Flame of Hope burns for Police and Fire games

July 8, 2013

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics visited Newry recently, ahead of the World Police and Fire Games later this year with a number of events taking place in Rostrevor.

The Flame of Hope will be part of the opening ceremony for the games, thrusting the Special Olympics into an international media spotlight.

Mayor of Newry and Mourne, Michael Ruane welcomed the torch to Newry with 2013 sponsors Firmus Energy and local Special Olympic athletes and representatives of the WPFG in attendance.

The Flame of Hope’s journey through Ireland, organised by the PSNI and An Garda Siochana, began in Dublin on Wednesday June 26th and will make its way through Newry, Armagh, Enniskillen, Cookstown, Derry’s Peace Bridge and Antrim before making it to Belfast for the opening ceremony on August 1st.

Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr, who is the PSNI Torch Run Director and Patron of Special Olympics Ireland, said the run was a great opportunity to highlight Special Olympics on a world stage.

“More than 85,000 police officers from 48 countries across the world contribute to LETR efforts annually as Guardians of the Flame of Hope to the opening ceremonies of local Special Olympics competitions,” he said.

“The Police Service of Northern Ireland, with our colleagues in An Garda Siochana will now do our part to showcase these athletes with representatives from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland carrying the Flame of Hope into the opening ceremony of the World Police and Fire Games.”

The 2013 World Police and Fire Games will have more competitors than any previous Commonwealth Games. 56 sports will be held in 41 venues across Northern Ireland from 1st to 10th August with more than 7,000 competitors from over 60 countries expected to take part.