About this Piece
Born in 1530 as Gráinne Ni Mhaille, Gráinne was queen of Umhaill (Connaght) in the west of Ireland, and a fearsome trader and pirate. Ireland was under English rule and Gráinne was a known rebel to the crown. In 1593 she travelled to England to appeal for the release of her two sons and brother. Queen Elizabeth agreed on the condition that Gráinne end her rebellion and piracy against England (which she reneged upon). Gráinne died in 1603 in her home place on Clare Island.