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Grace O’Malley



Now in sailor’s clothes Granuaile did go
A bold sea captain from top to toe
Her clans and children were the greatest care
Of Grace O’Malley, of Grace O’Malley
Who never did despair

Her trade was maintainence by land and sea
Two hundred loyal men were her army
No other captain was as skilled or brave
As Grace O’Malley, as Grace O’Malley
Who ruled the stormy wave

Now they had not sailed far from Clew Bay
When she spied a vessel bound for Galway
“Those are sea merchants,” Grania did cry
“And Granuaile, and Granuaile
Will stop that ship or die”

She stopped that ship, and they took its store
She returned to Old Erin’s shore
With Spanish brandy she walked along
Did Granuaile, did Granuaile
Who sweetly sang a song

Now Queen Elizabeth did once suggest
That she would name Grace a countess
“Oh no,” says Grace, “That would never do
For Grace O’Malley, for Grace O’Malley
Is as great a queen as you”

The Queen of Connaught by land and sea
Her strength commanded fierce loyalty
Her wealth provided for many’s the clans
Of Grace O’Malley, of Grace O’Malley
Seawoman of Ireland