Tom Crean ex­pert re­turns to mark im­por­tant mile­stone

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS -

THE Kerry Writ­ers’ Mu­seum in Lis­towel is de­lighted to wel­come back Tom Crean author­ity Michael Smith for a spe­cial lecture on Tues­day Oc­to­ber 16 (at 7.30pm) mark­ing the 80th an­niver­sary of the ex­plorer’s death.

Michael is an author­ity on Polar ex­plo­ration hav­ing pub­lished nine books on the sub­ject. His best-sell­ing bi­og­ra­phy of Tom Crean - An Un­sung Hero, has sold well over 100,000 copies world­wide and cast new light on Ire­land’s sig­nif­i­cant role in early Polar ex­plo­ration.

In his lecture, Michael will re­call the epic life of the farmer’s son from An­nascaul. Crean served on three ma­jor ex­pe­di­tions of dis­cov­ery to the Antarc­tic a cen­tury ago, spent longer in the ice than ei­ther Cap­tain Scott or Ernest Shack­le­ton and out­lived them both.

Michael will be joined on the night by Crean’s grand­daugh­ter Aileen Crean O’Brien and part­ner Bill Shep­pard who will re­count the ex­pe­di­tion they un­der­took on the cen­te­nary of the Kerry man’s his­toric tra­verse of South Ge­or­gia with Frank Wors­ley and cap­tain of the En­durance, Ernest Shack­le­ton.

“It will be a very spe­cial oc­ca­sion to com­mem­o­rate a re­mark­able Kerry man in the com­pany of his grand­daugh­ter. Although Tom Crean died 80 years ago in 1938, his story lives on and Aileen’s ex­pe­di­tion to South Ge­or­gia demon­strates that he is still in­spir­ing peo­ple in the 21st cen­tury,” Michael Smith said.

Arte­facts as­so­ci­ated with Tom Crean’s in­cred­i­ble ex­ploits will be on dis­play at the event, which are be­ing kindly loaned to the Mu­seum from the Crean col­lec­tion at Kerry County Mu­seum, Tralee.

Photo by Dom­nick Walsh

Kerry Writ­ers’ Mu­seum man­ager Cara Trant and Sarah O’Far­rell of Kerry County Mu­seum with some of the price­less Tom Crean arte­facts held by the mu­seum.

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