‘Appy St. Patrick’s Day ye scurvy dogs! Let’s celebrate with some famous Irish pirates eh!?

1) Anne Bonny (c. 1700 - c. 1782)[1] was an Irish woman who became a famous pirate, operating in the Caribbean.[2] What little is known of her life comes largely from Charles Johnson’s A General History of the Pyrates.

2) Edward England, born Edward Seegar (c.1685–1721)[3][4] was a famous African coast and Indian Ocean pirate captain from 1717 to 1720. The ships he sailed on included the Pearl (which he renamed The Royal James) and later the Fancy, for which England exchanged the Pearl in 1720. His flag was the classic Jolly Roger with a skull above two crossed Humerus bones on a black background.

3) Edward Jordan {no picutre} (1771–1809) was an Irish rebel, fisherman and pirate in Nova Scotia. He was typical of the violent but short-lived pirates in the 19th century following the end of “Golden Age of Piracy” in the 18th century. Born in County Carlow, Ireland, he took part in the Irish rebellions of 1797-98 but was pardoned and attempted to start a new life as a fisherman in Nova Scotia. On 13 September 1809, desperate to avoid debts, he slaughtered the crew of a merchant who came to seize the schooner he owned named Three Sisters.

4) Walter Kennedy (ca. 1695 - July 21, 1721) was an English pirate who served as a crew member under Howell Davis and Bartholomew Roberts. Walter Kennedy was born in 1695 at a place called Pelican Stairs in Wapping, London.[1] Possibly one or both of his parents were of Irish descent due to the fact that Bartholomew Roberts considered him to be Irish.

5) Grace O'Malley (c. 1530 – c. 1603; also Gráinne O'Malley,[1]Irish: Gráinne Ní Mháille) was Queen of Umaill, chieftain of the Ó Máille clan following in the footsteps of her father Eoghan Dubhdara Ó Máille. Upon his death, she inherited his large shipping and trading business (sometimes accused of being a piracy trade) Commonly known by her nickname Granuaile in Irish folklore, she is a well-known historical figure in 16th-century Irish history, and is sometimes known as “The Sea Queen of Connacht”.

BBC: What do you care about most now George?

GEORGE: Music is my main interest naturally. And not just pop music, all sorts of things. I like a lot of folk. Much more folk than say, a year or two ago. I like quite a lot of them, but I think Dylan, Donovan and Pete Seegar and Jack Elliott, that type, are the good ones.  But as with most music, there’s good and bad.”

BBC interview, 30 November 1965