Keeping spirits up: a Saturday evening toast on board the Endurance, during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917. Photograph: Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge/Getty Images

Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton received 2,000 applications for 28 spaces on his ship after composing an advertisement that wouldn’t be out of pl(...)

Mark Pollock at the Fail Better exhibition in Trinity’s Science Gallery. Photograph: Alan Betson

Being blind and paralysed from the waist down has not stopped Mark Pollock from achieving more in his 38 years than most fully able-bodied people do i(...)

Jim Bolger: “Lucida is very well and we are expecting her to perform.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It has been a comparatively low-key September for the Jim Bolger team but hopes are high that Lucida can secure a valuable Group Two success in today’(...)

Cold comforts: Scott’s Hut in Cape Evans. Photograph: Michael Morrison

When Stefanie White returned to her home in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, from Antarctica last autumn she did so as a new member of an exclusive group tha(...)

Paul Devaney, the longest living resident in UL’s national altitude training centre, is preparing to attempt the world’s seven highest summits while raising money for charity. Photograph: Press 22

When aeronautical engineer Paul Devaney closes the door of his “digs” in the University of Limerick (UL) each evening, he sleeps in a room over three (...)

Video: Irish adventurers trek 640km along Siberian frozen lake

Irish adventurers Clare O’Leary and Mike O’Shea have pledged to traverse all of the world’s major ice caps following their successful trek alon(...)

Ronan McGreevy More than 5,500 people, most of them from abroad, have so far signed up to walk in the “people’s parade” ahead of the mai(...)