Jedward-mania has hit the streets of Dublin as the pop duo carried the Olympic Torch through the Irish capital.

Thousands of people lined the streets of the city as 41 torchbearers made the historic journey through the city.

The X Factor and Celebrity Big Brother stars Jedward – twins John and Edward Grimes – lifted the spirits of the nation as they made their way down O’Connell Street, Dublin’s main thoroughfare, and past some of the city’s most famous landmarks.

John said: “It’s such a great experience being here.

“It was such an honour to carry the Olympic Torch in the relay.

“Thank you, guys, so much for all coming out and being so Jepic and so Jedicated to the Olympics.

“Last year we had Barack Obama and this year we have the Olympic Torch.”

Edward added: “We’re so excited to be here. The Olympic Torch is so symbolic, you better be watching the Olympics.

“Go, Team Ireland!”

Irish Olympic boxing medallists Wayne McCullough and Michael Carruth took part in an early-morning handover ceremony as the torch crossed the border and travelled to the Republic.