Aileen Crean O’Brien
Aileen Crean O’Brien is the granddaughter of Tom Crean, the hero of both Scott’s and Shackleton’s South Pole adventures, who the Polar Maidens are honouring.
Her full time job is owner and chef at the Tom Crean Fish & Wine restaurant and townhouse in Kenmare, Co Kerry. As well as the restaurant, it has 8 rooms for guest accommodation.
Aileen Crean O’Brien has undertaken many adventures over the years. She’s completed the Dublin City Marathon, the Inca Trail to Macha Picchu in Peru, the Everest Base Camp Trek, hiked the Mulhacén in Spain and Mount Teide in Tenerife. She enjoys local mountain walking in the Magillacuddy Reeks in the Republic of Ireland.
She’s a qualified fitness instructor and personal trainer, an intermediate level skier and has won three All-Ireland medals for basketball. Plus she has completed a two day rock climbing course and a two day mountain skills course with Outdoors Ireland.
If that wasn’t enough, Aileen took part in a six week intensive training camp in Poland. This training included cross country skiing known as randonee skiing, avalanche training, winter mountain skills and crevasse rescue.
In late 2016, Aileen attempted to travel across South Georgia but unfortunately, sustained an injury which did not allow her to not complete the journey. Despite this, she gained lots of profitable experience for future challenges by sailing the Southern Ocean and completing the first couple of days of the mission.