John Franklin

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Northwest Passage, a painting by W Thomas Smith. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty Images

The towns of Banbridge, Dundalk and Wexford are the birthplaces of three of the legendary figures in the history of Arctic exploration – Francis Crozi(...)

Former British prime minister David Cameron: his egotistical capriciousness allowed the Leave campaign to offer a pure negative: vote for what you don’t want (EU membership). Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Nothing will come of nothing. Perhaps the greatest work of the English imagination, William Shakespeare’s King Lear is about the break-up of Brit(...)

The expedition has now arrived simultaneously at Cape Disappointment, Delusion Point and Exasperation Bay. Photograph: iStock

One thing you can say for the whole Brexit story is that it is not like buying a piece of furniture in Ikea. You don’t have to construct the sardonic (...)

Michael Palin will talk about his new book Erebus: The Story of a Ship. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images

Writer and broadcaster Michael Palin will be among the participants in the Dublin Festival of History this autumn. The former Monty Python star has (...)

Members of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition  1914-17, led by Ernest Shackleton, drink a toast to ‘sweethearts and wives’ on board the Endurance. Photograph: Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge/Getty Images

So far, this winter has been colder than the last. Christmas scarves, hats and gloves have already been put to good use. The return to school means th(...)

Protesters call for a hard Brexit near 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain. Photograph: Hayoung Jeon/EPA

Listening to Theresa May’s big Brexit speech last week, I remembered that the English have a taste for heroic failure. Their favourite poem, Rudyard K(...)

A still image captured from a video footage from the research vessel Martin Bergmann of the Arctic Research Foundation shows what they say is the wreckage of the of HMS Terror in the bottom of Terror Bay in Canada on September 3rd. Courtesy Arctic Research Foundation/Handout via Reuters

On its very first sonar pass of the season, the Canadian Arctic research vessel Martin Bergmann spotted a shipwreck on the sea-floor off King William (...)

Canadian Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers said of  Ed O’Loughlin’s book: “All the places you see in the book have been places I have been too.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Canadian ambassador Kevin Vickers said his ambition as a boy had been to join the Mounties (the Royal Canadian Mounted Police). He was speaking as h(...)

An early Polar explorer: “Perhaps that’s why the story of the Franklin debacle and the Franklin searchers appealed so much,” says author Cormac James. “ I couldn’t resist the chance to have such wilful sacrifice go wrong”

A month ago, most people had never heard of Sir John Franklin. Hardly surprising, as he hasn’t been seen for 170 years. Now he’s in the news all over (...)

A vintage poster for the film Sally’s Irish Rogue, the first film to be made at Ardmore Studios in Bray, Co Wicklow

MICHAEL PARSONS Whyte’s auction of collectibles next Saturday includes vintage film and travel posters, advertising memorabilia, militaria, coins and (...)

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