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# ernest-shackleton - Tuesday 10 April, 2018

An Antarctic expedition will try to find Ernest Shackleton's ship

The Kildare-born explorer’s ship sank under the ice in 1915.

# ernest-shackleton - Monday 28 March, 2016

Easter Monday 1916: An Irish-British crew begin one of the greatest boat journeys ever

It was the last throw of the dice for Ernest Shackleton and his men, stranded at the end of the Earth.

# ernest-shackleton - Monday 25 January, 2016

Explorer dies trying to recreate Shackleton Antarctic crossing RIP

Explorer dies trying to recreate Shackleton Antarctic crossing

Henry Worsley was 71 days into the attempt when he called for help.

# ernest-shackleton - Thursday 14 January, 2016

Braving snow and seals: Irish adventurers retrace Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expedition

The team sailed through iceberg-strewn waters to reach South Georgia, the scene of Shackleton’s legendary exploit.

# ernest-shackleton - Sunday 27 December, 2015

How do you tackle a HR crisis 1,300km from civilisation? Ask Ernest Shackleton

Here’s how the Kildare-born explorer dealt with an attempted mutiny, 100 years ago today.

# ernest-shackleton - Sunday 4 October, 2015

This Irish army officer is recreating Ernest Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition

Sinéad Hunt is setting off on the trip of a lifetime in two weeks.

# ernest-shackleton - Thursday 25 December, 2014

# ernest-shackleton - Sunday 30 November, 2014

Irish explorers almost killed themselves to reach this island ... Now, it's on Google Street View

Ernest Shackleton and Tom Crean risked their lives sailing to the isolated island of South Georgia — before crossing its hostile landscape to seek help for their stranded crewmates.

# ernest-shackleton - Tuesday 17 July, 2012

From The Daily Edge Explore Antarctica...from your couch South Pole This post contains images

Explore Antarctica...from your couch

Or desk, or kitchen table…from wherever you want really as Google Streetview has just launched new views of the lonely continent today.

# ernest-shackleton - Thursday 19 January, 2012

In pictures: Scott's Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole South Pole This post contains images

In pictures: Scott's Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole

Archived images of Scott and his team members, including Irishman Tom Crean, during his ill-fated push to reach the South Pole first.

# ernest-shackleton - Thursday 12 August, 2010

THE SIZE of the fortunes left behind by some of Ireland’s most famous sons have been published by an online genealogy website. has published the details of millions of wills, including Irish legends Oscar Wilde, Charles Stewart Parnell, William Butler Yeats and Ernest Shackleton.

The records made available also include those of Charles Darwin, Karl Marx and Charles Dickens.

We’ve gone through some the best-known names to give you the details:

Oscar Wilde

Dublin man Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde – better known as Oscar Wilde – remains one of Ireland’s most famous writers. Wilde was also extremely popular during his own lifetime and was paid handsomely for his works, which included The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray.

But, despite this, he died in diminished circumstances.

Wilde died in November 1900, and while it would be wrong to say that he died “penniless”, he left an estate worth just £250 (€28,000 today ) which, considering his earlier wealth, was a very modest sum. His estate, which he left to his son Vyvyan Beresford Holland, took twenty years to settle.

William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats, a poet, dramatist and Nobel Prize winner,was born Co Dublin and was one of the driving forces behind the Irish Literary Revival. He famously penned The Tower and The Winding Stair and Other Poems.

Yeats left an estate valued at £4,498 14s 2d (worth €267,000 today) to his widow Bertha Georgie Yeats. He died in January 1939,

Charles Stewart Parnell

Wicklow man Charles Stewart Parnell championed the cause of Home Rule for Ireland, was elected as the MP for Co Meath, and entered the House of Commons in London in 1875.

He fell from grace after the details of his seven-year affair with married woman, Kitty O’Shea, were revealed. The pair later married.

In 1891 Parnell – known as the “uncrowned king of Ireland” – left a total of £11,774 7s 3d, which would be the equivalent of €1.3m in today, to his wife, Kitty.
Ernest Shackleton
Ernest Shackleton, born in Kilkea in Co Kildare, was a polar explorer and one of the principle figures involved in what is known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. He died during his last expedition in 1922.
Shackleton left an estate of £556 2s 2d (the equivalent of around €24,000 today) to his widow, Emily Mary Shackleton.
Bram Stoker

Clontarf-born “Dracula” author Bram Stoker left an estate worth £5,269 12s 7d (€553,000 in today’s values) to his widow, Florence Ann Lemon Stoker after his death in 1012.

Other famous names

  • Author and creator of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, left the equivalent of €3.6 million by today’s standards
  • Writer Charles Dickens left the equivalent of €8.5 million
  • British naturalist Charles Darwin left behind a whopping estate worth €15 million
  • Socialist Karl Marx left a much more modest sum, the equivalent of €27,000, to his youngest daughter Eleanor allows registered users a two-week free trial. After that, there is a subscription service, or pay as you go, at a cost of £6.95 for access to 12 documents.