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Inspirational Irish Women in History

Updated: May 22

True to form, these Irish women have shown tenacity and groundbreaking grit through the years.

I think we could all use a good dose of inspiration right about now. In closing out Women’s History Month, we felt that this group deserved some major recognition. As St. Patty’s Day wasn’t given a fair shake this year, consider this a virtual celebration. Grab a Guinness, a whiskey, or a hot cuppa tea and tip back, relax and soak it all in. Slainte!

Grace O’Malley

Grace O’Malley has been immortalized in Irish folklore as a valiant woman who defied gender expectations and fought for Ireland's independence. Born into a wealthy seafaring family when local chieftains ruled much of Ireland, O’Malley commanded raids on merchant ships and rival clans. She was a fearless leader and skilled diplomat and eventually became known as the “Pirate Queen” of Connacht. A thorn in the British side for many years, she was so renowned that she was able to secure a meeting with Queen Elizabeth I in 1593.


Agnes Clerke

After looking at the planets through her father’s telescope as a child, Agnes Clerke fell in love with the stars. From then