Friday 27th October


Official Opening



Book Launch



in Athy Heritage Centre – Museum.


In association with the publishers, the South Australian Museum, the school is delighted to host the launch of Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909. This unique publication gives real depth to the stereo photographs drawn from the Douglas Mawson collection and a remarkable insight into Shackleton's Nimrod expedition.



Saturday, 28th October


Lecture Series Athy Library


10.00am The Ross Sea Party 1914-1917

Joe O'Farrell

Admission €10


10.50am TEA/COFFEE


11.20 The Norwegian Polar History, the basis of National Identity

Ambassador Else Berit Eikeland

Admission €10



12.10 “Lester & Bagshawe: Unsung and Forgotten Heroes

Robert Burton

Admission €10





2.15pm Book Launch

Brad Borkan & David Hirzel will launch 'When your Life Depends on it'


2.30pm “The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible"

John Geiger

Admission €10



3.30pm “Living on the Edge: In the Wake of Shackleton

Enda O'Coineen

Admission €10


4.30pm 'Icebreakers'

A series of short presentations on topics relevant to the Shackleton Autumn School, presented by those with a passion for their subject.

Admission Free




8.00pm Autumn School Dinner in Kilkea Castle Hotel, preceded by drinks reception at 7.30pm.

Tickets €55


Sunday, 29th October Athy Library


Lecture Series


10.00am The Endurance Photographs Like You've never seen them

			Shane Murphy 

Admission €10


10.50am TEA/COFFEE


11.20am 'Shackleton's Foreigners': Douglas Mawson , and his Eventual Supremacy , 1909-11'

Mark Pharoah

Admission €10


12.10pm Ushering in the Age of Mechanical Exploration: Richard E. Byrd's First and Second Expeditions to Antarctica

Laura Kissell

Admission €10




2.30pm 'An Exceptional Letter and its Mailbox: Roald Amundsen at the South Pole, December 1911'

Anne Melgård

Film Athy Library


3.30pm Byrd 1933

The film tells the story of Byrd's 1933-1935 expedition to the Antarctic drawn from ten surviving reels from Byrd’s Discovery Lecture Film Series. The filmmaker and artist Pamela Theodotou, Media Specialist at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University directed the film.

The film is introduced by Laura Kissell.


Admission €10


5.00pm Open Forum – Chaired by Bob Headland

Admission Free


Drama Athy Church of Ireland Community Centre

8.30pm 'Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer' -


Tom Crean (1877-1938) the intrepid Antarctic explorer and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes is brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance by Aidan Dooley. A welcome return to the Shackleton School for this iconic show.


Admission €10


Monday, 30th October 2016



Field Trip Assemble at The Heritage Centre – Museum


10.00am Bus tour through Shackleton country. A Visit to Ballitore and the home of Mary Leadbeater, writer and ancestor of Ernest Shackleton and Quaker Meeting House.

Fare €10