' Irish Arctic Explorers ' talk by Frank Nugent
Frank will describe the remarkable part played by the Irish in Polar exploration, yet largely hidden and understated. Many were of Anglo-Irish stock with the same qualities of natural leadership, wit and spontaneity as contemporaries such as Wilde, Shaw and Synge. They endured hardship and death as they battled fearsome odds and horrendous conditions – cold, hunger and thirst, frostbite and scurvy were constant companions. They were knighted, promoted in the ranks and acclaimed for their gallantry, and many achieved scientific recognition.
Frank Nugent is an experienced mountaineer, explorer and expedition leader. Among his many accomplishments, he was deputy leader of the first and successful Irish Everest Expedition. In 1997, he followed in the footsteps of Shackleton across the Island of South Georgia. He published Seek the Frozen Lands – Irish Polar Explorers 1740 –1922 in 2003, and followed more recently with In Search of Peaks, Passes & Glaciers – Irish Alpine Pioneers (2013). He is an active member of An Góilín Traditional Singing Club in Dublin.
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––Entry €4 (€3 for members) – all welcome.