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Weather delays racing from Corrin

Weather delays racing from Corrin

The weather yet again interrupted the progress of the old bird season, at the weekend the fourth inland race was due to be flown from Corrin in Co Cork. Latest information was that race marking would take place on Monday with the race flown weather permitting on Tuesday 30th June, the weather is to be very unsettled for the next 10 days. After lunchtime on Monday we got news that the race advisor has cancelled tomorrow’s race from Corrin. This is due to an unfavourable weather forecast for Tuesday issued at lunchtime today by the Met Office.

The NIPA confirmed various details from the Zoom meeting on Sunday evening. The NIPA will race mark weather permitting on Friday 3rd July for a race from Pilmore Beach, this will be a club collection and will be 1 hour earlier than your normal time. Barleycove Inland National has been put back till race marking at your allocated centres on Monday 6th July for a possible liberation in Barleycove on Wednesday 8th July.

Talbenny in South Wales has been confirmed for July 11th, to be followed by Skibbereen Yearling National on Tuesday 14th July, Saturday 18th July will be Bude, Saturday 25th July Penzance or Sennen Cove including OB Classic and finally Friday 31st July St Malo Old Bird National. The start date of the young bird season, is to be confirmed at a later date. Thanks to Samuel Brigg and Paddy McNeice who sorted out the liberation site at Bude.

There were some requests from individual clubs and some members to be able to use different centres to those already designated, all such requests were turned down. For my own local area it means at Muckamore Centre we have Crumlin & Dist and Muckamore HPS. Harryville Centre will host Kells & Dist, Broughshane & Dist and Harryville HPS. Out in Ahoghill Centre it will be Ballymena & Dist, Cullybackey HPS, Randalstown HPS and Ahoghill Flying Club. Ballymoney Centre will host Rasharkin & Dist and Ballymoney HPS. These arrangements have been put in place to cover the emergency situation relating to Covid 19.


Nelson Weir from Loughgall holding his winner of 1st Open NIPA Corrin

In the race from Corrin last weekend the 1st Open NIPA winner was the high flying Nelson Weir who has dominated racing in Loughgall for many years and has also topped the Mighty NIPA a few times as well. His latest winner was bred from a Soontjen cock from Davy Hutchinson who has a super family and the dam bred from Nelson’s Golden Pair, this hen was a winner of 1st Open NIPA Talbenny.

Best bird in the Mid Antrim Combine from this first old bird race of the year from Tullamore was clocked by Jimmy Rock of Harryville HPS. The former Talbenny YB National and Penzance OB Classic winner timed his yearling blue chequer cock at 14.20pm from the 126 mile race to his lofts in Albert Place in the centre of Ballymena town. This cock was sitting 6 days on his first eggs of the season. The sire a Manderlartz cock from club-mate Lexi Mullan was a winner of 3 x 1st. The dam a Soontjen hen from club-mate Allen McBride was a winner of 1st Section B and 3rd Open NIPA Tallbenny and also 1st Club Rosscarbery. Another top result from a very popular fancier, great race for Jimmy Rock. M Eagleson PO.


Jimmy Rock who races in Harryville HPS holding his 1st MAC winner from Tullamore.

Mid Antrim Combine Tullamore - J Rock Associate 1436, Young McManus & Sons Ahoghill 1433, J Eagleson & Sons Ballymena 1418, J Eagleson & Sons 1418, J Eagleson & Sons 1417, R H Clements Associate 1415, J Rock 1414, J Eagleson & Sons 1414, H Cubitt Rasharkin 1408, Stewart Bros Randalstown 1406, Young McManus & Sons 1406, C & D Jackson Kells 1404, R H Clements 1403, J Rock 1399, A McBride Associate 1399, W & J Smyth Ballymena 1398, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1398, R Service & Son Ballymena 1398, W & J McLean Rasharkin 1397, H Cubitt 1396.

The Mid Antrim Combine winner from Gowran Park was clocked in the village of Kells. Harry Boyd clocked his two year old blue chequer Van Den Bulck widowhood hen at 15.59hrs  after the 155 mile fly to his lofts. The hen wins Kells & Dist by a clear 10 minutes and also wins 1st Mid Antrim Combine, 1st Section B and a good 28th Open NIPA with 24,972 birds competing. The loft won 1st & 2nd Section B last season from Gowran Park, and again with a Van Den Bulck. Well done Harry. Mervyn Eagleson PO.


Harry Boyd from Kells & District was 1st MAC in the race from Gowran Park.

Mid Antrim Combine Gowran Park – Harry Boyd Kells 1301, A McBride Associate 1264, J Rock Associate 1263, J Rock 1263, J Rock 1262, J Rock 1258, G Gibson Associate 1256, G Gibson 1255, J Smyth & Son Ahoghill 1255, J Smyth & Son 1255, Stewart Bros Randalstown 1253, R H Clements Associate 1253, D Dixon Rasharkin 1253, R H Clements 1253, J Rock 1252, D Dixon 1252, J Rock 1252, R Service & Son Ballymena 1250, J Eagleson & Sons 1247, D Dixon 1247.

Corrin in Co Cork was the venue for the third race of the season. Birds were liberated on Saturday 20th June at 07.35am and a fast race was expected. Best local bird was clocked by last year’s Talbenny YB National winner Bertie Blair of Ballymena & Dist. His winning 2 year old blue chequer Van Den Bulck widowhood cock was timed at 10.42am for the 207 mile fly to the Chichester Park Central lofts. This gift bird from good friend Lexie Mullan of Harryville HPS wins 1st Combine, 2nd Section B and 18th Open NIPA 24,284 birds. Well done Bertie, always good for a 1st Combine winner. Mervyn Eagleson PO.


The popular Bertie Blair from Ballymena & District, hold his 1st MAC winner from Corrin in County Cork.

Mid Antrim Combine Corrin - Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1946, J Eagleson & Sons Ballymena 1934, Mr & Mrs Robinson Ahoghill 1922, Blair & Rankin 1909, Blair & Rankin 1908, Mr & Mrs Robinson 1907, C Moore Ahoghill 1890, J Millar & Son Harryville 1890, R Service & Son Ballymena 1888, T & G Balmer Ahoghill 1885, G Gibson Associate 1882, J & M Milliken Rasharkin 1877, R H Clements Associate 1876, R H Clements 1874, J Rock Associate 1868, T & M Morrow Associate 1863, D Dixon Rasharkin 1862, W & J Smyth Ballymena 1856, W & J Smyth 1855, J Rock 1854.

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G & C Simmons Edgarstown bird. 1st Club, 2nd Open, 2nd Section E Corrin (1), he’s down off the best of A & N Lewis of Doagh & District.


Three wins in a row for Jason Whitten & Son in Portadown & Drumcree, 3rd Sect & 3rd Open NIPA from Corrin (1)

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