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Olympic Torch Begins Five-Day Relay of Ireland

3rd June 2012
Olympic Torch Begins Five-Day Relay of Ireland

#OLYMPICS - The Olympic torch lit up the slipways of Harland and Wolff - where the Titanic was built a century ago - in Belfast this morning as the five-day relay through Ireland begins.

The torch will follow a route looping around the six counties, and also includes a whistle-stop tour of Dublin as a symbol of Anglo-Irish goodwill, according to The Irish Times.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Irish canoe slalom paddler Matthew Sykes will be among those carrying the torch in Dundonald later today.

"To be the first deaf person in Northern Ireland to be chosen is a real privilege and I think it will be a great experience," he told IrishCanoeSlalom.com.

The torch will come to Dublin on Wednesday 6 June, where it will visit the Olympic Council of Ireland headquarters in Howth - birthplace of the Howth Seventeen class - and be the focal point of celebrations at St Stephen's Green.

The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

Published in Olympics 2012
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