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Ireland Honours Tom Crean in a groundbreaking victory for the campaign

January 31st 2021 will go down in history as the day Ireland finally honoured Tom Crean and an 11-year campaign for his official honour has particular cause to celebrate with all Crean fans across the world. 

It was one of the 16,175 signatories to the petition, Lorcán Ó Cinnéide, who brought the aim of the campaign to honour Tom Crean, to the attention of the board of the Marine Institute of which he was a member.

After familiarising themselves with Crean’s incredible story, a historic decision to name the new government funded research vessel, RV Tom Crean, was made and Lorcán informed the campaign creator, Tim Foley, of the ground-breaking news.

Lorcán, who signed the campaign petition a day after it was created in 2016, said:

“This is just and long overdue reward for Tom, and a great day for the campaign to have him recognised.” 

With another 30,000 fans of the social media platforms of Ireland Should Honour Tom Crean the decision will be warmly welcomed by them and by all fans of Tom Crean around the world who believed he was most deserving of recognition from his country after his heroic contributions over three pioneering expeditions to Antarctica in the early 20th Century.

The custodians of Tom Crean’s name, (his direct descendants), who did not support the  campaign, stating Tom Crean’s name was already well-established, also expressed their delight at the news.

RV Tom Crean will be based at Oranmore, County Galway and is currently undergoing construction. It is expected to be completed by 2022.

The petition to honour Tom Crean will remain open to those wishing to sign it as it aims for a double celebration should the government also honour Crean in the naming of a planned new Irish Navy flagship. 

The ship, which has already been given the green light by the Irish government, will have full hospital facilities and will be used to provide humanitarian aid in times of emergency in Ireland and in other countries where conflicts or climate disaster threaten civilian populations.

Campaign organiser Tim Foley said: 

“I’m delighted for all Tom Crean fans and I’m indebted to the supporters of this campaign one of whom, played a pivotal role in bringing its aim to fruition.”

Anyone wishing to add their name to the petition in an attempt for double celebration, can do so at the following web address: 

https://www.change.org/SignForTom

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