Welcome to the Grace O'Malley Web Site

Author ANNE CHAMBERS welcomes fans to the official website of Ireland’s Pirate Queen - Grace O’Malley.

Fearless leader by land and by sea, political pragmatist and tactician, rebel, pirate and matriarch, the ’most notorious woman in all the coasts of Ireland’ GRACE O’MALLEY challenges and manipulates the turbulent politics of the 16th century.

Breaching boundaries of gender imbalance and bias, she re-wrote the rules to become one of the world’s first documented feminist trail-blazers.

In GRANUAILE - the original best-selling biography of this historic icon, from rare and exclusive contemporary manuscript material ANNE CHAMBERS draws Ireland’s great pirate queen in from the vagueness of myth and legend and presents the historical reality of one of the world’s most extraordinary female leaders.

RANJI: MAHARAJAH OF CONNEMARA

New Edition

East truly meets West in 1924 when a wealthy Indian Maharajah, Prince Ranjitsinhji, iconic cricketer and loyal supporter of Empire, becomes the landlord of Ballynahinch estate in remote, Roman Catholic, Republican Connemara.

Charismatic and benevolent, known as ‘The Ranji’ he endeared himself to the local community and became part of the folk memory of Connemara. 

From rare documents in public and private archives and from the personal reminiscences of the people who worked for him, for the first time, ANNE CHAMBERS brings the intriguing story of Ranji: Maharajah of Connemara to light.

While focusing on Ranji’s association with Ireland, the book also reveals the troubled and darker side of this Indian autocrat, his indebtedness, his addiction to western life, his political inflexibility and his romantic attachments. 

Copies of new edition also available from Orpen Press This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

REVIEWS

’Anne Chambers gives us the fascinating story of how one of the world’s greatest cricketers, an Indian prince... fell in love with Connemara.’ Irish Times

’Anne Chambers book shines a light on the Ballynahinch period of this colourful life... ’ Sunday Tribune.

Genre: Biography

Stockists: 

  • Books@One, Louisburg, Co. Mayo
  • Visitors Centre Shop, Trinity College, Dublin
  • The Book Shop, Bridge Street, Westport, Co Mayo
  • Clifden Bookshop, Clifden, Co Galway.
  • Westport House, Westport, Co Mayo
  • Roundstone Music and Crafts, Roundstone, Co.Galway

The book is also published in India by Roli Books, New Delhi.

 

Enquiries for translation, foreign and film rights to:

Jonathan Williams Literary Agency,

Rosney Mews,

Upper Glenageary Road,

Glenageary. Co. Dublin 

tel: 353 1 2803482

GRANUAILE TRAIL. No 16 - Hen's Castle, Lough Corrib

GRANUAILE TRAIL. No 16

Hen's Castle, Lough Corrib, County Galway. Originally named Cock's Castle after Granuaile's first husband, Donal O'Flaherty, who died defending it against the Joyce Clan. Granuaile re-captured the castle from the Joyce's and was renamed 'Hen's Castle' in memory of her daring.

 

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In 2002, an eighty-five-year-old former civil servant was voted 'Irishman of the Century'.

RANJI MAHARAJAH OF CONNEMARA

Indian Prince KS Ranjitsinhji was the most famous cricket-player of his generation

GRACE O’MALLEY

Fearless leader by land and by sea, political pragmatist and tactician, rebel, pirate and matriarch, the ’most notorious woman in all the coasts of Ireland’ GRACE O’MALLEY challenges and manipulates the turbulent politics of the 16th century

GRANUAILE: Ireland's Pirate Queen (Grace O’Malley) 1530-1603 is the sole published biographical account of Grace O’Malley, sourced from original manuscript material, both in public and in private domain. For the latter, the author, Anne Chambers, had sole and exclusive access. Much of this material was located and decyphered in its original form (i.e.16th century manuscripts) by the author and is exclusive to her book. Furthermore, the presentation, opinions and analyses in the book are exclusive to the author. The author reserves all her rights in this book. No part of her book may be reproduced or utilised in any form or media, written or oral, or by means digital, electronic or mechanical, including photographic, film, video recording, photocopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system. Permission from the author and publisher must first be obtained to reproduce any part of or quotations from the book. Any transgression in this regard will be addressed. For more information, comments or enquiries please contact: Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Copyright © 2017.

 

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