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East Down Combine 02-02-18

East Down Combine News

with Clifford Browne


The East Down Combine 2 Bird club held their Annual Dinner and Prize Distribution on January 26th 2018 and once again this year the event was held in the very popular Temple Golf & Country Club and this was an event which I had very much been looking forward to but sadly this nasty flu like cold bug which is doing the rounds caught me and prevented me and a number of others from being present on what was once again a super evening with a really top class meal for which this venue is famous . I am indebted to Dorothy Smyth and Francis Gilmore for details of the evening which started with the chairman Francis Gilmore welcoming those present and extended a special welcome to the chief guests for the evening Cyril and Hilary Beattie . Francis also thanked all the club Secretaries who had helped each week forwarding results etc and congratulating all the seasons winners and concluded by hoping everyone would have a very enjoyable evening .

After the meal Hilary Beattie was invited to present the prizes ,which were won as follows:

League Winners ;

League A R Moore & Son 24points

League B McComb Bros 26points

K & B McConaghie & son 26points


League C B C T Foulis & Gill 26points

League D A & A Cheevers 24points

League E J Kirk & Sons 26points


Gibson Cup (overall league winners -shared this year with)

McComb Bros ,K & B McConaghie & Son , B C T Foulis & Gill & J Kirk & Sons



Old Bird Inland Average J Patterson

Old Bird Skibbereen Derby B C T Foulis & Gill

Mallow Derek Wishart Classic B C T Foulis & Gill

Old Bird Channel Average B C T Foulis & Gill


Old Bird Combined Average B C T Foulis & Gill


Penzance B C T Foulis & Gill



ST.Malo O/B Derby J & R Young

O/B of the Year B C T Foulis & Gill

Old Bird K/O J & R Young


1st Skibbereen YB Derby A Cousins & sons

2nd Skibbereen YB Derby Harper & Young

Talbenny YB Derby McComb Bros

2nd Thurles Harper & Young

50th Anniversary Cup

4th & 5th OB and 5th & 6th YB Mackey & Lockhart


Young Bird Average Harper & Young

Young Bird of the Year Harper & Young

Combined Average B C T Foulis & Gill


Best Avg O/B Derby and 2 Y/B Derbies J & R Young



GOLD RING Mallow OB 6th May 2017


1st B C T Foulis & Gill £150

2nd Gordon Bros & sons £ 90

3rd Grieves & Morrison £ 60


2nd Thurles YB 27th Aug 2017

1st Harper & Young £150

2nd Gordon Bros & sons £120

3rd Gordon Bros & sons £ 70


After the presentation the format of the evening is that instead of music, members are free to chat to old friends ,a ballot is run and a small draft of 2018 Yb birds were auctioned and thanks here goes to Wesley Sawyers who was the auctioneer . All in all it was a most enjoyable evening and one I was sorry to miss .


Staying with the 2 bird club the AGM will be held on the 12th Feb 2018 in the War Memorial Hall Crossgar .

The Combine Breeder/Buyer will be held on the 30th March 2018 ,further details will follow .


The recent fire which started in a derelict house in Dundrum and destroyed several houses and Sammy Foster’s Lofts and birds is at present still under investigation and Sammy is unable at present to put up a new shed . I mention this because the number of offers of Young Birds has been overwhelming and Sammy is very grateful to all who have rallied round from around the UK . Keith Maguire of the Dundrum club is assisting Sammy and he can be contacted on 02843751324 or Sammy Foster can be contacted on 07808060127 or 02843751705 (after 7pm) for anyone wanting to contact him direct . Once again the generosity of the pigeon fraternity has been seen at it’s very best .