ROBBIE Lyons is still on a high having carried the Olympic Torch through Dublin, last week.
The Swan teenager was the fourth person to carry the torch and he was honoured to be able to run the leg closest to Temple Street Children’s Hospital, where he received dialysis treatment.
“It was just brilliant, I couldn’t have asked for more. We got to share a bus with all the celebrities and it was like a mini family, everyone was chatting. They weren’t like strangers at all.
“I got the leg of the relay I wanted. To run close to Temple Street was the one I was really looking for and some of the nurses and doctors were able to come out.”
Robbie, who set a world record at the World Transplant Games last year where won gold and two silver has become a mini-celebrity around his home village.
“I’m going to bring the Olypmic Torch to the local schools and to the local pub too,” he explained.
He was nominated by the Irish Kidney Association to be one of 41 Irish people to carry the torch in last week’s relay. Although it was something that it was not expecting to be asked to do.
His proud mum, Angela said it was an emotional day for the family.
“We had a great crowd up in Dublin with family and friends, Temple Street and the Irish Kidney Association. It was a very emotional day. I wanted to see as much as I could, so I held it together until they were taken off on the bus.”
Each runner got to keep their torch and it is something that the Lyons family plan to cherish.
“It was fabulous to keep the torch. We’re waiting on a stand to arrive, but it was something that Robbie will cherish for the rest of his life and something he can keep forever.”
Robbie is enjoying the start of his summer holidays, and is relaxing before training starts European Championships which will take place in August.