Statue of Grainne Ni Mhaille
by Michael Cooper
From the mysterious world of the Celts a number of women were renowned for their power, warrior strength and independence. They led revolts against their enemies, wheeled and dealed to require the best possible outcome for their people, and were even said to have used their “woman’s magic” to curse the lives of those who sought to cause them (or their loved ones) harm. One of these such women was Grainne Ni Mhaille, who is better known to us by the English version of her name - Grace O'Malley, the 16th century Irish pirate queen.