Paralympic Flame will travel to Newry and Mourne District

August 21, 2012

Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council, Councillor John Mc Ardle, is pleased to confirm that the PARALYMPIC FLAME will travel to the Newry and Mourne District on Saturday 25 August 2012.

Following the very successful Olympic Torch run and evening ceremony held in Newry at the beginning of June, the PARALYMPIC FLAME will travel from Belfast to Newry on Saturday when the council will host a reception and athletics event at the St Colman’s College Athletics Track.

The Mayor  is also pleased to announce a special guest who will attend the event:

“I am delighted that we will be joined on Saturday by the sole surviving member of the first ever Irish Paralympic team” said Councillor Mc Ardle .”Oliver Murphy, from Drogheda, County Louth, competed for Ireland in the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome.  Given that Newry and Mourne has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Louth Local Authorities, it is appropriate that Oliver should join us in our celebrations.”.

Oliver Murphy was one of 5 athletes on the Irish Team in 1960.  Emboldened by their experiences in Rome, upon their return, they established the Irish Wheelchair Association which, today, has in excess of 20,000 members.  Oliver and the Council’s own Disability Sports Officer, Ciara Lowe,  have also been selected as ambassadors for the District at an event nn Stormont earlier  on Saturday to mark the arrival of the Paralympic flame to the North of Ireland.

Fun  filled day at St. Colman’s Park with Paralympic flame

To celebrate the arrival of the Paralympic Flame, Newry and Mourne District Council, in association with Newry City Runners (Juvenile Section), have organised a juvenile running programme and fun day at St. Colman’s Running Track, Newry.

The fun filled event will take place on Saturday 25th August, commencing with the arrival of the Paralympic Torch at 11:30am.

The race programme will include races for all age groups from under 7 to under 15. Each participant will receive a medal and a certificate.

The event promises to be a fun filled day with children’s entertainment, face painting, balloon modelling and much more.

For further details contact: Paddy Duffy – 0774855290 Ciara Lowe – 07872676979 Damien Feehan – 07883305677