Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton is one the greatest leaders and explorers of all time, tackling Antarctica on several occaisons.
Ernest Henry Shackleton was born on the 15th February in 1874 in Kilkea House, County Kildare in Ireland.
The second in a family of ten, his father Henry farmed at Kilkea. His mother Henrietta was descended from the Fitzmaurices, a family which had been in Kerry since the Norman times in the 13th century.
Abraham Shackleton, was a Quaker from west Yorkshire who came to Ballitore in County Kildare and started a school in 1726. Famous past pupils include Cardinal Paul Cullen, Edmund Burke, famous political writer and orator and James Napper Tandy, United Irishman.