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Lord Mayor hosts Civic Reception for Members of Beyond Endurance Polar Expedition team


In the Lord Mayor's Chamber before the ceremony L-R Pat Falvey, Lord Mayor, Cllr. Donal Counihan, Shaun Menzies, Dr. Clare O’Leary signing the visitors book and Lady Mayoress Breda Counihan.

On Monday, 21st April 2008, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Donal Counihan and Cork City Council hosted a Civic Reception in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork, honouring the four team members of the Beyond Endurance Polar Expedition 2008 (Pat Falvey, Dr. Clare O’Leary, Shaun Menzies and Jonathon Bradshaw) for their achievement in being the first Irish team to reach the South Pole earlier this year.

The Lord Mayor began by remarking how technology has influenced the way such expeditions are now undertaken and reported:

“In a bygone era such an expedition would only be reported long after the event and the only evidence we would have would be the first hand reports of those taking part. Such is the pervasive nature of modern technology, we were able not only to track the daily progress of the team on our own home PCs we were able, in real time, to share that experience with Pat, Clare Shaun and Jonathan. We were able to read their personal blogs and their hopes and fears for the expedition as it was happening. We even had the daily diary of one Frederick T. Bear to keep the kids up to speed on what was happening”

The Lord Mayor concluded by congratulating the team on their courage and perseverance and wished them well on any future expedition they might be planning:

“More than once the Beyond Endurance expedition was almost abandoned due to injury of one or more parties but each showed their true resolve in their refusal to abandon and taking up the slack where necessary until their team-mates were well enough to carry their own load You have all shown us that the only thing we have to fear is not failure but complacency and that no dream, however crazy or seemingly impossible it may seem, is ever beyond our capabilities. What is needed more than anything is the unfailing belief in oneself, one’s team and goal”

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