Tom Crean: he faced mountainous seas and Antarctic blizzards

The Easter Rising was not the only historic event launched by Irishmen on April 24th, 1916. There was at least one other notable exploit begun that da(...)

A century ago this month, as Europe was at war and plans were being made for an Irish rebellion, a motley multinational group of adventurers led by Ernest Shackleton  was stranded in ice thousands of miles away on the Antarctic. Photograph: Scott Polar Research Institute/University of Cambridge/PA.

A century ago this month, as Europe was at war and plans were being made for an Irish rebellion, a motley multinational group of adventurers was stran(...)

Pete & Mary Ward’s Country Choice at the Milk Market in Limerick. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Friday sees the return of Culture Night, the annual event where arts and cultural institutions around the country open their doors for a night of f(...)

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(...)

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

It ’s a topic that can be as hot as politics or religion. What is an Irish breakfast? Does it involve beans or mushrooms? Are you an egg man or woman?(...)

The rescue team in a scene from Discovery’s ‘Shackleton: Death or Glory’

‘Spooning” or snuggling up with fellow crew to keep warm in the soaking, suffocating confines of a seven-metre (22.5ft) boat, while being tossed about(...)