Great Endeavour: Ireland's Antarctic Explorers: Smith, Michael
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Great Endeavour: Ireland's Antarctic Explorers

Author(s): Smith, Michael

Copyright: 2010, Ireland
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.x, 255, photo frontis, 44 color & 81 bw photos, 1 color & 7 bw illus, 14 color maps, map eps, blue cloth
Condition: dj & cloth new

This is the first single volume to salute Ireland’s unique link with Antarctic discovery, spanning 200 years of daring exploits in the frozen wastes. It includes many previously unknown stories and photographs of early explorers and discloses why so many Irish heroes, caught up in Ireland’s fight for independence, were soon forgotten. Irish characters graced Antarctic exploration from the earliest days, starting with the enigmatic Edward Bransfield, who made the earliest sighting of the continent, and Francis Crozier, who first mapped the icy wilderness. The charismatic Ernest Shackleton ventured on four epic voyages and Tom Crean outlived most of his comrades and retired to open a pub. New light is also shed on the overlooked Corkmen, Patrick Keohane, Robert Forde, and the colourful brothers Mortimer and Timothy McCarthy. This also contains the first comprehensive account of hardy 21st century Irish adventurers who trekked in the footsteps of the pioneers, including Mike Barry, the first Irishman to walk overland to the South Pole, Clare O’Leary, the first Irishwoman to march to the Pole, and Mark Pollock, who overcame blindness to make the trek.

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