Wayne McCullough and Michael Carruth
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Olympic torch crosses Irish border

6 June 2012 Last updated at 18:57 BST

The Olympic flame has crossed the Irish border and paid a visit to Dublin, before its return to Belfast.

The trip to the Republic of Ireland capital recognises the "unique and deep ties" between Ireland and the UK, Olympics Minister Jeremy Hunt has said.

Olympians Sonia O'Sullivan and Dame Mary Peters are among the day's bearers, along with pop duo Jedward.

The flame left Northern Ireland in a ceremony at the border involving boxers Wayne McCullough and Michael Carruth.

Mark Simpson reports.