Irish eyes are smiling south of the border
Dubliners have been called on to line the streets of the Irish capital today as the Olympic Torch tours the only city outside the UK.
Jedward will be among more than 40 torchbearers taking part in a historic trip south of the border.
J o c k e y R u b y Wa l s h , Olympic winning runners Sonia O’Sullivan and Ronnie Delany, and former footballers and rugby stars will also take part in the event, which includes a 44metre high run along the Skyline roof at Croke Park stadium.
Pat Hickey, president of the Olympic Council of Ireland, said organisers appealed to have the torch brought into the jurisdiction for the symbolic visit.
He said: “We will never have the Olympic Games in Dublin and the nearest we are ever going to come to it is the London Games, so to have the torch relay on our part of the island is quite unique and historical.
“I think in years to come people will look back and say, ‘That must have been great’. We got a special derogation for it to move from Belfast to Dublin and we see the crossing of the border as a way of celebrating peace in Northern Ireland for the last 15 years.”
The Olympic Torch’s tour of Ireland began in Belfast on Sunday, with 400 torchbearers taking part in a four-day relay around Northern Ireland.
An early-morning border ceremony will be held as the torch travels to the Republic, with the handover between Irish Olympic boxing medallists Wayne McCull ough, a Protest ant from Belfast, and Michael Carruth, a Catholic from Dublin, who became friends during the 1992 Games in Barcelona.
More than 5,000 people are expected in Howth as Irish President Michael D Higgins greets the first Dublin torchbearer.
The convoy will move on
“To have the torch relay on our part of the island is unique”
to Croke Park – the home of GAA – before the first leg of the city relay starts.
The torch will pass several historical sites including the Garden of Rememb r a n c e , G P O, C u s t o m House, River Liffey, Merrion Square, St Patrick Cathedral, Christchurch and Dublin Castle before making the journey back to Northern Ireland.
Ireland’s most famous Olympian, 77-year-old Delany, Paralympian Anne Ebbs, 71, and boxer Kenneth Egan will be among the relay team. rial interests, into whether Mr Hunt broke the rules too.
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