IHUNFC St Malo.
The IHUNFC St Malo national took place on Friday the 1st of July, with a liberation time of eleven thirty, it was going to be very difficult for any pigeons to make it home on the day, and so it proved to be.
An early rise next morning had N & C Sheilds of Skerries, in north Dublin clock two early birds to take first and third Open in the IHUNFC.
Sladomir Woloszyn of Carlow had his first bird at 09:41 to take second Open with another arrival taking a very creditable 11th open.
Slavic, had the first bird in the Carlow marking station, from St Malo, winning 1st section C, 2nd & 11th Open IHUNFC.
Leon Gaffney of Naas clocked his lovely red pied hen from this 382 mile event for 4th open,
Leon Gaffney, Naas RPC, holding his Red Pied hen, winner of 4th Open in the IHUNFC St Malo race & Leon Gaffney Naas RPC holding his Blue Tipped hen, winner of 1st Open IHUNFC Valentia (2) race.
Red Pied Hen, winner of 2nd section C 4th Open IHUNFC for Leon Gaffney Naas RPC & Blue Tipped hen, winner of 1st Open IHUNFC Valentia (2) race for Leon Gaffney Naas RPC.
followed closely by Joe Deery of Clonmore Co Carlow with his four year old cheq hen for 5th open on a velocity of 556ypm just 2ypm behind the previous bird.
Joe Deery, 2nd in the Carlow clock station from St Malo, winning 3rd section C & 5th open IHUNFC.
Joe Brennan, Carlow had the next bird, a two year old blue cock.
Joe Brennan, 1st in the Barrow Valley RPC from St Malo, winning 4th section C 6th open IHUNFC.
For 6th open, James Kelly of Dublin clocked a two year old flying 384 miles into 7th open position, just behind James we have Shane Stronge also clocking a two year old for 8th open, Shane would be more noted for his sprint performances each week and rumour has it that Dad, "Blondie" had a little to do with the preparation of this one for the big race, well done boys.
Tom Riordan of Roscrea in the midlands, a long way in from the coast clocked his three year old flying 397 miles to take 9th open ahead of David and Noel Hyland of Dublin who take 10th open with their three year old flying 381 miles on a very difficult day.
Brendan Doyle of Enniscorty clocked a four year old GB bird for first section B 12th open.
JJ Hurley of Carlow clocked two of his entries for 13th & 15th open with Corcoran & Keegan also of Carlow, sandwiched in between these two for 14th open, this cock, a four year old was bred for the partnership by Carlow clubmate Michael Ramsbottom, a very reliable cock that has flown three channel races this year already.
JJ Hurley, 2nd in the Barrow Valley RPC from St Malo, Winning 13th &15th Open IHUNFC.
Corcoran & Keegans timer from St Malo, 3rd in the Barrow Valley RPC, winning 14th open IHUNFC.
That see's the end of the old bird races now for this year with the IHUNFC, hopefully the members are looking forward to the young bird events with this ever growing National Flying Club.
On a different note, I personally would like to thank the fanciers in England and others who have been helping to repatriate lost racers to Ireland, it’s certainly not easy nowadays, however, those that do it, do it out of the goodness of their heart, sometimes without ever knowing if their efforts were worth it, well I can tell you that we were delighted to see the two in the photo's return last Sunday morning, the Red cock from the IHUNFC race, the Dark hen from the INFC yearling national race, and I hope that whoever helped them can see that their hard work, in giving these birds a helping hand, has paid off and we certainly appreciate your efforts. Well done.
Red cock, arrived home safely from Sennen Cove old bird IHUNFC national race & Dark hen, arrived home safely from Sennen Cove INFC yearling national race.
That’s all for now, stay safe.