Laois man carrys Olympic torch

ROBBIE Lyons today carried the Olympic torch and joined well known characters Paul McGrath and Jedward in the six hour relay through Dublin.

ROBBIE Lyons today carried the Olympic torch and joined well known characters Paul McGrath and Jedward in the six hour relay through Dublin.

Robbie, who turned 18 earlier this week is a student in Heywood Community School, and received a kidney transplant three years ago. He was nominated by the Irish Kidney Association to be one of the 41 Irish people to carry the torch in today’s relay.

Robbie set a world record in the World Transplant Games last year, where he got a gold medal in the long jump, and two silvers for the 100m and the ball throw. He plays football with St Joseph’s, runs in St Abban’s AC, and plays soccer with Wolfhill Athletic. He is in full training for the European Transplant and Dialysis Games this August, and is hoping to qualify for the World Transplant Games in South Africa next year. He is sponsored by Coca Cola as part of their ‘Future Flame’ programme.