The cauldron was lit using the Northern Ireland Flame, which was created by a team of local Scouts at the summit of Slieve Donard on Wednesday 22 August.
Today’s first Torchbearer, Paralympian Angela Hendra MBE, lit the cauldron outside of the Stormont Buildings. Angela was invited by the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) to light the cauldron after winning three silver, three bronze and one gold medal at four Paralympic Games between 1972 and 1984. She has also worked as a volunteer in disability sport for 40 years and is Chair of Disability Sports NI.
Ahead of this evening's Flame Festival in Belfast, which will culminate in stage show in front of Belfast City Hall, the Flame will travel in a lantern as it visits various locations across Greater Belfast. Highlights will include visits to Belfast Children’s Hospice and The Titanic Museum.
LOCOG Chair Seb Coe said: 'Creating the Northern Ireland Flame through human endeavour at the summit of Slieve Donard will ensure that the spirit of Northern Ireland is represented in the Paralympic Flame that will burn bright inside the Olympic Stadium during ten days of amazing sport. The visits the Flame is making to communities across Northern Ireland will help light the way to the Paralympic Games and we look forward to celebrating the amazing achievements of the Northern Ireland Torchbearers who all embody the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality that every Paralympian represents.'
Watch highlights from yesterday's Paralympic Flame celebrations in London