Remembering Edward Bransfield project has two basic aims: to raise awareness of navigator and expedition leader Edward Bransfield both locally and internationally and to  place a monument to him in his birthplace of Ballinacurra, Cork, Ireland in January 2020 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his achievement of being the leader of the first expedition to make the first sighting of the Antarctic mainland. It will be the first monument anywhere in the world to commemorate Edward Bransfield and his pioneering voyage of discovery.

Edward Bransfield, the Irish-born navigator and commander of the expedition, is credited with making the first confirmed sighting and maps of the Antarctic coastline 200 years ago. It was a discovery which began the era of Antarctic exploration later made famous by the exploits of Ross, Crozier, Borchgrevink, Amundsen, Scott, Shackleton and others.


Jim Wilson (Chair), Liam O’Riordan (Secretary/Treasurer), Eugene Furlong (PRO), Michael Smith (Polar Historian and writer), David Stanton (TD/member of Irish Parliament), Ursula O’Mahony (Local Historian), John Ahern (Ballinacurra Tidy Towns), Tegwyn Stephenson.


Following a very successful fund raising campaign we are in a position to say we have all but reached our target through many generous donations and grants. We have just a couple of on-going fund raising events to complete. We would like to thank all those who have contributed in any way and without whom we would not be in a position to commemorate Edward Bransfield’s historic achievements. Our committee has agreed that once the project is complete if there are any funds remaining they will be donated to the RNLI.


The Edward Bransfield Committee is grateful for the widespread support and encouragement we have received from a wide range of corporate, institutional, public bodies and many private individuals. Some of our financial supporters wish to remain anonymous. Not all support was strictly financial and we are extremely grateful to everyone who contributed in many different ways and helped to make this project a reality.

Please click on our sponsors’ logos to learn more about the local councils, institutions and businesses who supported our project.