Helen to carry Olympic Torch

A Donegal woman has been selected to carry the Olympic Torch when it makes its way through Northern Ireland on route to the summer Games in London.

A Donegal woman has been selected to carry the Olympic Torch when it makes its way through Northern Ireland on route to the summer Games in London.

Helen Quinn (42), a mother of four from Drung, Quigley’s Point, is employed as a careers adviser in Omagh where she currently resides and was nominated for the prestigious honour by a colleague at her work because of her contribution to the local community.

She will carry the torch in Portadown on June 5th in the company of four other nominees.

Describing it as a “huge honour”, Helen told the ‘Inishowen News’ that she was very excited at the prospect.

Based at the Department of Education and Learning in Omagh, she has lived there for the past nine years having previously worked as a teacher in Zimbabwe in Africa, and in Glasgow. She is married to Gerard and the couple have four children, Josephine (13), Matthew (11), Julieanne (8) and six year old Brendan.

The Inishowen native was nominated by Mary McDermott who also works as a career adviser in the County Tyrone town.

“Helen is not the person you see in the paper receiving a trophy, but is the person that makes sure the cogs in the wheel are oiled so that others can shine. No task is too big or too small. I would love to see Helen carry the torch and give her an opportunity to shine,” her nomination suggestion pointed out.