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Euro 2016: England and Northern Ireland flags fly in west Belfast street for football sweepstake

'It's not a political thing...it's a bit of banter'

Published 02/06/2016

Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - June 02, Pictured is Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - June 02, Pictured is Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - June 02, Pictured is Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - June 02, Pictured is Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - June 02, Pictured is Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - June 02, Pictured is Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Donna Donnelly Belfast , UK - June 02, Pictured is Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - June 02, Pictured is Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - June 02, Pictured is Mason Lennon (3) amid Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - June 02, Pictured is Mason Lennon (3) amid Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Sandy Turley, Ciara Turley (10), Aaron Turley (5) and Aidan Downey (8) get into the fun of the Euro's Flags from every country playing in this summer's Euro finals in France fly on Iris Drive off the Springfield Road in west Belfast. Residents of the street entered a sweep stake and had to fly the fly they drew. The residents will hold a street party on the 10th July when the final is being played.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Sandy Turley, Ciara Turley (10) and Aidan Downey (8) get into the fun of the Euro's Flags from every country playing in this summer's Euro finals in France fly on Iris Drive off the Springfield Road in west Belfast. Residents of the street entered a sweep stake and had to fly the fly they drew. The residents will hold a street party on the 10th July when the final is being played.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Tom Mullan and Paddy Davey looking forward to the fun of the Euro's Flags from every country playing in this summer's Euro finals in France fly on Iris Drive off the Springfield Road in west Belfast. Residents of the street entered a sweep stake and had to fly the fly they drew. The residents will hold a street party on the 10th July when the final is being played.
Pacemaker Press INTL 02/06/2016: Euro 2016: Flags fly on west Belfast street for football sweepstake. A Northern Ireland flag is not the most common sight on west Belfast's Springfield Road. But it is one of many flying proudly on one street ahead of the Euro 2016 football tournament. Each of the qualifying nations in the championship is represented on Iris Drive in what has been described as a "sweepstake with a difference". A group of window cleaners first had the idea ahead of the 2010 World Cup. Picture By: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Press INTL 02/06/2016: Euro 2016: Flags fly on west Belfast street for football sweepstake. A Northern Ireland flag is not the most common sight on west Belfast's Springfield Road. But it is one of many flying proudly on one street ahead of the Euro 2016 football tournament. Each of the qualifying nations in the championship is represented on Iris Drive in what has been described as a "sweepstake with a difference". A group of window cleaners first had the idea ahead of the 2010 World Cup. Picture By: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Press INTL 02/06/2016: Euro 2016: Flags fly on west Belfast street for football sweepstake. A Northern Ireland flag is not the most common sight on west Belfast's Springfield Road. But it is one of many flying proudly on one street ahead of the Euro 2016 football tournament. Each of the qualifying nations in the championship is represented on Iris Drive in what has been described as a "sweepstake with a difference". A group of window cleaners first had the idea ahead of the 2010 World Cup. Picture By: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker Press

England, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland flags are flying in one west Belfast street ahead of Euro 2016.

They are just some of the 60 flags flying in Iris Drive, off the Springfield Road, that represent each of the qualifying nations in the tournament for a neighbourhood sweepstake.

Mason Lennon (3) amid Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Mason Lennon (3) amid Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

The colourful and impressive display was organised by locals who held a sweep for countries and put up flags for participating homeowners.

Although only 24 nations qualified for the championship, demand for flags was so high that three separate sweepstakes were carried out so that everyone could join in.

One of the organisers Sandy Turley told the BBC: "Every resident in the street was involved, the kids loved it. "We also had a street party and everyone came out and enjoyed themselves.

"It's not a political thing - it doesn't matter if it's the Republic, Northern Ireland, or England. We like to see everyone represented. It's a bit of banter - I've my money on France but I got Germany in the sweepstake, so I'm not worried."

The neighbourhood sweepstake was the brainchild of local window cleaners and was first started ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

A Northern Ireland flag is not the most common sight on west Belfast's Springfield Road. But it is one of many flying proudly on one street ahead of the Euro 2016 football tournament.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker Press
A Northern Ireland flag is not the most common sight on west Belfast's Springfield Road. But it is one of many flying proudly on one street ahead of the Euro 2016 football tournament. Picture By: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker Press
Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Mason Lennon , Nicole Lennon and Leithon Rea. Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Mason Lennon , Nicole Lennon and Leithon Rea. Flags for the Euros on Iris Drive on June 02 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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