Last month one of the Olympic Torches that was used in the relay from London to Belfast and throughout Northern Ireland for the 2012 London Olympic Games made a very special visit to Co Leitrim.
As part of the visit the Torch was shown to some very excited school children at Drumcong NS in an event which is sure to be one of the highlights of their school year.
The Torch Bearer, Brian MacAuley has given it on loan to people to share with their communities throughout the island of Ireland. Brian’s wish is to give people the possibility of creating closeness ,love and community.
He is the Chief Executive of Dungannon Enterprise Centre and a graduate of Landmark Education which provides personal and professional transformative education to people from all walks of life.
Brian was nominated to carry the torch by his local community because of his work helping his local economy, by supporting new and growing entrepreneurs. He also provides support and mentoring programmes for community groups and charities including Cancer Choices, Age Concern and St Vincent De Paul.
Through my participation in a S.E.L.P (Self Expression and Leadership) programme I got the opportunity to bring the torch to Lovely Leitrim. It was well received by people of all age groups in schools, sports fields, the local rowing club and with many family, friends and neighbours.
Some Facts about the Torch
• The torch has 8,000 holes to symbolise the number of torch bearers and the number of miles the flame travelled from Mount Olympus to the Olympic stadium.
• Only the torch bearers got to buy their own torches and they get to keep them in their possession (however some are being sold on e bay to raise money for different charities).
• The torch is made from an alloy used in the car industry and is gold plated.
• The Olympic flame created a burn pattern on the head and is called “The Finger print” and when one Olympic Torch is lit from another torch it is romantically called “The Kiss”.
It is a great privilege to bring this torch to Leitrim and I am indebted to Maeve, Mick and Sinéad and members of the Local Garda Síochana especially Detective Donnelly for helping bring it to many individuals in Co Leitrim and our neighbours in Co Longford.