- Leo VaradkarTaoiseach
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.
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 Annascaul, County Kerry.
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 24,200 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 legendary and a huge source of 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.
More recently, Norwegian Airlines, decided to bestow upon Tom Crean the honour of becoming their first Irish tail-fin hero. It beggars belief that countries outside of these shores recognise his greatness when his own country, a country he loved and proudly represented, chose to forget his huge contribution to Irish history.
Surpassing even his historic, life-saving solo march in 1912, the Endurance expedition saw Crean play a primary role in saving the lives of 25 of his colleagues. His courage and bravery are unparalled and to continue ignoring his claim to deserved national recognition is an injustice.
Getting the Tom Crean story out to people has been a labour of love 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 decided at political level.
I look forward to hearing your response and thank you for taking the time to read it.
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