Saluting Ireland’s Antarctic Explorers

RSAI Members, please register for the event using the registration link in the most recent newsletter.

Our next lecture will take place on Thursday 22 April via ZOOM when Mr Michael Smith, Author, Polar Historian & Journalist will speak on the topic of Saluting Ireland’s Antarctic Explorers.

Please register for this event upon purchasing your ticket.

2020 marked the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the Antarctic continent by the Irishman, Edward Bransfield from Cork whose 1820 journey began the great era of exploration later featuring Captain Scott, Roald Amundsen and Sir Ernest Shackleton from Kildare. Irishmen such as Bransfield, Francis Crozier and Tom Crean played a significant part in early Antarctic exploration but their pioneering feats have been overlooked by history, even in Ireland.

Michael Smith is an authority on Polar exploration whose books have opened a new chapter in Irish history. He has written nine books, appeared in TV and radio documentaries for RTE and the BBC. He has lectured at many literary festivals in Ireland, including Writers’ Week, Cúirt, West Cork Literary Festival, Mountains to Sea Festival Dublin, Eigse and the Ennis Book Festival. Michael has also spoken at many prestigious venues, including: National Library of Ireland, The National Museum of Ireland, National Maritime Museum, London, Princess Grace Memorial Library Monaco, Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace, Royal Geographical Society, Royal Scottish Geographical Society and Scott Polar Research Institute Cambridge. Michael’s books include An Unsung Hero – Tom Crean, Shackleton – By Endurance We Conquer, Great Endeavour – Ireland’s Antarctic Explorers and Captain Francis – Last Man Standing and for younger readers, Tom Crean – Iceman. Michael is a former award-winning journalist with The Guardian and The Observer.

Michael’s most recent book: Icebound in the Arctic. The Mystery of Captain Francis Crozier and The Franklin Expedition has just been published by The O’Brien Press and is available here or through all bookshops and online outlets.

Autumn Excursion: Tullynally Castle and Fore Abbey, County Westmeath

We are now taking bookings for our Autumn Excursion, which will visit Tullynally Castle and the nearby Fore Abbey in County Westmeath. Please note that this excursion was originally advertised in 2020 and you may already have reserved a place.

The coach will depart from Society House at 9.00am sharp and go directly to Tullynally Castle, where we will then embark on a guided tour of house, including the grand rooms and the Victorian servants’ quarters. The tour will include a meeting with a member of the Pakenham family who still reside in the castle.

Lunch will be hosted in the Castle’s Tearooms. Following that, we will depart for a site visit to Fore Abbey. Our coach will return to Merrion Square by approx. 6pm.

The cost of the excursion is €60 for members and €65 for guests to include cost of coach, tours and lunch.

Please note that the excursion programme is subject to change or cancelation in line with governmental restrictions.

FULLY BOOKED.

 

Please contact the office for further information.

SPRING EXCURSION: Monksgrange House and Ferns, Co. Wexford

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

 

We are now taking bookings for our Spring Excursion to Monksgrange House and Ferns in Co. Wexford. Please note that this excursion was originally advertised in 2020 and you might already have resereved a place.

The coach will depart from Society House at 9.00am sharp. Upon our arrival in Ferns, we will have a short tea/coffee break before embarking on a tour of the historic town led by Mr Con Manning.

Following that, we will depart for Monksgrange House for a light lunch. Mr Jeremy Hill, Goddard Orpen’s grandson, will lead a tour of the house and its archives. The archives, in the ownership and care of the Edwards Richards-Orpen Memorial Trust, holds a large collection of personal and estate papers, photographic images and collectables of the Richards and Orpen families of Counties Wexford and Kerry.

The cost the of excursion is €65 for members and €70 for guests to include cost of coach, tours and lunch.

Please note that the excursion programme is subject to change or cancelation in line with governmental restrictions.