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Saturday 25 January 2020

Olympic torch to be carried across Croke Park 'skywalk'

Allison Bray

TORCHBEARERS carrying the Olympic Flame will be among the first people to cross the new glass walkway over Croke Park known as 'the skywalk' when the torch arrives here in June.

The stadium's new state-of-the-art rooftop is due to open in May, barely a month before the Olympic flame arrives in Dublin on June 6 as part of its mammoth 70-day relay journey across the UK and Ireland, carried by some 7,000 torchbearers.

The Olympic torch is to travel through more than 60 villages and towns in the North after arriving in Belfast on June 3, it was confirmed yesterday.

It will then travel to Croke Park on June 6 and be carried across the walkway over the pitch.

From there, it will be taken to Dublin city centre where champion runner Sonia O'Sullivan will be the first Olympic torchbearer to relay it through the streets of the capital.

Olympic medallist boxers Michael Carruth and Wayne McCullough will also be involved in handing over the torch at the Border.

An average of 115 torchbearers a day will carry the flame during the nationwide relay in the UK and Ireland from May 19 to July 27, all the way to the opening ceremony in Stratford, east London.

Irish Independent

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