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Henry Shefflin, Paul McGrath and Shane Horgan to carry Olympic flame

Some of the torchbearers have been revealed ahead of next month’s relay in Dublin.

Henry Shefflin: Kilkenny forward will carry the torch at Croke Park.
Henry Shefflin: Kilkenny forward will carry the torch at Croke Park.
Image: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

SOME OF THOSE who will carry the Olympic torch when it crosses south and heads for Dublin have been revealed.

The flame will be met at the border by Barcelona Olympic boxing heroes Wayne McCullough and Michael Carruth on Wednesday, 6 June before touring the capital with well-known athletes, celebrities and members of the public.

“Never in my life did I ever think something like this would happen to me,” Irish football legend, Paul McGrath said of his inclusion in the relay today.

“I thought I might have played soccer at the Olympics at some stage but never would have thought I would have done something so special as to carry the torch,” he told RTÉ News.

The torch will stop in the Olympic Council of Ireland offices in Howth for a ceremonial reception before taking in locations like Croke Park — where hurling star Henry Shefflin takes centre-stage – as well as Sheriff Street and St Stephen’s Green.

Up to 40 torchbearers will participate over the course of the day — including Jedward.

“I just hope I can keep it alight for my small leg of the relay. But I’m really privileged and delighted to be a small part of it,” former Irish rugby international Shane Horgan told Samantha Libreri.

The Olympic Council of Ireland were not immedaitely available for comment tonight but more details about the event are expected tomorrow.

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