At Midnight last night Enda Kenny stood down as leader of the Fine Gael party. He will continue in the role of Taoiseach until his successor is chosen next month.
His sporting pedigree is impeccable, being the son of Henry Kenny who won an All Ireland with Mayo in 1936 as well as multiple County titles with his club Castlebar Mitchells.
Kenny himself played into his 50’s and is pictured above in action for an Oireachtas team in 2003.
He was also a keen cyclist and golfer, if not at quite the same level as US President Donald Trump and has always taken a keen interest in sporting matters.
His personal support and endorsement for Ireland’s Rugby World Cup bid to bring the tournament here in 2023 has been recognised by those most closely involved as being at the highest level, and he is reported to have made a big impression on the World Rugby team when they visited Dublin earlier this year.
He never got to stand close by to see his Mayo brothers lift Sam Maguire on his watch but he has been to every final as Taoiseach and will likely keep attending Croke Park even in whatever shape his retirement takes.
One of his most notable plaques around the sporting infrastructure will be that on the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena which he declared open in January.
The race is now on to succeed him and while all the candidates will be keen to display their sporting prowess and allegiances in the coming months the current favourite leo Varadkar is notable as being potentially the first Minister for Sport to go on to the highest office in Irish politics.
Here are some more moments from the sporting life and times of Enda Kenny…
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