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Tom CreanDescendants of West Kerry Antarctic adventurer Tom Crean have travelled to the Polish mountains for endurance training – in preparation of re-creating his historic journey.

Tom Crean’s granddaughter Aileen Crean-O’Brien grew up in Tralee and now runs a restaurant in Kenmare.

She – accompanied by her two sons and partner – hope to embark on the expedition this month, 100 years after her grandfather arrived on the shores of South Georgia.

Tom Crean served on three expeditions to the Antarctic and was a major figure on Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition.

His 56 kilometre solo walk across the Ross Ice Shelf to save the life of Teddy Evans led to him receiving the Albert Medal for Lifesaving.