Grace O’Malley

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Born c. 1530 Umhaill, Co. Mayo Died c. 1603 Rockfleet Castle Co. Mayo Grace O’Malley Grace O’Malley or Gráinne Ní Mháille was born on Clare Island c1530. Her father was the ruler of the Ó Máille dynasty or clan and her family made their living from both land and the sea, their family motto being […]

Admiral William Brown

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Born June 22, 1777, Foxford, Co Mayo Died March 3, 1857, Buenos Aires, Argentina Admiral William Brown William Brown was one of the most important Irish military commanders in the Argentine War of Independence from Spain and the war against Brazil and he was the founder of the Argentine navy.  Born in Foxford, Co. Mayo […]

Commodore John Barry

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Born March 25, 1745, Tacumshane Co Wexford Died September 13, 1803, Philadelphia, United States Commodore John Barry John Barry, (born 1745, County Wexford, Ireland – died September 13, 1803, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.), Barry became an American navy officer winning significant maritime victories during the American Revolution (1775-83). During his career he trained many young officers, […]

Captain Robert Halpin

Born 16 February 1836 Wicklow, Ireland Died 20 January 1894 Tinakilly House, Wicklow, Ireland Captain Robert Halpin Captain Robert Halpin is an Irish maritime legend. He was born in Wicklow town on 17 February, 1836 the youngest of 13 children. At 11 years of age he went to sea. His first trips were on sailing […]