Since 2010, Manchester-born author TIm Foley was the driving force of a campaign to honour Tom Crean, an Irish explorer who served under Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton on three pioneering expeditions to Antarctica in the early part of the 20th century. From a young age Tim had been left fascinated by the heroic tales of Tom Crean, whose story he discovered while spending much of his time in his father’s birthplace of County Kerry, Ireland. Over the course of his career, a number of publications have featured Tim’s work and in 2017 he decided to utilise his many years of research and study the life of Tom Crean in order to compile his biography of the legendary Antarctic Explorer. The book, Crean - The Extraordinary Life of an Irish Hero, was greeted with excellent reviews and in 2021, after submitting all of his sources to the Royal Irish Academy, major revisions were made to the official story of Tom Crean in the world-respected Dictionary of Irish Biography. A fully-illustrated children’s book followed and Tom The Mighty Explorer is also generating excellent reviews. The campaign, dedicated to achieving official recognition for the Annascaul born explorer, proved a success and its goal was achieved in January 2021 when it was announced that a scientific vessel was to be named in Crean's honour. Tim continues to write with a great passion for the subject he is the world's foremost expert on - Tom Crean and he regularly posts to the Tom Crean Blog on his website tomcreanbook.comRead more Read less
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