Rockall, Alaska and West Cork

This week the Royal Irish Academy's podcast on an expedition to Rockall, and an Irishman in early 20th century Alaska.

The Royal Irish Academy has a new series of Podcasts called 'Shelfmarks' exploring how people have written about and observed the natural world over the centuries. The first episode is about an expedition to Rockall funded by the RIA in 1896.

The Irish Times' Extraordinary Emigrants series profiled Richard Henry Geoghegan, a linguist and Esperanto enthusiast who ended up living in Alaska, and carried out pioneering work recording the Aleut language. The image of Geoghegan in around 1895 is from the article. You can read more about him here.

The Irish Sea and Atlantic Slavery is a short but fascinating article published on the Ports Past & Present blog, written by Chris Evans from the University of South Wales.

And opening at the Crawford Art Gallery on 2 October, an exhibition of their works by West Cork's most famous writer, Edith Somerville, including the wonderful sketch below.