Saturday 24 February 2018

South Pole adventurers flock to sunny Kingdom

John O'Mahony

THE type of weather explorer Tom Crean didn't dare to dream of during his fabled trek to the South Pole shone brightly on those who gathered to pay homage to the great Antarctic adventurer yesterday.

Glorious sunshine helped swell the shirt-sleeved crowd which lined the streets of Dingle, Co Kerry, for a gala parade to honour Crean's memory during the annual Feile na Bealtaine arts festival. The festival has been a May bank-holiday weekend mainstay in the town for the past 18 years.

A colourful and imaginative parade that wound its way through the narrow streets was one of the highlights, with friendly penguins, seals on stilts and an 80-piece marching band stealing the show.

The theme of the parade was the remarkable exploits of Tom Crean -- who lived in the neighbouring parish of Annascaul.

Matters will become a little more serious today at a political symposium in the Dun Chaoin Blasket Centre where Socialist TD Joe Higgins, Elaine Byrne of TCD, David Hall of New Beginning and journalist Harry McGee will discuss whether or not Ireland can pay its way.

Irish Independent

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