The Year of Queen Victoria (2019)

Queen Victoria -The Famine Queen

In 1900, Irish activist Maud Gonne referred to Queen Victoria as the ‘Famine Queen’. This nickname stuck as Irish Nationalism, and a quest for independence from the United Kingdom gained traction.  Before this, while British laissez-faire capitalist policies were often blamed for the extent of the devastation felt during the famine, the Queen herself had [read more]

Grace O'Malley

Grace O’Malley – The Sea Queen

This was a notorious woman in all the coasts of Ireland. Grace O’Malley was born into the Uí Mháille, seafaring people on the west coast of Ireland. Their clan motto was terra marique potens (powerful by land and sea). Grace’s mother was Margaret, daughter of Conchobhar Og Mac Conchobhair, mic Maoilseachlain O’Malley, of the sept of [read more]