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Over the years since he died, his children and grandchildren have, one by one, been to Ireland, and looked out over Galway Bay, whispered the words of one of his favourite songs, and cried for the missing of him. His people were, of course. None of them probably ever sighted Galway Bay. Part of me had always known that. But he was a miracle to me, and I believed in the emotional Irishness of him — in the tears and the songs and the stories.

He was a man of the diaspora. He knew them only from the Australian newspaper reports of the Easter Rising and the stories the tough young men of Port Melbourne told each other. And the songs and stories that he loved so much were songs and stories of the diaspora — sentimental music hall songs from his youth, dripping with longing, and written by immigrants in England or Melbourne or Tin Pan Alley in New York.

Mask of the Pirate Queen

But he was always and proudly Australian as well. I should have known. That was our lullaby. A song of loss and love.

A song from another place. About Ireland. Some of my previous books have been set in Malta or France or Venice or London. It was one of those wild winter mornings along that rocky coastline, blowing a gale and the waves foaming on the rocks.

Nobody in their right mind would be out at sea if they could help it. Word came — a ship had foundered on Achill Head.

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She motioned to her men and they tiptoed out of the Abbey and sailed out in all that weather. Achill Island was hidden — by cloud, by vicious rain, and by a swell so high I could barely see over the prow. We spent the morning scouring the shore for anything we could find.

We can use almost anything — timber, rope, canvas, barrels — but we hope for better.

There were bales of sheepskin and cowhide bobbing about, but the hull and the men had gone to the bottom. Except one. I climbed on a boulder to see if there was any more flotsam washed up further along.

Sure enough, there was a bundle of cloth, something blue and reddish, floating in a rock pool. I gave the boys a shout. Go look. I let him think that.

But a live gentleman is worth more to us in ransom money than a damned bale of soggy sheepskin. The boys dragged him, rough as they could, over to me and threw him on the ground at my feet. He looked up.

I knew I was in trouble from that very moment, but I never let on. I slipped my dagger from its sheath. Everyone was screaming. Where are they? What tales? Grace was famous in her lifetime, and that fame has ebbed and flowed across the centuries, but she remains one of those people who is fixed in our collective imaginations.

So who was she, this pirate queen of Connaught? Some of you might even be related to her. Grania was born in It was the start of a career in seafaring and piracy spanning over 40 years.

It was not a harmonious marriage, but they had three children — Owen, Murrough, and Margaret. In his absence, Grace was in charge. She established a small fleet, sailing off the coast near their home — Bunowen Castle in Connemara — and learned how to manage a clan across many strongholds and hundreds of warriors. Her fleet dominated that stretch of coastline, exacting tolls from passing ships in the form of cargo, coin, perhaps even the ship itself and its crew.

As I said, in she rescued Hugh de Lacy from the sea and he became her lover. When Hugh was later murdered in cold blood by the McMahons, she set about a violent revenge for his death, and took the castle at Doona from them — an adventure that was later romanticised in The Dark Lady of Doona3.

Her next marriage was by her own choice, but it was again strategic. But either they reconciled or remained close friends and allies, because they were a formidable combined force in Connaught politics until his death.

Either way, in she gave birth to her third son Tibbott — known as Toby-of-the- Ships. He was born in the middle of a battle at sea, in which Grace gave birth and then rushed on deck to rally her men and stave off an attack. All of this took place in a constantly shifting political scene of clan rivalries and the Tudor push into Ireland, beyond the Pale, with English law introduced over the top of Irish law, affecting inheritance, land and titles, and the inevitable rebellions against the colonisers.

In desperation, Grace wrote to Elizabeth complaining about Bingham, asking her to spare the lives of her son and brother, and seeking redress for the destruction of her lands and fleet. And then, as you do, she sailed off to London to meet the Queen. But, amazingly, the Queen agreed to meet her. More about that in a moment. She died in So did Queen Elizabeth. So those are the bare bones of the story — some documented, some hearsay, some possibly mythical.

How to capture such a life, such a woman, on the page? They were, in theory, lifelong enemies. They were also, possibly, more alike than anyone either of them had ever met. I also wanted to tell the stories of their communities, the clash of two worlds revolving around a woman leader — their friends, supporters, enemies, and loves.

The novel is told in both voices, alternating between them, recounting their experience of each other, and remembering the key moments in their own lives.

But the thing that interests me most is that they surely both experienced the shock of meeting a woman as assured, as cunning, as dangerous, as themselves. It was under Elizabeth, for example, that the borders of the County known as Mayo were laid down. To Elizabeth, Ireland was part of her New World, and she would subject it to her will.

And to Grace, this was a fight to the death between armies, between cultures, and in defence of the ancient ways. So she fought back. Over and over, and for years. She was not alone, of course. But it was her all-out war with Governor Bingham that brought her near to ruin, and then to London.

The two queens met at Greenwich Palace in September Nobody knows what they said to each other. And in that shadow, in that absence, lies my fiction. A novelist has to decide whether the action is likely — is it credible? Or is it too incredible to be part of the story as you tell it? Why then am I here? Not yet. She grows restless.

Bored with me. But now I am here, we can neither of us escape the other. She waves to one of her ladies who produces a scrap of lace and hands it to me. I wipe my tears with it, blow my nose, and throw it in the fire.

Everyone gasps. The Queen laughs.

Let them think me a savage. Other legends about Grace seemed to me to be too unlikely, out of character, or not necessary to the narrative. A novelist looks for the stories that help explain the people, and keep the plot humming along. Even the escapades reported at the time bear the marks of partisan reporting from one side or the other.

The accounts written by Grace herself, when she was pleading her case to Elizabeth, are extraordinary, but obviously biased. Although a rebel herself for most of her life, Grace was seen as a defector in her old age.

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