Just like the Greek God twins Apollo and Artemis, who led the gods of music and dance in ancient mythology, Irish twins Jedward stole the show during the historic Olympic Torch procession through Dublin city centre. The closing ceremony to this historic day took place on a stage set in a corner of Saint Stephen's Green where hundreds of screaming teenage girls had assembled to bear witness to the eccentric pop duo. Indeed the biggest roar of the whole ceremony came when Jedward finally came onstage to deafening applause and high pitched screams.
President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins was first to greet the first Dublin torch bearer in a ceremony that took place outside the offices of the Olympic Council in Howth at 8am with many young school children from the area amassing in front of the stage.
The Olympic Torch convoy then made it's way to the city centre where it stopped for a photocall at GAA headquarters in Croke Park. Croke Park's new Skyline Walkway, provided a fitting backdrop for Kilkenny hurling player Henry Shefflin to pose for some high altitude shots before coming back down to ground level to begin the city relay proper.
The Torch Relay would then run around the city, taking in the Garden of Remembrance, O’Connell St. including the Spire, Eden Quay, Custom House, IFSC, Sheriff St., Beckett Bridge, Fitzwilliam Sq., Leeson St. Bridge, Grand Parade and bridges along the Grand Canal before crossing Harold’s Cross Bridge, into Clanbrassil St., Patrick St., Christchurch, Dame St., Trinity College, Nassau St, Clare St, Upper Merrion St., Ely Place, Hume St., St. Stephen’s Green – before finally finishing at the specially erected stage at roughly midday.
In all 41 famous Irish sports personalities or pop figures took part in Wednesday's Olympic Torch relay including:
Ronnie Delaney : Olympic gold medallist, 1956 (1,500m).
Sonia O’Sullivan: Silver medallist, 2000 (5,000m). Manager of Ireland’s Olympic team at the London Games.
Michael Carruth: Gold medal (welterweight boxing), 1992.
Jedward: John and Edward Grimes, twins and pop stars.
Paul McGrath: Former soccer international.
Shane Horgan: Former rugby international.
Henry Shefflin: Kilkenny hurler.
Bernard Brogan: Dublin Gaelic footballer.