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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 holding the Olympic Flame before they complete their Torch Relay leg through Dublin

Danny Lawson

Jedward - John and Edward Grimes - carry the Olympic Flame in Dublin city centre

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

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

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

Julien Behal

Olympic gold medal winning boxer Michael Carruth, right, waits to receive the flame from Olympic silver medal winner Wayne McCullough

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

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

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Olympic medalist John Treacy carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Dublin

Olympic medalist John Treacy carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Dublin

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Jockey Ruby Walsh  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

Danny Lawson

Former Olympian Ronnie Delany 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

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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

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

Ben Birchall

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 making a speech on stage after the lighting of the cauldron at St Stephen's Green in Dublin

Ben Birchall

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 holding the Olympic Flame before they complete their Torch Relay leg through Dublin

Danny Lawson

John (left) and Edward Grimes aka Jedward carry the Olympic Torch  on the relay leg through Dublin

John (left) and Edward Grimes aka Jedward carry the Olympic Torch on the relay leg through Dublin

Danny Lawson

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

Danny Lawson

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

Danny Lawson

Seamus Reynolds, coach at the Bann Rowing Club in Coleraine, with the torch

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

Torchbearer Denis Broderick passing the Olympic flame to Clare Leahy on the Carrick-a-Rede bridge

Yui Mok

Torchbearers on the River Bann in Coleraine

Torchbearers on the River Bann in Coleraine

Lee Hamill passes the flame to Jean Jones at Dunluce Castle

Lee Hamill passes the flame to Jean Jones at Dunluce Castle

Ben Birchall

Meabh Fisher and Isobel Coote on the Derry Peace Bridge

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

Darrel Harpur (12), from Strabane, brought the torch to St Columb's Park and lit the Olympic cauldron

Martin McKeown

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

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Dissident Republicans tussle with police officers near the Peace Bridge in Derry City, forcing the rerouting of the Olympic Flame over the 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

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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

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Julien Behal

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

Julien Behal

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

Julien Behal

Torch bearer Geraldine McCann from Lurgan is pictured arriving at Stormont

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 is carried across the famous landmark of the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge outside the village of Ballintoy, Co.Antrim by carrier Denis Broderick

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The Olympic torch relay from Larne to Portrush

The Olympic torch relay from Larne to Portrush

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The Olympic torch is now on day 16 of a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles

The Olympic torch is now on day 16 of a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles

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The Olympic torch relay from Larne to Portrush

The Olympic torch relay from Larne to Portrush

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The Olympic torch relay from Larne to Portrush

The Olympic torch relay from Larne to Portrush

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Kathleen Irvine (left) passes Lisa Hickson the Olympic Flame outside of Carrickfergus Castle on the Torch Relay leg through Carrickfergus

Kathleen Irvine (left) passes Lisa Hickson the Olympic Flame outside of Carrickfergus Castle on the Torch Relay leg through Carrickfergus

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Walter Carswell carrying the Olympic torch through Stormont

Walter Carswell carrying the Olympic torch through Stormont

Yui Mok/LOCOG

Victoria Walsh carrying the Olympic flame during the torch relay leg between Dervock and Portrush

Victoria Walsh carrying the Olympic flame during the torch relay leg between Dervock and Portrush

Ben Birchall/LOCOG

Gabrielle Cardwell carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Ballygalley and Glenariff

Gabrielle Cardwell carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Ballygalley and Glenariff

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Walter Carswell carrying the Olympic flame on the Torch Relay leg through Stormont

Walter Carswell carrying the Olympic flame on the Torch Relay leg through Stormont

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Michael Rea carries the Olympic Flame at Belfast Zoo on the Torch Relay leg between Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus

Michael Rea carries the Olympic Flame at Belfast Zoo on the Torch Relay leg between Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus

Chris Radburn

People of Castlereagh line the streets to cheer on 14-year-old Brooke Andrews as she carries the Olympic torch through Dundonald

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

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

Dempsey Andrews carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Newtownards and Stormont

Ben Birchall

Carolynn McCord carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus

Carolynn McCord carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus

Ben Birchall

Brendan Duddy carrying the Olympic flame during the Torch Relay leg between Dervock and Portrush

Brendan Duddy carrying the Olympic flame during the Torch Relay leg between Dervock and Portrush

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Stewart Duguid 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

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Louise Lyons lighting the cauldron after the Torch Relay leg between Dervock and Portrush

Louise Lyons lighting the cauldron after the Torch Relay leg between Dervock and Portrush

Chris Radburn/LOCOG

Louise Lyons (13) carries the Olympic torch

Louise Lyons (13) carries the Olympic torch

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Louise Lyons on the Olympic Torch Relay from Larne to Portrush

Louise Lyons on the Olympic Torch Relay from Larne to Portrush

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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.

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 as part of the relay

Sports Minister Carl N Chuiln welcomes the Olympic torch to Parliament Buildings this morning as part of the relay

Sports Minister Carl N Chuiln welcomes the Olympic torch to Parliament Buildings this morning as part of the relay

John (left) and Edward Grimes aka Jedward holding the Olympic Flame before they complete their Torch Relay leg through Dublin

Jedward-mania hit the streets of Dublin as the pop duo carried the Olympic Torch through the Irish capital.

Thousands of people lined the streets of the Irish capital as 41 torchbearers made the historic journey through the city.

X Factor stars Jedward - formerly known as long-distance runners John and Edward Grimes - lifted the spirits of the nation as they made their way down O'Connell Street, Dublin's main thoroughfare, and past some of the city's most famous landmarks.

John said: "It's such a great experience being here. It was such an honour to carry the Olympic Torch in the relay.

"Thank you, guys, so much for all coming out and being so Jepic and so Jedicated to the Olympics."

Irish Olympic boxing medallists Wayne McCullough and Michael Carruth took part in an early-morning handover ceremony as the torch crossed the border and travelled to the Republic.

Special permission was granted so the torch could go to the south of Ireland for a historic tour that symbolised the peace process.

Jockey Ruby Walsh, footballer Paul McGrath, and Olympic-winning runners Ronnie Delany and Sonia O'Sullivan were among the sports stars who took part in the relay and a ceremony in St Stephen's Green.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny welcomed the torch to Government Buildings, which Queen Elizabeth visited last year.

"The symbolism is so powerful," said Mr Kenny. "It epitomises in so many ways what the Olympics actually stand for - higher, faster and stronger - for all of those young people who can be inspired by sport, that they take up to become world champions."

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