A Conversation for Tom Crean - Antarctic Hero
Rathlynn Started conversation Aug 12, 2003
Great article on a great man.
Just last week a statue of him was unveiled in Annascaul. Lovely statue but I can't help feeling that as mentioned in the article, Tom Crean would be somewhat uncomfortable with the attention.
One of the reasons I believe that he remined an unknown in Ireland for so long was that there was a certain 'taboo' associated with Irishmen who 'took the Queen's shilling'. When, after serving in the British forces they tended to keep their heads down...especially in Kerry!
Woodpigeon Posted Aug 12, 2003
Yes, I agree - I think that was the undercurrent. Apparently it was quite common in Kerry (and elsewhere I guess) for many young men who would not be entitled to land to join the army or the navy. So many Irishmen were involved, and died in World War 1 it is quite incredible that it was forgotten for so long. There is definitely a thaw now - a prominent IRA man visited the Somme a year ago or so to commemorate his grandfather who died there.
I must pay a visit to Annascaul soon to check out the statue!
Recumbentman Posted Mar 29, 2004
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