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Torchbearer Peter Jack carrying the flame at the Giant's Causeway yesterday. Ben Birchall/LOCOG/Press Association Images
Olympic torch

Olympic torch travels to Newry ahead of Dublin visit

The Olympic flame is due in the Republic early tomorrow after crossing over the border at Newry.

WITH 52 DAYS TO go until the opening of the Olympic Games in London, the Olympic torch is being brought to Newry today, with the flame due to be carried by vehicle to Dublin city tomorrow morning.

Today the flame leaves Derry for Newry, with a route that travels through Strabane, Omagh, Enniskillen, Armagh and Portadown.

President Michael D Higgins will greet the flame’s arrival in Howth tomorrow morning at 7.40am. After travelling through Dublin city, the flame is due to reach St Stephen’s Green at 11.40am.

Anyone due to sit state exams in Howth tomorrow is advised to allow extra time for their journey. A garda spokesperson said that gardaí have already notified any schools which may be affected by the relay in the area tomorrow morning.

Gardaí say that spectators who wish to watch the flame’s relay leg through the Republic will be accommodated on footpaths along the relay route, but warn that no contact is allowed with the torchbearers. Any spectators attending the relay route are being asked to comply with the instructions of stewards and gardaí.

Tomorrow’s torchbearers for the Dublin stage of the Olympic flame’s relay include Shane Horgan, Ruby Walsh, Jedward, Henry Shefflin, Ronnie Delany, John Treacy, Paul McGrath, Katie Taylor’s mother Bridget Taylor and Denis Hickie.

After being paraded through Dublin, the flame will return to Newry and travels on to Belfast on Thursday.

Here’s today’s route map:

Read: Paul McCartney to close London Olympics >

In pictures: Olympic flame taken on a tour of Northern Ireland >

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