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Remembering Edward Bransfield Campaign Group Propose New Memorial

24th August 2017
The design which is proposed for the Edward Bransfield memorial with group members The design which is proposed for the Edward Bransfield memorial with group members

The campaign group ‘Remembering Edward Bransfield’ will hold an exhibition and series to talks this Friday night, August 25, at Midleton Library at 8 p.m.

Bransfield, born in Ballinacurra near Midleton, was the first man to see Antarctica, but has not been recognised for that, according to the group which says that “meticulous research has uncovered fascinating details about him.”

“There is a long and proud Cork/Antarctic connection. Of the ten Irish people involved in early Antarctic exploration, six are from Cork. Bransfield, was the first person to discover the location of Antarctica and to chart it in 1820,” says Eugene Furlong, one of the leaders of the Bransfield Group.

“This year, the theme for Heritage Week is our natural heritage therefore it is fitting that we celebrate the life of our local hero. The group ‘Remembering Edward Bransfield’ has produced an exhibition that details the meticulous research which has been undertaken and which has uncovered fascinating details of his personal life, his career and his unfailing courage.

“Everybody is welcome to the exhibition and talks and, as always with Cork County Library and Arts Service events, there is no cover charge.”

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