Maritime Heritage Weekend 2019

18 Oct 2019

The annual Maritime Heritage Weekend returns to the seafaring village of Rosses Point, Sligo this weekend 18-20 October.

It promises a series of riveting talks of nautical and historical interest by national and international speakers in the atmospheric setting of Harry’s Bar. In partnership with County Sligo Golf Club ‘Shackleton’s Carpenter’, a play by Gail Louw will be staged on Friday evening at 6.30pm. This play is currently touring and a sell-out show in UK venues. During 70 minutes of riveting storytelling we meet Harry McNish the brilliant shipwright who challenged The Boss, but whose skills and foresight ensured all lives were saved after one of the most astonishing voyages of survival. For all his bravery and ingenuity, McNish was one of very few who never received the Polar Medal. ‘Malcolm Rennie is stunning as Harry McNish, a carpenter on Shackleton’s ill-fated voyage, whose key part in the famous story has been overlooked.’ – The Guardian.

Keynote speakers for the weekend include Alison Freebairn an independent researcher from Scotland based in Switzerland along with Regina Koellner from Germany, pivotal figures in Franklin scholarship. Peter Carney from the UK, an expert on polar exploration during the Victorian era, Des Ekin author of the bestselling ‘The Stolen Village’. From Canada Dr. Bill Hanlon with vast experience in Adventure Travel, Expedition and High Altitude Medicine, International Health and Medical Volunteer work, Limerick based Gary McMahon who is the force behind the incredible Ilen Project and Joe O'Farrell from The Shackleton Museum Athy, polar and maritime history researcher, writer and speaker.

Unfortunately Russell Potter has had to cancel his appearance at this year’s event.

Full programme details including booking information for Shackleton’s Carpenter are on the website