SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
SHACKLETON CELEBRATED 100 YEARS AFTER LECTURING IN IRELAND
On 14th December 1909 Sir Ernest Shackleton came back to Dublin to give a lecture on his Nimrod Expedition. It was held in what was then the University Buildings on Earlsfort Terrace and is now the National Concert Hall.
On 14th December 2009 the centenary was celebrated at the same location with a special event and a gathering of several members of the extended Shackleton family in Ireland.
The event was well covered in the newspapers and on the main evening news on RTE television. The RTE news coverage included extracts from an interview with Jonathan Shackleton in which he said as follows:
"He got the welcome he deserved. He did say 'I am coming back to my native country'. He had lived in Ireland until the age of eleven although at that stage he was based in England. But it is fair to say that he was probably deeply heartened by the welcome he got here in Dublin."
Just like the original event of 14th December 1909 the event of 14th December 2009 was also packed out and was a most successful evening.
Above can be seen several members of the extended Shackleton family in Ireland celebrating the centenary outside the same location. Jonathan Shackleton can be seen displaying a copy of 'The Heart of the Antarctic' signed on 14th December 1909 and the group includes John Shackleton and Noel Shackleton. Both John and Noel have been to South Georgia and Noel has completed the crossing of the island.