Michael Smith will give two illustrated lectures on Ireland's Antarctic Explorers
From the early nineteenth-century discovery of Antarctica to the Heroic Age of the 20th century, Irishmen played a major role in almost every noteworthy episode of Antarctic exploration. These included the enigmatic Edward Bransfield from Cork, who was the first person to sight the continent, and pioneering Francis Crozier from Banbridge, who first mapped Antarctica. The 20th century heroes like Crean and Shackleton are now well known, but lesser known Irishman like Keohane, Forde and the McCarthy brothers have incredible stories to tell. Michael Smith, the only writer to recount Ireland’s pivotal role in early Antarctic exploration, tells the fascinating and many unfamiliar stories about an overlooked chapter in Irish history.
Wednesday 18 October 2017 at 7.30 p.m., SGC Cinema Dungarvan, County Waterford. Proceeds to Waterford Museum, Dungarvan
Tuesday 24 October 2017 at 8 p.m., Seanchaí Kerry Writers Museum, The Square, Listowel, County Kerry. Click here for more.
In between, he'll give a workshop on 'How to Write a Biography'
Sunday 22 October 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Seanchaí Kerry Writers' Museum, The Square, Listowel, County Kerry. Cost is €50 and includes a light lunch. Click here for more.