The Uí Mhaille – Traders of the West Coast

Grace O’Malley was the chieftain of the O’Malley clan in all but title for most of her life, and was well-respected as a leader independent of her husband. She grew up in a seafaring clan and had navigation in her blood – but who were this wild clan of sailors over which she had under […]

A tasty history of Irish Whiskey

The distillation of whiskey began around the 12thcentury in Ireland. Uisce beatha was a translation of the Latin term for alcohol, meaning aqua vitaeor water of life. Although, the exact date and location of the first whiskey production is not known– we can be sure that the first barrels were very different from what we now call whiskey. Distilling flourished in Ireland […]

The Story of Grace O’Malley is one of Ireland’s greatest stories of female empowerment.

The legendary Irish pirate queen Grace O’Malley, also known as Granuaile, was born in the area of Clew Bay in County Mayo in the barony of Murrisk.  This was a barony named after another legendary female figure: Muirisc, a leader of men at sea, daughter of Hugony the Great, 66th High King of Ireland. Divided by […]