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The Festival of the Pirate Queen Returns for 2015

June Bank Holiday Weekend

May 29th - June 1st


It’s been over 400 years since the Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley, commanded the land and seas of Ireland’s western isles. Inspired by The Gathering 2013, The Festival of the Pirate Queen will run again for the third year year during the June Bank Holiday Weekend 2015.This  festival, celebrating the life of Grace O’Malley, one of the most inspirational women in Irish history, will take place throughout Clew Bay, the land base for her sea-faring adventures and her old stomping ground. Enjoy a whole range of activity celebrating this infamous woman in Westport, Clare Island, Louisburgh, Mulranny, Newport and Achill Island.

There’s something for everyone whether its taking part in the Pirate Queen Adventure Race, enjoying the spectacle of traditional Yawl Racing on Achill Island, learning the story behind the legend through the many heritage tours, shows and lectures on offer, not to mention heaps of live entertainment across Clew Bay including street performers, Irish music, song and dance.