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Thursday 21 September 2017

Thousands line streets for Olympic Torch relay

Victoria O'Hara

THOUSANDS of people lined the streets of Belfast yesterday to witness the historic moment the Olympic Torch arrived for its five-day relay in Ireland, which will include a visit to Dublin.

Shortly after dawn the Torch Relay -- involving scores of local heroes -- began in the shadows of the iconic Titanic Building.

During the first 24 hours the flame was carried by 132 people through Belfast, north Down, and Newtownabbey and later along the backdrop of the Antrim coast.

It was 6am when the first leg of the 126-mile relay was run by torchbearer Karen Marshall from Tynan.

Ms Marshall, who had Crohn's disease for 14 years, was selected because of her volunteer work.

There will be a short ceremony near the Border as the torch travels to the Republic on Wednesday, with the handover between Irish Olympic boxing legends Wayne McCullough from Belfast, and Michael Carruth from Dublin.

Its journey will end with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron at London's Olympic Stadium on July 27.

Irish Independent

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