Travel experts Expedia feature stories and illustrations of Ireland’s queens on their new Kings and Queens of Ireland website, developed with the help of historians from the National Museum of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast.
The site also includes relevant travel itineraries so curious travellers can retrace the steps of these game changing queens.
The queens featured on the site are:
One of the most famous queens in Ireland, Queen Maeve was known as the ‘Warrior Queen of Connacht’. Maeve took over from her father, the King of Connacht, when he went on to become the High King of Ireland.
Maeve first married the High King of Ulster, Conchobar mac Nessa, but went on to marry four other kings during her lifetime. It has been said that Maeve was the influence behind several of her husbands going on to become kings.
Born in Naas, County Kildare in 960 AD, Gormlaith became famous in Irish history as the wife of the King of Ireland, Brian Boru. Brian was one of the most well-known Irish Kings of all time.
Gormlaith’s legacy was not that of a typical supporting wife. Their marriage was short lived and her son from a previous marriage, Sitric, was an enemy of Brian. Many stories say that she encouraged Sitric to fight against Brian in the Battle of Clontarf.
Grace O’Malley was an exceptionally strong character in Irish history. It is said that Grace spent most of her life protecting her native land from enemies and defending against English rule.
Grace’s stronghold was at Clare Island in the west of Ireland, where she used her piracy and seafaring ways to protect the west of Ireland against attack.
Eventually, despite her best efforts, English administration found its way to Connacht and it is said that the newly appointed governor Sir Richard Bingham held two of her sons captive as punishment for rebelling against him.
Discover more about Ireland’s rich stories of Ireland’s ancient queens [and kings] in Expedia’s guide to the Kings and Queens of Ireland.