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Mayo Sailor Joan Mulloy Sails up the River Thames in Granuaile Re-enactment

8th September 2019
Joan Mulloy's ocean racing boat, Believe in Grace as she arrived at Tower Bridge London having completed a special trip from the West of Ireland to  London, retracing the route of her formidable ancestor, Grace O’Malley  Irish Pirate Queen who famously met with the Virgin Queen in 1593 Joan Mulloy's ocean racing boat, Believe in Grace as she arrived at Tower Bridge London having completed a special trip from the West of Ireland to London, retracing the route of her formidable ancestor, Grace O’Malley Irish Pirate Queen who famously met with the Virgin Queen in 1593 Photo: Rick Tomlinson

County Mayo solo sailor, Joan Mulloy of Westport, will sail along the River Thames to Tower Bridge, completing a special journey that replicates one made by her formidable ancestor, the legendary Granuaile, over 400 years ago.

Under black sails emblazoned with her name, Grace O’Malley Irish Pirate Queen, Joan has retraced the route from Clew Bay in Mayo to London, a journey that saw the Irish Pirate Sea Queen come face to face with the Virgin Queen in their historic meeting in late summer of 1593.

In keeping with the re-enactment, Joan will bring a special presentation bottle of Grace O’Malley Irish Whiskey on board commemorating the famous meeting which founded a mutual respect between these two formidable ladies, along with a unique friendship. The legend recalls that Grace gifted of a bottle of Irish whiskey to the Queen who was well known for her partiality to ‘uisce beatha’, having stocks of it delivered to her court.

GRACE O MALLEY LONDON 3Joan Mulloy on the Thames Photo: Rick Tomlinson

Whether the whiskey aided in appeasing her highness is not documented, but records reveal that for Grace the trip was successful in its aim. Grace received ‘clemencie and favour’ from Queen Elizabeth I, who following the meeting, released Grace’s son Tibbot, restored his lands and gave the royal assent that Grace could continue her business of ‘maintenance by land and sea’ without hindrance or interference from the Queen’s governors.

Mulloy was one of two Irish entrants in this summer's 50th edition of the arduous single-handed French marathon Figaro Race finishing 38th from 44 starters. More here

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