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Sunday 22 October 2017

It's a family affair as Enda gets on his bike for charity

L-R: Taoiseach Enda Kenny with his son Ferdia and Transport
Minister Leo Varadkar at the start line
L-R: Taoiseach Enda Kenny with his son Ferdia and Transport Minister Leo Varadkar at the start line
Riders get a good view of the Atlantic near Kells
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Liam Lynch after completing the 2013 Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

Keen cyclist Taoiseach Enda Kenny (62) made it a family occasion as he and his 18-year-old son Ferdia joined 8,500 other bikers to complete the 180km Ring of Kerry charity cycle.

It was the Taoiseach's sixth time to complete the event and Ferdia's second.

They were joined by Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan (60) and Transport Minister Leo Varadkar, who admitted he had never cycled further than 40km before.

"The cycle was brilliant," Mr Kenny said. "It's a wonderful day and an occasion of community effort and personal objective for those who want to finish and the charities they're working for."

This was the 30th anniversary of the Ring of Kerry Cycle, which has raised more than €5.7m for local charities since its inception.

Also taking part was Sean Og O'Leary, his second time to complete the race in memory of his brother Paud (42), who was killed by a hit-and-run driver last July as he prepared for the race.

The driver has never been caught.

The cycle and the Munster Final together attracted an estimated 70,000 visitors to Killarney this weekend.

Irish Independent

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