Thomas Crean (1877-1938), was an Irish seaman and Antarctic explorer from Annascaul, County Kerry, who received the Albert Medal for his heroism. Crean had left the family farm near Annascaul to enlist in the Royal Navy. He was aged 15 but he lied about his own age as he had to be 16 to join.
He was a member of three major expeditions to the Antartica during what is known as the Heroic Age of Antartic Exploration.
Every year the Annascaul Walking Club organises and runs the “Tom Crean Endurance Walk” to commemorate his achievements. On Friday night, the wreath laying took place at the grave to honour Tom Crean.
CBHC Hero Completes Endurance Walk
On Saturday 17th June 2017, Liz O’Callaghan completed the 30.7-kilometre endurance trek. In all two hundred and twenty-ninety nine hillwalkers from all around Ireland participated and all walkers finished safely.
The route started at Brandon at 08.00 hours with fog. By the time walkers reached the Conor Pass, the fog had lifted and the weather turned glorious with plenty of sun and wind.
The local Super Value provided the lunches for all walkers at the Conor Pass. Here we completed a safety check as the trail was self-navigated even though markers were on parts of the trail. The committee of Annascaul Walking Club can be described as a very efficient and conscious team of organisers.
After lunch, with the sun high in the sky and no cloud, we ploughed on ascending and descending in metres over marshy, rocky and grass terrain, climbing over fences and jumping across little streams. In addition, the scenery was spectacular around the Dingle Peninsula.
The final part of our hike brought us through a forest to the South Pole Inn, Annascaul. The total height gain was 1,910 metres with a distance of over 30 kilometres
Enda O’Brien the grandson of Tom Crean congratulated each hillwalker that completed the endurance walk. As well as that he presented each participant with a beautiful medallion in honour of Tom Crean.
Walkers enjoyed an after party BBQ and music and glorious sunshine 5.00pm till the sunset. In conclusion a thoroughly enjoyable memorable fun walking day and weekend away in Dingle.
Well done Liz.