Following extensive international negotiations, the iconic Olympic Flame will cross the Border as part of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on June 6 next.
This symbolic visit has been arranged to shine a light on the rich heritage and sporting ambitions of Ireland, north and south.
The Olympic Flame will travel over the Border early morning on the sixth at which there will be a ceremonial ‘handing over’ of the Flame.
It will then be driven to the Olympic Council of Ireland offices in the beautiful harbour village of Howth, Co Dublin for a ceremonial reception.
It will then be transferred by car to Dublin city centre and a limited group of up to 40 Torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame throughout the city on a tour of the Capital’s historic features.
Proceedings will culminate in a mid-morning celebration event at a Dublin city centre location, probably Merrion Square.
Further details of the crossing point, the route around Dublin, the selection processes for the torch bearers and the overall event programme will be confirmed and communicated on the Olympic Council of Ireland website in late February.
Pat Hickey, President of the Olympic Council of Ireland said: ” I am delighted that the Olympic Flame will visit the Republic for what will be a historic occasion. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate Ireland’s rich sporting heritage and an opportunity for the local community to be part of the exciting build up to the London Olympic Games. We are grateful for the support of all involved and we look forward to working together to deliver an event of which we will all be proud.”