Grace O'Malley (Gaelic:Gráinne Ní Mháille) was a renowned sea captain who led a band of 200 sea-raiders from the coast of Galway in the sixteenth century. Twice widowed, twice imprisoned, fighting her enemies both Irish and English for her rights, condemned for piracy, and finally pardoned in London by Queen Elizabeth I herself. She died in 1603, but her legend still lives on.
Grace O’Malley is the most famous female pirate in Irish history. She lived from around 1530 to 1603, and was born into a family of sailors. When she was younger, Grace cut off all her hair after being told she could not go to sea because she was a woman. Her father eventually gave in, and took her to travel around Spain. Grace became heavily involved in the politics surrounding different Irish clans, and became a pirate. She is known as the “Irish Pirate Queen".