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Greater Belfast to host Paralympic Torch Relay in 2012

15 September, 2011 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

The Greater Belfast area will play a major part in the Paralympic Torch Relay in the run up to the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Building on the traditional Torch Relay format, the Paralympic Torch Relay will begin on Friday 24 August 2012 with the first flame-lighting event in London. Greater Belfast will host a flame-lighting event on 25 August 2012, followed by Edinburgh and Cardiff on 26 and 27 August.

Welcoming today’s announcement, Minister for sport, Carál Ní Chuilín, said: “This is another wonderful opportunity for the north of Ireland to showcase its culture, heritage and sporting talent to the world and to be part of the festival of celebrations leading up to the 2012 Games. Individuals and communities will have a unique chance to become involved in the festivities and be part of this globally-significant event. I would encourage everyone to take part.”

The Paralympic Torch Relay will showcase the very best of teamwork, shining a light on those who are working together to reach a collective goal and the amazing feats that have been achieved through individuals combining their skills and abilities.

The Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile, said: “I am very proud to be able to say that we will be playing a key part in heralding the beginning of the 2012 Paralympic Games, and would encourage everyone to get involved in the Flame Festival and the activities leading up to it, so that our moment will be truly memorable.”

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