Tom Crean expert returns to mark important milestone
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.
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.