Saturday 17 March 2018

Sonia to run with Olympic flame in capital

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

OLYMPIC medalist Sonia O'Sullivan will run down O'Connell Street carrying the Olympic torch this summer as it visits the Republic for the first time.

Up to 40 torchbearers -- including top sports stars -- will do a 12km circuit of the city as part of the London 2012 Olympic celebrations in June.

Ms O'Sullivan, who won a silver medal for the 5,000-metre run in the Sydney Olympics in 2000, will be the first high-profile sporting figure to be handed the Olympic torch in Dublin city centre as part of a symbolic cross-border ceremony on June 6.


A spokesman for the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) last night confirmed that Ms O'Sullivan, as Chef de Mission of the Irish Olympic squad in London, will be handed the torch when it arrives at the Garden of Remembrance for the two-and-a-half hour ceremony in Dublin before it returns to the North.

A succession of runners will run with the torch from Croke Park after it arrives in a ceremonial convoy travelling from the North, where it will be handed over to fellow Olympic medalist Michael Carruth from boxer Wayne McCullough at the Border at Carrickarnon, Co Louth. Schoolchildren from Newry, Co Down, and Dundalk, Co Louth, will also take part.

It will then travel by convoy to the home of the OCI in Howth in north Dublin before arriving at Croke Park.

Ms O'Sullivan will run with the torch down O'Connell Street before handing it over to another sports star -- possibly Ireland rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll -- at O'Connell Bridge.

Irish Independent

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