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Jimmy Deenihan and Sonia O’Sullivan to harness pedal power in Killarney in aid of Temple Street

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FORMER Government Minister and Kerry footballer Jimmy Deenihan will be joined by a host of hugely accomplished speakers for a corporate cycling forum in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital taking place on Friday, June 30, in the Europe Hotel in Killarney.

The ‘Contribution of Cycling to a Healthier Workforce’ forum takes place on the weekend of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle and along with a host of high profile CEOs, Mr Deenihan has secured Irish Olympian Sonia O’Sullivan to speak at the event before she takes on the 180km cycle the following day.

The forum will take place between 3pm and 5pm and will address the benefits of encouraging cycling in the workplace. Experts will weigh in on how this can lead to a healthier lifestyle, personal wellbeing and development as well as relationship building within the work place along with networking and team building.

Tickets for the event cost €50 with all proceeds going to Temple Street Children’s Hospital, one of the charities aligned with the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. Tickets can be purchased in advance via: https://goo.gl/VeWAuS

Other speakers on the day will include Ollie Brogan MD of ESB International, Barney Whelan formerly of An Post, Joyce Farrell HR Manager of ESB International and Jim Breen CEO of Pulse Learning.

Before the event Jimmy Deenihan said: “I am delighted to be involved in the ‘Contribution of Cycling to a Healthier Workforce’ forum. It is now, more than ever, so important to look after ourselves both mentally as well as physically and cycling is an outlet that can help this tenfold. The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is the perfect event for our forum to coincide with as the biggest one day charity fundraising event in Ireland and we are thrilled that the money raised will go directly to one of the beneficiary charities of this year’s cycle.”

Speaking ahead of the cycle Sonia O’Sullivan said: “I am really looking forward to taking part in the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. I have been cycling regularly to prepare for the 180km cycle but can’t wait to appreciate the stunning scenery that Kerry has to offer especially as this is a cycle to enjoy and not a race.” She went on to say: “I’m excited to share my enjoyment of cycling with other cycling enthusiasts at the ‘Contribution of Cycling to a Healthier Workforce’ forum where we all share a common bond in the joy of cycling and how it keeps us both mentally and physically fit.”

To book tickets for the forum visit the website and for more information on the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle visit www.ringofkerrycycle.ie

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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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