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Adventurers

Escape the confines of the classroom with Ireland’s EPIC explorers

From the Antarctic to the Caribbean, the Irish have made their mark on the world far and wide! Come along to discover all about EPIC’s courageous figures, who forged their own path to travel to some of the most remote and fascinating places on earth.

Explore the stories of figures like investigative journalist Nellie Bly, who travelled around the world in 72 days, Ernest Shackleton, the courageous Antarctic explorer, to the Irish-born Anne Bonny, who is better known today as the pirate queen of the Caribbean, in our Adventurers themed workshops.

Investigate the impact these Irish Adventurers have made around the world, exploring their fascinating adventures and exciting endeavours, through a variety of interactive activities, all tied to the SESE, The Arts and History curricula.

 

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TOURS AND WORKSHOPS

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EMIGRANT’S SUITCASE

This Adventurers-themed Emigrant’s Suitcase workshop explores how objects tell people’s stories. Enjoy skills-building tasks that span a range of curricula including English, History, Drama, Art, and Geography. Discover EPIC figures, forging their own path to the most remote AND fascinating places on earth, including Anne Bonny, pirate queen of the Caribbean, Ernest Shackleton, world-famous Antarctic explorer, and Nellie Bly, the journalist who travelled around the world in only 72 days!

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AROUND THE WORLD WITH NELLIE BLY

Travel into the past in this interactive gaming session – the floor is the board and you are the pieces! Bly, an American journalist of Irish descent who pioneered undercover journalism, travelled around the world in just 72 days – follow her journey! Exploring curricula related to History, Geography, Languages, the Arts, English, Media, and Engineering, each role of the dice presents challenge, like answering a question or taking on your neighbour in a game of wit!

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BEDLAM AT THE BORDERS

Can you cross the border? In this fun educational gaming workshop exploring History and Civic, Social & Political Education, students will work together to create their own countries and migration rules, before testing them out as citizens attempting to travel across borders. Exercising their skills of negotiation, problem solving, communication and teamwork, students will also gain a better understanding of topics such as human rights issues, laws, legislation, and migration.

EXPLORERS – HISTORY-AT-HOME PACK

Unearth the world of Irish Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, concoct your own Arctic snowstorm and uncover the Irishwoman who became Britain’s first female commercial pilot. Includes puzzles, quizzes and games for children 8+.

 

 

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EPIC CHARACTERS

ERNEST SHACKLETON

Shackleton made 3 expeditions to Antarctica where he climbed an active volcano, survived the sinking of his ship and camped for 3 months on an ice floe. Here’s the incredible story of one of Ireland’s greatest explorers.

CAPTAIN FRANCIS CROZIER, EXPLORER

An interview with Dr David Murphy of Maynooth University on Captain Francis Crozier, one of the most experienced Polar Explorers of the 19th century who was largely forgotten about after a fated expedition in 1845.

STORIES OF ADVENTURE

Browse through our online collection and follow the fascinating stories of Irish adventurers around the world.

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THE INFLUENCE OF THE IRISH DURING POLAR EXPLORATIONS

The contribution that Irishmen made to polar exploration is massive. Among them were officers, lieutenants, scientists and sailors seeking adventure, scientific breakthroughs and commercial opportunities.

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CYNTHIA LONGFIELD – ‘MADAME DRAGONFLY’

Not only was Cynthia Longfield a skilled entomologist – a scientist who studies insects – and a seasoned world traveller, she also had what is probably the coolest nickname ever: Madame Dragonfly.

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THE IRISH EXPLORER WHO DISAPPEARED 173 YEARS AGO

Crew members aboard the aptly named HMS Terror were fighting for survival. The two ships that made up their expedition had been stuck in Arctic ice for nearly two years. But, inside, the conditions were even worse.

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