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Olympic Torch will go to Dublin

8 December, 2011 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed news that the Olympic Torch is to go to Dublin in June 2012.

The International Olympic Committee today confirmed that the torch will travel across Ireland and will be in Dublin on 6 June.

The Minister said: “I am delighted that the spirit of the Olympic Torch will come to all parts of this island. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the people of this island.

“The Olympic flame is a very iconic symbol of coming together in friendship to compete through sport. It is a flame which I think has the ability to inspire our young people to get involved in sport and I want everyone to be inspired by its history and purpose.

“The torch’s journey will promote Ireland to an international audience and will bring benefits to the tourism and hospitality sectors here – it has the potential to bring a timely and welcome economic boost to us in 2012.

“The torch’s journey will be broadcast via a 24/7 website. It will visit many areas of outstanding natural beauty and will also showcase our amazing built environment. From new iconic buildings in Belfast to the many ancient monuments and heritage sites that reveal the diversity of our shared history.

“ Concluding, the Minister said: “This event will build on the success of the MTV music awards and once again show people across the world that Ireland is the place to visit in 2012. In a few short months after the torch visits we will host the 2013 City of Culture in Derry and the World Police and Fire Games. The torch's iconic visit marks the start of an exciting period of intense sport, art and cultural activity. I call on everyone to join the celebration."

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