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NIPA & AROUND

BY ADIE

RONNIE MAKES IT NINE TIMES N.IRELAND FANCIER OF THE YEAR



Ron Williamson from Bondhill (l) collects the Norther Ireland Fancier of the Year Cup & Diploma from Guy van der Auwera from Belgium at the Pigeon Network Night of the Year.


Its been a busy few weeks since my last column and things just seem to be getting busier, with shows and dinner presentations not forgetting Auctions and more Auctions. Must at this stage apologise to the fanciers who turned up for the Steve Edwards Sales last week, these were postponed at the start of the week, and although short notice, we did everything in our power to get the news around, still a large crowd turned up, so my sincere apologies guys, it was decided that due to major demand in England for these birds, with many fanciers winning with birds bred by Steve Edwards over the years, that he would instead have the two sales in England, so we are hoping to get one fitted into the Old Comerades Show in Doncaster and the remainder will go to Blackpool, when Steve first contacted me with the sad news that he would have to scale down because of Pigeon Lung, my intial thoughts were to have the sale in Blackpool, but a lot of the Irish Lads had also done well with the pigeons over the years, so it was a balancing act. But please be assured I have handled every pigeon and they will be well worth the wait. Many thanks also to all the hospatilaity and support from the areas that I am conducting Auctions for if it weren't for good quality pigeons and good quality buyers there would be know need for sales, so many thanks to all in this only my second year.

Out and about we had the Killyleagh Fire Appeal Sale a fortnight ago in Newtownbreda, with a good turn-out of supporters from all over the country. At this stage I on behalf of Ronnie and myself would like to thank everybody who gifted a pigeon to this worthy cause including John Wheatcroft from England who orgainsed a few from his side of the Irish sea and of course the people who turned up and bought pigeons on the night, Ronnie will I am sure give more detail in the coming weeks.

Also called with the Banbridge lads on the same night to snap a few of this years winners, Kenny always keeps me up to speed on all that is happening around he Banbridge area, well done to all the winners and they tell me that Eddie has made a substanial offer to buy the parents of his Breeder/Buyer winner from Geordie Martin !! The winners were as follows for the Breeder/Buyer event. 1st Eddie McAlinden with the breeder Geordie Martin both collecting £300, 2nd D Croskery & Son the breeder is the same lifting £200 and £200 and third was T Lennon with Donnelly Bros the Breeders they both lift £100.

Ballyclare Comrades Football Club was packed out once again for the annual Pigeonnetwork.com Quiz Night of the Year which was enjoyed by all despite one of the guests Dr Henk De Weerd not present due to delays on his return from China. Local fancier Noel Higginson stood in at the last minute and done a very good job as Chairman of the Quiz Panel. The top awards presented during a packed evening agenda included the Dundonald 3 Bird Challenge won by Doonan & McGuinness from Dromore, The Mid Antrim Combine Champions League winning Diploma won by Roy Clements of the Harryville HPS, the Cornish Connection Cup & Diploma won by Hagan & Rowney from Drumcree and finally the one we all waited for the Northern Ireland Fancier of the Year 2008. It was a very close finish between two former winners Ron Williamson from Bondhill who took the title for the record 9th time and Donnelly Bros from Newry City. Many congratulations to all the winners including A Cousins & Sons from Ballylesson who were East Down Combine Fanciers of the Year and J & D Braniff of the Wheatfield who won Fancier of the Year in the Ulster Federation.

The result of the Dundonald 3 Bird Challenge was 1st Doonan & McGuinness of Dromore winning £2,500. 2nd I Gibb & Son Lagan Valley winning £1,000, and 3rd T Mooney & Son Newry winning £500. The Glass Trophy for the winner of 1st Open was presented by Gibb & Byrne Stud and the Bricon ETS for Best 2 Bird Ave was won by Mr & Mrs Gerald Delaney of Oroory Hill Stud in Dromore. This system was kindly sponsored by the Ireland Agent for Bricon Adie. Brian Foulis and Len McKinstry attended for the Dundonald HPS.

The Mid Antrim Champions League was a big event during the old bird season with each club putting forward four lofts to represent them. They were installed in four different leagues and had a number of matches with points awarded to each race winner, the top two in each section then progressed to the Knock-Out stage similar to the football. The races for these were Talbenny (1) & (2), Bude & Sennen Cove for the final which had Roy Clements of Harryville against Harry Boyd from Kells & District. In the final both lofts won their respective clubs with R H Clements doing velocity 1396 and Harry Boyd doing velocity 1334. Jim Harris from Ballymena & District came up with the idea of a Pigeon Champions League for Mid Antrim and it was passed through the AGM. Davy King from the local Seven FM Radio though this was some crack when I was reporting the results each week. It was an outstanding success and all lofts in Mid Antrim will be looking forward to see if they are selected by the club to compete in 2009.

The selection for Northern Ireland Fancier of the Year was again carried out by the same panel of five judges, when the score was 2-0 for Donnelly Bros I thought they were home and dry. Not to be for Ron Williamson took the next three votes and was the winner is a very tight finish, very close everyone thought and I would not have liked the job of judging it myself. We had to have a winner and Ron Williamson from Bondhill is successful for a record 9th Time. He collected the cup and diploma sponsored by the Ireland’s Own Pigeon Auctions. Many thanks to our very dependable team of Judges, Lyndon Boyle, Owen Donnelly, Anthony McDonnell, Bob McKinney and Ronnie Johnston. Let me list the racing results for each loft.

RON WILLIAMSON, BONDHILL – 2008

NIPA Old Birds

Mullingar Sect E 122/2,400 – 5th (1557), 13th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 26th.

12/04/08 NIPA Open 377/6,845 – 52nd, 105th.

Tullamore Sect E 180/3,637 – 22nd (1026).

19/04/08 NIPA Open 1,015/19,496 – 87th.

Roscrea Sect E 212/4,393 – 4th (1780), 45th.

26/04/08 NIPA Open 1,184/23,557 – 28th.

Clonmel Sect E 198/4,535 – 33rd (1838), 39th.

04/05/08

Pilmore (1) Sect E 217/5,430 – 1st (1422), 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 29th, 30th, 45th.

11/05/08 NIPA Open 1,232 – 1st, 4th, 9th, 10th, 21st, 22nd, 43rd, 44th, 80th.

Ross Nat Sect E 153/1,229 – 1st (1565), 4th, 6th, 11th.

19/05/08 NIPA Open 796/6,900 – 2nd, 21st, 28th, 36th, 220th, 224th.

Pilmore (2) Sect E 216/4,886 – 1st (1233), 3rd, 14th, 20th, 42nd, 44th, 45th.

24/05/08 NIPA Open 1,168/21,745 – 1st, 3rd, 23rd, 33rd, 73rd, 79th, 83rd.

Talbenny (1) Sect E 200/3,457 – 7th (1276), 9th, 10th, 16th, 32nd, 35th, 36th, 38th, 39th, 40th. 01/06/08 NIPA Open 1,059/13,774 – 8th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 37th, 40th, 43rd, 45th, 46th, 47th, 53rd, 72nd, 75th, 79th, 102nd, 103rd, 106th, 111th, 120th, 149th, 151st.

Ross Ylr (h) Sect E – 2nd (1550), 3rd, 10th.

03/06/08 NIPA Open 225/904 – 6th, 7th, 42nd.

Ross Ylr (c) Sect E – 2nd (1570), 10th, 13th, 18th, 23rd.

03/06/08 NIPA Open 296/1,118 – 6th, 45th, 63rd, 75th, 86th.

Talbenny (2) Sect E 190/2,756 – 8th (1376), 9th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 24th, 34th, 38th.

07/06/08 NIPA Open 1,001/11,333 – 19th, 20th, 23rd, 24th, 37th, 49th, 65th, 77th, 136th, 140th, 151st.

Fermoy Sect E 53/915 – 3rd (1526), 4th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th.

07/06/08 NIPA Open 475/5,657 – 7th, 9th, 39th, 40th, 93rd, 94th.

Bude Sect E 147/1,791 – 1st (1288), 4th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 29th, 41st, 45th.

14/06/08 NIPA Open 828/8,643 – 6th, 9th, 22nd, 24th, 29th, 40th, 66th, 75th, 77th, 85th, 86th, 106th, 107th.

Mallow 5B Sect E – 12th (1399), 18th, 33rd, 34th.

14/06/08 NIPA Open 561/2,411 – 85th, 97th, 122nd, 126th.

Sennen Cove Sect E 177/2,378 – 2nd (1409), 10th, 19th, 20th, 21st.

23/06/08 NIPA Open 856/8,740 – 3rd, 15th, 69th, 70th, 71st.

Sennen Class Sect E 104/442 – 2nd (1409), 10th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 43rd.

23/06/08 NIPA Open 484/3,216 – 3rd, 13th, 46th, 47th, 48th, 132nd, 250th.

St Malo Nat Sect E 108/412 – 2nd (1133), 6th.

29/06/08 NIPA Open 527/1,668 – 5th, 21st.

NIPA Young Bird

Tullamore Sect E – 14th (1589), 16th.

26/07/08 NIPA Open 227/6,334 – 14th, 16th.

Tullamore Sect E /5,495 – 40th.

02/08/08

Roscrea Sect E 204/5,539 – 20th (1426).

08/08/08 NIPA Open 1,043/26,568 – 145th.

Pilmore Sect E 189/5,061 – 7th (1307), 19th, 30th, 39th, 41st.

22/08/08 NIPA Open 962/23,203 – 20th, 43rd, 58th, 68th, 73rd.

Tullamore Sect E /2,114 – 2nd (1319), 10th, 34th.

29/08/08 NIPA Open 515/10,476 – 14th, 71st.

Fermoy Sect E 164/3,149 – 17th (1265).

07/09/08 NIPA Open 677/11,099 – 47th.

Irish Nat Flying Club

Skibb OB North Sect – 20th (1260), 82nd, 83rd.

30/05/08 Open 354/2,413 – 20th, 87th, 88th.

Sennen Ylr North Sect – 2nd (940), 7th, 18th, 57th, 166th, 205th.

12/06/08 Open 829/4,173 – 3rd, 10th, 27th, 75th, 221st, 269th.

Quimper North Sect – 2nd (723).

12/07/08 Open 155/605 – 2nd.

Sennen YB North Sect – 25th (1002), 28th, 38th, 66th, 109th.

12/09/08 Open 351/1,856 – 27th, 32nd, 45th, 83rd, 150th.

Sennen OH North Sect – 4th (1099), 12th, 15th, 19th, 21st, 28th.

12/09/08 Open 96/281 – 4th, 12th, 15th, 19th, 21st, 28th.

Skibb YB North Sect – 59th (1529).

20/09/08 Open 415/3,489 – 59th. INFC Nat Champion – Only Loft All Races.

NIPA Sect E Fancier of the Year. RPRA (Irish Region) Sprint Champion 0-250 Miles, Best Single Bird Any Distance.

DONNELLY BROS, NEWRY CITY – 2008

NIPA Old Birds

Roscrea Sect G 108/2,329 – 13th (1774), 24th, 28th.

26/04/08 NIPA Open 1,184/23,557 – 54th, 114th, 123rd.

Clonmel Sect G 108/2,618 – 13th (1869), 17th, 35th.

04/05/08 NIPA Open 1,191/26,149 – 39th, 48th, 128th.

Pilmore (1) Sect G 119/2,889 – 2nd (1407), 3rd, 12th, 14th, 21st, 23rd.

11/05/08 NIPA Open 1,232/27,039 – 8th, 18th, 46th, 50th, 67th, 71st.

Pilmore (2) Sect G 114/2,305 – 9th (1163), 11th, 15th, 18th.

24/05/08 NIPA Open 1,168/21,745 – 94th, 97th, 125th, 142nd.

Ross Nat Sect G 94/808 – 4th (1510, 24th.

19/05/08 NIPA Open 796/6,900 – 48th, 235th.

Talbenny (1) Sect G 94/1,286 – 2nd (1260), 9th, 29th, 30th.

01/06/08 NIPA Open 1,059/13,777 - 25th, 115th.

Ross Ylr (c) Sect G – 1st (1576), 7th, 9th.

03/06/08 NIPA Open 296/1,118 – 55th, 59th.

Talbenny (2) Sect G 91/965 – 1st (1387), 2nd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 13th, 14th.

07/06/08 NIPA Open 1,001/11,333 – 6th, 9th, 26th, 34th, 57th, 81st, 118th.

Fermoy Sect G 56/649 – 1st (1521), 2nd.

07/06/08 NIPA Open 475/5,657 – 11th, 13th.

Bude Sect G 79/705 – 1st (1301), 3rd, 4th, 10th, 19th.

14/06/08 NIPA Open 828/8,634 – 1st, 3rd, 4th, 47th, 108th.

Mallow 5B Sect G – 2nd (1474).

14/06/08 NIPA Open 561/2,411 – 3rd.

Sennen Cove Sect G 72/699 – 6th (1353), 35th.

23/06/08 NIPA Open 856/8,740 – 89th.

Sennen Class Sect G 60/202 – 5th (1353), 23rd.

23/06/08 NIPA Open 484/3,216 – 59th, 213th.

St Malo Nat Sect G 43/131 – 2nd (929), 14th.

29/06/08 NIPA Open 527/1,668 – 35th, 152nd.

NIPA Young Birds

Tullamore Sect G – 2nd (1600), 3rd, 5th.

26/07/08 NIPA Open 296/7,998 – 2nd, 3rd, 5th.

Tullamore Sect G – 3rd (1856), 7th, 9th.

02/08/08 NIPA Open 1,024/26,833 – 3rd, 7th, 10th.

Roscrea Sect G 92/2,606 – 11th (1464), 21st, 29th, 33rd.

08/08/08 NIPA Open 1,043/26,568 – 21st, 55th, 68th, 89th.

Tullamore Sect G 59/1,407 – 19th (1721), 24th.

17/08/08 NIPA Open 683/15,941 – 36th, 51st.

Pilmore Sect G 4th (1317), 7th, 8th, 17th, 18th.

22/08/08 NIPA Open 962/23,203 – 8th, 12th, 16th, 76th, 79th.

Mullingar Sect G – 1st(1487), 2nd, 3rd, 16th.

31/08/08 NIPA Open 623/4,175 – 2nd, 5th, 7th, 108th.

Fermoy Sect G 46/932 – 3rd (1305), 4th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 22nd, 27th.

07/09/08 NIPA Open 677/11,099 – 6th, 7th, 31st, 36th, 40th, 49th, 52nd, 64th.

Fermoy 5B Sect G 32/145 – 1st (1305), 21st.

07/09/08 NIPA Open 322/1,446 – 2nd, 94th.

Ross Nat Sect G – 2nd (1349), 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 20th, 52nd.

12/09/08 NIPA Open 535/4,329 – 2nd, 3rd, 13th, 20th, 26th, 63rd, 171st.

Glenavy Gold Wing

Mallow

16/08/08 Open 70/344 – 3rd (1458), 5th, 6th, 9th.

Irish Nat Flying Club

Skibb OB North Sect – 3rd (1300), 29th,

30/05/08 Open 354/2,413 – 3rd, 30th.

Sennen Ylr North Sect – 8th (916), 43rd, 171st, 220th, 252nd.

12/06/08 Open 829/4,173 – 11th, 58th, 227th, 286th, 329th.

Quimper North Sect – 1st (922).

12/07/08 Open 155/605 – 1st.

Sennen YB North Sect – 9th (1079), 20th, 21st, 36th.

12/09/08 Open 351/1,856 – 9th, 21st, 23rd, 41st.

Skibb YB North Sect – 45th (1538), 104th.

20/09/08 Open 415/3,489 – 45th, 106th.

NIPA Bronze Diploma – NIPA Sect G Fancier of the Year. RPRA (Irish Region) Meritorious Award Sect G – RPRA (Irish Region) Middle Distance Champion 241-450 Miles.

Ahoghill FC started the Show Series on Friday 17th October with Eyesign, classes for both Old Birds and Young Birds. The remainder of the shows include 24th Oct Young Cocks T/W, 31st Oct Young Hen T/W, 7th Nov Old Cock T/W, 14th Nov Old Hen T/W, 21st Nov YC Handled, 28th Nov YH Handled, 5th Dec OC Handled & Late-breds, 12th Dec OH Handled & Young Pairs T/W, 19th Dec Old Pair T/W & Fancy T/W.

The Cullybackey HPS Dinner & Prize night will be in the Michelin Athletic Club this Friday 31st October, the column will continue to give dates on forthcoming events including shows, sales and prize nights. Cullybackey first show was held Sat 25th October classes for Young Cock and Young Hen T/W, cups and rosettes etc. Young Cocks T/W (57 Birds) – 1st N & S Anderson, 2nd J & B Balmer, 3rd, 4th & HC Reid Bros & McCloy, Reserve T Taylor, VHC B Wilkinson. Young Hens T/W (53 Birds) – 1st 7 Reserve J & J Greer, 2nd, 3rd & 4th J & B Balmer, VHC & HC A Greenwood. More entries in the shows would be appreciated, the big Open Show will be held on Saturday 20th December.

Harryville Show season will operate each Thursday as usual starting on 6th November through to 18th December, the opening show is two classes Old Cock and Young Cock T/W. The Annual Open Show is down for Saturday 6th December. Harryville HPS Annual Dinner & Prize Night will be in the Galgorm Golf Club on Friday 28th November, tickets should be booked immediately with Willie Gilbert Tel: 07761 323459. Ballymena & Dist show season will start on Monday 3rd November, classes are Young Cock and Young Hen T/W. Kells & Dist HPS shows start on Wednesday 5th November, Young Cocks T/W. Broughshane & Dist show season will commence on Tuesday 4th November with classes for Young Cock & Old Cock T/W followed by Old Hen & Young Hen T/W. The annual dinner and prize night has been arranged for Saturday 29th November in the Michelin Athletic Club. All cups and trophies should be returned to the Secretary. Two other dates for the diary the Dublin Show is Saturday 8th November getting bigger every year and the INFC Belfast Show is Saturday 13th December.

Doagh & District HPS: 15th Nov sees the start of the club show season. First night is Y/Cocks & Y/Hens T/Wires, followed by 22nd Nov O/Cocks & O/Hens T/Wires, 29th Nov Y/Cocks & Y/Hens Handled, 6th Dec O/Cocks & O/Hens Handled, 20th Dec Old Bird & Young Bird Eyesign. Doagh & Dist and Ballyclare & Dist joint Annual Dinner Dance & Prize Giving will be held in McConnell's Lounge on Friday 21st Nov at 7.30pm sharp, Group for the night is Exclusive, tickets are £13 and are available from John Wilson or Alan Rodney.

Portavogie HPS shows start on Friday 17th October with classes for Young cock and Young Hens T/W followed on 24th Oct with Old cock and Old Hen T/W and on 31st October YC Handled and YH Handled. Penning from 7.30pm and all fanciers welcome. The club will be putting up £50 prize for the Outside Member collecting Most Points in the Show Series 2008. The annual dinner and prize night will be held at Kirkinstown Castle Golf Club on Friday 7th November. Old Hens T/W – 1st E & D Harper & Sons, 2nd & 5th H & A Keenan & Partner, 3rd J & R Young & Sons, 4th B & G Cochrane, 6th J Bunting, 7th B & J Donnan, 8th W Hoy. Judge Gary Hawthorne. Old Cock T/W – 1st, 2nd & 3rd B & G Cochrane, 4th & 5th Thompson Bailey & Sons, 6th G Coffey, 7th Kincaid & McCann, 8th W Hoy. Judge W Albert.

Moira HPS have arranged a series of shows that will commence on Monday 27th October penning from 7.00pm until 8.00pm. Two classes penned each night for Old Bird & Young Bird. Annaghmore HPS shows start on Thursday 6th November. Birds hampered from 7.30pm. F & D McNeice running the 1st show of the year. Shows will continue every Thursday night until Xmas. I look forward to covering the results and maybe the odd photo.

Carrick Social RPC – The show season started on 18th October. Old Cocks T/W – 1st George & Hall, 2nd & HC E Gilliland, 3rd, Reserve & VHC J McIlheron, 4th M/M Robinson Nom, Commended M/M Robinson. Judges – S Rodney & Son (Ballyclare). Old Hen T/W 25/10/08.

Northern Ireland Show Racer Society will be holding six shows in Ballymoney HPS Clubrooms starting on Saturdays the 18th October, 1st Nov, 22nd Nov, 6th Dec, 13th Dec and 10th Jan 2009 penning 12.00pm -1.00pm. Along with the show racers we are also having racing classes which is open to all so if anyone is interested in becoming a member of the NI Show Racer Society or judging or showing in the race classes contact the secretary Mr John Edgar on Portrush Tel: (028) 70 823173. Around 160 birds were penned in the opening show at Ballymoney HPS, judged Through Wires. Old Cocks – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th & 8th Rouke & Christie, 4th & 7th A Wiggins, 6th W McClean. Old Hens – 1st & 3rd Rouke & Christie, 2nd, 6th, 7th & 8th P McArdle, 4th Edgar & Wiggins, 5th A Wiggins. Young Cock – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th & 7th Rouke & Christie, 5th & 8th A Wiggins. Young Hen – 1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th, & 8th Rouke & Christie, 3rd & 5th Edgar & Wiggins, 4th W McClean. Yearling Cock – 1st, 5th, 6th & 8th Rouke & Christie, 2nd & 7th P McArdle, 3rd A Wiggins, 4th Edgar & Wiggins. Yearling Hen – 1st R Montgomery, 2nd W McClean, 3rd & 5th A Wiggins, 4th & 6th Edgar & Wiggins, 7th P McArdle, 8th Robert Christie. AAC Cock 1st & 7th P McArdle, 2nd, 6th & 8th A McCook, 3rd Rouke & Christie, 4th A Wiggins, 5th Edgar & Wiggins. AAC Hen – 1st & 3rd A Wiggins, 2nd M Kelly, 4th R Montgomery, 5th A McCook, 6th & 7th Edgar & Wiggins, 8th Rouke & Christie. Young Fancier Cock – 1st, 4th & 7th R Wiggins, 2nd, 3rd & 5th D Adair, 6th R Montgomery. Young Fancier Hen – 1st & 3rd R Wiggins, 2nd & 3rd D Adair, 4th & 7th R Montgomery, 5th & 6th R Newton. Old Cock Racer – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 8th Edgar & Wiggins, 6th & 7th W Neill. Best Old Bird, Best Yearling, Best Young Bird, Reserve BIS, and Best in Show all won by Rouke & Christie. Many congratulations, maybe next time we will have photos. The next show on Saturday 1st November is also Through Wires.

This weekend a large number of Northern Ireland fanciers will head South for the Annual Dublin Racing Pigeon Show of 2008 to be held as usual at the Irish Kennel Club Exhibition Centre beside Dublin Airport. Its off the roundabout at the Coachman’s Pub on the Swords Road, within walking distance from the show venue and a super meal guaranteed. All the usual trade stands have confirmed their attendance, fanciers attending have also increased over recent seasons. For info on the show contact Mick O’Driscoll Tel: 00353 868 521765 and fanciers wishing to donate birds for the Charity Auction contact Gerry Daly Tel: 00353 868 146451. The show will have 16 classes, so any fancier club or business wishing to sponsor a class should contact either Mick or Gerry on above numbers. Show birds to be penned between 4.30pm and 6.30pm on Friday 7th November entry forms are available from Jay Byrne Tel: 00353 868 70376. The Charity Auction will start at 3.30pm, breakfast, lunches, sandwiches, snacks served all day, full bar and soft drinks served until end of the show. Doors open to the public from 10.00am until 5.00pm, children under 15 accompanied by an adult are free. Admission is 8 Euro. Northern Ireland lofts have dominated at this show for a number of years and will be yet again chasing the top silver awards. The road down is fantastic and do remember to have change for the Toll.

While on the subject of Show's called with the Brown & Shaw team from Dromore who know all about winning Shows and races besides that, they are the winners of this year Corcreeney Breeder/Buyer event with a bird bred by Ritchie Ryder and sourced and sold by Ronnie Johnston during one of the sales that the Club organised, they win £1,000 as does Ritchie. Took some time and handled a super pigeon was going to say show pigeon, but I would be incorrect for infact "Drumbroneth Lad" won Class 29 at the Blackpool Show in January also lifting the Best 100 Miles + Over in all the Show and Best Over-All Racing Pigeon, he brought home close to £400 in prize money and more importantly I believe he is the only pigeon to bring the following four Cups home into Ireland at the one time, they include The Presdients Trophy donated by Guy Barrett, Alan Heath Memorial Cup, The Brian Dickinson Memorial Cup and Zum 100 Jahrigen Jubilaum Cup. An excellent example of a pigeon coming down from a hen gifted to son Christopher from Eamon Wright and son of Moira when mated to a cock also gifted to Chris from T & K Mawhinney, both partnership just mentioned know what winning Shows is all about also.

The Irish National Flying Club Annual Charity Show on Saturday 13th December will mark its 31st Show at Balmoral Hall in Belfast. This show annually attracts around 400 entries, with the main event during the day the Charity Sale, with pigeons donated by various fanciers, the best lofts from across Ireland. Last year around £9,000 was raised from this sale alone, with every penny going direct to local charities. Since the charity was first set up over £200,000 has been raised, and as Ken McConaghie, Chairman of the Show Committee, said “The most important part of our work is that all the money raised goes to local charities. Over the years we have donated cash and equipment to worthy causes such as hospices and needy families. The INFC Charity Show has reached a milestone with last year marking 30 years and continues to grow and gain in popularity.” ** This year the Show committee have decided to give all proceeds off the Show to the INFC Transporter Fund on the condition that it be used before 2012 and if not that it be returned to the Chariy Committee and it will then be distributed around local charities. **

Trade Stands are an important part of the day, with demand for space increasing every year, last season was a record and they hope to exceed that this time. This annual Show of the Year in Northern Ireland will be held at the Kings Hall complex in Belfast on Saturday 13th December. Doors open at 9.00am and admission is £3.00, children under 16 free. The show classes are as before with the exception of the French Class which has been getting dwindling support in recent years. Other classes are OC & OH Handled, YC & YH Handled, and all classes judged for Eyesign. Entry for this is £1 per bird. The charity sale of pigeons will be held at approx 3.30pm, fanciers donating birds should have them penned early. The Charity Committee would ask that all Ballot Books and monies be returned to Helen Marshall, an addition to the main prizes, Tom Marshall & Son of Newtownbreda have kindly donated six 2009 Young Birds. The prize presentation will be around 5.00pm. Over the years clubs and individuals have kindly sponsored classes, if anyone is interested in sponsoring a class or indeed donating a bird for the auction contact either Ken McConaghie, Bertie Marshall or Ronnie Johnston. Rosemary Mulholland and Helen Marshall also have added attractions for the children endorsing our efforts to also make this a family day out. Ken said “We very much appreciate the support we receive for the show and I would appeal to all fanciers throughout the country to show their support this year as the proceeds will remain within the sport”.

The Orchard Combine CC Christmas Show will be the Usual 3 in 1 with Best in Show set to collect £100. It will be held at the Armagh Rugby Club next door to the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday 22nd November. There is a licensed bar and hot food available, and for the ladies they can walk across the road and get all the Christmas Shopping done in Armagh City! Classes are Old Cock or Hen T/W, Young Cock or Hen T/W, Old Cock or Hen Handled, Young Cock or Hen Handled, Old Bird Eyesign and Young Bird Eyesign. Specials in each class, penning from 9.30am until Noon at £1 per Pen. Bring & Buy Sale (£3 per Pen), Raffle, Videos, Trade Stands. Also Breeder & Buyer Sale (2 young birds per loft, 80% to Breeder/Buyer and 20% to Orchard Combine CC) All monies must be paid on day of show. For further information contact Sonya Tel: (028) 38 337018 or E-mail: sonya510@btinternet.com

Larne & District HPS Annual Monster Show for 2008 will be held in the local clubrooms at Old Glenarm Road on Saturday 29th November with the usual six classes ie. Old Cock, Old Hen, Young Cock, Young Hen, OB Eyesign and YB Eyesign. Birds in the Eyesign classes may be duplicated, entry fee is £1 per bird. Penning will be from 10.00am until 1.00pm and the prize presentation will be at 5.30pm, top specials will include £100 for Best in Show and £50 for Best Opposite Sex. There will also be a Breeder/Buyer Auction for 2009 young birds with a prize fund of £1,000 split 60% and 40% to be flown for in the NIPA Young bird Inl Nat (or alternative). Only NIPA Sect C Fanciers may compete in the race, fanciers outside Sect C may wish to donate a bird and compete for the Breeder split of 40%. Those wishing to enter birds should contact Owen Donnelly Tel: (028) 28 260425 some seats are also available on the bus going to the Blackpool Show of the Year in January. Fanciers can enter the auction on the day by submitting their name and contact details to Secretary Stephanie O’Neill or the nominated official of Larne & Dist assigned on the day.

Ireland’s Own Pigeon Auctions continue with a number of sales arranged for both North and South of Ireland. Monday 10th November in Sarsfield RPC, Dublin - D & J Armstrong & Son (Carrickfergus) Known as the Kings of Carrickfergus they have an awesome record, on sale with be a selected draft from their M & D Evans - Gaby Vandenabeele, Bob Fenech - Cooremans and Syndicate Lofts - Wal Zoontjens. Thursday 13th November in Armagh Rugby Club - The Boscheind Flyers (Andre Van De Wiel & Jan Schreuder). Return to Ireland with yet another Superb Collection. Friday 14th November Glenavy is the venue for a select draft of birds for Patrick Bros of Belgium, birds on view at 7.00pm, sale KO 8.00pm. Saturday 15th November in Glenavy a class sale for the late Brian Long, birds on view at 1.30pm, sale KO 2.30pm. Monday 24th November in Sarsfield RPC, Dublin - Major Reduction Sale for the Magical Amanda Mitchell of Northern Ireland due to ill health, sale to include Club, Section and Open Winners plus the Stock Pigeons. What a sale this will be!! More details contact Adie Tel: 07835 709877. See BHW for advertising re the sales for Patrick Bros and the late Brian Long.

R J Auctions continue with a Complete Clearance Sale for Sam McAllister (Glenavy & Dist), a rare opportunity to obtain the old Harkness and McCartney Bros lines, plus National winning birds. Monday Night Spectacular in Newtownbreda Clubrooms on 10th November at 7.30pm. Commissions etc to Ronnie Johnston Tel: (028) 90 483625.

Ahoghill FC started the Show Series on Friday 17th October with Eyesign, classes for both Old Birds and Young Birds. The remainder of the shows include 24th Oct Young Cocks T/W, 31st Oct Young Hen T/W, 7th Nov Old Cock T/W, 14th Nov Old Hen T/W, 21st Nov YC Handled, 28th Nov YH Handled, 5th Dec OC Handled & Late-breds, 12th Dec OH Handled & Young Pairs T/W, 19th Dec Old Pair T/W & Fancy T/W.

Cullybackey first show was held Sat 25th October classes for Young Cock and Young Hen T/W, cups and rosettes etc. Young Cocks T/W (57 Birds) – 1st N & S Ande3rson, 2nd J & B Balmer, 3rd, 4th & HC Reid Bros & McCloy, Reserve T Taylor, VHC B Wilkinson. Young Hens T/W (53 Birds) – 1st 7 Reserve J & J Greer, 2nd, 3rd & 4th J & B Balmer, VHC & HC A Greenwood. More entries in the shows would be appreciated, the big Open Show will be held on Saturday 20th December.

Harryville Show season will operate each Thursday as usual starting on 6th November through to 18th December, the opening show is two classes Old Cock and Young Cock T/W. The Annual Open Show is down for Saturday 6th December. Harryville HPS Annual Dinner & Prize Night will be in the Galgorm Golf Club on Friday 28th November, tickets should be booked immediately with Willie Gilbert Tel: 07761 323459. Ballymena & Dist show season will start on Monday 3rd November, classes are Young Cock and Young Hen T/W and on Monday 10th November it will be Old Cock and Old Hen T/W. Kells & Dist HPS shows start on Wednesday 5th November, Young Cocks T/W. Broughshane & Dist show season will commence on Tuesday 4th November with classes for Young Cock & Old Cock T/W followed by Old Hen & Young Hen T/W. The annual dinner and prize night has been arranged for Saturday 29th November in the Michelin Athletic Club. All cups and trophies should be returned to the Secretary.

Doagh & District HPS: 15th Nov sees the start of the club show season. First night is Y/Cocks & Y/Hens T/Wires, followed by 22nd Nov O/Cocks & O/Hens T/Wires, 29th Nov Y/Cocks & Y/Hens Handled, 6th Dec O/Cocks & O/Hens Handled, 20th Dec Old Bird & Young Bird Eyesign. Doagh & Dist and Ballyclare & Dist joint Annual Dinner Dance & Prize Giving will be held in McConnell's Lounge on Friday 21st Nov at 7.30pm sharp, Group for the night is Exclusive, tickets are £13 and are available from John Wilson or Alan Rodney.

Portavogie HPS shows start on Friday 17th October with classes for Young cock and Young Hens T/W followed on 24th Oct with Old cock and Old Hen T/W and on 31st October YC Handled and YH Handled. Penning from 7.30pm and all fanciers welcome. The club will be putting up £50 prize for the Outside Member collecting Most Points in the Show Series 2008. The annual dinner and prize night will be held at Kirkinstown Castle Golf Club on Friday 7th November. Old Hens T/W – 1st E & D Harper & Sons, 2nd & 5th H & A Keenan & Partner, 3rd J & R Young & Sons, 4th B & G Cochrane, 6th J Bunting, 7th B & J Donnan, 8th W Hoy. Judge Gary Hawthorne. Old Cock T/W – 1st, 2nd & 3rd B & G Cochrane, 4th & 5th Thompson Bailey & Sons, 6th G Coffey, 7th Kincaid & McCann, 8th W Hoy. Judge W Albert. Young Cocks Handled – 1st & 2nd N & T McMaster, 3rd & HC E & D Harper & Sons, 4th W Hoy, Reserve J & B Young, VHC G Coffey, Commended L Young. Judge H Wilkinson. Young Hens Handled – 1st, Reserve & VHC J & R Young, 2nd, 4th & Commended Agar Bros, 3rd S Burns, HC B & G Cochrane. Next Show – Friday 14th November Old Cocks Handled and all welcome.

Moira HPS have arranged a series of shows that will commence on Monday 27th October penning from 7.00pm until 8.00pm. Two classes penned each night for Old Bird & Young Bird. Annaghmore HPS shows start on Thursday 6th November. Birds hampered from 7.30pm. F & D McNeice running the 1st show of the year. Shows will continue every Thursday night until Xmas. I look forward to covering the results and maybe the odd photo.

Carrick Social RPC: Old Cocks Handled – 1st, 2nd, 4th & HC George & Hall, 3rd & Commended E Gilliland, Reserve M/M Robinson, VHC M/M Bell (Nom). Judge Al Keery (Glengormley). Next Show – Sat 8th November Old Hens Handled.

The NIPA Annual Ladies Night to be held in Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick on Friday 14th November at 7.00pm sharp. Tickets can be ordered from Secretary Fred Russell, telephone (028) 92 692292 after 7.00pm, would all trophy winners please make a special effort to attend. A cups and trophies should be returned immediately.

The annual dinner and prize presentation for the Irish National FC will be held as usual at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast on Friday 28th November. Tickets and accommodation info is available from Ronnie Johnston.

Adie McCormick

Irelands Own Pigeon Auctions

Email Celestiallofts@aol.com

Tel 028 92 604778

Nice Snap of Willy Jacobs Far (L) with Walter Verbinnen Centre pictured with Philip Boal of the P & J Boal partnership of Dromore while on a visit to Ireland, the Boal Loft have the cream of the Willy Van Herck family, just not winning for themselves but many fanciers around the country also.

Bernie and Adam Cochrane holding the winners of 1st & 2nd in the Old Cocks class at Portavogie.

Guests arrive for the Pigeon Network Quiz Night of the Year held in the Ballyclare Comrades Football Club. From (l) Geert van Hove, Stefan Steenbergen, Guy van der Auwera, Adie McCormick, Peter Fox of Syndicate Lofts and Chairman for the evening Noel Higginson.



Hagan & Rowney from Drumcree won the Cornish Connection Cup & Diploma presented by Stefan Steenbergen from Belgium (r). The awards were presented at the Piugeon Network Night of the Year held in Ballyclare.



Robert Alexander (l) collects the Mid Antrim Champions League Diploma won for Harryville by Roy Clements from Geert Van Hove from Belgium at the Pigeon Network Quiz Night of the Year held in the Ballyclare Comrades Football Club.



Wayne Doonan from Dromore won the Dundonald 3 Bird Challenge plus £2,500 the awards presented by Ian Gibb from Lisburn who presented the trophy donated by Gibb & Byrne to Rowan Doonan. Also included is Brian Foulis from Dundonald.

The panel ready to start at the Sarsfield RPC, Ballyfermot in Dublin. From (l) Henry Byrne, Stefan Steenbergen, Dr Henk De Weerd, Guy Van Der Auwera, and Geert van Hove.

At Sarsfield last weekend ace racer Papner Byrne (r) with Tony and Har (missed the surnames).



The Brown & Shaw winner of Class 29 at Blackpool in January (see text)



Finglas members at the Sarsfield RPC, from (l) David Fitzsimons, Mick Timmins, and Derek Cummins.



Visitors to Sarsfield RPC, Mick Arthurs, Collie Owens and Bill Hyland representing Finglas RPC and St Pauls RPC.



Coleraine visitors at Ballyclare were the furthest flying winner of the INFc Kings Cup Anthony McDonnell (l) pictured along with Jimmy Hanson.

Sammy and Wonda Shaw of the B & A Brown & S & W Shaw partnership of Dromore, pictured with "Drumbroneth Lad" who is ready for the show scene this year again after winning Class 29 at the Blackpol Show in January and bringing the four cups pictured back to Ireland, this was the first time all four have been brought back togeather by one pigeon.



Pictured at the Killyleagh Fire Appeal sale held recently in Newtownbreda were Billy Donnin, Gerald Addair, Martin Young and Drew Harper.


Paul McCartan, Patsy Rice and Darren Woodside pictured also showing their support during the Killyleagh Fire Appeal Sale.



Called with the Banbridge Club and snapped a group of the prize winners included are Davy Robinson (Secretary), Gerrard McGrath, Gary Mallon (Chairman), Terence Lennon (Treasurer), Kenny Mallon, Eddie McAlinden (Highest Prizewinner) and Deane Mallon.



The Banbridge Breeder/Buyer was won by Eddie McAlinden seen here on (L) being presented with his Cup from Chairman of the Club, Gary Mallon.



My 4 year old son Jude getting into the spirit of Halloween last Friday, the witches must have put a spell on him, for he took Chicken Pox the following day.

 

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