Passionate about my Irish heritage, my favorite
historical figure is Ireland's Grania (Grace) O'Malley. One of
the greatest sea captains of her time, O'Malley fought the
British during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. It was said of
Grania that she was "for forty years the stay of all rebellion
in the west". Called a pirate, Granuaile managed to escape the gallows several times to live to
a ripe old age.