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Support: Grace O'Malley Castle Upgrade

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Step back in time and enter The Pirate Queen's Stronghold.

Grace O'Malley, Gráinne Ní Mháille, Granuaile, lived in this Castle on Clare Island, in Mayo, off the West coast of Ireland. It was built in the 16th century by the Ó Máille (O'Malley), Kings of Umaill, and was her stronghold. Grace (c. 1530 – c. 1603) was the famous "Pirate Queen" of the West of Ireland. It is said that the Pirate Queen’s head is buried near this castle. This location was strategically vital, as it helped her control the waters of Clew Bay and the seas off the west coast of Mayo.

The Clare Island Heritage Group, with support from a range of entities, including the O'Malley Clan Association and Ireland101 are leading this project to upgrade the Castle into a new iconic destination on the Wild Atlantic Way. New trips from day-trippers and cruise shippers will give the island some fresh revenues which will contribute to the local job market and economy.

ACTION: IF YOU WANT TO PLEDGE A DONATION (DO NOT FORWARD MONEY YET) OR HELP FUNDRAISE, GIVE US YOUR EMAIL FOR UPDATES. 

Updated: Dec 3rd, 2019

 

Fundraising Details

How much does the project need?

The fundraising target is €1.5m across the following three categories:

1. Public Funds: Target = €600k,  and we have indicative pledges so far are circa €120k

2. High net worth and business: Target = €500k, with indicative pledges so far = €45k

3. Micro funding from Ireland101 supporters: Target = €400k, with indicative pledges so far = €5k

Total Target = €1,500k, and indicative pledges so far = €170k


Why help with this project?

Help celebrate and promote Grace O'Malleys life as a female Irish legend.

Bring a new, heritage-rich tourist attraction to Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.

Bring more tourists to the Island (by local ferry and large cruise liners).

Support local employment on the island and across Mayo's ferry villages.

Help protect an Irish island community and counteract its urban migration challenge.


What can I give and what do I get in return?

Donations from Ireland101 supporters are not capped, but we do have three proposed levels to suit people - NOTE: WE ARE JUST LOOKING FOR INDICATIVE PLEDGES AT THIS STAGE: 

1. Bronze Supporters = €50: electronic listing as a project supporter for the entire lifetime of the project.

2. Silver Supporters = €250: electronic listing as a project supporter for the entire lifetime of the project, and your name written in the welcome section of the interpretive centre.

3. Gold Supporters = €1,000:
+ electronic listing as a project supporter for the entire lifetime of the project,
+ your name written in the welcome section of the interpretive centre,
+ a signed copy of Anne Chambers book on Grace,
+ an invite to the official opening, and
+ your name carved in stone inside Grace O'Malley's Castle for your future ancestors to see and appreciate.

ACTION: IF YOU WANT TO PLEDGE A DONATION (DO NOT FORWARD MONEY YET) OR HELP FUNDRAISE, GIVE US YOUR EMAIL FOR UPDATES. 

Updated: Dec 3rd, 2019

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