by Neil Crean
Cork Area News:
The Cork Federation decided to reintroduce their annual show at 'The Commons Inn Hotel' on Saturday the 21st of November. The success of the event was a major talking point for many days and weeks after and many members are already asking if the event will occur again next year. Well the answer is 'yes' and we hope to improve the show for the coming year. We are currently in talks with other bird clubs to hopefully show birds in the secondary hall and also advertise it more to the public for the oncoming year we have also been approached by various animal feed and equipment suppliers to supply stalls on the day so members can stock up on equipment for the season without the need to travel. This is just an insight on what to expect in the future. We would also like to thank Elimar for the advertising on their site.
The event itself was a huge success with all proceeds going to the federation transporter fund. This fund has been started for the eventual replacement of the transporter should the need arise. We would like to thank the Dublin Show Committee for the loan of the show pens and prize cards for the event they are indeed a great help to all organisations wishing to promote the sport and are always welcome on Leeside.
The judges for the event were truly top class and to have judges of this calibre under the one roof was an honour for the federation committee we wish to thank each and every one of them for their kind donations for our auction and we certainly hope those of you that stayed enjoyed the hotel.
IHU president Eugene Fitzgerald giving a speech to the attending members
Ger Fahy Gerry O Reilly & Tommy Spears at the Cork Show - Neil Crean & Noel Hegerty
The judging panel consisted of:
Gerry O Reilly of G O Reilly & Sons (Kings Cup and Millar Gold Cup Winner)
Tommy Spears (First Southern Irish member to lift the Kings Cup)
Herbie Thorpe (Current holder of the Kings Cup)
Davie Mawhinney (Top NIPA flier and current treasurer if the INFC)
Timmy Mawhinney( Top NIPA flier and current record holder of class wins at the Dublin show he has also won at the Blackpool Show of the Year)
Kevin Henderson (Top NIPA flier and previous holder of class wins at the Dublin Show prior to 2015)
Mick O Driscoll (Top ISRF flier IHU delegate and committee member of the Dublin Show Society)
Eugene Fitzgerald (President of the IHU).
Herbie Thorpe & Derek Mullen in action- Decision time for Timmy Mawhinney - Mick o Driscoll
Kevin Henderson & Eugene Fitzgerald comparing notes -
Tommy Spears And Gerry o Reilly attacking the channel classes - Secretary Ritchie Mullane listing the winners
This was a truly classic line up when you consider some of our local INFC winners were showing birds at the event so under the one roof we had:
2 Millar Gold Cup Winners (G o Reilly & Tom Cahill)
3 Kings Cup Winners ( G o Reilly ,Tommy Spears & Herbie Thorpe)
1 Yearling National Winner ( Martin Shiells)
1 Young Bird National Winner ( Billy Mc Carthy)
1 Thurso North Road National Winner ( Jim Willis)
The show consisted of 12 classes each of which had sizeable amounts of entries and the judges complimented the quality of birds on show.
Dave Mawhinney & Ger Fahy On the Eye Glass
The Class Winners were:
Eyesign Cocks - Mark Long
Eyesign Hens - Mark Cullinane
Young Cocks - Neil Crean & Sons
Young Hens - Michael John O Sullivan
Old Cocks Flown - Billy Mc Carthy
Old Hens Flown - Michael Crean
Old Cocks Unflown - Wall Bros
Old Hens Unflown - Jim Willis
Channel Cocks - Alan O Connell
Channel Hens - Wall Bros
TTW Cocks - Timmy Hennessey
TTW Hens - Finbarr Hennessey
Timmy Hennessey class winner & Best In Show - Jim Willis Class winner & BOS winner
Finbarr Hennessey class winner - Mark Cullinane class winner - Michael Crean class winner
Willie & Mark Long class winners - Ryan Crean Class Winner - M O Sullivan class winner
Wall Bros Class winners - Wall Bros Class winners
Auctioneer Tom Casey in action
An auction followed with Corks Top Auctioneer Tom Casey at the helm. Birds were donated from Irelands finest fanciers and over 3,250 was raised this made the effort well worth while and congratulations to Tom on a job well done also thanks to all who donated spot prizes for the raffle Billy McCarthy, Ballyphehane RPC, Mark Cullinane, Neil Crean, Barry Long, apologies if someone has been omitted.