Tom Crean Endurance walk 2019

It’s almost the busiest weekend of the year in Annascaul: the Tom Crean Endurance Walk. The places on the walk have long been filled and the village will be full of activity.

Preparations for the endurance Walk include the building of this temporary bridge over the Annascaul River. All part of the huge volunteer effort by the village’s residents.

Press Release from Annascaul Walking Club:


The weekend will be launched on Friday evening with a wreath laying ceremony in the Tom Crean garden. This is currently planned for 8:30 pm on Friday.

On Saturday the Tom Crean Endurance Walk takes place, organised by the Annascaul Walks, it is a truly fitting event to honour Annascaul’s great Antarctic explorer Tom Crean.

The walk designed with the experienced walker in mind offers a great challenge to the participants over the 30 kilometres route with an elevation of 1900 metres incorporating Mount Brandon, An Géaran Mór, Ballysitteragh, An Cnapán Mór, Cnoc Mhaoilionáin and finishing with a steep descent to Com Dubh and on to the South Pole Inn in Annascaul village.

On completing the walk Enda O Brien grandson of Tom Crean will present a medallion to each walker and club photographer William Glasgow Howe will capture the special moment. The day finishes with a celebratory BBQ at Hanafin’s bar where events of the day can be discussed with old and new friends and plans for the 2020 walk put in place.

Annascaul Walks have invited the pupils of the local primary school Scoil Bhreac Chluain to take part in a ‘Junior Endurance Walk’. They too will each receive their special medallion to mark their achievement and get the opportunity to meet some of the world’s best explorers.

A super weekend guaranteed in Annascaul.