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An illustrated talk on Sir Ernest Shackleton

An illustrated talk by Michael Smith on Ernest Shackleton will take place in the Town Hall Theatre, Friary St, Dungarvan on Wednesday 27th February at 8pm. All are welcome.
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Sir Ernest Shackleton 1874-1922 - A legend of Antarctic exploration was one of the principal figures of the period known as the heroic age of Antartic exploration. He was among the greatest explorers of all time who became a legend on four epic voyages to the Antartic. He marched to within 100 miles of the South Pole in 1909. The Endurance expedition (1914-16), is the most outstanding story from the heroic age of Polar exploration. Skackleton led the dramatic battle to survive after his ship was crushed by the ice. 

The Kildare born Shackleton lived life "like a mighty rushing wind" and was happiest in the ice where he could leave behind his complex private life. Away from his expeditions, Skackleton's life was generally restless and unfulfilling. In his search for rapid pathways to wealth and security, he launched many business ventures and other money making schemes, none of which prospered. His financial affairs were generally muddled; he died heavily in debt. Upon his death, he was lauded in the press, but was thereafter largely forgotten.

Michael Smith is no stranger to resurrecting heroes of the past who have been forgotten with the passage of time. After bringing Tom Crean to the attention of the world, he quickly followed up with a number of best sellers dealing with other Irishmen who have braved the Antarctic. This time he has set his attention on another Irishman, Ernest Shackleton. Michael tells us that this will be a very frank account of Shackleton's life.

Michael is a good friend of the Museum and we are delighted to welcome him back. This is an occasion not to be missed and the author will be available for questions after his talk.

The Endurance
Michael Smith

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