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A man from Ennis will join an expedition to the last intact polar area

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World-renowned explorer Jim McNeill chose Anthony Galvin, writer and children’s entertainer from Ennis, to take part in one of the most important and ambitious polar expeditions of our time.

He will be part of a crew attempting to be the first to reach the North Pole of Inaccessibility, collecting vital climate change data along the way.

Mr Galvin, 56, is a popular children’s entertainer from Ennis. He is known nationwide as Tony Baloney and has performed across Europe, including several winters in Lapland.

A former journalist, he has written several books, including Family Feud, about Limerick’s gang wars.

Defined as the furthest point from earth on the Arctic Ocean, and therefore its center, the North Pole of Inaccessibility remains the last truly significant place in the Polar Regions yet to be reached by humanity and is more than 270 miles further than the geographic north pole.

The entire trip will be nearly 1,300 kilometers off the northern shores of Canada.

The expedition is not just a record-breaking adventure, it will collect crucial data on the state of the ocean for scientists at the NASA-funded National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), led by the award-winning scientist Nobel Walt Meier.

These, along with weather data, pollution measurements and polar bear counts that may be encountered, provide the reality of climate change and make the whole effort worthwhile and worthwhile.

After being selected for the Ice Warrior #LASTPOLE Expedition, Mr. Galvin is undergoing an intensive training program to undertake one of four 20-day legs, pushing the route across the Arctic Ocean.

Mr Galvin said: “Since my teens I have been obsessed with the Arctic, reading everything I can get my hands on and even writing a book myself on the search for the pole.

“It’s so exciting to finally arrive on the frozen polar sea and experience it first hand. And the science aspect of the trip is a plus.

Explorer, Expedition Leader and Founder of Ice Warrior, Jim McNeill said: “I am delighted to have Anthony on the Expedition Team and look forward to training him in all aspects that will make him a competent polar traveler.”

McNeill is looking for more “highly motivated individuals who are willing to push well beyond their comfort zones and push the limits of mental and physical endurance in a cause that is completely worthy and justifiable.”

If you think you’re in, visit the website www.ice-warrior.com where there is a downloadable registration form.