Ireland’s Legendary Pirate Queen Heads to the Silver Screen

The life of another one of Ireland’s greatest figures is heading to the big screen. This time it’s the legendary pirate queen herself Gráinne Ní Mháille (Grace O’Malley). Fearless and formidable this 16th century icon ruled the land and sea on the west coast with an iron fist. She defied convention and rose to new heights where women were not allowed to tread. She fought for independence and to free for her people against the tyranny of the crown. Her story is the stuff of legends.

Pirate Queen: Statue of Grace O'Malley at Westport House

Pirate Queen: Statue of Grace O’Malley at Westport House

‘Pirate Queen: The Story of Grace O’Malley’ has been written by acclaimed scriptwriter Shane Connaughton (My Left Foot) and will be produced by De Warrenne Pictures who’ve recently produced the Mechanic Resurrection with Jason Statham. The film is currently in development and this weekend you can get an exclusion chance to hear it first before the film goes into production.

The live reading of the script will take place this Sunday at the Richard Harris International Film Festival this Sunday at Belltable, Limerick City. This off reading will feature a whole host of actors including Stephen Rea, Jared Harris,Terry McMahon, Fionnula Flanagan, Anthony Brophy, Sean Cronin and Clelia Murphy.

Tickets for the performance are available here

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