On Wednesday 6th June, the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay travelled 124.97 miles through four communities on its way from Dublin to Belfast.
Starting at the Skywalk at Croke Park, 91 Torchbearers carried the Flame on its way through Dublin, Newry, Lisburn and Belfast, ending up at the City Hall, for an evening of music and celebration
The torch bearers from Dublin to Newry included Sonia O’Sullivan, who won a silver medal in the 5000m at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. She also competed in Barcelona Olympics Games 1992, Atlanta Olympics Games 1996 and subsequently the Athens Games 2004, Olympic boxer Michael Carruth, who won a boxing gold medal at the Barcelona Games in 1992 and is the only Irish Boxer to have won gold at the Olympics. John and Edward Grimes, who are better known as pop duo ‘Jedward’ and Irish rugby players Shane Horgan and Denis Hickie
Other Torchbearers on the route from Newry to Lisburn and on to Belfast included our own ‘Golden Girl’, Olympian Dame Mary Peters, Olympic boxer Wayne McCullough, who won a silver medal at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, TV and radio presenter, Colin Murray and Alvin Patterson, who was selected through the Lloyds TSB public nomination campaign, who is pictured carry the flame past Johnson Brothers on the Hillsborough Old Road, Lisburn, where staff and spectators turned out to lend their support.
Alvin Patterson is pictured carrying the Olympic flame past Johnson Brothers on the Hillsborough Old Road, Lisburn, where staff and spectators turned out to lend their support.