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Probe into why 'Eternal Flame' stopped burning

Published 02/07/2013 | 05:42

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The ‘Eternal Flame’ structure in New Ross with no flame burning last Wednesday.

THE MANUFACTURERS of the JFK Eternal Flame in New Ross have carried out a series of technical examinations on the torch, after it went out for some time last Wednesday – just four days after it was lit.

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The Eternal Flame was brought from John F Kennedy's grave at Arlington Cemetery to New Ross, leading to international headlines.

Passers-by were shocked to see that the flame was extinguished on Wednesday night.

Describing the extinguishing of the flame as a 'teething problem', Town Manager Eamonn Hore said it had been anticipated that the flame would go out on occasion.

'Plans had been put in place well in advance of the lighting ceremony to deal with any eventuality. The flame from Arlington remains lighting and safe in not one but three Kennedy lamps which travelled by land, air and sea from the President's graveside to New Ross.'

Mr. Hore said the Emigrant Flame was re-established from the Kennedy lamp flames on Wednesday night, adding that Olympic torch manufacturers Bullfinch travelled to New Ross last week for two days to carry out detailed technical checks.

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