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Sarah Shaffi, Olympics editor (news)
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The Olympic Flame was carried across the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, taken to the Giant’s Causeway and visited Dunluce Castle on day 17 of the Olympic Torch relay.
The Flame travelled 45.15 miles from Coleraine to Derry/Londonderry and was carried by 60 torchbearers.
An eight man rowing boat helped take the Flame along the River Bann, before it was carried by Seamus Reynolds, 47, from Coleraine. He was nominated for his time and commitment to rowing in the local area.
Mark Horton, 32, from Coleraine, carried the Flame onto Downhill Beach with the Mussenden Temple on the hill in the background. He was selected for his time and dedication to improving the local river.
Isobel Coote, 58, from Ballygawley, was nominated for being an inspirational mother and grandmother, employer, community organiser and friend.
She carried the Flame to the middle of the Peace Bridge where she handed it to Meabh Fisher, 13, from Derry/Londonderry. Meabh was nominated for her bravery in battling a permanent health condition. Meabh was born prematurely and developed necrotising enterocolitis resulting in her needing a resection of the bowel.
The last torchbearer of the day in Derry/Londonderry was Darrel Harpur, from Strabane, who has special educational needs and spent a significant amount of his primary school education in a school-based special unit catering for his needs. He successfully made the transition into mainstream post primary education and has shown a determination to succeed in all activities he has undertaken.
Other torchbearers during the day included Antony Brown, 34, from Derry/Londonderry, who was nominated by one of his parents for his youth and Search and Rescue work.
Sean McGoldrick, 60, from Portstewart, was the BBC Northern Ireland Sport Unsung Hero 2011 for his involvement in the coaching of Gaelic Games in the Eoghan Roe, Coleraine club over the last 25 years.
Sinead Hughes, 32, from Armagh, carried the Flame in Bellarena. Sinead helped raise £20,000 for the Celine Sheridan Trust, setting up a series of events including an Irish Dancing show which alone raised £12,000. The proceeds meant Sinead’s friend Celine was able to travel to America for life saving brain surgery.
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