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READY, SET, GO: Members of the Tangney family, Christine, Susan and Siobhan with Denis Geaney, organiser and 'Team Geaney' cyclists, support crews Sergeant Gearoid Keating, and Garda Donncha O’Brien, ready to set off on the Ring of Kerry Cycle fundraiser for Gene Tangney, in aid of University Hospital Kerry ICU unit. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

 

 

By Michelle Crean

Although frail and in need of more rehabilitation and ongoing treatment, Gene Tangney from the Black Valley was finally released on Friday evening last after four long months battling the horrific effects of COVID-19.

And it was an emotional day for him and his family to finally get him home after being placed in an induced coma and ventilator to assist in his breathing for three months.

However, although still frail from his battle, a determined Gene bravely took some time the following day to briefly meet cyclists who were returning from a fundraising charity cycle for the ICU department in UHK in his honour.

On Saturday morning, before they set off from the Gleneagle Hotel on the Ring of Kerry cycle, Denis Geaney and his ‘Team Geaney’ were thrilled when greeted with the amazing news from the Tangney family.

“Honestly this was the most enjoyable charity cycle in all my 37 years of the event," organiser Denis Geaney said.

"The HSE and Government restrictions due to COVID-19 pandemic didn’t deter our team and amazing Tangney family of raising money and lifting peoples' spirits. For Gene this was so important, and receiving the wonderful news on Saturday morning, there were so many reasons to sing and dance our way around the Ring of Kerry. The kindness and hospitality shown by everyone, from the Red Fox Inn in Glenbeigh, The Market House in Cahersiveen, Brendan and Carmel Galvin from the Siopa Dubh in Castlecove, and Patrick O’Donoghue of the Gleneagle Hotel, was just incredible. The support crew, Jimmy O’Callaghan, Ned Buckley, Connie Hurley, Declan Tangney, O’Sullivan's Bike Shop, Chris Manton, the musicians Mike Cronin and Mike Doyle. We are so grateful to Sergeant Gearoid Keating and Garda Donncha O’Brien who kept us safe on the roads.”

 

[caption id="attachment_33180" align="alignleft" width="326"] Musicians Mike Cronin and Mike Doyle, Jimmy O’Callaghan, Batt O’Sullivan, Carmel Galvin (Proprietor) and Seanie O’Donoghue dancing at An Siopa Dubh Castlecove. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan[/caption]

The cycling singers attracted much attention in Coomakista, set dancing with bikes, notably Batt O’Sullivan and Derry Healy. The sing-song continued to the Siopa Dubh in Castlecove with Carmel Galvin giving a rendition of the 'Rose of Tralee' and dancing with Seanie ‘The Gentleman Farmer’ O’Donoghue. There was more singing and dancing in Sneem, before the last stop at Moll’s Gap, followed by a heroe's welcome home at the INEC, Killarney.

Gene, together with all the Tangney family, especially his son Feidhlim and daughter Fiadhna, his sisters Siobhan, Susan, Irene, Mary Rose, brother Derry, nieces and nephews, Gary, Christina, Claire, Michelle and Sinead, are so grateful to the medical team and hospital staff in UHK and the 100,000 friends and well-wishers who lit candles in solidarity with Gene on Easter Monday night at 9pm. It kept them all going throughout his long ordeal.

So far, the fundraising effort has raised close to €20,000 and is still rising for University Hospital Kerry's (UHK) ICU department. To donate to the GoFundMe: Gene Tangney cycle for UHK I.C.U. The page will stay open until the end of August.

[caption id="attachment_33179" align="alignleft" width="1024"] The Tangney Michael (Dyke) Tangney (centre), Fiadhna, Feidhlim, Irene, Susan and Siobhan, Joanna, Claire, Sinead, Michelle, Gareth, at the INEC, Killarney, ready to welcome home the Team Geaney cyclists. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_33177" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Team Geaney and support crews, arriving to the INEC, Killarney after completing the Ring of Kerry Cycle Fundraiser for Gene Tangney, in aid of University Hospital Kerry. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan[/caption]

 

 

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Weird and wonderful insurance policies

As it is January I thought I would start the year on a light hearted note. Lloyds of London is an insurance marketplace founded in a London coffee shop over 300 years ago. Today it is the world’s leading market for specialist insurance, from large maritime risks to space satellites. Here are some of the […]

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As it is January I thought I would start the year on a light hearted note.

Lloyds of London is an insurance marketplace founded in a London coffee shop over 300 years ago. Today it is the world’s leading market for specialist insurance, from large maritime risks to space satellites.

Here are some of the more interesting and obscure insurance policies put in place over the years.
· David Beckham insured his legs with Lloyds for £100m in 2006

· Dolly Parton has insured her 40dd breasts for £3.8m

· Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards hands are insured for $1.6m

· Michael Flatleys legs were insured for $47 Million. The policy was only in effect when he was touring and forbade him from dancing except on stage.

· James Dean took out a life policy for $100,000 just a week before his tragic death at the age of 25

· The actor Richard Burton purchased a 69.42 carat diamond from Cartier for $1.1 Million in 1969 as a gift for Elizabeth Taylor. It was the world’s most expensive diamond at the time. Once Lloyds had insured the diamond they specified that Taylor should wear it in public for only 30 days a year and even then be protected by security guards. The diamond was sold in 1978 for an estimated $5 Million which would equate to roughly $19 Million today.

· According to novelist and inventor Arthur C Clarke, director Stanley Kubrick wanted to take out insurance with Lloyds to protect himself against losses in the event that extra-terrestrial intelligence was discovered before his movie, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ was released. Lloyds refused to quote for this one.

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Kerry to feature in new TG4 documentary on Wild Atlantic Way

Three episodes of a new ten-part TG4 series on the Wild Atlantic Way were filmed in County Kerry. The series, which started last Wednesday night this week, and continues every Wednesday for the next nine weeks, follows the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kerry. In this series ‘An Cósta Thiar’, presenter Áine Ní Bhreisleáin gains […]

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Three episodes of a new ten-part TG4 series on the Wild Atlantic Way were filmed in County Kerry.

The series, which started last Wednesday night this week, and continues every Wednesday for the next nine weeks, follows the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kerry.

In this series ‘An Cósta Thiar’, presenter Áine Ní Bhreisleáin gains an insight into the culture, challenges and benefits of living by the Atlantic and to find out if seawater still flows through the veins of its coastal communities.

On her travels, Áine will meet with the people of the coast, both young and old. She will spend time in the company of people who live and work by the sea, learning more about the attraction of these areas, and this life, through their eyes, stories and experiences. She will meet those communities and people who have a strong affinity with the coast and the sea, through new businesses, traditional livelihoods, recreational activities, ecology, birdwatching, eco-tours, swimming, boats (of all kinds) and more.

Áine began her journey at home in Gaoth Dobhair and heads to the wilds of Árainn Mhóir on the second leg of journey.
The third show platforms south Donegal while in week 4, Áine heads to the beautiful Achill Island.

Half way through her journey from Donegal to Kerry, Áine is in Carna in Conamara while in the the sixth programme, Áine continues her journey on the Galway coast, this time in Cois Fharraige

Áine visits Inis Oírr in the seventh programme, the smallest of the three Oileán Árainn, to explore how life has changed for islanders in recent generations through fishing, farming, tourism and sport.

In programme eight, Áine continues her journey, heading for the West Kerry coastline this time around, rowing with a local musician, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, a boatbuilder Eddie Hutch and even All-Ireland champions in Cumann Rámhaíochta an Daingin. She investigates the attraction of sea swimming for local women with local group ‘Snámh for the Soul’ goes foraging and paddleboarding with a woman who lives and breathes the sea and all it has to offer, Susan Feirtéar.

In the penultimate programme, Áine continues on her journey around the Corca Dhuibhne coast, exploring the history of trade in An Daingean with Brenda Uí Shúilleabháin and how the coast inspires artists with the talented Tomáisín Ó Cíobháin. She takes a class with local yoga instructor, Ails Ní Chonchúir and heads out to sea with local guide, Eoghan Ó Slatara, to learn about the islands on the west Kerry coast and she tastes some local seafood but she has to cook it first at the Dingle Cookery School.

Áine ends her journey in Uíbh Ráthach, in South Kerry. She gains a different perspective on the sea while snorkling with Gráinne Ní Ailín from Sea Synergy and surfing with Cian O’Connor, explores the long history of this coastal community from the time of the Milesians with poet and historian, Paddy Bushe, and learns about the Seine boat with a local TikToker, Séaghan Ó Suilleabháin, better known as The Kerry Cowboy, and is there a better way to finish her journey than a first visit to the majestic Sceilg islands?

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