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Cillian 'thrilled' to get Olympic torch honour

TEENAGER Cillian Kirwan is set to become the first person to carry the Olympic torch on its arrival in Dublin on Wednesday.

He will carry the torch to Olympic House on its arrival at Howth at 8am, and be met by President Michael D Higgins.

Cillian (16) has just finished transition year at St Fintan's High School in Sutton which nominated him for the task.

Speaking to the Herald, he said: "It's going to be a brilliant experience. It's fantastic.

"I'm thrilled that I got picked to do it."

He said that he intends to enjoy it, and savour the moment, in what is a once-in-a -lifetime opportunity.

Excitement has been building in the area in advance of the event, with Fingal County Council advising spectators to assemble from 6.30am.


School principal Mary Fox said: "We applied when we heard about the torch relay to be involved. We heard a couple of months ago that we were allowed to select a student who would represent both the school and Fingal.

"Cillian is on our all-Ireland winning intermediate cross country team. He represents his school on the Gaelic football and hurling teams."

She said: "We are a sports mad school. We have 12 competitive sports."

The torch will come south of the border on Wednesday for a six-hour window which will include a civic event in Howth, a run on the roof at Croke Park and a relay around Dublin.

On the day, Jedward will join Irish Olympic medallists Sonia O'Sullivan, Ronnie Delaney, Kenny Egan and John Treacy among the torchbearers carrying the Olympic flame. There will be 41 torch bearers who will carry the flame in a relay around the capital.