Keem Bay, Achill Island

I first set foot on Achill Island, County Mayo a couple of years ago. At the time I was only a little aware of its significance in the life of Ireland’s beloved pirate queen, Gráinne Ní Mháillem (Grace O’Malley).

In the last few months my awareness of this incredible woman and her place in sixteenth century Irish history has blossomed as I have worked with my wife to bring Gráinne to life in Jennifer’s 2020 Adelaide Fringe performance depicting her life in narrative, poetry and song.

We still have a few more shows to go but already we are wishing ourselves back on that rugged western coast of Ireland, the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ and the home of Grace O’Malley.

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