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East Down Combine News October 2015




Reports by Clifford Browne

East Down Combine News

with Clifford Browne


Combine Moot Raises £2,500 for Cancer Fund

It was back during the racing season that Dorothy Smyth mentioned to me that she was thinking of asking the Combine Committee if she could organise a fund raising event for the Cancer Centre at the Belfast City Hospital and as I had spent most of the summer of 2014 attending daily for treatment for Prostate Cancer I was naturally delighted that she intended to bring this to the attention of the EDC Committee for their approval which they readily gave as many of the pigeon fraternity had occasion, like myself, to benefit from the City Hospital’s care .

The date was arranged for Friday 23rd October and the venue was Magee’s Lounge in Crossgar and the night turned out to be a very successful fund raiser with the room filled to capacity. The following is a personal word of thanks from Dorothy to all concerned for making the evening a success.


“A special thank you to all who donated pigeons for the sale, all the buyers and a special thank you to the panel, Sid Collins”. Roy Irwin, Trevor Griffiths, and the very capable and knowledgeable chairman Wesley Sawyers, who also conducted the sale of birds in a very professional manner, also a special thank you to John & Dean Kirk, Francey Gilmore and anyone else who contributed to making the night such an outstanding success, not forgetting John Hollinger who although not feeling the best attended with the PA system

The final total raised of £2.500 was made up from entry charge ,sale of birds and very generous donations from fanciers and friends .This cheque will be presented to Professor Joe O' Sullivan from ‘Friends of the Cancer Centre’ , Belfast City Hospital at the East Down Combine dinner in the Millbrook lodge on Friday 20th November”.

We all thank Dorothy for the tremendous amount of work that she put into organising this evening, from obtaining birds for auction, to making the sandwiches for the supper, none of us probably know just how many hours she spent in organising this event, workers of this calibre are hard to find so Dorothy just to let you know it was greatly appreciated .



Mention of the Annual Dinner and prize distribution on November 20th which I will have a full report on that then but in advance of this let me give you a list of the main cup winners and congratulations them and to Cowan & McCartney on winning the EDC Fanciers of the year award for 2015 .


Ringland Classic Cup----Skibbereen Classic-----Harper & Young (Cloughey)

Kilpatrick Cup ------1st Talbenny -----T Smith (Killyleagh Central)

Wm Lowry Cup -------2nd Talbenny ------K Rooney, son & dtr (Annalong )

Derek Wishart mem. Classic Cup ---Pilmore Beach ----R Irwin (Dundonald)

Taylor Cup ---------Bude ------Not Flown

McCausland Cup ---- Penzance ---- Harper & Young ( Cloughey)

H & S Muckle Cup --- Penzance Classic --- C & D Smyth & sons (Ballylesson)

MacMillan Mem. Cup -- St. Malo O/B Derby ----- A Murray & son (Dundrum )

E Carlisle Cup --- 5th Old Bird race (Pilmore Beach ) ----- R Irwin (Dundonald)

Castlewellan Show Cup --- 5th YB Race - McComb Bros (Killyleagh Central )

Jefford Memorial -- Lowest Inland vel. -- B Hogg & sons ( Newtownbreda )    vel1239

R Johnston Cup ---- 1st Skibbereen YB Derby-----R Moore & son (Bangor )

Skibbereen Cup -- Ken McConaghie Skibbereen YB Derby --Harper & Young (Cloughey)

                                                                                                             McNeil Mem.Cup --OB National King’ s Cup --- W Hayes & son(Ballynahinch )

                                                                                                            Charity Shield --Talbenny YB Derby-- K & B McConaghie & son ( Ballylesson )

                                                                                                               Agar Bros Cup -Friendship National Quimper----K Tompsett (Comber Social)

Average Cups & Winners 2015


 Brown cup - Old Bird average--J Patterson (Ballylesson )


McCartan Memorial -- Old Bird Inland Average--R Moore & son (Bangor )


L& A Fields Mem.Cup -- Best Average over OB Classic and OB Derby.?


McComb Bros ( Killyleagh Central )


Mrs Magee Cup-- Young Bird average-- Harper & Young (Cloughey )


D Logan Cup ---Best Average Penzance & 2nd Skibbereen YB Derby

Harper & Young (Cloughey)


Channel Averages-North region Cup -Best Average over 3 Channel races

J Patterson (Ballylesson )


R Moore & Son cup -- Best average over channel championship races

J Patterson (Ballylesson )


McCloud Cup -- best average over all Derbies-- A Cousins & sons (Ballylesson )



Newcombe Trophy Best average last 3OB and Last 2 YB races

Cowan & McCartney ( Dundonald )


Edward Hardy Mem Cup Best average over last OB race and last YB races  Harper & Young (Cloughey )

Marie Cromie Mem.Cup --Best Average over YB Inland Derbies                     Gordon Bros & sons (Cloughey)

R Russell mem. Cup --- Best average channel races and Old bird Derby------------ Mackey & Lockhart ( Ballylesson )

Ian Cousins Memorial Cup - Best avg. O/B Classic & 2 Y/B Inland Derby Races --Gordon Bros & sons (Cloughey)

H Morrow Memorial Cup -Fancier of the Year 2015

Cowan & McCartney (Dundonald )


Ballywalter Pigeon Show

The Ballywalter pigeon club will be staging a show in the Portavogie Clubhouse on Saturday the 21st November 2015. Sam Regan writes “Our ageing wooden club needs very urgent repairs and we are trying to raise some funds, so as much support by you, the pigeon fraternity would be greatly appreciated. Four classes all handling are Old Hens, Old Cocks, Young Hens, Young Cocks. Penning from 12.30 to 2.00pm start. Prizes for each class and the best pigeon in the show. Bar facilities all day so come along and enjoy event”.


With clubs now following their winter programmes of Shows, dinners etc. you can forward results photos etc to me .