Tá long nua taighde le h-ainmniú in ómós don laoch Antartach, Tom Crean. The vessel will also be utilised in servicing the Irish weather buoy network and will provide very important training for third-level students of marine science and other disciplines. RTE,ie

Tom Crean, famous Antarctic explorer, was born at home on the family farm at Gortacurrane, Annascaul on 25th February 1877 as per the Civil Registration of his birth.   His birth was not registered until 11th March at Superintendent Register’s Office in Dingle.  Although it was compulsory to register all births from 1864 onwards, not all births were recorded, particularly in the early years and some were recorded a number of months later.   In the case of Annascaul births, it would have been a day’s trek to Dingle over bad unmade roads to get to the registration office, but all of the Crean children have been registered.

While the 25th February is recorded on the Civil Registration, he was baptised in Annascaul on 16th February 1877!    It is obvious that he could not have been baptised before he was born, so we would have to assume that the late recording of his birth  to the Civil authorities was in order to be inside the compulsory time limit to register a birth.   Added to that, in the re-worked baptismal register in Annascaul, Tom is recorded as ‘Joanna’ in error.


Tom Crean was the seventh child of Patrick Crean and Catherine (Kate) Courtney.