Grace O'Malley (c.1530 - c.1597):
Grace O'Malley was born in County Mayo; the name Granuaile, by which she is sometimes known, is a corruption of the Gaelic form of her name, Grainne Ni Mhaille. The O'Malleys were seafarers, and Grace spent her childhood on the islands off the west coast of Ireland, becoming a proficient sea-captain. She was accused of robbing from the Aran Islands, and a gallows was built for her execution. She fled to Ulster and stayed with the O'Neills until her eventual pardon from Queen Elizabeth I. It is believed that she is buried on Clare Island off County Mayo.