Thursday, May 5, 2016
THE WESTPORT HOUSE AND THE IRISH PIRATE QUEEN
Soon after my trip to Ireland in 2012, I learned about Grace O'Malley (Grainne Ni Mhaille) who was known as the Irish Pirate Queen or "The Sea Queen of Connacht", I read the book "Ireland's Pirate Queen - The True Story of Grace O'Malley" written by Anne Chambers. I am still hoping to discover that I am related somehow to both Grace O'Malley and Anne Chambers.
The Westport House is a beautiful historic home built in 1650 by Colonel John Browne and his wife Maud Burke (Grace O'Mallley's great great granddaughter). It was built near the site of the O'Malley Castle.
I missed seeing the Westport House in 2012, but decided it was a "must see place to visit" on my latest trip to Ireland. Although the Westport House property also contains a Pirate Adventure Park and campgrounds, our sole focus was the historic house.; The house is located in parkland setting with a lake and terraces. It also has a view of Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick. It is definitely a must see on anyone's trip to Westport!