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Friday 30 January 2015

Barry McGuigan ‘snubbed and hurt’ at not being asked to carry torch

Patrick Kielty holding the Olympic Flame before he completes his leg through Dundrum on Day 20 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay
Patrick Kielty holding the Olympic Flame before he completes his leg through Dundrum on Day 20 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay
Paul McLister carried the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Ballymena and Moorfields before it was taken via ferry to Scotland
Thomas Haighton holding the Olympic Flame in Newcastle, Northern Ireland before the start of Day 20 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay
Patrick Kielty kisses the torch as he carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Newcastle and Downpatrick
Patrick Kielty carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Newcastle and Downpatrick
Patrick Kielty carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Newcastle and Downpatrick
Jessica Craig carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Newcastle and Downpatrick
Patrick Kielty carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Newcastle and Downpatrick
Patrick Kielty passing the Olympic Flame to torchbearer 015 Deirdre Brennan on the Torch Relay leg between Newcastle and Downpatrick
Martin Larmour carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Newcastle and Downpatrick
Olympic gold medal winning boxer Michael Carruth (right) receives the flame from Olympic silver medal winner Wayne McCullough (left) during the ceremony to hand over the Olympic Torch at the border crossing between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland on Day 19 of the Olympic torch relay.
Olympic gold medal winning boxer Michael Carruth, right, waits to receive the flame from Olympic silver medal winner Wayne McCullough
Jedward - John and Edward Grimes - carry the Olympic Flame in Dublin city centre
John (left) and Edward Grimes aka Jedward holding the Olympic Flame before they complete their Torch Relay leg through Dublin
Jedward - John and Edward Grimes - carry the Olympic Flame in Dublin city centre
Olympic gold medal winning boxer Michael Carruth, right, receives the flame from silver medal winner Wayne McCullough on the Irish border
John and Edward (Jedward) Grimes carry the Olympic Flame past the GPO on O'Connell St in Dublin city centre on Day 19 of the Olympic Torch relay
Olympic gold medal winning boxer Michael Carruth, right, waits to receive the flame from Olympic silver medal winner Wayne McCullough
John (L) and Edward Grimes, aka Jedward, carry the Olympic Flame on day 19 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on June 6, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland
Olympic medalist John Treacy carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Dublin
Jockey Ruby Walsh carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Dublin
Former Olympian Ronnie Delany carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Dublin
Sonia O'Sullivan posing for a photograph with torchbearers 007 John (left) and Edward Grimes aka Jedward after the lighting of the cauldron at St Stephen's Green in Dublin
John (left) and Edward Grimes aka Jedward making a speech on stage after the lighting of the cauldron at St Stephen's Green in Dublin
John (left) and Edward Grimes aka Jedward holding the Olympic Flame before they complete their Torch Relay leg through Dublin
John (left) and Edward Grimes aka Jedward carry the Olympic Torch on the relay leg through Dublin
John (left) and Edward Grimes aka Jedward carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Dublin
John (left) and Edward Grimes aka Jedward carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Dublin
Seamus Reynolds, coach at the Bann Rowing Club in Coleraine, with the torch
Torchbearer Denis Broderick passing the Olympic flame to Clare Leahy on the Carrick-a-Rede bridge
Torchbearers on the River Bann in Coleraine
Lee Hamill passes the flame to Jean Jones at Dunluce Castle
Meabh Fisher and Isobel Coote on the Derry Peace Bridge
Darrel Harpur (12), from Strabane, brought the torch to St Columb's Park and lit the Olympic cauldron
The Olympic torch is forced to be re-routed following a stand-off and scuffle during a protest which blocked the route of the tourch run beside the Peace Bridge
Dissident Republicans tussle with police officers near the Peace Bridge in Derry City, forcing the rerouting of the Olympic Flame over the bridge
The Olympic torch is forced to be re-routed following a stand-off and scuffle during a protest which blocked the route of the tourch run beside the Peace Bridge
The Olympic torch is forced to be re-routed following a stand-off and scuffle during a protest which blocked the route of the tourch run beside the Peace Bridge
The Olympic torch is carried onto the famous landmark of the Giant's Causeway outside the village of Bushmills, Co.Antrim by carrier Peter Jack
The Olympic torch is carried onto the famous landmark of the Giant's Causeway outside the village of Bushmills, Co.Antrim by carrier Peter Jack
Torch bearer Geraldine McCann from Lurgan is pictured arriving at Stormont
The Olympic torch is carried across the famous landmark of the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge outside the village of Ballintoy, Co.Antrim by carrier Denis Broderick
The Olympic torch relay from Larne to Portrush
The Olympic torch is now on day 16 of a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles
The Olympic torch relay from Larne to Portrush
The Olympic torch relay from Larne to Portrush
Kathleen Irvine (left) passes Lisa Hickson the Olympic Flame outside of Carrickfergus Castle on the Torch Relay leg through Carrickfergus
Walter Carswell carrying the Olympic torch through Stormont
Victoria Walsh carrying the Olympic flame during the torch relay leg between Dervock and Portrush
Gabrielle Cardwell carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Ballygalley and Glenariff
Walter Carswell carrying the Olympic flame on the Torch Relay leg through Stormont
Michael Rea carries the Olympic Flame at Belfast Zoo on the Torch Relay leg between Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus
People of Castlereagh line the streets to cheer on 14-year-old Brooke Andrews as she carries the Olympic torch through Dundonald
The Olympic Flame is welcomed to Northern Ireland at the George Best City Airport in Belfast on the first day of a five day relay
The Olympic Flame is welcomed to Northern Ireland at the George Best City Airport in Belfast on the first day of a five day relay
Dempsey Andrews carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Newtownards and Stormont
Carolynn McCord carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus
Brendan Duddy carrying the Olympic flame during the Torch Relay leg between Dervock and Portrush
Stewart Duguid carrying the Olympic flame during the Torch Relay leg between Dervock and Portrush
Louise Lyons lighting the cauldron after the Torch Relay leg between Dervock and Portrush
Louise Lyons (13) carries the Olympic torch
Louise Lyons on the Olympic Torch Relay from Larne to Portrush
Press Eye - Belfast Northern Ireland - Sunday 3rd June 2012 - London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Sports Minister Carl N Chuiln welcomes the Olympic Torch to Parliament Buildings this morning as part of the all-Ireland Torch Relay at Titanic Belfast this morning.Torch bearer John McAlpine from Newtownabbey leaves Stormont.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Sports Minister Carl N Chuiln welcomes the Olympic torch to Parliament Buildings as part of the relay
Sports Minister Carl N Chuiln welcomes the Olympic torch to Parliament Buildings this morning as part of the relay

Boxing legend Barry McGuigan has told how he was left feeling “snubbed and hurt” after not being offered an opportunity to carry the Olympic Torch on its historic visit.

The 51-year-old former world featherweight boxing champ —who has won a UN award for his efforts in promoting peace and reconciliation — said not having the chance to hold the famous Olympic flame was for him a “once in a lifetime opportunity missed”.

On Day 19 of the relay the torch was brought from Belfast to Dublin and back to Northern Ireland on Wednesday as a symbol of the peace process.

Among the 41 torchbearers selected to run through Dublin on Wednesday was pop duo Jedward.

Sport stars including Sonia O’Sullivan, footballer Paul McGrath and Jockey Ruby Walsh were also chosen.

Boxers Wayne McCullough and Michael Carruth were involved in the symbolic torch handover at the border.

Other celebrities who were selected to be a torchbearer in Northern Ireland included Zoe Salmon, Patrick Kielty and UTV presenter Paul Clark.

McGuigan, a former Commonwealth gold medalist, said he did get to witness the torch— but only as he was stuck in a traffic jam in Dublin.

“The torch ran straight past, an elderly gentleman was holding it, I’ve no idea who it was.”

McGuigan said he can’t help feel “a little disappointed” he was not asked to be involved.

“I feel a bit snubbed,” he admitted.

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