- Paul Kehoe TD
- Enda KennyTaoiseach
- Michael D HigginsPresident of Ireland
Name an Irish Naval Ship in honour of Tom Crean
We now have confirmation that a multi purpose ship with full hospital facilities to be used for humanitarian purposes, will be built as the flagship of the Irish Naval Fleet and will replace the current flagship, the LE Eithne.
This vessel could meet the goal of our campaign, if it were to be named in honour of Ireland's forgotten hero, Tom Crean.
Crean exemplified humanitarianism having saved the lives of 28 men over three separate occasions and for his extreme bravery he was awarded The Albert Medal. Since his passing in 1938, his country has not officially recognised him and naming a ship in his honour is an opportunity to right a wrong and satisfy the demands of his growing worldwide following.
Please sign this petition and join our worldwide crew of his fans at our Facebook page where you can also discover his remarkable story.
- Paul Kehoe TD
- President of Ireland
Michael D Higgins
Re: The naming of an Irish Navy Vessel in honour of Tom Crean
To introduce myself, my name is Tim Foley and I reside in Manchester, UK. I was born to Irish parents, my father being a Kerryman and my mothers family from Mayo.
Tom Crean, or Tom the Pole, as my father and others in his locality knew him, was a person whose achievements I first became intrigued by whilst passing a strangely named pub, The South Pole Inn, each time we visited my father’s sister in Anascaul.
My admiration grew the more I discovered about him. He held all the attributes that defined a true hero yet here we are over century later and only a privately funded statue in his Anascaul birthplace commemorates his greatness.
What sparked my next move was a conversation with my brother in which he mentioned that Doncaster Airport had been renamed Robin Hood Airport.
The sense of injustice surfaced in me and I was left angered that a mythical figure could have such an honour bestowed upon him when a man, who did exist and whose heroism, on three, separately documented occasions, had led to saving the lives of 28 men and many thousands of their descendants thereafter, was destined never to receive rightful recognition.
I decided, in a digital age where an audience could be reached easier than ever before, to set up a Facebook Page
The Facebook fan page, Ireland Should Honour Tom Crean, has grown to over 22,500 fans from most countries across the world, predominantly Ireland.
Crean’s story connects with people on a number of levels wherever in the world they may be. He was a humanitarian hero who never gave a second thought to risking his own life to save others. He was an animal lover long before animal rights came into existence and his powers of endurance in the harshest condition on our planet are still today, a huge inspiration to the many explorers, adventurers and athletes who are now aware of his astonishing feats.
Above all though, the one thing that connects all people who are fans of Tom Crean, is their bewilderment at the lack of national recognition from his home country.
Today, his memory is better served outside of Ireland with two mountains, one in Greenland, the other in Antarctica, both named Mount Crean in his honour. In South Georgia, Lake Crean and the Crean Glacier commemorate his legend and more recently an underwater feature, off the coast of New Zealand, is named “Crean Deep” in his honour.
In the year that Ireland celebrates the great heroes of the 1916 Easter Rising who gave their lives for a free Ireland, there is another centenary being remembered. The centenary of the greatest survival and rescue tale in maritime history saw Tom Crean play a primary role, surpassing even his historic solo march to save the life of one man, the Endurance story saw him undertake a pivotal part in the saving of 25 of his colleagues.
Getting the Tom Crean story out to people has been a labour of love to me and it remains such. I operate the Facebook fan page and I still administrate a Facebook group. The Tom Crean Appreciation Society, in the hope that one day fitting recognition will be awarded by his home country.
So I’m reaching out to you in the hope you might also see the injustice and offer help in achieving this ambition at a time when fans from across the world are expressing disbelief that this great Irish Hero still hasn’t achieved national recognition or honour in his homeland.
The naming of an Irish Naval ship presents us with a perfect match to meet this ambition in honour of Ireland's greatest mariner. After a century of his story being kept in the shadows because the timeline of his career conspired against him, we have fans from right across the political spectrum so I believe it would win all party support if a case were to be put forward for honouring Crean.
I do hope you might help with this aim and that the strength of support signified by this petition will allow the matter to be discussed and debated at political level.
I look forward to hearing your response and thank you for taking the time to read it.
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