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Taoiseach Enda Kenny with his son Ferdia and Transport Minister Leo Varadkar at the start line Photo by: Irish Independent

Irish leader Enda Kenny completes 111 mile Ring of Kerry cycle for charity

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny with his son Ferdia and Transport Minister Leo Varadkar at the start line Photo by: Irish Independent

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his 18-year-old son Ferdia cycled along with 8,500 others to complete the 111miles (180km) Ring of Kerry charity cycle.

This was the Taoiseach's sixth completion of the charity event, and his son's second. Joining them was Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan and Transport Minister Leo Varadkar, who related that before this, the farthest cycle he'd taken was 25miles (40km).

This was the charity's 30th year, and is the biggest one-day fundraising event in Munster. The funds raised go to various worthy Kerry-based charities. To date, the Ring of Kerry Cycle has raised over $7.3m (€5.7m).

Also taking part in the cycle was Sean Og O'Leary, in his second time completing the race in honor of his brother Paud, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver as he was preparing for the race last July. The driver in question has never been caught.

Between the cycle and the Munster football final, there was an estimated total of 70,000 visitors to Killarney this weekend.

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