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Antarctic explorer to speak in Lisburn

Jonathan Shackleton on an expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Jonathan Shackleton on an expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula.

ANTARCTIC explorer and specialist Jonathan Shackleton - cousin of the Irish explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton - is to speak at a special event in Lisburn.

Lisburn City Council, Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (Lagan Branch) and Lagan Canal Trust have combined to organise the event on Monday February 20 in the Studio Theatre at Lagan Valley Island from 7.30pm until 9.00m.

During his illustrated talk Jonathan will take the audience from the survival of his 100 year family boat on the River Shannon to the dangerous waters of Antarctica where another family boat did not survive, as well as his experiences as a lecturer and guide, which includes accompanying 30 groups on trips to the Antarctic in the past 15 years.

Jim Henning, Inland Waterways Association of Ireland, Lagan Branch Chairman commented: "We are extremely pleased to have Jonathan visit Lisburn and offer his time to deliver this special presentation. With excitement and interest building already, we expect this event will attract a large audience with IWAI members and members of the general public in attendance."

Alderman Jim Dillon, Chairman of the Council's Economic Development Committee and sponsor of the event added: "It is great to wok with our partners in the Inland Waterways Association and help bring this unique event to Lisburn. We hope that many of our local community and those from farther afield will come along to hear Mr Shackleton talk about his cousin's adventures, and enjoy this excellent facility right beside the Lagan Canal in Lisburn."

Latest information will also be provided on the Lagan Canal Restoration Trust, which aims to achieve the restoration and revitalisation of the Lagan Canal and its corridor, in ways which conserve and enhance the built and natural heritage, maximise recreational and tourism
opportunities, involve and benefit the local communities and their visitors, and contribute to the local and regional economies.

To register for this free event or for further information, contact Sophie McAuley on 9250 9390 or email

 Please note as spaces are limited attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ulster Star