Cobh Welcomes Talk on “Edward Bransfield – Antarctic Explorer”

By Claire O’Donoghue

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The Remembering Edward Bransfield Committee is holding a talk this evening, Thursday, February 21 at 7.30pm in the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh. The story of Edward Bransfield is one which everyone in the World should hear, especially those in his native East Cork. The tale is one of unbelievable achievement, stoic devotion to duty and the ultimate prize of discovery.

The Committee was formed to shine a light on the historic feat of this man from Ballinacurra, and give his discovery and first charting of the Antarctic the recognition it deserves. Committee member, Liam O’Riordan, will speak of Bransfield’s early life and his rise through the Navy, followed by Committee President Jim Wilson, who will tell about Edward’s amazing voyage of discovery.

Tickets will be available at the door on the night for just €10. A wonderful evening of discovery telling the tale of a local, unsung hero. Committee efforts to gather the choir and change all that are well under way, as plans for the commission of a sculpture in Bransfield’s honour at this hometown of Ballinacurra begin to take shape. Local sculptor, Mark Thompson has already taken delivery of the stone and began work on an original commemorative piece which will be erected and unveiled next January, in time to celebrate and recognise the 200th Anniversary of Bransfield’s epic Antarctic discovery.

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