Athy mural pays homage to polar explorers Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen

The Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland has unveiled a mural honoring Irish and Norwegian explorers Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Shackleton’s death and 150 years since Amundsen’s birth.

Ambassador Mari Skare unveiled the mural in Athy, Co. Kildare as part of this year’s Culture Night celebrations.

Artist Eloise Gillow’s Shackleton mural captures Amundsen’s words upon hearing of the Irish explorer’s death.

“Sir Ernest Shackleton’s name will forever be engraved in fire letters in the history of Antarctic exploration,” Amundsen said in the quote.

In 2016 a 12 ft tall Shackleton sculpture by Mark Richards was unveiled in Athy by Alexandra Shackleton and Kildare Mayor Ivan Keatley.

Shackleton was born in Co Kildare and Kildare County Council commissioned the sculpture to celebrate the centenary of Shackleton’s remarkable voyage in the small boat James Caird and the rescue of his men from Elephant Island after their ship Endurance was caught in the was Antarctic sea ice.

Kevin Kenny of the Shackleton Autumn School said: “The shared interest in polar exploration as exemplified by Amundsen and Shackleton continues in the close ties between the Fram Museum in Oslo and the Shackleton Museum in Athy.” Athy mural pays homage to polar explorers Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen

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