Ireland’s Olympic torch bearers revealed

The Olympic Council of Ireland has released the names of the final seven torch bearers participating in the Olympic Torch Relay through the streets of Dublin on June 6th.

Representing nominations from several interests including the Olympic Council of Ireland and Torch Relay presenting partners, the seven names complete the number of 41 bearers taking part in the the Relay in Dublin – and the list is now closed.

The Olympic Council wishes to thank all the many applicants for their interest and is looking forward to a great day in Dublin for this symbolic and historic visit of the Olympic Flame to Ireland’s capital.

Details of the location of individual torch bearers on the Relay route will be announced on June 5th.

The final additions to the list of Olympic torch bearers are:

GILLIAN GARRETT – 38, from Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow, is a hockey player, coach and umpire in her community where she has set up a hockey club that now involves more than 150 children. She has represented Ireland in hockey at club, provincial and under-21 levels. Nominated by Torch Relay presenting partner Samsung.

DENIS HICKIE – 36, from Dublin’s St. Mary’s RFC, is one of the great names in Leinster and Irish rugby and has earned 51 caps for Ireland as an explosive winger. Now retired from the competitive game, he is one of the top Irish try scorers of all time and has toured with the British & Irish Lions. Nominated by Torch Relay presenting partner Samsung.

AINE HOLDEN – 12, from Ballon/Rathoe, Co. Carlow is the winner of a HSE Community Games nationwide draw to represent over 50,000 children and volunteers who compete in the Community Games each year. She is a student at Gaelscoil Carlow and a keen camogie and football player. Aine is the youngest torch bearer in the Relay. Nominated by The Community Games.

PAMELA LACKEN, 34, from Ballina, Co. Mayo, and living in Ennis, Co. Clare, is one of 200 winners from over 1,700 nominations in the Lloyds Banking Group’s ‘Making a Difference’ Awards campaign in the UK. She travelled to Athens in 2011 as part of the Special Olympics Ireland team of volunteers at the World Summer Games and also volunteers with the Ennis Eagles Bowling club. Nominated by Torch Relay presenting partner Lloyds TSB.

GARRETT MYHAL – is a young man from Dublin who is running in memory of his father, Paul who passed away very recently. Paul was an athlete: competing in runs, cycles and more recently in triathlons. He was a keen sports enthusiast who shared this enthusiasm with Garrett and both helped raise funds for many charities including Focus Ireland and Barretstown. Nominated by Torch Relay presenting partner Samsung.

BRIDGET TAYLOR – from Bray, Co. Wicklow, is representing her four times world boxing champion and Olympian daughter Katie Taylor – as well as the mums of Ireland. Bridget was one of Ireland’s first ever women’s boxing referees and judges and, with husband Peter, has been vital to Katie’s incredible sporting success to date. Nominated by the Olympic Council of Ireland.

RUBY WALSH – 33, from Co. Kildare, is Ireland’s most celebrated jump jockey and a legend in National Hunt racing. With over 1,900 winners in a star-studded career to date, Ruby continues to win honours in Britain and Ireland and is a superb ambassador for the sport and his country. Nominated by the Olympic Council of Ireland.


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