Athy, County Kildare, Ireland. The heart of Shackleton country - he was born 10 miles away at Kilkea House, near Athy, in 1874.
On Friday 26th October, Will talked at the 7th Shackleton Autumn School in Athy, an event attended by many members of the Shackleton family, amongst others.
'It was a great fun weekend and I felt very privileged to be invited since they have very distinguished speakers within the polar world.
The Autumn school is an annual event and is well worth attending for any polar Shackleton enthusiast, and as a little aside it happens to be on the Gordon Bennett route. The lecture's take place in the town hall and next to it is one of the great institutions of Athy - O'Briens grocery and sustainence shop which hasn't changed since 1875.
The hospitality of the Irish, and in particular Frank and Seamus Taffe, was exceptional - and everyone made me feel as if I belonged there!'
You can visit the Athy Heritage Centre's website, and view a wealth of information about Sir Ernest Shackleton by clicking here. You can also see the programme of events that Will was speaking at by clicking here.
Posted by Tim Fright on October 29, 2007 11:19 AM