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​Grace OMalley

This song is by Cathie Ryan.

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 maintenance 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