IRISH NATIONAL FLYING CLUB
2011 PRIZE PRESENTATION
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. Last year we were greeted by a good fall of snow, which left driving conditions rather difficult but this year the weather was very kind to us as members and friends from right across Ireland gathered for this very special night.
Dan Campbell and his son receiving the Kings Cup from Jim Martin
Chairman Eugene Fitzgerald welcomed the special guest for the night, Ruth Rodgers, Editor of the Farming Life, a part of the News Letter, one of Northern Ireland’s leading morning newspapers. Eugene explained that Ruth was from a family of pigeon fanciers, the McBrides of Banbridge. Ruth, in thanking the Irish National Flying Club for the invitation, said she was privileged to be among the ‘Creme de la crème’ of the pigeon world. She added that two years ago she was approached about putting some pigeon results in the paper. She said that in journalistic terms they talk about stories having legs but this one had wings as the coverage for the pigeons has grown in those two years and this was matched by the sales of the News Letter on Wednesdays, the day the pigeon articles are published.
Eugene went on to introduce the top table: Secretary Trevor Topping, Treasurer Davy Mawhinney, liberator Davy Black and President Sid Collins and their wives. Eugene 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. Eugene had a special mention for Helen Marshall for all the work she does for the Flying Club’s Charity Committee. Eugene said that he was pleased to see a smattering of young fanciers among the prizewinners, which can only be good for the future of the sport. He went on to thank the liberators Davy Black, Tom Marshall and Willie Hore for providing us with excellent races in what were at times difficult weather conditions.
The Chairman paid tribute to the secretary Trevor Topping and his family for all their work throughout the year, and to the treasurer Davy Mawhinney who had now completed 25 years service with the Flying Club.
Before moving on the Presentation, Eugene congratulated all the winners throughout the year, and made a special mention of Dan Campbell on winning the Kings Cup and to Jackie Waring on winning a Gold Medal for a pigeon timed 4 times in the prizes in the Kings Cup. Four new trophies were presented to the INFC this year:
Mr G Delaney for 1st member in the section not winning the Open in the Skibbereen Old Bird National
Mr J Millar for 1st member in the section not winning the Open in the Friendship National
Mr B Ingle for 1st South Road Federation member in the Kings Cup
Mr T Ingle for 10th Open Yearling National
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 through the presentation. As is customary with the Irish National Flying Club, the first prize to be presented was the Kings Cup by the previous year’s winner, Jim Martin of the Reilly & Martin partnership from Bray. This year’s winner Dan Campbell of Gilford was greeted with a standing ovation.
N. Black & Sons - INFC National Champions 2011 with their trophies
INFC 2011 CUP AND TROPHY WINNERS
King George V Challenge Cup, Plaudren-Vannes, Grand National Old Bird National winner: D Campbell Gilford velocity 1157; Gilliland Cup Plaudren-Vannes OB, 1st IHU member after winner in King’s Cup race: T Marshall & Son Newtownbreda velocity 1155; Nelson Vase, Plaudren-Vannes OB, 1st RPRA member after winner in King’s Cup race: A McAlister Glenavy & Dist velocity 1139; East Down Combine Cup, Plaudren-Vannes OB, 1st EDC member in King’s Cup race: T Marshall & Son Newtownbreda velocity 1155; Ulster Federation Cup, Plaudren-Vannes OB, 1st Ulster Federation member in Kings Cup race: Brown & Anderson Shankill & Dist velocity 1122; NIPA Cup, Plaudren-Vannes OB, 1st NIPA member in King’s Cup race, D Campbell Gilford velocity 1157; Joe Cullen Memorial Cup, Plaudren-Vannes OB, 1st East Coast Federation member in Kings Cup race: P Rock & Son E.C.F Skerries velocity 1129; Billy Ingle Trophy, Plaudren-Vannes OB, 1st Irish South Road Federation member in King’s Cup race: A Morgan Trim velocity 1151; Harkness Rose Bowl, Plaudren-Vannes OB, Best two bird average King’s Cup race: N Black & Sons Dromara velocity 1131; Joe Doheny Cup, Plaudren-Vannes OB, Single Bird Challenge Kings Cup race: A Morgan Trim velocity 1151; Robinson Trophy, Plaudren-Vannes OB, 14th position in King’s Cup race: Brown & Anderson Shankill & Dist velocity 1122; McCloud Cup, Plaudren-Vannes OB, 1st Yearling in the King’s Cup race: D Campbell Gilford velocity 1157; Ronnie Johnston Challenge Cup, Skibbereen OB Inland National race winner: Thomas Hore Wexford North & South velocity 1893; Gerald Delaney Trophy, Skibbereen Old Bird Inland National winner of the section not winning the Open: Cromie & Magee & Son Dromara HPS velocity 1735; Friendship Cup, St Malo OB, Friendship National winner: Joe Doheny ECF Malahide & Dist velocity 1052; British Barcelona Club Trophy, St Malo OB, 2nd position in the Friendship race: Houston & McDonald Glenavy & Dist velocity 1041; Henry Beattie & Son Trophy, St Malo OB, Best two bird average Friendship National race: F & J Crowe Gorey velocity 959; John Miller Logistics Trophy, St Malo OB, 1st member in the section not winning the Open: Houston & McDonald Glenavy & Dist velocity 1041; A Darragh Challenge Cup, Best average St Malo and Sennen Cove Yearling National: N Black & Sons Dromara velocity 1087; Nelson Corry Cup, Sennen Cove Yearling National race winner: J Prenter ECF Sallynoggin velocity 1270; James McGrugan Memorial Cup, Sennen Cove Yearling National, section winner not winning the Open: B Creaney Drumcree velocity 1231: Sam Buckley Memorial Cup, Best two bird average Sennen Cove Yearling National race: D Larkin Finglas velocity 1224; Charles Ingle Memorial trophy, 10th Open position Yearling National race: K Hodginson Wicklow South Road velocity 1222; J.M.K McGugan Perpetual Cup, Penzance Grand National YB Channel race winner: S Miller Randalstown velocity 1417; William Erwin Memorial Cup, Penzance, 1st South section in the Channel YB National: Joe McLoughlin Blanchardstown velocity 1365; De-Scheemaecker Trophy, Penzance YB, Best two bird average in the Channel YB National race: J Kelly & Sons Dromore velocity 1290; Tom Marshall Trophy, Skibbereen Young Bird National race winner: B Cullimore Wexford North & South velocity 1561; J Gilmour Memorial Trophy, Best average Plaudren-Vannes OB and Sennen Cove Yearling Nationals: D Campbell Gilford & Dist velocity 1172; Irvine Trophy, Best average St Malo and Plaudren-Vannes OB Nationals: N Black & Son Dromara velocity 1087; Jarvis Cup, Best average Penzance and Skibbereen YB Nationals: A & N Lewis Doagh & Dist velocity 1295; Rhead Trophy, Best average Plaudren-Vannes OB and Penzance YB Nationals: A Gault Ballyclare & Dist velocity 1177; Diamond Cup, Best average Plaudren-Vannes OB, Sennen Cove Yearling and Penzance YB: N Black & Son Dromara velocity 1136; Harkers Trophy, Best average Sennen Cove Yearling and Penzance YB Nationals: Joe McLoughlin Blanchardstown 1297; Robin Duddy Trophy, Best average Sennen Cove and Penzance Young Bird Nationals (three bird nomination): L Magee & Son Lisburn & Dist velocity 1121; Charles Hunniford Memorial Trophy, Best average North section Skibbereen OB & YB Nationals: M Foulis Dundonald velocity 1494; The New North Cup, Best average Sennen Cove Yearling, Plaudren-Vannes King’s Cup, St Malo Friendship, Penzance YB Nationals: N Black & Son Dromara velocity 1089; President’s Cup, Best average Plaudren-Vannes King’s Cup, Sennen Cove Yearling, Penzance YB and Skibbereen YB Nationals: N Black & Son Dromara velocity 1151; Erwin Trophy, Best average all National races: N Black & Son Dromara velocity 1150.
Gold Medal awarded for a pigeon four times in the King’s Cup prizes: J Waring & Son Lisburn & Dist. Blue cheq cock GB 03 L 28447: 2005 24th, 2006 53rd, 2010 25th, 2011 163rd.
Hall of Fame Diplomas awarded for a pigeon three times in the King’s Cup prizes were won by: W McClure Kells & Dist Dark cheq hen GB 05 K 12212: 2009 46th, 2010 127th, 2011 33rd; Rev T.A.B Sawyers & Son Banbridge Red cheq hen GB 03 B 18046: 2005 107th, 2010 134th, 2011 58th; P McCullough & Dtr Downpatrick Black cheq cock GB 04 D 32829: 2006 71st, 2009 58th, 2011 213th; S Corrigan Loughall Blue cock GB 03 L 19924: 2006 199th, 2009 43rd, 2011 217th; G Buckley & Son Annaghmore Blue W/F hen GB 08 A 31264: 2009 2nd, 2010 201st, 2011 73rd; Ward & McIntosh Downpatrick Black cheq hen GB 06 D 36601: 2009 112th, 2010 73rd, 2011 167th; N Black & Sons Dromara Blue cock GB 08 D 08739: 2009 241st, 2010 153rd, 2011 200th; W McCaw Ballymoney Blue Cheq hen GB 07 B 47887: 2009 127th, 210 161st, 2011 86th; G & J O’Hare Crossgar Black Cheq cock IHU 06 N 9653: 2009 145th; 2010 208th, 2011 57thth; A Darragh Cullybackey Blue Bar cock GB 08 C 13275: 2009 221st, 2010 119th, 2011 218th; Ron Williamson Bondhill Social Blue hen GB 06 B 06036: 2009 23rd, 2010 140th, 2011 223rd:
Friendship National Triple Award diploma awarded for a pigeon three times in the prizes Friendship National won by C & L Woodside Ballyclare & Dist Blue hen GB 07 B 43620: 2009 5th, 2010 65th, 2011 75th.
Triple Crown Awards, Framed Diplomas awarded to S & K Duke Crossgar Blue cheq hen IHU 09 N 27938: 2009 Penzance YB 75th, 2010 Sennen Cove Yearling 83rd, 2011 Plaudren-Vannes King’s Cup 94th; W Corrigan Loughall Blue cock GB 09 L 12363: 2009 Penzance YB 135th, 2010 Sennen Cove Yearling 126th, 2011 Plaudren-Vannes King’s Cup 143rd.
Framed Diplomas sponsored by Sawyers & Co Estate Agents Banbridge & Dromore, Plaudren-Vannes Single Bird Challenge: 1st A Morgan Trim, 2nd Brown & Anderson Shankill, 3rd G Douglas Wilton Cross.
Joe Doheny and two of his grandchildren with the Friendship Cup for 1st Open Friendship National from St Malo
John Prenter, Sallynoggin - winner of Sennen Cove Yearling National
Thomas Hore, Wexford with the Ronnie Johnston Challenge Cup for 1st Open Skibbereen OB National
Billy Cullimore of Wexford, winner of The Tom Marshall Trophy for 1st Open Skibbereen YB National
Billy Ingle, Eugene Fitzgerald on behalf of T Ingle, John Miller and Gerald Delaney presenting new trophies to the INFC.
Joe McLoughlin of Blanchardstown, winner of the Harkers Trophy for best average Sennen Cove Yearling and Penzance Young Bird Nationals
Simon Miller of Randalstown, winner of JMK McGugan Perpetual Cup for 1st Open Penzance YB National
J & Waring Son, winners of the Gold Medal for a pigeon 4 times in the prizes from the Kings Cup
M. Foulis of Dundonald, winner of the Charles Hunniford Memorial Trophy for best average North section Skibbereen OB and YB Nationals
A & N Lewis of Doagh, winners of the Jarvis Cup for Best Average Penzance & Skibereen YB nationals.
F & J Crow of Gorey, winners of the Henry Beattie & Son Trophy for the Best 2B Average Friendship National.
Anthony Morgan of Trim, first winner of the Billy Ingle Trophy for 1st Irish South Road Federation pigeon in the Kings Cup.
Denis Brown receives the Ulster Federation Cup for 1st Ulster Fed member in the Kings Cup
Sharon Magee collects the Robin Duddy Trophy
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