Kerry adventurer enjoys a frosty reception in Killarney

Sarah Seery and Aoife Smith at the seminar.
Sarah Seery and Aoife Smith at the seminar.

KERRY adventurer Mike O'Shea mesmerised listeners at a seminar at the Malton Hotel, Killarney, this week with stories of his recent expeditions

At the seminar on Friday Mike shared stories of facing temperature as low as minus 50 degrees and taking shelter in his tent for days to avoid howling gales.

In particular the talk in Killarney focused on The Ice Project, an attempt by Mike and Cork woman Clare O'Leary to walk across all the major ice caps in the world, and from the warmth of a conference room at the Killarney hotel, listeners were delighted with stories from frozen Lake Baikal in Northern Russia, the North Patagonian Icecap, and Mike's almost fatal attempt to reach the North Pole.

Over the years the Killarney-based adventurer has participated in a number of ambitious journeys including scaling the heights of Kilimanjaro, K2 and Mount Cook in New Zealand.

His companion on The Ice Project Clare O'Leary is one of Ireland's best known female adventurers and was the first Irish woman to climb Mount Everest and ski to the South Pole.

The Ice Project is designed to culminate with a crossing of South Georgia on the Centenary of one of Ireland's greatest polar moments, commemorating an epic journey by Annascaul man Tom Crean.

Further information on Mike's ongoing adventure is available online at


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