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Murphy was known as ‘the Iron Man’ following his epic 1958 win in the Rás Tailteann Mick Murphy cycling hero Mike Murphy’s victory in the 1958 Ras Tailtean has the whiff of a movie script about it. He was a poor labourer who dreamt of winning Ireland’s toughest cycling race .

In keeping with the best traditions of Hollywood the 26-year-old underdog, after completing an epic journey, crossed the finish line in Dublin as champion. The myth that has grown up around Murphy and his exploits is captured in the following quote from documentary maker Liam O’Brien.

In the case of the Kerry cyclist Mike Murphy, ‘The Iron Man’, the truth exceeds the legend and the legend… Well the legend goes a bit like this: he trained with weights made from stones, he made a living as a circus performer, on one stage in the 1958 Ras, after his bike had broken down, he stole an ordinary bicycle from a farmer and chase down the leading pack.

It’s said that he rode for three days with a broken collarbone, that he would cycle for forty miles having completed a grueling stage just to cool down, that he drank cow’s blood and ate raw meat .it said he was indestructible. O’Brien’s documentary, convict on the road, is the story of Mike Murphy as told in his own words. irishcycling.wordpress.com

ring of kerryIrish political leader in the first half of the 19th century.O’Connell championed Catholic Emancipation and Irish popular politics. In Britain his importance to liberal reform transcended his role as an Irish leader.

In the United States those schooled in his ideas of mass democracy copied his methods. He was remarkably liberal, realising and urging not only the potential of emerging democratic forces but also the liberation of slaves as well as Jewish Emancipation.

He was of course, a famous lawyer and played a prominent part in Irish business. Although O’Connell was sometimes a controversial leader, his ideals are of continuing national and international relevance.

It is the aim of the School to study this many-sided man, the qualities of his thought and performance, and the modern application of these legacies. oconnellsummerschool.com

Maude Jane Delap from Valentia Island (7 December 1866 – 23 July 1953) was a self-taught marine biologist, known for being the first person to breed jellyfish in captivity.Delap had a sea anemone named in her honour, Edwardsia delapiae, which she first recorded in eelgrass on Valentia Island's shores. This anemone is found in shallow sea water and it is unknown outside Valentia Island.

The naming had been suggested by Thomas Alan Stephenson in his book British sea anemones. Stephenson notes in his book that "Miss Delap's skill and persistence in collecting rare species are indefatigable."

In 1936 Delap was made an associate of the Linnean Society of London. She died in July 1953, having been predeceased by all of her siblings, and was buried alongside her sisters near Knightstown, County Kerry.

A plaque was erected to her in 1998 on Valentia Island by the Irish National Committee for Commemorative Plaques in Science and Technology. Maude was also the subject of an art work by Dorothy Cross, exploring her life and interaction with contemporary scientists and artists. www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maude_Delap--

skellig ringHis league and championship career with the Kerry senior team spanned nineteen seasons from 1956 to 1974. O'Connell is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game. Born on Valentia Island, County Kerry, O'Connell was raised in a family that had no real link to Gaelic football.

In spite of this he excelled at the game in his youth and also at Cahersiveen CBS. By his late teens O'Connell had joined the Young Islanders, and won seven South Kerry divisional championship medals in a club career that spanned four decades and included a spell playing with Waterville. He also lined out with South Kerry, winning three county senior championship medals between 1955 and 1958.

O'Connell made his debut on the inter-county scene at the age of eighteen when he was selected for the Kerry minor team. He enjoyed one championship season with the minors, however, he was a Munster runner-up on that occasion. O'Connell subsequently joined the Kerry senior team, making his debut during the 1956 championship.

Over the course of the next nineteen seasons, he won eight All-Ireland medals, beginning with lone triumphs in 1959 and 1962, and culminating in back-to-back championships in 1969 and 1970. O'Connell also won twelve Munster medals, six National Football League medals and was named Footballer of the Year in 1962. He played his last game for Kerry in July 1974. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_OConnell

Winner of Volvo Ocean Race and much more sailing records. He is very well known in international offshore sailing circles and won the 2007/2008 Barcelona World Race, sailing with co-skipper Jean-Pierre Dick on the Open 60 Paprec-Virbac.

He was subsequently described as a national hero and Ireland's top international sailor and was greeted at a reception at the Presidential Residence in Ireland.

Foxall has been around the world on several occasions, including a World Record circumnavigation in early 2004 with Steve Fossett on the G-Class catamaran Cheyenne. He was named Sailor of the Month by Afloat Magazine in March 2004. RECORDS............. 2014 - Winner of Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland (new record) as a crew member of MOD 70 Trimaran Oman Sail 2011 - Winner of Volvo Ocean Race, as a crew member of Groupama sailing team. 2009 - 5th place of Volvo Ocean Race, Green Dragon Racing Team. 2008 - Winner of Barcelona World Race, Paprec Virbac 2, together with Jean-Pierre Dick 2006 - 5th place of Volvo Ocean Race, Ericsson Racing Team, 5th place 2006 -

Winner of Archipelago Raid 2006 together with Magnus Woxen 2005 - Winner of the Oryx Quest, as a crew member of maxi-catamaran Doha 2004 - Round The World absolute record, as a crew member of maxi-catamaran Cheyenne 2004 - K-Challenge Class America, Louis Vuitton Acts. 2004 - Winner of the Transat Québec St-Malo as a crew member of ORMA trimaran Sergio Tacchini. 2003 - Olympic Campaign, Tornado. 2002 - Volvo Ocean Race, Team Tyco, 4th place 2000 - AG2R Double-handed race. 1997 - Solitaire du Figaro. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damian_Foxall

One of the most successful business men to come out of the Skellig Coast.

His company, J Murphy and Sons, was responsible for countless major construction projects over many decades, from second world war runways, through to preparations for the London 2012 Olympics.

At the time of his death he was one of Britain's wealthiest men, worth around £190m, and a yearly fixture on the Sunday Times Rich List. www.theguardian.com/

A Member of the 1st Dáil. In December 1918, Lynch stood as a candidate in the United Kingdom General Election, being elected unopposed as an abstentionist Sinn Féin Member of Parliament for Kerry South, becoming a Member of the 1st Dáil. Apparently his candidature was a surprise as, being imprisoned, Lynch had not been available to sign his assent to his nomination which had been done for him by Michael Collins, without troubling to notify his friend that he had done so. Sinn Féin won an overwhelming majority in Ireland at the 1918 Westminster Election, but did not take up their seats in Westminster in protest. The parliament met in Dublin in January 1919 but Lynch, along with many other members, was unable to attend being imprisoned at the time.

In April 1919 Lynch was transferred to Strangeways prison in Manchester as a political prisoner. He was released from Manchester Jail “time served”, again while on hunger strike, on 19 August 1919 and was met upon release by Paddy O’Donoghue, who passed onto him orders from Michael Collins. Lynch pointed out areas of the prison that were weakly guarded inside, including counting the number of bricks in the walls to estimate the height for the rope ladders.[21] This led to the successful escape of the remaining political prisoners eight weeks later, including Austin Stack and Stack’s father.

As Teachta Dála for Kerry South he spent much time in the county on parliamentary and paramilitary activities. Many meetings were held in Tralee, in the premises of Thomas Slattery an active republican in his hometown who figured prominently in the movement. In November 1919 Lynch married Bridget Slattery, daughter of Tom Slattery, having met at a republican meeting hosted by Tom Slattery in August 1917. After the marriage, which was conducted by his brother, Father John Lynch, Fionán and Bridget got a flat at 98 Pembroke Road, Dublin leaving 44 Mountjoy Street. After September 1919 the Dáil was declared illegal following which it met rarely, but its cabinet held meetings in various different locations across the city, overseeing the guerrilla war that was being fought at that time against the British. Fionán and Bridget hosted some of these cabinet meetings at their flat on Pembroke Road. He was appointed to the GHQ Staff of the IRA as Assistant Director of Organisation under Diarmaid O’ Heigeartaigh in early 1920. Around this time Lynch set up an insurance business and worked part‐ time as an organiser until his re‐arrest on 8 January 1921. He was interned in Ballykinlar internment Camp in County Down, where he was when his father in law died, and was released with the other TD’s on 12 August 1921[22] to attend a meeting of the Dail in Dublin on 16 August 1921. His business collapsed as a result of his internment.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fionán_Lynch

The first Kerryman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. John is from Waterville, and is very active in mountain and coast rescue.

In September, 1961 the men of Company A, led by the hugely admired Commandant Pat Quinlan, eventually found themselves defending the small mining town of Jadotville.

Over six brutal days, 150 troops, designated UN peacekeepers, resisted attacks by around 3,500 rebels led by battle-hardened mercenaries. www.irishtimes.com

One of Ireland's leading poets. His poetry collections include Poems With Amergin (Dublin, Beaver Row Press, 1989); Teanga (Baile Átha Cliath, Coiscéim, 1990); Counsellor (Kerry, Sceilg Press, 1991); Digging Towards The Light (Dublin, Dedalus Press, 1994); In Ainneoin na gCloch (Coiscéim, 2001); Hopkins on Skellig Michael (Dublin, Dedalus Press, 2001);

The Nitpicking of Cranes (Dedalus, 2004); To Ring in Silence, new and selected poems (Dedalus, 2008); My Lord Buddha of Carraig Eanna (Dedalus Press, 2012); and On A Turning Wing (Dedalus Press, 2016). The recipient of the Oireachtas prize for poetry in 2006, Paddy Bushe was also the recipient of the 2006 Michael Hartnett Poetry Award. www.irishwriters-online.com/bushe-paddy/

Mr. Seán (Sceilg) Ó Ceallaigh Profession: Journalist and Author Party: Sinn_Féin (Sinn_Féin members of the 1st Dáil) House: 3rd Dáil Constituency: Louth-Meath Period: 1922-1923 Party: Sinn_Féin House: 2nd Dáil Constituency: Louth-Meath Period: 1921-1922 Party: Sinn_Féin House: 1st Dáil Constituency:

Louth Period: 1919-1921 Party: Sinn_Féin Details 1st Dáil - Leas-Cheann Comhairle from [1 April 1919] Minister for Irish [29 June 1920 to 26 August 1921] 2nd Dáil - Leas-Cheann Comhairle [16 August 1921 to 26 August 1921] Minister for Education [26 August 1921 to 9 January 1922 3rd Dáil - He did not take his seat He was defeated in the 1923 election.http://www.oireachtas.ie/.

One of the Greatest Footballers & Mangers of all time. Michael "Mick" O'Dwyer (born 9 June 1936) is an Irish retired Gaelic football manager and former player. He most famously managed the Kerry senior team between 1974 and 1989, during which time he became the county's longest-serving manager and most successful in terms of major titles won. O'Dwyer is regarded as the greatest manager in the history of the game. Born in Waterville, County Kerry, O'Dwyer was introduced to Gaelic football by the local national school teacher who organized games between schools in the area. He enjoyed divisional championship success during a thirty-year club career with Waterville. O'Dwyer also won three championship medals with South Kerry.

O'Dwyer made his debut on the inter-county scene at the age of seventeen when he first linked up with the Kerry minor team. An All-Ireland runner-up in this grade, O'Dwyer subsequently made his senior debut during the 1956–57 league. He went on to play a key role for Kerry in attack during a hugely successful era, and won four All-Ireland medals, eleven Munster medals and seven National Football League medals. He was an All-Ireland runner-up on five occasions. As a member of the Munster inter-provincial team, O'Dwyer won one Railway Cup medal in 1972. Throughout his inter-county career he made 48 championship appearances. O'Dwyer retired from inter-county football following the conclusion of the 1974 championship. O'Dywer was appointed manager of the Kerry senior team prior to the start of the 1974-75 league. He went on to lead Kerry through a period of unprecedented provincial and national dominance, winning twenty two major honours. These include eight All-Ireland Championships, including a record-equaling four-in-a-row between 1978 and 1981 and a three-in-a-row between 1984 and 1986, eleven Munster Championships in twelve seasons and three National Leagues, including two league-championship doubles. O'Dwyer simultaneously took charge of the Kerry under-21 team, winning three successive All-Ireland Championships.

His tenure in charge of the Munster team saw the province claim six Railway Cups. After ending his fifteen-year managerial tenure with Kerry, O'Dwyer moved to Leinster where he took charge of Kildare between 1990 and 1994. After making Kildare a competitive footballing force during that period, he was reappointed for a second tenure in 1996. O'Dwyer ended a 42-year provincial famine with the securing of two Leinster titles, while Kildare also made their first All-Ireland final appearance in seventy years. In 2002 O'Dwyer moved to Laois where he helped end a 57-year wait for a Leinster title. O'Dwyer remained in Leinster after his Laois tenure and began a five-year stint as Wicklow manager in 2006. In spite of enjoying little championship success, Wicklow secured the Tommy Murphy Cup in 2007. O'Dwyer ended his managerial career with an unsuccessful one-year stint in charge of Clare.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MickODwyer