The other exciting sporting event is of course the Olympics. The torch was in Belfast yesterday and will be in Dublin on Wednesday.
From http://www.irishexaminer.com/ "The Olympic Torch will visit the Belfast slipways where the Titanic was built today as it begins its five-day relay through the North before arriving in Dublin later in the week...Former Olympic championMary Peters, who won the pentathlon in 1972, carried the golden lantern through a packed Belfast City Airport after it landed from the Isle of Man...The torch will also travel to 2013 City of Culture Derry and Dublin..Among sporting figures expected to carry it in Ireland are Olympic boxing medallists Wayne McCullough and Michael Carruth, who will take part in the handover at the border.
Other highlights will be a celebratory event at St Stephen's Green in Dublin city centre on Wednesday... Celebrities taking part in the relay will include television personalities Zoe Salmon, Patrick Kielty and Colin Murray.