At times in life we look to others for inspiration, to help us get through. The Covid-19 pandemic, and the drastic changes imposed on our lives is such an occasion. The Shackleton Autumn School, Athy, Co Kildare (close to where Ernest Shackleton was born) in conjunction with Dr. Juliana Adelman of DCU have looked at Ernest Shackleton and how he handled crisis and isolation to ultimately triumph over extreme conditions. We ask ourselves, 'What would Shackleton do' in the current crisis?
Juliana Adelman talks to HSE public health nursing manager Jackie Blackwell and Kevin Kenny about what we can learn from Shackleton about kindness.
Juliana Adelman talks to Laura Leonard about Shackleton's idealism.
Juliana Adelman speaks to Jim McAdam about Ernest Shackleton's Nimrod expedition and how his decision to turn back before reaching the South Pole represents courage.
Juliana Adelman speaks to Seamus Taaffe about how the men of Ernest Shackleton's Endurance expedition practiced patience while they sought rescue.
Juliana Adelman talks to Kevin Kenny about how Ernest Shackleton and his men were able to maintain optimism in the extreme circumstances of the Antarctic after they had to abandon their ship, the Endurance. Readings from Shackleton's book South are performed by John Carty of the Blue Raincoat Theatre Company. Music comes from the piece 'Shackleton's Endurance', commissioned by the Athy Shackleton Museum and composed by Brian Hughes with narration (not heard) by John McKenna. The series is introduced by Jonathan Shackleton and produced by Juliana Adelman.