SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
DUBLIN PORT AUTHORITY HONOURS A GREAT IRISHMAN
On Thursday 25th March the Dublin Port Company launched two new tugs costing six million euro each.
One of the tugs was named 'Shackleton' after Sir Ernest Shackleton from Athy, Co Kildare and the other was named 'Beaufort' after Sir Francis Beaufort from Navan, Co Meath – two of the most famous Irishmen in the history of seafaring.
The Minister of Transport Mr Noel Dempsey officiated at the launch and his daughter Aisling Dempsey smashed the customary bottle of champagne.
Jonathan Shackleton was a Guest of Honour at the launch and at the subsequent celebratory lunch. Several other members of the extended Shackleton family in Ireland were also invited including Noel Shackleton. Noel still lives and farms in Dunlavin, Co Wicklow less than twenty miles from the family home of Ernest Shackleton near Athy, Co Kildare.