The medal awarded to Timothy McCarthy for his role in Shackleton’s epic sea rescue in the Antarctic Ocean in 1916.  Photograph: Jan Starnes

A Kildare museum dedicated to Sir Ernest Shackleton failed to match the final bid of £65,000 paid at auction in London yesterday for a Polar Medal for(...)

The    polar  medal awarded to Shackleton adventurer and Corkman Tim McCarthy, which is  being auctioned in London. Photograph: Jan Starnes

A Co Kildare museum focused on explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton intends to make a bid for a polar medal awarded to one of his Irish colleagues, Able Sea(...)

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(...)

Mercedes Goncalves, a member of the Elizabeth St Leger lodge in Dublin
Sex and the secretive masons

Doneraile Court, Co Cork, 1712: Elizabeth St Leger was reading one evening when she happened to eavesdrop on a masonic rite next door. Some loose bric(...)

What do three hapless Trinity students, an iguana, a mangy dog and a voyage to the Arctic have to do with 1916? Very little, and yet there are episod(...)

Sabina Higgins will attend a short wreath-laying ceremony at Constance Markievicz’s grave tomorrow. Photograph: Alan Betson

March 25th, 1916 The fate of Irishman Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to the Antarctic was a cause for serious concern in March 1916. Shackleton went(...)

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(...)

Despite the considerable advances in modern communication techniques in recent years the attraction of church magazines remains strong, and those pro(...)

Henry Worsley:  died in  hospital after suffering from exhaustion and dehydration, just 30 miles short of his goal. Photograph: PA Wire

The final journey of Antarctic explorer Henry Worsley was in many ways the most contemporary of events, a charity expedition followed in real time aro(...)

Former army officer Henry Worsley during a training run on the Korridoren glacier in Milne Land, Greenland. Photograph: Joel Ryan/PA Wire

Tributes have been paid to Antarctic explorer Henry Worsley who died in Chile at the weekend. The 55-year-old former British army officer from Fulham(...)

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