News 2013

Title: RTE's The History Show - The Golden Age of Irish Apinism
System Date: 17/02/2013
RTE's The History Show - The Golden Age of Irish Apinism

17 February 2013

Irish Mountaineering on The History Show, RTE Radio One, Sunday 17th at 18.00

Declan O'Keeffe, editor of the Journal of the Irish Mountaineering and Exploration Historical Society and Frank Nugent featured on The History Show on RTE Radio One on Sunday 17th at 18.00. The topic under discussion was Irish Victorian Mountaineers, which both Declan and Frank have done much to research.

1854-65 was the Golden Age of Alpine Mountaineering, when the highest peaks were climbed, passes and glaciers traversed and many remote hamlets opened up for recreation and tourism. The history of the period and maps of the region are peppered with the names of Irish mountaineers who were significant players in the development of the new sport of Alpinism and the attendant leisure industry. They ranged from Grand National winner Charles Barrington, first to climb the Eiger, to Henry Russell, the man who married a mountain. Other notable figures include Elizabeth Le Blond, the first Irish woman alpinist; Anthony Adams Reilly, cartographer of Mont Blanc; John Tyndall, physicist and pioneer of the Matterhorn; John Ball, first president of the Alpine Club and Lord James Bryce, Chief Secretary of Ireland and author of Mountaineering in Far-Away Countries.

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To purchase all three IMEHS Journals at a special discounted price click HERE.

Declan O'Keeffe will also be giving a talk entitled: 'The Man Who Married a Mountain and Other Stories - How the Irish Conquered the Alps' in:

  • UCD School of History on Monday 4th March at 18.00.
  • Outdoor Sports, Mullingar on Tuesday 26th March at 19.30
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