Built by his own hands, in a corner of a graveyard in Ballinacourty, close to his Anascaul birthplace, lies the final resting place of Tom Crean.
He was laid to rest 79 years ago still wearing his precious scapular. His faith meant so much to him he’d worn it since being a young man and throughout all his expeditions.
On top of the tombstone sits a glass bowl of white porcelain flowers which arrived in a White Rolls Royce sent by Admiral Evans, whose life Tom Crean saved by undertaking his epic 36-mile solo trek.
In life, we all have our heroes, people who inspire us, people who earn our respect and those who go ‘the extra mile’ to help others.
Tom Crean clocked up hundreds of ‘extra miles’ to help and to save the lives of others and in doing so went above and beyond earning his place as a true Irish hero many times over.