IHUNFC Valentia Young Bird National.
Friday the 13th May not be considered a lucky day for some, but for members of the different clubs in the County of Carlow it turned out to be a day of great joy and even a little lucky for some.
The IHUNFC national had brought forward by a day, for weather reasons, their young bird national race from Valentia, a very wise decision by all those involved in race controlling.
Also run in conjunction with this race was the Carlow pigeon supplies Gold ring race, which was limited to 358 rings that were purchased in January from the Carlow Pigeon Supplies Shop on the Athy road, Carlow, run by PJ Nangle, a local fancier who has given back some great opportunities for fanciers in the Carlow area to compete in.
A very proud young Parker Byrne holding his Dad's winner of 1st Open in the Carlow Pigeon Supplies Gold Ring Race.
This venture also benefited the IHUNFC organisation, as one of the criteria for entry was that the purchaser / racer of the golden rings had to be a member of the IHUNFC, this in turn guaranteed the IHUNFC a membership of 48 members in the Carlow area alone all of whom bought 358 Gold rings for this event, and with every penny being paid out, there was a guaranteed prize fund of €3500 for this event, and I can tell you, that every one, despite the bad racing this year, were really looking forward to this race and the whole event and the results achieved, did not disappoint, as I believe everyone enjoyed a great race, with good returns all round.
Liam Dermody, loft manager to J&J Hammond, Dunlavin, holding their first arrival from the recent IHUNFC Valentia race.
In the IHUNFC, one of our Carlow members Sladowmir Wolznsky who races with the Carlow premier club looks to have taken provisional first Open with a velocity of 2056ypm also 2nd Open.
Slavic pictured in front of his loft holding the provisional winner of 1st Open IHUNFC in the Valentia National.
Slavic holding his winner of 3rd Open & €500 in the Carlow Pigeon Supplies Gold Ring Race, also from Valentia.
The Bolger Family racing with the Blackwater club in Wexford, appear to have had a great race taking the next four positions, with our own Paul Byrne of the Barrow Valley RPC in Carlow taking a very creditable 7th Open.
Sladomir was back in again at 8th & 9th Open, and great to see good friend and fancier Pa Cullen from Enniscorty in at 10th Open with another hat full of pigeons clocked that will also feature high up in the Open positions, when they are published.
At this point I would like to congratulate the race controllers, Fred Malone & JJ Hurley for a job well done and also Richie Mullane who had a provisional result posted by ten o clock on the evening of the race, well done to all involved, a very successful race indeed.
On now to the Carlow pigeon supplies Gold ring race where 48 members purchased 358 rings and were competing for a prize fund of over €3500, a great opportunity for fanciers in the Carlow area.
Taking first position and prize of €1250 was Paul Byrne of the Barrow Valley RPC.
Paul Byrne, Barrow Valley RPC being presented with his cheque of €1250 for winning First prize in the Carlow Pigeon Supplies Gold Ring Race, by proprietor, PJ Nangle.
This is only Paul's second year in pigeons, but he is being well tutored, we won’t say by who, but I can tell you that they know their stuff and have no hesitation in helping out new starters in any way they can, well done boy's.
In 2nd and 4th position winning a total of €1000 was Tom Gorman of the Carlow South RPC.
Tom Gorman, Carlow South RPC being presented with his cheque for €1000 for winning 2nd & 4th Open positions, in the Carlow Pigeon Supplies Gold Ring Race.
3rd Position and €500 went to Sladomir Wolozysky who had a brilliant race overall not only clocking third in the gold ring race but as stated above, winning provisional
Slavic, Carlow Premier RPC, winner of 3rd place in the Carlow Pigeon Supplies Gold Ring Race receiving his cheque of €500 from proprietor PJ Nangle.
1st & 2nd Open with his earlier birds.
Colm Keating obviously set his stall out for this race, as he had seven of his entries left for the gold ring race and they didn’t disappoint, his first bird clocked earns him a nice €200 with the rest of his entries that were also clocked taking prominent section and Open positions.
Colm Keating, Carlow Premier RPC, winner of 5th position in the Carlow Pigeon Supplies Gold Ring Race, receiving his cheque of €200. From PJ Nangle.
The next member to clock and earn himself a tidy sum of €250 for winning 7th & 8th places, was Davy Hurley, of the Barrow Valley club, which was not unexpected, as Davy's birds had been racing well all season, his Gold ring birds having had most of the races already this year, so they were well prepared.
PJ Nangle presenting Davy Hurley, Barrow Valley RPC, with his cheque of €250 for winning 7th & 8th in the Carlow Pigeon Supplies Gold Ring Race.
PJ Doyle from Tullow, racing with the Carlow south RPC clocked for sixth position and €150, we were all delighted, as PJ is a relative newcomer to the sport.
PJ Doyle, Carlow South RPC, winner of 6th position in the Carlow Pigeon Supplies Gold Ring Race, receiving his cheque of €150 from PJ Nangle.
Finishing off the prize list was Steffan, who races in the Barrow Valley RPC, having had a year out for family reasons, Steffan was tempted back by this gold ring race and only had a small team to race in his first year back, but we do expect a lot more from him in the future.
Steffan, Barrow Valley RPC winner of 9th position in the Carlow Pigeon Supplies Gold Ring Race, receives his cheque of €100 from PJ Nangle.
To finish, I would just like to say, that this gold ring race has been a great initiative by PJ Nangle and Carlow pigeon Supplies and has not only given the members in Carlow a great boost but has also benefited a national organisation. Fanciers in our locality should have no hesitation in supporting a local company that puts so much back into the local fancy. Well done PJ and all concerned.
Well that’s it for this time, stay well and stay safe.