THEY were the two places most revered by legendary footballer Paidi O Se – separated by 370km and the breadth of the country.
His daughter Neasa Ni She cycled the distance from Croke Park to Ard a' Bhothair in his memory – and to save another family from the pain of losing a loved one to Ireland's biggest killer.
The Ventry woman completed the route in just three days to help raise money to buy a CT scanner for Kerry General Hospital, a machine that helps detect the cardiovascular disease that claimed her father's life.
The death of the footballing hero and eight-times All-Ireland medal winner at the age of 57 shocked the country last December.
But since then, his family has set up a foundation in his name, with the aim of raising enough money to provide the €400,000 equipment to the hospital.
Neasa was joined along the way by 110 other cyclists, among them some well-known faces, including her cousin and Kerry footballer Marc O Se, rugby legend Mick Galwey and former boxer Bernard Dunne.
"It was the toughest thing I've ever done and it was very emotional when we finally arrived back into Ventry," Neasa told the Irish Independent.
It's been a tough year for the O Se family since Paidi's sudden death on December 15. Because her dad was still physically fit, it came as an even bigger shock to the family.
He had no previous signs of heart disease and no warning at all, apart from a slight rise in his blood pressure.
His brother, Micheal, died of a heart attack when he was 60. About 10,000 people in Ireland die from cardiovascular disease – also known as heart disease – each year, making it the number one cause of death in Ireland.
About a quarter of these die from heart attack and another quarter die from stroke. The remaining 5,000 die from sudden cardiac death and other blood vessel diseases. However, up to 80pc of these deaths are preventable, according to the Irish Heart Foundation.
Neasa's dad's death was typical of many of those who die of the disease. He got up in the morning but said he was not feeling well and decided to return to bed again complaining of indigestion. Later, when his wife Maire went to check on him, she found him dead.
"We miss him and we're trying to get on with things but he'll never be forgotten," his daughter said. "We've had great support from people and we're lucky to have good friends."
Neasa is now hoping the charity cycle, 'The Paidi O Se Sportive' will become an annual event.
Meanwhile, cycling legend Sean Kelly led over 500 cyclists in the battle against heart disease in the Sean Kelly Midlands Tour over the Slieve Bloom Mountains yesterday.
The former Tour de France competitor said: "There is hardly a family in the country that has not been touched by heart disease and stroke and we all know someone who has been affected by it."
He said that taking part in the cycle was the first part of the battle as being active and getting regular exercise was one of the best ways of maintaining a healthy heart.