The Story Of Tom Crean

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The Story of Tom Crean, in five parts. Irish language television programme from TG4, with English subtitles and some English commentary.
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Antarctica – Historical Snippet

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The Endurance – Documentary

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The Endurance Expedition Documentary

Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition

An excellent documentary on the unbelievable story of survival and endeavour, of the crew of Shackleton’s Endurance, on the ill fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. This is simply a must see documentary, and it is narrated by Liam Neeson.

From historical-oracle.

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Tom Crean – Lego Animation

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The Story Of Tom Crean by 1st & 2nd Class Burnfort National School

Tom Crean-Antarctic Explorer from Cormac Cahill on Vimeo.

Just stumbled upon this gem by the children of first and second class, at Burnfort National School in County Cork, and Cormac Cahill.
In their own words – This is an animation created by the children of 1st and 2nd class in Burnfort National School, Cork, Ireland telling the amazing story of Tom Crean. Tom came from Kerry and went to Antarctica with both Scott and Shackleton. He’s adventures during these trips earned him awards for bravery. On his second trip he saved the lives of two of how colleagues. His third trip on board Endurance is the stuff of legend.

From Cormac Cahill – with thanks!
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90º South

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Footage from the Terra Nova Expedition


90º South 1933


Herbert Ponting was the official cameraman on Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition, 1910- 1913, capturing for posterity some fascinating footage of Scott’s legendary and ultimately tragic campaign. He originally released the material as a silent documentary called The Great White Silence, in 1924, but with the coming of sound to film making, he decided to narrate the footage himself and released this version, named 90º South in 1933.

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Tom The Pole by James Sweeney

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Tom Crean – An Essay by James Sweeney

This is a wonderfully created video featuring an essay about Tom Crean, written by James Sweeney aged 12 from St. Eunan’s National School, Raphoe, Co. Donegal. On his return to Co. Kerry after retiring from the Navy in 1920, Tom earned the nickname Tom The Pole. The animation features the ships Tom sailed South aboard, to his many adventures.

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Tom Crean – A Tribute

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Antarctic Hero

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Guinness Ad Celebrates Ireland’s Antarctic Hero

In 2002 Guinness released this advert, which celebrated Tom Crean’s life, as both a fearless Antarctic explorer, and of course a popular publican. Having retired from the Navy in 1920, Crean returned home to Annascaul in Co. Kerry and soon married Ellen. He and Ellen bought and renovated a pub which they wonderfully named, The South Pole Inn.

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