From History to Herstory: Women on the Water

In today's lesson, Múinteoir John told us all about some amazing pirates and all of them were women.  These strong, powerful and independent women roamed the high seas in search of fortune, freedom, and sometimes revenge.  Here are some fierce facts about them.

  • When Grace O'Malley was told that she could not join the crew on her father’s ship because her long hair would catch in the ship's ropes, she cut off most of her hair and earned herself the nickname 'Bald Grace’ or in Irish, ‘Gráinne Mhaol’.
  • Anne Bonny was another pirate with Irish blood in her and she was known for her "fierce and courageous temper".  She could guzzle rum, curse, use a sword and shoot a pistol as well as any of the pirate men in the crew.
  • To survive in a man’s world, Mary Read disguised herself as a man and worked in jobs that were only for men at the time.  First she was a soldier, then a merchant sailor, then a pirate.
  • Rachel Wall was a very clever and sneaky American pirate.  The crew would dress their boat up to look like it had been damaged by rough seas. Rachel would then stand on the deck, pretending to be shy and plead for help from passing ships. When the unsuspecting rescuers came near, they were robbed and murdered.

Send us pictures or videos of what you have done. Ask your parents to help you send them to

Aaaarr-mazing Activity

If you could design your own pirate flag, what would it look like?  Pirates designed their flags based on what was important to them – skulls and crossbones, swords, but sometimes even hearts, tortoises and mermaids.  Design your own and send it into us.  We'd love to see it!

Word Search 

See if you can find all the words in this Grace O'Malley word search.  

Hint: The words go up and down, from side to side, and diagonally as well.


Send us pictures or videos of what you have done. Ask your parents to help you send them to