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Kildare > Special Olympics 2003 > Host Towns > Naas > Flame of Hope Torch Run

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Host Town: Naas Host to the New Zealand Team

Newsletter Spring 2003

Flame of Hope Torch Run

In the tradition of the ancient Olympians, the flame for the 2003 Special Olympics World Games will be ignited by the rays of the sun opposite the Acropolis in Athens, Greece on 4 June 2003.
The Olympic Flame symbolises the light of spirit, knowledge and life with identical power and majesty. The Special Olympics World Games "Flame of Hope" in the entrusted care of the international law enforcement community, symbolises the courage and celebration of diversity that the Special Olympics World Games represents.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run final leg tradition is that the enforcement officers representing their nation or area act as "guardians of the flame" carrying the "Flame of Hope" to the opening ceremony of the games at Croke Park, Dublin on 21 June 2003.

The Torch Run final leg team of 10 Special Olympics athletes and 100 law enforcement officers from Ireland, the USA, countries in Europe and the rest of the world will arrive in Bangor, Coo Down on 13 June.

Only 5 members of the Garda Siochana have been selected to represent the country, Chief Superintendent Sean Feely, the Garda and the people of Naas are very proud that Garda Derek Gallagher of the Telecommunications Section of Naas Garda Station has been selected to run in the final leg of the Torch Run. Garda Gallagher, a very popular member of the force has been stationed in Naas for the past 3 years. He with his 4 other colleagues will be travelling to Athens for the opening ceremonies.

In a unique collaboration almost 2,000 members of An Garda Siochana and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) will travel along different routes to bring the "Flame of Hope" to over 120 towns and cities throughout the island of Ireland where ceremonies will be held.
Garda Tim Burke, is co- ordinating the local events with Willie Callaghan and the sub-committee. Tim has visited the Primary Schools in the area outlining the proposals regarding their involvement in the project, he reports outstanding enthusiasm among the teachers and pupils.

The Torch Run will arrive in Naas at approximately 12 noon on Friday, 20 June. Willie, Tim and the committee are working on a very attractive programme of events for that morning. Full details will be given in our next Newsletter (mid-May)

Naas Garda Social Club present cheque for 500 euro to  Naas Host Town Committee
Garda Tom Smith on motor bike, Garda Tim Burke,
Dennis Curry Chairman Host Town Committee,
being presented with a cheque for €500 from
Naas Garda Social Club, Chief Superintendent
Sean Feely, Willie Callaghan Torch Run Co-ordinator;
Garda Derek Gallagher Torch Runner


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