Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Huge flags and colourful cows as Down shows its devotion

Down GAA supporters have moved mountains to get their colours hoisted on top of one of the Mourne hills in a scene similar to the epic image of the Battle of Iwo Jima.

As Sunday’s big battle for the Sam Maguire cup approaches, this bunch of diehard supporters were keen to show their support for the Mournemen — by planting a 12-metre long flag on one of the iconic hills.

The flag has been erected on Edentrumley Mountain, Mayobridge, in a secret mission which took place as evening fell.

A member of the group said they climbed the slope around 7pm: “It was raining at that stage so we were under the cover of darkness.”

Elsewhere, not even the animals were spared a lick of red and black as Down supporters gear up for the All-Ireland final against Cork. Shops, pubs and cars have been painted in the county colours and cows, sheep — as well as a pony — have been spray-painted in support of the Mourne men.

Football fanatic Paschal McGinn paraded Snowy the pony down the streets of Rostrevor on Monday after spraying the family pet with black and red stripes.

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