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2013 Prize Presentation

 

 

IRISH NATIONAL FLYING CLUB

Brendan McLoughlin

2013 Prize Presentation

G O' Reiily & Son present the King's Cup to Ron Williamson of Bondhill.

Once again the Stormont Hotel in Belfast provided the setting for the Annual Dinner Dance and Presentation of Prizes for the Irish National Flying Club. Like last year the weather was very kind to us as members and friends from right across Ireland gathered for this very special night.

Chairman David Black welcomed the special guests for the night, Anthony McDonnell and Sid Collins. Sid is a lifetime Vice President of the Irish National Flying Club while Anthony won the King’s Cup from Les Sables in 1963.

The Chairman asked for a minute’s silence for all members of the club who had passed away during the year and made a special mention of the late James Maguire of the Grosvenor club who was a trophy winner this year.

The President Eugene Fitzgerald proposed a toast to the Patron Ronnie Johnston before the Chairman introduced the top table, Secretary Trevor Topping, Treasurer Davy Mawhinney, and their wives, President Eugene Fitzgerald, Special guests, Sid Collins, and Anthony and Lally McDonnell. David thanked Ronnie Johnston and his wife Alice for organising the event and for all the work they do in gathering the trophies in and preparing them for the night. He congratulated all the prizewinners especially the King’s Cup winner, Ron Williamson. David went on to thank all our sponsors, all the committee members and all the non committee members who help out at race marking and clock centres. He made a special tribute to secretary Trevor Topping and his family for all their hard work throughout the year and praised Tom Marshall and Willie Hore who work alongside him on the liberation team. The Chairman thanked the convoyer Jim McCrory and Ollie Gittens of Bude who is a big help with weather forecasts in that area.

Sid Collins said that it was an honour and a privilege to be asked to present the prizes as a former President of the INFC. Anthony McDonnell thanked the committee for inviting him to present prizes on the 50th anniversary of winning the King’s Cup. He said that he first joined the Flying Club in 1959 and the first bird he sent to the King’s Cup took 8 days to get home. He recalled that in 1960 he congratulated Larry Burns on winning the King’s Cup and when he handled the Cup he thought that would be the closest he would get to it. He told of how the pigeons were transported to the race then and how it was 12 days after the race before he knew that he had won the King’s Cup. Before proceeding to the prize distribution the Chairman congratulated Anthony and Lally on their 50th wedding anniversary as they got married just a few days after the King’s Cup win.  

 

Mr Ronnie Johnston, Patron of the Irish National Flying Club was then called upon to act as MC for the Presentation of Prizes. Ronnie provided us with a wealth of knowledge on the various winners and of the history of the prizes, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed as he kept the crowd engrossed throughout the presentation.

As is customary with the Irish National Flying Club, the first prize to be presented was the King's Cup by the previous year’s winner, G O’Reilly & Son Malahide. This year’s winner Ron Williamson Bondhill was greeted with a standing ovation.

 

INFC 2013 CUP AND TROPHY WINNERS

 

King George V Challenge Cup, St Allouestre, Grand National Old Bird National winner: R Williamson Bondhill Social HPS velocity 1212; Nelson Vase, St Allouestre OB, 1st RPRA member after winner in King’s Cup race: C & H Beattie Gilford & Dist HPS velocity 1205; Gilliland Cup, St Allouestre OB, 1st IHU member after winner in King’s Cup race: J Maghery Arklow Utd RPC velocity 1166; East Down Combine Cup, St Allouestre OB, 1st EDC member in King’s Cup race: S Milligan & Dtr Tyrella HPS velocity 1130; Ulster Federation Cup, St Allouestre OB, 1st Ulster Federation member in Kings Cup race: The late James Maguire Grosvenor HPS velocity 1096;  NIPA Cup, St Allouestre OB, 1st NIPA member in King’s Cup race: R Williamson Bondhill Social HPS velocity 1212;  Joe Cullen Memorial Cup, St Allouestre OB, 1st East Coast Federation member in Kings Cup race: G & P McEvoy Castlebellingham  velocity 1091; Billy Ingle Trophy, St Allouestre OB, 1st Irish South Road Federation member in King’s Cup race: A Leap Tallaght & Dist velocity 1029; Harkness Rose Bowl, St Allouestre OB, Best two bird average King’s Cup race: Rev T.A.B. Sawyers & Son Banbridge  velocity 1121; Joe Doheny Cup, St Allouestre OB, Single Bird Challenge Kings Cup race: W McCaw Ballymoney  HPS velocity 1093; Robinson Trophy, St Allouestre OB, 14th position in King’s Cup race:  C & L Woodside Ballyclare & Dist velocity 1116; McCloud Cup, St Allouestre OB, 1st Yearling in the King’s Cup race: Ron Williamson Bondhill velocity 1212; Ronnie Johnston Challenge Cup, Skibbereen OB Inland National race winner: G Furlong Wexford North & South RPC velocity 1597 ; Gerald Delaney Trophy, Skibbereen Old Bird Inland National, best section winning velocity after winning section: P & J Boal Dromore HPS velocity 1573; Framed Diploma Winner, Skibbereen National OB, lowest section winning velocity: T Nelson Malahide & Dist Velocity 1536;  Friendship Cup, Quimper OB, Friendship National winner: Malachy Maguire & Son Newry & District HPS velocity 1203;  British Barcelona Club Trophy, Quimper OB, 2nd position in the Friendship race: A & N Lewis Doagh & Dist HPS 1183; Henry Beattie & Son Trophy, Quimper OB, Best two bird average Friendship National race: K Carolan Coalisland  velocity 1042;  John Miller Logistics Trophy, Quimper OB, 1st member in the section not winning the Open: N Grant & Son Balbriggan RPC velocity 830;  Ervine Trophy Best Average OB Nationals Quimper & St Allouestre: M Wilkinson Wilton Cross HPS velocity 1158; Nelson Corry Cup, Sennen Cove Yearling National race winner: J Brown Blackwatertown West End HPS velocity 1151;  James McGrugan Memorial Cup, Sennen Cove Yearling National, section winner not winning the Open: O Kirwan Gorey RPS velocity 1137: Sam Buckley Memorial Cup, Best two bird average Sennen Cove Yearling National race: J Brown Blackwatertown West End HPS velocity 1140; Charles Ingle Memorial trophy, 10th Open position Yearling National race: N Grant & Son Balbriggan RPC velocity 1082; J.M.K McGugan Perpetual Cup, Penzance Grand National YB Channel race winner: Hector Cordner Annaghmore HPS velocity 1648; William Erwin Memorial Cup, Penzance, 1st South section in the Channel YB National: P Maher Abbeyside Invitation velocity 1382; De-Scheemaecker Trophy, Penzance YB, Best two bird average in the Channel YB National race: Mr & Mrs C Hayes Ballyclare & District HPS velocity 1440; Tom Marshall Trophy, Skibbereen Young Bird National race winner: L Rollins & Son Hillsborough & Maze HPS velocity 1835: Framed Diploma winner of south section Skibbereen YB National: D O’Neill Arklow Utd RPC velocity 1640; Framed Diploma winner of Middle section Skibbereen YB National: T Nelson Malahide & Dist HPS velocity 1771; J Gilmour Memorial Trophy, Best average St Allouestre OB and Sennen Cove Yearling Nationals: Capper Bros Bondhill Social HPS velocity 1137; A Darragh Challenge Cup, Best average Quimper Friendship and Sennen Cove Yearling Nationals: M Wilkinson Wilton Cross HPS velocity 1114; Jarvis Cup, Best average Penzance and Skibbereen YB Nationals: Hector Cordner Annaghmore HPS velocity 1698; Rhead Trophy, Best average St Allouestre OB and Penzance YB Nationals: Ron Williamson Bondhill Social HPS velocity 1283; Diamond Cup, Best average St Allouestre OB, Sennen Cove Yearling and Penzance YB: Capper Bros Bondhill Social HPS velocity 1190; Harkers Trophy, Best average Sennen Cove Yearling and Penzance YB Nationals: Hector Cordner Annaghmore HPS velocity 1319; Robin Duddy Trophy, Best average Sennen Cove and Penzance Young Bird Nationals (three bird nomination): A Thompson Ballyclare & Dist HPS velocity 1159; Charles Hunniford Memorial Trophy, Best average North section Skibbereen OB & YB Nationals: Doonan & McGuinness Dromore velocity 1678; The New North Cup, Best average Sennen Cove Yearling, St Allouestre King’s Cup, St Malo Friendship, Penzance YB Nationals: M Wilkinson Wilton Cross HPS velocity 1177; President’s Cup, Best average St Allouestre King’s Cup, Sennen Cove Yearling, Penzance YB and Skibbereen YB Nationals: M Wilkinson Wilton Cross HPS velocity 1244; Erwin Trophy, Best average all National races: M Wilkinson Wilton Cross velocity 1250; 

Gold Medal awarded for a pigeon four times in the King’s Cup prizes: John Greenaway Bondhill Social HPS, Blue cock GB 08 B 15212: 2010 145th, 2011 241st, 2012 34th, 2013 159th.

Hall of Fame Diplomas awarded for a pigeon three times in the King’s Cup prizes were won by: M Robinson Bondhill Social HPS, Blue cheq hen  GB 06 B 07020: 2010 62nd, 2011 27th, 2013 62nd; W McCaw Ballymoney HPS Dark cheq cock GB 08 B 49236: 2011 151st, 2012 67th, 2013 19th; C & L Woodside Ballyclare & Dist HPS Blue cock GB 08 B 35602: 2011 48th, 2012 56th, 2013 200th: Silver Medal awarded for a pigeon four times in the Friendship National prizes: P Dunlop Edgarstown HPS Blue Cheq hen GB 08 E 32663: 2010 51st, 2011 11th, 2012 11th, 2013 30th.

Friendship National Triple Award diploma awarded for a pigeon three times in the prizes Friendship National won by G O Reilly & Son Malahide & Dist IHU 09 S 94225: 2011 36th, 2012 93rd, 2013 62nd; J Doheny Malahide & Dist Blue Cheq cock GB 09 V 32708: 2011 1st, 2012 51st, 2013 19th; N Black & Son Dromara HPS Black Pied hen GB 09 D 22048: 2011 57th, 2012 92nd, 2013 80; S Corrigan Loughall HPS Blue Cheq hen GB 09 L 12042: 2011 81st, 2012 92nd, 2013 80th; W & L McCaw Ballymoney HPS Blue Hen GB 07 B 47792: 2011 31st, 2012 90th, 2013 51st; T Marshall & Son Newtownbreda HPS Blue Cheq cock IHU 08 N 05615: 2011 82nd, 2012 23rd, 2013 38th.

Triple Crown Awards, Framed Diplomas awarded to G Douglas Wilton Cross HPS: Blue Bar cock GB 11 A 43969:  2011 Penzance YB 186th, 2012 Sennen Cove Yearling 259th,  2013 St Allouestre King’s Cup 86th;  J Doheny Malahide & Dist Blue Hen IHU 11 S 114530: 2011 Penzance YB 61st, 2012 Sennen Cove Yearling 133rd, 2013 St Allouestre King’s Cup 203rd.

Framed Diplomas sponsored by Sawyers & Co Estate Agents Banbridge & Dromore, St Allouestre Single Bird Challenge: 1st W McCaw Ballymoney HPS, 2nd S Kane Newry & Dist HPS, 3rd W Ringland & Son Derriaghey HPS.

Ladies Prizes won by G Furlong, J Brown, R Williamson, M Maguire & Son, H Cordner, I Rollins & Son. 

Sid Collins presents the Harkness Rosebowl to Wesley Sawyers of Rev T A B Sawyers and Son, Banbridge.

Sid Collins presents the Henry Beattie & Son Cup to Kevin Carolan, Coalisland.

Sid Collins presents the Nelson Corry Cup to Joe Brown, Blackwatertown West End, winner of the Yearling National.

Sid Collins presents the Friendship Cup to Malachy Maguire of M. Maguire & Son, Newry and Dist, winners of the Friendship National.

Sid Collins with Hector Cordner, Annaghmore, winner of the Penzance YB National.

Sid Collins with Clyde Rollins of I. Rollins & Son, Hillsborough & Maze, winners of Skibbereen YB National.

Anthony McDonnell & Sid Collins with the 2013 INFC National Champion Maurice Wilkinson, Wilton Cross.

Merit Awards Presentation

 

The Merit Awards Presentation will take place on Friday 3rd January in the Dunsilly Hotel Antrim with a 6.30pm start. Tickets for the evening are £10 which includes supper. Guests for the night are John Tyerman from Bracklesham Bay, Ian Crammond from Fontwell and Derek Partridge of Manchester.  Derek is a former Manchester City footballer and has spent over 30 years at the club in various guises. He has offered a signed City jersey and other Man City memorabilia for the raffle on the night.

The panel for the moot is John Tyerman, Derek Partridge and W & L McCaw of Dervock Gold Medal winners with the INFC. This has become another very popular night with the pigeon fancy so it’s advisable to book early.

 

More photos and reports over next few weeks. Thanks to Willie Reynolds for the photos for this report.

 

Brendan McLoughlin

INFC Press Officer