Ahoy, Mateys!!!!

September 19th is Talk Like A Pirate Day.    So go ahead and use a few Yo-ho-hos!!!

Shiver me timbers, did you know that there was a famous female Irish Pirate by the name of Grainne (Grace) O’Malley?

She was born in 1530 at the height of King Henry the Eighth’s reign.  She would become the most successful privateer in Irish History known as “The Sea Queen”. 

Once, she would meet face-to face with the Great Elizabeth I.  As the story goes, Grace would be given a lace handkerchief to use for her runny nose.  After using it Grace would fling it into the fireplace to the aghast of the Lords and Ladies present.  When asked why she would burn a beautiful silk handkerchief, she would reply that in Ireland they would never reuse a dirty one!!!!

She and Queen Elizabeth I would die in the same year of 1603.