Thursday : Opening Session & ‘Gráinne Mhaol’

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John McCafferty, Professor of History and Director of the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute at UCD, with an outline of the the theme and objectives of the 2021 Summer School

Gráinne Mhaol: a woman of her time, a legend for the ages‘ by Dr Kelly Fitzgerald

Gráinne Mhaol the Pirate Queen was born around 1530 into the Ó Máille family. Her father was chieftain in Mayo. With her own fleet of ships, she raided the west coast and amassed great wealth. She was one of the last Irish leaders to resist English rule in Ireland.

Kelly Fitzgerald

Kelly Fitzgerald, Head of Irish Folklore & Ethnology in the School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore, UCD graduated in folklore and early (medieval) Irish at UCD with her doctoral dissertation on Literary and Oral Interaction in Irish Folklore. Also on editorial board of Béaloideas, Journal of the Folklore Society.

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