Tom Crean Festival
HONOURING TOM CREAN IN ANNASCAUL - An annual weekend to honor legedenary explorer Tom Crean, who came from Annascaul, Co. Kerry.
This years Tom Crean Festival take place on 22nd 23rd June 2018. The weekend will be launched on Friday evening with a wreath laying ceremony in the Tom Crean garden by members of the Crean family and in the company of famous current day explorers. This is currently planned for 8:30 pm on Friday.
On Saturday 23rd June 2018, the Tom Crean Endurance Walk takes place, organized by the Annascaul Walks, it is a truly fitting event to honour Annascaul’s great Antarctic explorer Tom Crean.
The walk designed with the experienced walker in mind offers a great challenge to the participants over the 30 kilometers route with an elevation of 1900 metres incorporating Mount Brandon, An Géaran Mór, Ballysitteragh, An Cnapán Mór, Cnoc Mhaoilionáin and finishing with a steep descent to Com Dubh and on to the South Pole Inn in Annascaul village.
Again, this year there are some very special guests on the walk giving the opportunity to the participants to walk with the world’s best female explorers.
Clare O'Leary a mountain climber and adventurer. She was the first Irish woman to climb Mount Everest and complete the seven highest summits on seven continents. As part of the Beyond Endurance expedition she became the first woman to successfully ski to the South pole and cross the frozen lake Baikal.
Jan Meek is an Arctic explorer and Europe’s only triple Guinness World Record holder. Rowing across the Atlantic with her son in 101 days she has also successfully walked and skied 560km from Resolute to the North Pole. When Jan read in Scott’s diaries that Tom Crean hero of Scott and Shackleton expeditions wept when Scott asked him to return to base – completing the 200-mile journey to the pole became her goal. She and five women ‘Polar Maidens’ will undertake that journey in December 2018.
Aileen Crean O Brien granddaughter of Tom Crean. An unfortunate accident prevented her from completing the Centenary South Georgia Traverse in 2016 but in true Crean spirit she has worked hard and will take part in the Endurance walk.
While the walk is self-guided, club members will be on hand throughout the day to provide support, man escape routes and check in stations and give much needed water and food. Every effort is being made to make the day as safe and enjoyable as possible.
On completing the walk Enda O Brien grandson of Tom Crean will present a medallion to each walker and club photographer William Glasgow Howe will capture the special moment. The day finishes with a celebratory BBQ at Hanafins bar where events of the day can be discussed with old and new friends and plans for the 2019 walk put in place.
On Saturday evening Aileen Crean O Brien and Bill Shephard authors of ‘Honouring Tom Crean A Centenary Expedition’ will give a talk in the Jerome Connor Gallery.
Annascaul Walks have invited the pupils of the local primary school Scoil Bhreac Chluain to take part in a ‘Junior Endurance Walk’. They too will each receive their special medallion to mark their achievement and get the opportunity to meet some of the world’s best explorers.
A super weekend guaranteed in Annascaul.