Olympic torch visits Enniskillen Castle and Marble Arch Caves
Published: 5th Jun 2012 07:35:57
The Olympic torch will visit Enniskillen Castle and the Marble Arch Caves when it travels from Londonderry to Newry on day 18 of the relay.
After leaving Derry, the flame will travel more than 146 miles through communities including Bready, Ballymagorry, Clogher and Banbridge.
It is due to reach Enniskillen, the furthest point west that the torch relay reaches, at about noon.
Newry's Páirc Esler stadium will host the evening celebrations.
The first of Tuesday's 98 torchbearers is 46-year-old Gavin Bate who will carry the flame through Derry's Guildhall Square.
He took on a solo three-month trip across the Sahara Desert at the age of 21 that nearly cost him his life.
Yvonne Bowles, 56, who has been involved with the Girl Guide movement for more than 40 years, will take the torch to Enniskillen Castle.
The flame will also visit the limestone formations of the Marble Arch Caves, 12 miles (19km) outside Enniskillen.
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Later, three members of a family from Lisburn will all carry the flame in Fivemiletown.
Day 18 will end when the final torchbearer, Ryan Cinnamond from Newry, carries the flame into the Páirc Esler for the evening celebration where a cauldron will be lit.
Music will be provided by General Fiasco and dance act Twist and Pulse.
On day 17 of the relay, the second of five days in Northern Ireland, the flame visited landmarks including the the rock formations of the Giant's Causeway and the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in County Antrim.
Politicians have condemned a republican protest which disrupted the relay in Derry on Monday.
SDLP assembly member Mark H Durkan said the "wonderful occasion" had been "marred by the actions of a tiny minority".
"I have spoken to many people following the incident, all of whom have expressed disgust and even a degree of embarrassment at the incident," he said.
Democratic Unionist Party MP Gregory Campbell said the protesters were "pathetic".
"The minor inconvenience which it brought is not the major issue, it is not even the negative headlines that their actions bring to Northern Ireland which is the overriding concern, but it is the potential that their activities bring to the first ever UK City of Culture events next year," he said.
On 6 June, the torch will be carried to Dublin, Newry, Lisburn and Belfast.
Dublin is to be the torch's only detour outside the UK, apart from Greece, and while it is in the Irish capital a celebratory event will be held at St Stephen's Green.
On 7 June it will take in Newcastle, Dundrum, Clough, Downpatrick, Crossgar, Saintfield, Ballynahinch, Templepatrick, Antrim, Ballyronan, Magherafelt, Ballymena and Moorfields.
Later that day, the torch will leave Northern Ireland for Scotland.
A total of 8,000 people will carry the flame on its 8,000 mile, 70-day journey around the UK to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on 27 July.
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