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.


A list of expeditions that Sir Ernest Shackleton led or was part of:

  • 1901

    Ship – The Discovery

    In the summer of 1901 the ship, The Discovery departed for Antarctic.
    On 30th December 1902 Scott, Shackleton and Wilson reached within 400 miles of the South Pole, the furthest South yet achieved by anybody.

  • 1907

    Ship – The Nimrod

    In March 1907 Shackleton outlined his own trip, which he organised himself with the minimum of official support. The Expedition was to leave New Zealand in 1908.
    The Queen presented Shackleton with a Union Jack to carry on the sledge journey. They ship left for New Zealand on the 7th of August.

  • 1914

    Ship – The Endurance

    After the Norwegian Amundsen (December 1911) and Scott (January 1912) had reached the South Pole, Shackleton thought up and attempted to carry out another great plan – to cross the 2000 mile Antarctic continent.
    This trip, also referred to as The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition was a very successful failure.

  • 1921

    Ship – The Quest

    Skied across Greenland Twice.East to West then West to East (total of 1100km)

    Led a group of Adventures across South Georgia in the footsteps of the Legend Sir Ernest Shackleton.

    Took part in a 3 day search and rescue mission for a missing person along with the Danish Military and British Embassy.The person was found alive. I was praised by the Danish Military, Greenlandic Police and officials from the British Embassy in Denmark for my bravery and excellence in my part conducting the search and operation. whilst putting my own life at risk crossing some of the deepest and most exposed crevasses on Greenland in atrocious weather conditions until helicopter support could commence on the third day after waiting for the break in the weather.

    Was part of a 2 year project in which scientists and explorers came together to undertake field research in the Arctic, working in temperatures as low as minus 50.