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Antarctic ship with Crean connection found 107 years after it sank

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The ship central to Tom Crean’s story of bravery and resilience has been located in the Antarctic 107 years after it sank - hailing the find as a milestone in polar history.

SEARCHING: The Agulhas II docked in the sea ice of Weddell Sea searching for Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship The Endurance and scientific research on the sea ice. Photo: Esther Horvath Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust/National Geographic

TEAM: John Shears Expedition Leader Mensun Bound Director of Exploration Nico Vincent Expedition Sub-Sea Manager J.C. Caillens Off-Shore Manager with the first scan of the wreck and photos from Frank Hurley's 1915 collection. Photo: Esther Horvath Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust/National Geographic

The Endurance sank in 1915 while explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew were attempting to make the first land crossing of the Antarctic.

The Endurance become stuck in ice as the 28-man crew made their way towards Vahsel Bay – the starting point of their land expedition. It sank in October 1915 forcing Shackleton and his six-man crew, which included Annascaul’s Tom Crean on to lifeboats. They ended up on uninhabited Elephant Island where after months of living in makeshift camps Shackleton decided to steer one of the lifeboats towards the whaling station at South Georgia 1,300km away.

Crean was included in the lifeboat crew that made the journey – one that is listed amongst the greatest feats of human endurance ever.

On arrival at the northern coast of South Georgia three of the crew, including Crean and Shackleton faced a 46km hike over uncharted territory to the whaling station at Stromness where the crew were able to organise a rescue party for the remaining men stranded on Elephant Island.

Some eight weeks after the lifeboat left Elephant Island the crew returned and rescued everyone without the loss of life.

The ship had not been seen since it went down in the Weddell Sea in 1915, and in February the Endurance22 Expedition left Cape Town, South Africa, on a mission to find it.

"The wreck is coherent, in an astonishing state of preservation. The Antarctic seabed does not have any wood eating micro-organisms, the water has the clarity of distilled water. We were able to film the wreck in super high definition. The results are magical,” Historian and broadcaster, Dan Snow, tweeted.

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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Summer of song with Grace Foley

Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night. ‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances […]

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Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night.

‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances that will be given by Foley during the summer months.

The first of the performances takes place this Saturday 7pm and will feature the songs and stories of well-known singers including Dolly Parton, ABBA, and an array of Irish artists as well as a selection of poems and famous quotes.

“It promises to be a lovely evening,” she said. “This the first of three performances.”

Tickets are €10 and will be available on the night. The performance is approximately one hour long.

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