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A century ago, a ship called The Quest was at sea between Lisbon and Madeira on what was to be Ernest Shackleton’s final expedition.

This coming January, the centenary of the adventurer’s death in Antarctica will be marked with a series of international events – including a programme planned by the Shackleton museum and its committee in Athy, Co Kildare.

The crow's nest or lookout from The Quest, Shackleton's last shipThe crow's nest or lookout from The Quest, Shackleton's last ship

This includes the loan of the “crow’s nest” or lookout from The Quest from All Hallows by the Tower in London. It will be exhibited in the Athy museum until January, as one of only several remaining artefacts from the ship – also including the Shackleton cabin which has been donated to the Kildare museum by Norwegian Ulfe Bakke whose family had maintained it since 1922.

Jonathan Shackleton (right) with Sir Ranulph Fiennes in the Athy museumJonathan Shackleton (right) with Sir Ranulph Fiennes in the Athy museum

On Saturday, October 30th, the annual Shackleton autumn school, Virtually Shackleton, has a packed line-up of speakers, including Dr Jan Chojecki, grandson of John Quiller Rowett who financed that last expedition, Jo Woolf on Shackleton’s involvement with the Royal Geographical Society, and Alan Noake on Shackleton’s scouts.

Kevin Kenny(left) of the Shackleton committee in Kildare with British adventurer and Shackleton biographer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Seamus TaaffeKevin Kenny(left) of the Shackleton committee in Kildare with British adventurer and Shackleton biographer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Seamus Taaffe

Other participants include sailor and adventurer Seb Coulthard, who joined a re-enactment in 2013 of the celebrated 830-mile boat journey aboard the James Caird lifeboat from Elephant Island to South Georgia, artist Angelina Foster on Shackleton’s printmaking in Antarctica, and Sinead Moriarty on representing him in children’ s literature.

The statue of Sir Ernest Shackleton at the Athy heritage museum in KildareThe statue of Sir Ernest Shackleton at the Athy heritage museum in Kildare

Kevin Kenny of the Shackleton committee and autumn school spoke to Afloat's Wavelengths about the programme.

Registration for the one-day event is free and more details are here

Listen to the podcast below

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In almost every crisis or period of exceptional and continuing difficulty - such as we're living through now - people will hope to relate to the ultimately successful example of survival to be found in the experiences of Polar explorer Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1916. He may not have achieved his objective of crossing the Antarctic landmass, but he and his crew survived a ten month period ice-embedded in the Weddell Sea in their ship Endurance. And when she was finally crushed, Shackleton successfully led the way in an heroic journey across the ice floes for another five months, and then across the Southern Ocean by small boat such that, in time, all 22 expedition members were brought safely home.

There are so many aspects to this story that even now it has not been fully analysed. But as regular readers will be aware, one of the heroes involved, Tom Crean of County Kerry, is to be further commemorated through having the new Irish Research Vessel named after him. And in Mayo, noted Arctic voyager Jarlath Cunnane is building a replica of the 22ft ship's lifeboat James Caird in honour of the memory of Henry McNeish, the Scottish ship's carpenter who made such a successful job of converting the standard open rowing lifeboat into a decked ketch-rigged sailing vessel that she carried Shackleton and five shipmates across the 600 miles of the Southern Ocean to South Georgia and the eventual retrieval of all personnel.

The 22ft lifeboat James Caird – newly converted to "a seagoing ketch" – tethered to a long line after launching at Elephant Island on 24th April 1916, with the spars being floated out to her for the rig to be completed. Tim McCarthy of Kinsale was one of the crew for the epic voyage to South Georgia, and was subsequently given special praise for his heroism in keeping the James Caird afloat.The 22ft lifeboat James Caird – newly converted to "a seagoing ketch" – tethered to a long line after launching at Elephant Island on 24th April 1916, with the spars being floated out to her for the rig to be completed. Tim McCarthy of Kinsale was one of the crew for the epic voyage to South Georgia, and was subsequently given special praise for his heroism in keeping the James Caird afloat

It's intriguing that several of the key people involved were Irish or of Irish descent. Shackleton himself had been born in Kilkea, Co Kildare, though he lived in London from the age of ten. But Tom Crean was Kerry through and through, and eventually retired to his home village of Annascaul on the Dingle Peninsula to run the South Pole Inn.

Another of the small crew which sailed on the James Caird was Tim McCarthy, who'd been born in Kinsale in 1888. Having survived the Trans-Antarctic Expedition, on his return he transferred to the Royal Naval Reserve for service in the Great War of 1914-18, and within months had died while manning a gun on an armed tanker in the Atlantic.

A third Irish surname which resonates down the ages is that of Frank Hurley, the Expedition Photographer and Film-maker, whose exceptional skills in his special role have done so much to enhance the memories of the Shackleton expedition. James Francis Hurley (1885-1962) may sound like someone from just up the road, but in fact he was Australian, though his ancestors hadn't arrived in Australia by way of a prison ship – on the contrary, his father had arrived via work as a printer in Lancashire.

Frank Hurley, one of the great pioneers of expedition photographyFrank Hurley, one of the great pioneers of expedition photography

Be that as it may, his superb images have done much to fix the Shackleton expedition in our mind's eye. But ultimately, it has to be remembered that none of it would have happened had it not been for the exceptional character and abilities of Ernest Shackleton himself.

This was set in context by another noted Antarctic explorer and renowned geologist, Sir Raymond Priestly. When asked to compare the great names of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration – Robert Falcon Scott, Roald Amundesen, and Ernest Shackleton – he responded:

"For scientific discovery, give me Scott; for speed and efficiency of travel, give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton".

The National Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire has invited Kevin Kenny from the Shackleton Museum in Athy to give an overview of Ernest Shackleton's Life, and he has drawn his title from Priestly's assessment:


This talk will give an overview of Ernest Shackleton's life, from childhood in Ireland through his extraordinary exploits and what he got up to when he wasn't battling the Polar elements. Everybody knows a piece about Shackleton - the intention of this talk is to build the person around that piece of knowledge.

Shackleton was a multifaceted and in many ways contradictory character whose Irish Quaker roots cast a large influence on his life and his major achievements. Despite failing to achieve the objectives of his expeditions, he has reached iconic status for his determination, leadership and decision making.

In the period 1902 – 1922, he participated in four Antarctic expeditions, three of which he led. He was something of an outsider in the exploration establishment of the time, as a merchant rather than naval seafarer. He was considered as Irish by his contemporaries, though it is only in recent years that he has gained recognition in his country of birth.

A studio portrait of "Ernest Shackleton the Explorer".A studio portrait of "Ernest Shackleton the Explorer"

Sir Ernest Shackleton on his last expedition in 1922, aged just 47Sir Ernest Shackleton on his last expedition in 1922, aged just 47

By any measure, Shackleton is a colossus in the pantheon of Polar exploration. This talk will pull together the well-known and lesser known achievements and traits of the person that was Ernest Shackleton.

The Shackleton Museum, Emily Square, Athy, Co. Kildare hosts a permanent exhibition devoted to Ernest Shackleton. Highlights include an original sledge and harness from his Antarctic expeditions, a 15-foot model of Shackleton's ship Endurance, an exhibition of unique family photographs and an audio visual display featuring Frank Hurley's original film footage of the Endurance expedition.

In 2015, the Museum acquired the ship's cabin from the polar ship Quest in which Ernest Shackleton died in 1922, aged just 47.


The fortunate purchase of a second hand book with a postcard from Ernest Shackleton as a pagemarker is responsible for Kevin's interest in the Kildare-born Polar Explorer. Shackleton has been an easy travelling companion since, and has popped up on the most surprising occasions.

Kevin Kenny (left) with explorer Ranulp Fiennes in Athy, Co KildareKevin Kenny (left) with explorer Ranulp Fiennes in Athy, Co Kildare

From Kildare, Kevin is a board member of Athy's Shackleton Museum. He is one of the organisers of the annual Shackleton Autumn School, now in its 21st year, and has contributed to other projects aimed at understanding the unique traits of Shackleton. He feels that Shackleton's qualities are relevant to many of the challenges faced in modern life, and never more so than the current pandemic. He is always enthusiastic to share his discovery of Shackleton with others

Link to register for this National Maritime Museum event on Thursday 25th February 2021 here

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Ireland and the Antarctic Treaty and the conservation of Ernest Shackleton’s Quest ship’s cabin in Connemara’s Letterfrack are among topics for this year’s Shackleton autumn school which takes place online on Saturday (Oct 31).

“Virtually Shackleton” is hosted online by the Shackleton Museum Athy, Co Kildare from 10.30 am on Saturday.

Conservation Letterfrack’s Sven Habbermann, who is working on the Quest cabin in which Shackleton spent his last hours, and Prof Aidan O’Sullivan of University College Dublin are among the first speakers.

Artist Pauline Garavan will speak about her art piece on the Endurance, and a guided tour of the Fram, the hip that was used in expeditions of the Arctic and Antarctic regions by the Norwegian explorers Fridtjof Nansen, will be given by Geir Kløver, director of the Fram museum in Oslo, Norway.

Dr Juliana Adelman will speak about the making of the successful Shackleton podcasts for the Athy museum, and Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan will participate in a discussion on Saturday afternoon on Ireland and the Antarctic Treaty with Bob Headland of Britain’s Scott Polar Research Institute.

A full programme is below, and registration for the free series of events is here

Virtually Shackleton agenda, October 31st 2020

  • 10:30 – 10:35 Opening of Virtually Shackleton 2020 from the Shackleton Museum, Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland.
  • 10:35 – 11:20 “First appearances – the conservation of Ernest Shackleton’s Quest cabin”. Sven Habermann, Conservation Letterfrack.
  • 11:30 – 11:55 “Inuit, Irish and Norse: the earliest explorers of the North Atlantic”. Prof. Aidan O’Sullivan, University College Dublin.
  • 12:05 – 12:30 “Pauline Garavan speaks about her Endurance art piece”. Artist, Pauline Garavan.
  • 12:40 – 13:05 “Norwegian Wood – Guided tour of Fram followed by Q&A”. Geir Kløver, Director, The Fram Museum, Oslo, Norway.
  • Lunch: ICEBREAKER session will run during lunchtime streaming videos connected with the work of the Shackleton Autumn School.
  • 1) David Butler on illustrating the ‘James Caird’ voyage;
  • 2) South Georgia by kayak, 2019;
  • 14:00 – 14:25 “The Boss in Bronze: sculptor Mark Richards on his work and creating the Athy Shackleton statue”. Sculptor Mark Richards in conversation with Kildare County Council Arts Officer, Lucina Russell.
  • 14:35 – 15:05 “Trick or Treaty: Ireland and the Antarctic Treaty, a discussion”. Minister of State, Malcolm Noonan in conversation with Bob Headland, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, UK.
  • 15:15 – 15:45 “The use of ponies in Antarctica: Was it a silly idea?” A lecture by Antarctic historian Bob Burton.
  • 16:00 – 16:20 “Stream it like you mean it, the background to the making of the successful podcast ‘What would Shackleton do?’”. Interview with Dr Juliana Adelman, Dublin City University and John Carty (actor). (visit for podcast).
  • 16:30 – 16:55 “The Great Escape. Jim McAdam’s account of exiting the Falklands and southern Patagonia just as lockdown hit”. Dr Jim McAdam, Shackleton Museum, Athy, & Queens University, Belfast.
  • 17:05 – 17:25 “Falkland Islands calling - Presentation on Shackleton, the Falkland Islands and its museum connection with the Shackleton Museum”. Falklands Museum staff & Shackleton Museum.
  • 17:25 Close of Virtually Shackleton 2020.
  • 17:30 – 18:00 Zoom session continues in O’Briens.
  • 20:00 – 21:05 Shackleton’s Endurance: online streaming of the premiere performance from Carlow, Ireland, October 2014 (narration, music, visuals).
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“For scientific discovery give me Scott; for speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton..”

The words of British geologist Raymond Priestley, who spent time in Antarctica with both Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott, underpin a Co Kildare museum's bid to boost national morale during the pandemic, the Times Ireland reports.

“What would Shackleton do?” is the title of five podcasts which the museums’ voluntary board is releasing free to the public.

The short recordings draw on the Kildare-born adventurer’s key characteristics for successful exploration-optimism, patience, idealism and courage.

An extra one – “kindness”, as shown by health workers and other frontline staff – has been added by the museum podcast team, working with producer Dr Juliana Adelman, assistant professor of history at Dublin City University.

Optimism is the theme of the first podcast, introduced by the explorer’s cousin, Jonathan Shackleton. When the vessel Endurance hired for Shackleton’s Transantarctic expedition was finally crushed by pack ice in late 1915,” the Boss” painted a cheery vision.

“The ship and the stores are gone, so now we are going home,” the explorer told his crew after they had taken to the ice with food, drink, photographs and musical instruments retrieved from the ship.

Time and again, he reinforced this vision, Shackleton Museum director Kevin Kenny explains, and his optimism was perhaps best displayed by his decision to embark with five others on a seemingly desperate 800-mile sea journey to fetch help,

“Patience” – the theme of the second podcast – was the name Shackleton chose for the initial ice floe encampment, fellow museum director and historian Seamus Taaffe tells Prof Adelman.

The explorer had no patience when at home, as he could be impetuous and moody, and had a terrible business sense, with a tobacco company, gold mining in central Europe and an attempt to ferry troops to Russia among his failed ventures.

However, Shackleton was “quite a different man on the ice”, and in extreme circumstances, Taaffe says. His crew nicknamed him “cautious Jack”, and he was inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s poem, If, which he had hung in his ship’s cabin - and managed to take with him on his epic sea journey.

Read The Times report here As one of the museum's directors observes, pandemic restrictions have forced us all to live like trapped adventurers “on a metaphorical ice floe”.

The “What would Shackleton do?” podcast series is here 

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“We are celebrating here afloat on the Antarctic floe not knowing what way we will drift next or be frozen in for another winter... Breakfast a seal steak and cup of tea...dinner a pancake made of flour water fried in seal blubber... supper stewed seal and cocoa....”

The writer getting tired of a diet of seal was “186 miles from known land”, and stuck on a ship trapped in an ice floe in the Antarctic.

Now his recently discovered diary extract from over a century ago has been presented to the Co Kildare museum dedicated to the adventures of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Shackleton museumThe diary extract has been presented to the Co Kildare museum

The mixture of diary and philosophical and scientific notes – the first of its kind to be unearthed in relation to Shackleton’s Imperial Transantarctic expedition 1914 -1917 – is believed to have been kept by Harry McNish, ship’s carpenter on the Endurance expedition.

The Endurance was focus of one of the most famous sea rescues of the early 20th century, when it became stuck in ice in January 1915 and was crushed that November during Shackleton’s attempt to sail south and cross Antarctica by land.

Kerryman Tom Crean and Corkman Tim McCarthy were part of the lifeboat crew who sailed some 800 nautical miles with Shackleton from Elephant island to south Georgia to get help for their stranded colleagues.

The diary surfaced at the BBC Antiques Roadshow, during a recording in Belfast in July 2018

The diary surfaced at the BBC Antiques Roadshow, during a recording in Belfast in July 2018.

Ms Nicki Jemphrey said it had been in her family’s possession for decades after it was given to her father over 40 years ago. She said she had “no idea who wrote it”.

The writer describes the ordeal of surviving on drifting ice and being forced to kill their dogs.

“Penguin came up rudder hole..Anxious for war news, ”the writer says at one point and muses on the outcome of the first world war.

“ Hope Russians will get Kaiser If Britain gets him they will set him up in a Palace at ratepayers expense", the writer says, giving latitude on each entry.

At one point, the writer records sledge races, and records how “all had hair shaved” and were photographed looking “like a fine lot of convicts”.

“Hope to get to civilisation one day,” he adds – and they all did.

Organisers of the annual autumn Shackleton school in Athy, Co Kildare, contacted Ms Jemphrey, and circulated copies of the diary for examination by three experts.

Philippa Wordie whose grandfather James Wordie was on Endurance and who collated the official accounts from diaries, Jonathan Shackleton, a descendant of the Irish-born explorer, and Bob Burton, formerly of the British Antarctic Survey, examined the document at their autumn school last month.

There is still a “bit of a mystery” about the entries, according to Kevin Kenny of the Shackleton autumn school, as Henry (or Harry) McNish wasn’t an officer and would not have been required to keep a log.

Handwriting also varies, with one entry referring to the importance of “increasing the supply of Irish honey, which is, by the way, superior to English honey...”

McNish was the oldest member of the expedition, and a socialist and United Free Church of Scotland member who hated bad language. He was known by his nickname, “Chippy”.

He fell out with Shackleton after a decision to have the ship’s cat, Mrs Chippy, put down along with the dog teams.

The diary has been given by Ms Jemphrey to the Shackleton Museum in the Athy Heritage Centre on long-term loan, and is now on display as the only account of its type.

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The board of a famed Oslo Museum met for the first time outside Norway in Athy as part of this year's Ernest Shackleton Autumn School over the October Bank Holiday. Directors of The Fram Museum, which tells the story of polar exploration, attended the 18th annual School at the Athy Heritage Centre Museum.

The Autumn School, which was opened by the Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland, Her Excellency, Else Berit Eikeland, commemorates the achievements of Kilkea-born 20th century explorer Shackleton. Shackleton’s 1914-16 Endurance Expedition to the Antarctic is regarded as one of the epic stories of human survival.

The Ernest Shackleton Autumn School is a project of Athy Heritage Centre Museum, supported by Kildare Failte and Kildare County Council.

"We hope the experiences of the board of the famous Fram Museum will serve as a calling card for Kildare," said Aine Mangan, CEO, Kildare Failte.

"We are very conscious of the role that the memory and achievements of Ernest Shackleton can play in developing the visitor offering in Kildare."

"Also, our county offers wonderful opportunities for corporate gatherings such as these, and we hope that this event will further build on Kildare’s relationship with the Fram Museum."

"We are grateful that the Board of the Fram Museum travelled to spend time commemorating Shackleton and exploring and enjoying a wealth of Kildare experiences."

Locally, the Council is supporting redevelopment plans for a new Shackleton Polar theme museum in the former Town Hall building in Athy’s historic Emily Square.


2830— Seamus Taaffe (standing on the left) of the Board of Directors, Athy Heritage Centre, with the Board of Directors group from the Fram Museum (Oslo) who held their Annual Board Meeting in Athy.

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Hello and welcome aboard your maritime programme Seascapes, this week we bring you highlights from the unveiling of a fine sculture by Mark Richards in Athy, Co Kildare on the centenary to the day of the rescue of the Endurance crew from Elephant Island and the unveiling of a sculpture by Mark Richards of Sir Ernest Shackleton beside the Athy Heritage Centre in his home place complete with an Honour Guard from the Irish Naval Service, we’ll be talking to Kevin Kenny of Athy Heritage Centre ; Commander Cormac Rynne of the Irish Naval Service; Arts Officer Lucina Russell and Jack L who performed “The Wearin’ of the Green” and we also met up with Jonathan Shackleton ...... also this week Dr Gordon Dalton of MAREI on the Maribe project and the outcome of a recent conference held in Cork....first this week here on Seascapes to our Galway Studios where we can hear from Features Editor Gery Flynn of Inshore Ireland Magazine on what’s in the latest edition ...

Features Editor of Inshore Ireland magazine – Gery Flynn here on Seascapes to Athy in Co Kildare where coincide with the very day a hundred years ago on the 30th of August that epic rescue of The crew of The Endurance from Elephant Island was marked by a sculpture by Mark Richards being unveiled by the Mayor of Kildare , Cllr Ivan Keatley and Alexandra Shackleton with an honour guard drawn from the Irish Naval Service in attendance ....

Also present for the ceremony was local musician Jack L who spoke briefly to Seascapes before he performed this song...

Jack Lukeman performing The Wearin’ of the Green” next we spoke to Jonathan Shackleton ...

Also in attendance was Commander Cormac Rynne of the Irish Naval Service.....

From Commander Cormac RYNNE to Kildare Arts Officer , Lucina RUSSELL..
The Athy Heritage Centre is in the heart of the town and is hosting an exhibition “ By Endurance We Conquer “running until February of next year....

Lets have a final word from Kevin Kenny of Athy Heritage Centre....
MARIBE is Marine Investment for the Blue Economy , Dr Gordon Dalton who is based at MaREI ERI, at University College Cork is Maribe Project Coordinator , we last talked to him earlier this year

Dr Gordon Dalton of MAREI /ERI – Maribe Project Coordinator

We wish swimmers the “Swim Sisters” team of Lynsey Dunne -Connacht, Mary Bolger-Hinds- Leinster, Claudine Hughes -Ulster and Maighread McMahon from Munster , they will attempt to become the first four provinces, all-female team to swim the length of the largest freshwater lake in these islands , Lough Neagh – a distance of approximately 30.5km.

The “Swim Sisters “ are four experienced open water swimmers and members of the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association. And it was through their love of open water swimming that the team the " Swim Sisters " came together. Two of them , Lynsey & Maighread are veterans of two successful English Channel relay swims.You can read more about their swim on the Seascapes webpage....

That’s it for this week on your maritime programme, on the sound desk this week Niall O Sullivan , next week here on Seascapes we bring you the story of the Aud and Sir Roger Casement and highlights from the commemoration held on Banna Strand earlier this year at Easter .....Grainne McPolin was there for Seascapes when she spoke with with H.E. President Michael D Higgins we hear from local historian Pat Lawlor about Sir Roger Casement the humanitarian, explorer and seafarer and descendants of Captain Monteith and Sir Roger Casement ; until next Friday night, tight lines and fair sailing.”

A popular wedding venue a Wedding Fair is being held in The National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire on Sunday 18th September open from 12 noon....

Ireland’s National Maritime Museum is housed in Dun Laoghaire’s 180-year-old Mariners Church, directly opposite the new DLR Lexicon library and easily accessible by DART suburban train and several bus services. The museum’s greatest artefact is probably the building itself as it is one of a few custom built places of worship for seafarers remaining intact in the world to-day.

Experienced guides will bring you on a voyage of discovery enthralling you with stories of discovery, heroism, war and disasters at sea. You will learn about maritime history, exploration, navigation, radio, deep-sea cable technology, nature, wildlife and view art inspired by the sea.

See the 10-tonne revolving Baily Optic, try the electrified steam engine and pause to reflect at the Titanic exhibit, the re-created radio room, the Royal Navy prisoners docks and the war memorial. Try sailor’s knots, learn how they lift heavy weights, be photographed with the pirate, research in the library, visit the shop and café and much more.

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#Shackleton - As Shackleton's cabin arrives in Connemara for restoration, an intrepid young Irish woman is setting out to retrace the pioneering explorer's Antarctic footsteps.

According to The Irish Times, the 'sea bedroom' where Ernest Shackleton died of a heart attack in 1922 has been relocated to Conservation Letterfrack by its Norwegian owner for an array of restoration works before its transfer to the Athy Heritage-Centre Museum, in the explorer's county of birth, in the new year.

Originally part of the Norwegian steamship Quest, purchased by Shackleton for his final Antarctic voyage, the cabin was removed from the vessel at some point before the ship sank during a seal hunt in 1962, and wound up at a farm in Norway’s Nordland region, where present owner Ulfe Bakke played in it in his childhood.

Bakke has now donated the cabin to join a permanent exhibition in tribute to Shackleton's endeavours, including an original ice sledge and writings from his missions.

As previously reported on, Shackleton's final resting place on South Georgia Island can be visited virtually via Google Street View.

Meanwhile, Irish Army Lieutenant Sinéad Hunt is entering her last fortnight of training before she embarks on a two-week trek across the Antarctic to mark the centenary of Shackleton's 1915 expedition, as reports

The Dubliner will join New Zealand adventurers Tom McTavish and James Blake on the trip that will take them from the Falklands to South Georgia, following the arduous journey made by Shackleton, Tom Crean and four others after they abandoned the Endurance in pack ice.

To prepare for the challenge, the experienced climber and Alpine skier has been training in the Wicklow Mountains – but the severe storms and blizzards at the end of the world might prove a different prospect.

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#Shackleton - When famed Irish explorers Ernest Shackleton and Tom Crean set foot on the island of South Georgia in 1916, it was as remote as one could get in the world at that time.

Fast forward to 2014 and the vistas of that Southern Ocean outcrop are available to all, thanks to an intrepid hiker equipped with Google's Trekker backpack camera.

As reports, Linbald Expeditions and National Geographic sent one of their videographers with the special 360-degree camera unit to capture images for the Google Street View virtual mapping service.

And the fruits of that adventure are some 10,000 shots taken across nine locations, roughly plotting the path that Shackleton and his crew took on their pioneering Endurance voyage - and their epic journey to seek rescue when the ship was trapped in ice.

Crean and four others joined Shackleton to set out across 1,300km of open ocean from Elephant Island on the edge of the Antarctic to South Georgia, where they were the first known to traverse its hostile landscape to reach the help they needed.

Even today that land is rarely visited, with a population of just 30 or so - mostly scientists and staff of the British Antarctic Survey.

But now anyone in the world can have a glimpse of its rugged natural beauty, from the penguins of Right Whale Bay to Shackleton's final resting place. has much more on the story HERE.

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19th February 2011

Shackleton: A Century Apart

As the exhibition Endurance: Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure! starts to wind-down at Liverpool's Merseyside Maritime Museum (for details click here) another event celebrating the intrepid Irish-born polar explorer is to be held on the opposite side of the Irish Sea, writes Jehan Ashmore.
In 1911, Ernest Shackleton presented a lecture on his South Pole expedition in Dublin. The lecture will be commemorated exactly a century later with next Monday's multi-media event titled 'Nearest the Pole'. The event will be held in the original venue of the lecture in the Rotunda Pillar Room in the grounds of the Rotunda Hospital, in Parnell Square.

Writers, musicians and actors will be joined by relatives of Shackleton for an evening of theatre, illustrated talks, newspaper readings, poetry and song in the splendid interior surroundings of the city-centre venue (click here).

Tickets for the evening event on Monday 21 February, starting at 6.30pm, cost €10 at the door or can be purchased in advance by contacting (01) 872 2377. The event will be repeated in the Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda on Monday 28 February, at 8pm. For further details Tel: (041) 983 3946

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