of elizabeth 1 in London) merchant (trading with France and Spain mostly). her nickname - for those brave enough to say it - was "Gr�inne mhaol" - meaning "bald grace"from the tome as a girl when she cut her hair short in order to convince her father to allow her sail with him, as normally this was a job for men only. very much a folk legend e of the west of Ireland.