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Thursday 14 December 2017

BOD in running to carry Olympic torch with Sonia

BRIAN O'Driscoll is being tipped to carry the Olympic torch through Dublin alongside athlete Sonia O'Sullivan.

It has been confirmed that Olympic medalist O'Sullivan will run down O'Connell Street carrying the Olympic torch next summer when it arrives in the Republic for the first time.

Up to 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 with 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 to the OCI base, Howth, in north Dublin before arriving at Croke Park.

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