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It's a sporting life for tough-guy Taoiseach

Published 04/07/2011 | 05:00

'Triathlon' Taoiseach Enda Kenny enters the final phase of his own Ring of Kerry this evening.

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After a sporting weekend of cycling and gaelic football, Mr Kenny gets back to business with a keynote speech at the Irish Congress of Trade Unions conference this evening.

The Taoiseach was among more than 5,600 cyclists who completed the Ring of Kerry -- which had nothing to do with phone calls to a premium number.

The cyclists completed the gruelling 185km trek that has now become Ireland's largest cycling event and raises thousands of euro each year for charity.

The Taoiseach's fitness stunned his cabinet colleague, Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan.

"It was quite an achievement because he hasn't had the time to train," Mr Deenihan said.

Accompanied by his 15-year-old son Ferdia, it was Mr Kenny's second time to complete the race. Mr Kenny was joined by Mr Deenihan (58), MEP Sean Kelly (59) and junior minister Ciaran Cannon (46).

"It's a very worthy cause and I'm a believer in doing these things while I can," Mr Kenny said.

"Besides that, the scenery is magnificent, the craic is mighty and it's a day I always enjoy."

After the cycle, Mr Kenny marked the 75th anniversary of the opening of Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. His father, Henry Kenny, captained the Mayo team in the first game played in the stadium, when the then All-Ireland champions played Kerry in 1936. Mr Kenny was back in the stadium yesterday to see Kerry win the Munster final against Cork.

Irish Independent

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