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Ireland’s torch-carrying athletes for Dublin named

THE first Irish sportsman to qualify for Olympics 2012 will carry the Olympic torch through Dublin.

Marathon runner Mark Kenneally, who qualified for the London Games last October, will be among the torchbearers chosen to represent Trinity College Dublin.

Natalya Coyle and Aine Ni Choisdealbha will also carry the flame through Dublin as it travels on its 70 day journey before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Natalya, a student of business, economics and social studies, is also one of the university's top athletes and is on course for qualification to London 2012 in the sport of Modern Pentathlon.

Mark, a PhD student in physiology, said: "This is a huge honour for me to be given this opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame in my own home town. Having qualified for the Olympics it is an extra special year for me participating in the Olympic Torch Relay."

Meanwhile Aine, who is studying for a MSc in neuroscience, was last year awarded a prestigious Trinity Gold Medal for the results achieved in her psychology degree. The campaigner for social issues affecting young women has also been involved in the programme which provides tuition to children from disadvantaged areas of Dublin city.

The Olympic Flame, which will travel through more than 1000 cities, towns and villages across the UK and Ireland, will be carried through the streets of Dublin on June 6.

Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Trinity's Vice Provost for Global Relations, said it was a great privilege for its students and graduates to participate in such a historic and global event - as part of Samsung's nomination programme.

"Our selected students are excellent ambassadors for the college and role models for young people," he said.

"It is appropriate that they should carry the Olympic Flame on the world stage on behalf of Trinity and Ireland, in recognition of their civic engagement and achievement in sports and studies."