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NIPA Report by HOMER - 22-09-20

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Fermoy was the penultimate race of the NIPA young bird season, we started later than normal and all being well will finish at Skibbereen next weekend.  The 5 Bird Championship was also in duplicate, and the total entry of just under 6,800 birds, were released at 9.30am am in a light North-easterly wind. The weather has picked up over the last few days and today we have sunshine and clear skies, with the odd shower forecast. It turned out a bit of a tester but no problem for Ron Williamson of Newry & District, topping the NIPA for an unprecedented 8th time in 2020.

NIPA Fermoy (2) Open 321/6797 –

1-1G Ron Williamson Newry & Dist. 1251, 2-2G J F McCabe Newry & Dist. 1249, 3-3G C O’Hare & Daughter Ballyholland 1248, 4-4G Ron Williamson 1247, 5-1E E & M Curran Armagh 1245, 6-2E E & M Curran 1245, 7-5G Sam Ogle Drumnavaddy 1243, 8-1D J Greenaway Hillsborough & Maze 1242, 9-2D C Rooney Dromara 1241, 10-3E E & M Curran 1241, 11-3D C Rooney 1241, 12-4E P Boyd Annaghmore 1238, 13-5E Sean Curran Lurgan Soc 1237, 14-6E Sean Curran 1236, 15-7E C J & B Ferris Lurgan Soc 1235, 16-8E Capper Bros Bondhill 1234, 17-6G Sam Ogle 1234, 18-4D I Rollins & Son Hillsborough & Maze 1234, 15-5D J Greenaway 1232, 20-6D J Greenaway 1232.

Best in each NIPA Section:

Section A 20/397 – G & S Smith Cookstown 1212, Brendan Morgan Coalisland & District 1211, G & S Smith 1185.

Section B 65/1043 – Kenny Glass Windsor Social 1210, Danny Dixon Ballymoney 1208, Sefton Thompson Crumlin 1206.

Section C 52/933 – McMurray & Anderson Ligoniel 1227, Calderwood & Waite Ligoniel 1213, D & J Campbell Eastway 1212.

Section D 37/916 – Jeff Greenaway Hillsborough & Maze 1242, C Rooney Dromara 1241, C Rooney 1241.

Section E 94/2316 – Eamon & Matthew Curran Armagh HPS 1245, 1245, 1241.

Section F 13/226 – Gordon Bros & Son Killyleagh Central 1141, 1141, 1112.

Section G 29/888 – Ron Williamson Newry & District 1251, J F McCabe & Son Newry & District 1249, C O’Hare & Daughter Ballyholland 1248.

Section H 11/78 – Steve Eglington Cookstown 1106, J Quigley & Son Amelia Earhart 1093, Steve Eglington 1088.

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Stevie Eglington tops NIPA Sect H from Fermoy.

NIPA Race/Date

Fermoy Saturday 19th September 2020 – Lib 9.30am wind Lt NE

NIPA Sect A Clubs

Coalisland & District – Brendan Morgan 1211, 1181, Eamon Grew 1167, Sean Hughes 1148, Brendan Morgan 1147, 1147.

Coleraine Premier HPS – Sean Diamond 1173, 1151, 1147, T & J McDonald 1137, Sean Diamond 1128, Diamond Bros & G McLaughlin 1127, A McDonnell 1111, Sean Diamond 1110, Diamond Bros & G McLaughlin 1096, A McDonnell 1075, J L Madden 1071, T & J McDonald 1060. Fermoy 5 Bird – J L Madden 1071, T & J McDonald 1061, S Diamond 1059, Diamond Bros & G McLaughlin 1050, A McDonnell 1036, J L Madden 1025, T & J McDonald 924, A McDonnell 905.

Coleraine & County Derry – Terence McCrudden 1182, 1148, 1148, W & W Murdock 1101.

Cookstown Social – G & S Smith 1212, 1185, 1181, 1174, 1163, 1163.

Dungannon – Mariusz Pawlak 1103, 1089, 1042.

Windsor Social 3/68 – K Glass 1210, 1193, 1186, 1140, 1119, 1119, T Scott & Son 1107, 1095, R & J Parke 1085, 1068. Well done to Kenny Glass on taking the first 6 positions in today's race from Fermoy. Fermoy 5 Bird – K Glass 1140, 1119, 1119, T Scott & Son 1107, R & J Parke 981. And it's well done again to Kenny in taking the first 3 positions in the Fermoy 5 Bird in the club, and also takes the top 3 positions in the Coleraine Centre. The winning blue w/f hen was 1st Club, 1st Coleraine Triangle, 1st Sect B and 56th Open NIPA. She is off Kenny's good blue cock which has been 5th Open,7th Open NIPA. He is off Karl Murphy's NCC hotspot 6 winner 2012 and a daughter of the Armstrong hen. The dam of the Section winner has also won the Section herself.

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Kenny Glass from Windsor Soc with his winner from Fermoy yesterday. Flying into  Bushmills had 1st Club, 1st Coleraine Triangle, 1st Sect B from Fermoy.

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The winning bird for Kenny Glass in the Windsor Social. The blue w/f hen was 1st Club, 1st Coleraine Triangle, 1st Sect B and 56th Open NIPA.

NIPA Sect H Clubs

Amelia Earhart – Jimmy Quigley & Son 1093, 853, 833. Well done yet again to the Ballyarnett partnership of Jimmy and Jimmy Quigley. An outstanding young bird season these lads are having. Thoroughly deserved for the work they put into the birds.

Derry & District 3/17 – J Diamond 843, D Canning 769. Fermoy 5 Bird – Jim Diamond 843.

Maiden City 1/7 – Pat McLaughlin 844, 818. Fermoy 5 Bird – Pat McLaughlin 844, 818.

Strabane & District Fermoy 5 Bird – Dessie Mullan 994, David Devine 977, Thomas Ferguson 935. Well done Dessie on a hard race from Fermoy, This lovely blue hen was bred by fellow club mate Snoogy Devine and Dessie certainly had her in tip top shape to win yesterday. For a natural bird, it’s in fantastic condition, and it finished 1st Club 2nd Foyle Centre.

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Dessi Mullam holding tight to the Fermoy winner in Strabane & District.

NIPA Sect B Clubs

Ahoghill Flying Club 9/97 – Young McManus & Sons 1067, A Shiels 1062, J Smyth & Son 1041, Young McManus & Sons 1040, 1021, J Orr & Son 1000, J Smyth & Son 990, M/M Robinson 972, Young McManus & Sons 967, 950. Brooke Supplies 2 Bird Club – Adrian Shiels 1062, Young McManus & Sons 1040. Fermoy 5 Bird – Adrian Shiels 1062, Young McManus & Sons 1040, 1021.

Ballymena & District HPS 6/66 – Blair & Rankin 1147, J Eagleson & Sons 1134, Blair & Rankin 1109, R Service & Son 1099, 1098, George Bell 10987, Blair & Rankin 1093, J Eagleson & Sons 1091, Blair & Rankin 1075, R Service & Son 1059.

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Bertie Blair has won 4 x 1sts in Ballymena & District HPS.

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Johnston Eagleson holding the Fermoy 5 Bird winner in Ballymena.

Bertie Blair wins for the fourth time this season with a blue hen flying to the perch. Dam is Hartog from good friend Geoff Surgenor of Kells and the sire Soontjen. The hen was timed at 14.38pm flying 201 miles to Chichester Park. Fermoy 5 Bird 5/25 – J Eagleson & Sons 1134, Blair & Rankin 1109, R Service & Son 1099, George Bell 1097, Blair & Rankin 1093, J Eagleson & Sons 1091. Johnston Eagleson & Sons win the 5 Bird with a blue pied hen feeding a small youngster. This Van Den Bulk hen is off a granddaughter of the famous Kittle and was 1st Club from Fermoy a fortnight ago.

Ballymoney HPS 3/104 – Danny Dixon 1208, 1204, D & H Stuart 1111, 1093, Young & Gibson 1079, 1079. This is the result from what was a very-hard Fermoy, the overall winner today for Danny Dixon is one of his draft of Rudy van Reeths. The bird was timed at 14.33hrs and flying 208 miles into Dunloy. Fermoy 5 Bird – D Dixon 1158, 1140, 1089, 1072, Young & Gibson 1071, D & H Stuart 981. This is the result from Fermoy F5 Bird, the winner today for Danny is a daughter of Heartbreaker when paired to a daughter of Superke, this hen had won early on in the season.

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Danny Dixon had top six and now a winner of 6 x 1sts in MAC.

Dervock RPS – D & H Stuart 1111, 1093. Fermoy 5 Bird – D & H Stuart 981.

Broughshane & District – D Houston & Son 1081, 1059, 1053.

Cullybackey HPS – A Darragh 1114, 1113, J & J Greer 1112, 1102, C & R McIntyre 1093, N & S Anderson 1079, C & R McIntyre 1077, J McNaghten & Son 1048, 1005.  Today’s Fermoy winner is Alan Darragh. Timing his blue cock at 2.46pm to win 1st club with a velocity of 1114 and taking second on 1113. A tight race with 3 birds within 2 yards of each other. Well done Alan. Fermoy 5 Bird – J & J Greer 1102, A Darragh 1098, C & R McIntyre 1093, A Darragh 1077, J & J Greer 1052, J McNaghten & Son 1048, 1005, A Darragh 1005. Todays 5 Bird Fermoy winner is the partnership of J & J Greer. Timing their Dark Cheq cock at 2.49.39 with a velocity of 1102.334. This dark cock was 6th club last week

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Jamie & Jimmy Greer won the 5 Bird Championship in Cullybackey HPS.

Crumlin & District HPS 2/49 – Sefton Thompson 1206, 1193, 1192, 1183, 1154, 1149.

Harryville HPS 4/85 – K & K Kernohan 1161, 1148, 1143, R H Clements 1139, K & K Kernohan 1117, 1115, J Rock 1114, K & K Kernohan 1114, 1113, 1103, 1103, 1092. Fermoy 5 Bird – K & K Kernohan 1161, R H Clements 1139, J Rock 1114, K & K Kernohan 1114, 1113, 1092J Rock 1073, R H Clements 1069. Well done Keith & Ken Kernohan having a fantastic year winner top Vermerburgen lines and they also win the 5 Bird.

Kells & District –Kells & District HPS 6/83 – S Crawford 1179, 1156, Surgenor Bros 1111, S Crawford 1107, 1097, H Turkington 1090, 1082, 1076. Fermoy 5 Bird – 5/24 – S Crawford 1179, 1069, C & D Jackson 1000, McFarlane & Agnew 965, Surgenor Bros 957. Sizzlers 2 Bird Club – S Crawford 1179, Surgenor Bros 1111, S Crawford 1069, McFarlane & Agnew 965.

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Sam Crawford from Kells had 1st Club, 1st MAC & 1st Sect B in the 5 Bird.

Muckamore HPS 7/160 – S & N Maginty 1170, Sam Murphy 1169, S & J Bones & T Yates 1169, S & N Maginty 1159, S & J Bones & T Yates 1150, D J Thompson 1107, Sam Murphy 1086, M/M Magill 1068. Fermoy 5 Bird 5/22 – D J Thompson 1107, Sam Murphy 1086, S & J Bones & T Yates 1077, 1077, D J Thompson 1032, S & N Maginty 987, D J Thompson 984, Sam Murphy 961, S & J Bones & T Yates 961. 

Randalstown HPS 3/38 – F & G & J Dickey 1108, 1097, 1047, Stewart Bros 1030, 1004, 957, J Millar 924, 839. Fermoy 5 Bird – F & G & J Dickey 1097, 1047, 973.

Rasharkin & District HPS – Steele & McNeill 1139, W McFetridge 1117, T Whyte 1085, W McFetridge 1061, Steele & McNeill 1055, T Whyte 1029. Congratulations to Steele & McNeill winning Fermoy. Fermoy 5 Bird – Steele & McNeill 1139, T Whyte 1085, W McFetridge 1061, Steele & McNeill 1055, T Whyte 1029, W McFetridge 981. Fermoy double for Steele & McNeill.

NIPA Sect E Clubs

Annaghmore – P Boyd 1238, T McClean 1216, J & E Calvin 1213, R D Calvin 1209, Robert Buckley 1204, G Buckley & Son 1203. Tom timed his Talbenny winner 8th Sect & 31st Open Fermoy and in the 5 Bird 1st Club, 8th Sect E & 16th Open NIPA plus £427. The dam of the hen was bred by Derek Parr while the sire was bred by Pat McManus of Ahoghill.

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Tom McClean 1st Club Annaghmore and best in Loughgall Centre from Talbenny.

Armagh HPS 6/180 – Eamon & Matthew Curran 1245, 1245, 1241, 1209, 1208, 1207. Great Card again for E & M Curran and 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the NIPA Sect E.

Beechpark Social – D Mawhinney & Son 1197, 1139, C Reynolds 1136.

Blackwatertown HPS – R G & G Donaldson 1202, 1199, Joe Brown 1196, 1158, 1152, 1150. Delighted to win Fermoy today with a Blue hen which is bred off the lofts top class hen from G K & I Moxham of Larne & Andy Cock from their own Van Herek x Vandenabelle stock. The runner-up was a direct Tommy McKinstry.  Many thank to both Gordon & Tommy for the birds. Fermoy 5 Bird – Joe Brown 1147, R G & G Donaldson 1129, Collins & Douglas 1108, R G & G Donaldson 1089, M Duggan & Son 1087, Collins & Douglas 1084. Joe takes the honours from the 5 Bird, topping off a good performance over both races.

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The Donaldson team had the winner in Blackwatertown.

Bondhill Social – Capper Bros 1234, David Calvin 1224, 1222, 1221, 1217, 1215.

Edgarstown 6/138 – G & C Simmons 1195, A & R Neill 1146, S & E Buckley 1141, G & C Simmons 1139, A & R Neill 1132, G & C Simmons 1129. Over the moon with the win today, our winner was from good friend and top Larne fancier Robert Rea the Rea Rockets. These pigeons are top drawer for us, well done to all in result. Fermoy 5 Bird – A & R Neill 1146, S & E Buckley 1141, G & C Simmons 1129, 1123, 1094, 1087. Very big congratulations to Alan and Raymond Neill on their first win in the 5 Bird, super result lads also to all in the result.

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A & R Neill won the 5 Bird Championship in Edgarstown.

Gilford & District – Rafferty & Toman 1214, G O’Dowd 1187, Rafferty & Toman 1173, 1158, 1154, Moody Bros 1152. Fermoy 5 Bird – Moody Bros 1138, C & H Beattie 1131, Rafferty & Toman 1125, G O’Dowd 1120, Moody Bros 1097, Rafferty & Toman 1096.

Loughgall – Nelson Weir 1199, Sam Corrigan 1186, Nelson Weir 1172, 1166, 1158, 1158.

Lurgan Social – Sean Curran 1237, 1236, C J & B Ferris 1235, J Douglas & Son 1206, C J & B Ferris 1194, J Douglas & Son 1179.

Markethill – J & H Muldrew & McMurray 1186, R McCracken 1171, 1158, 1110, 1109, 1105. Fermoy 5 Bird – J & H Muldrew & McMurray 1186.

Monaghan – Cooney Bros 1235, Richard Mulligan 1230, 12230, 1230, Patrick McFadden 1227, Cooney Bros 1226. Congratulations again this week to Cooney Bros making it 2 on the trot. First bird also in the 5 Bird race.

Portadown & Drumcree – Larkin Bros 1209, 1189, J Whitten & Son 1173, Larkin Bros 1170, J Whitten & Son 1155, A McDonald 1152.  5 Bird – Larkin Bros 1209, J Whitten & Son 1173, A McDonald 1152, G Matchett 1143, Sloan & Reid 1101. 2 Bird Club – G Matchett.

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Paul Larkin had the winner from Fermoy in Portadown & Drumcree.

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“Lady Diamond” a Van den Bulck bred by Wayne Doonan, winner of 1st Club, 2nd Sect E & 5th Open NIPA Talbenny for J Whitten & Son (Portadown & Drumcree).

Wilton Cross – G Douglas 1208, M Duggan & Son 1179, Toman & Hamill 1152, M Duggan & Son 1151, G Douglas 1140, A Larkin 1139. Fermoy 5 Bird – G Douglas 1208, Toman & Hamill 1152, G Douglas 1140, H T & J Larkin 1139, G Douglas 1132, 1110. Congratulations to Geoffrey Douglas on the double victory today on what was a hard racing day.

The Wilton Cross Homing Pigeon Society which was formed in 1996 recently moved its clubrooms to the beautiful Meadows Equestrian Centre situated at Oxford Island on the shores of Lough Neagh. They had previously been on the premises of the I.N.F. in North Street, Lurgan but had to vacate when an extension was planned by the club. The pigeon club had spent 30 happy years there and would like to thank Gary and his committee for their hospitality and support over the years. New premises had to be found in a hurry prior to this season and after hard work by chairman Alan Larkin in securing the new location, the day finally arrived when James McCrory, pigeon fancier and haulier from Dromore set about moving the two huts to the present spacious location as can be seen in the photos  .Sadly only  three of the founder members are still racing in the club but several members have joined and next year the club will welcome one new starter and one fancier returning to the sport which is a promising sign. The members would like to express its gratitude to Mr. Hugh McCusker founder of M.E.C. for his kindness and generosity in allowing the members to join the community at M.E.C. As can be seen in the photographs the  premises sit on 25 acres of beautiful countryside including an ornate  lake with landscaped gardens including a cafe on site. This move to these premises should secure a promising future for the Wilton Cross HPS in what has been a very disappointing year for the pigeon fraternity due to the Covid 19 situation and the poor weather.

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Wilton Cross HPS new premises on site at Oxford Island.         Will be a pleasure here on a sunny day at Oxford Island in Lurgan.

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Plenty of space for Wilton Cross members and visitors.             Another view of the space at Oxford Island.

Drumnavaddy Invitation HPS - The club's annual Breeder/Buyer race will be flown on Saturday 26th September from the NIPA Skibbereen YB Nat. Any claims for the below prizes has to be with either D. Smyth (sec) Tel: 07593 666757 or D West Tel:               07758 653317 no later than 3 days after the close of race.

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The following position’s and price money will be as follows 1st £500/£500, 2nd £250/£250, 3rd £125/£125, 4th £90/£90, 5th £70/£70, 6th £50/£50.

Top 6 for Dixon & 6 x 1st MAC -

The pigeons were in Fermoy in Co. Cork for the penultimate young bird race of the season. The birds were liberated at 9.30am on Saturday 19th September in a north east wind. Danny Dixon was again best in the Mid Antrim Combine for the sixth time this season of which five of these wins have come in this remarkable young bird season. Danny who had the top six positions in the Combine timed his winner at 14.33pm for the 208 miles fly to Dunloy. The winning blue hen bred from pigeons Danny purchased directly from Rudy Van Reeth is also placed 2nd Section B and 62nd Open NIPA with 6797 birds. Next best to Danny in the Combine is the Kells & District  winner Sam Crawford who has just started up again after a 28 year break. Sam's pigeon was the best in the 5 Bird Championship event and wins 1st Combine, 1st Section B and 40th Open NIPA with 1101 birds competing.

Mid Antrim Combine Fermoy (2) 32/418 - D Dixon Rasharkin 1208, D Dixon 1204, D Dixon 1203, D Dixon 1198, D Dixon 1185, D Dixon 1185, S Crawford Kells 1179, D Dixon 1177, D Dixon 1176, S Crawford 1156, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1147, R H Clements Associate 1139, Steele & McNeill Rasharkin 1139, J Eagleson & Sons Ballymena 1134, W McFetridge Rasharkin 1117, J Rock Associate 1114, Surgenor Bros Kells 1111, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1109, F, G & J Dickey Randalstown 1108, S Crawford 1107, R Service & Son Ballymena 1099, R Service & Son 1098, George Bell Ballymena 1097, F, G & J Dickey 1097, S Crawford 1097, Blair & Rankin 1093, J Eagleson & Sons 1091, H Turkington Kells 1090, T Whyte Rasharkin 1085, H Turkington 1082

Young Bird Combine Points Top 6 - D Dixon Rasharkin 404, S Crawford Kells 68, C & D Jackson Kells 66, R H Clements Associate 65, R Service & Son Ballymena 44, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 44

Coleraine Triangle Fermoy (2) – K Glass Windsor Soc 1210, K Glass 1193, K Glass 1186, T McCrudden Coleraine & County Derry 1182, S Diamond Coleraine Prem 1173, S Diamond 1151, T McCrudden Coleraine & County Derry 1148, T McCrudden 1148, S Diamond 1147, K Glass 1140, T McCrudden 1140, T & J McDonald Coleraine Prem 1137, S Diamond 1128, Diamond Bros & G McLaughlin Coleraine Prem 1127, K Glass 1119, K Glass 1119, A McDonnell Coleraine Prem 1111, S Diamond 1110, W & W Murdock Coleraine & County Derry 1101, Diamond Bros & G McLaughlin 1096. Details of the winner. She is off Kenny's good blue cock which has been 5th Open,7th Open NIPA. He is off Karl Murphy's NCC hotspot 6 winner 2012 and a daughter of the Armstrong hen. The dam of the Section winner has also won the Section herself.

NI Channel Federation Fermoy (2) – 93 Birds Competing - £261 In Pools & Prize Monies. S Ogle 1234 (£97.90), R D Calvin 1209 (£60.60), J Mount & Son 1184 (£41.95), T McKinstry 1160 (£9.30), A & N Lewis 1154 (£7.44), Matthew Russell 1153 (£23.31), Moody Bros 1152 (£5.58), J Smyth & Sons 1147 (£14.92), S & E Buckley 1141, G Douglas 1140, H T & J Larkin 1139, Moody Bros 1138, E Wright & Son 1138, E McAlinden & Son 1136, G Douglas 1132, C & H Beattie 1131, G & C Simmons 1129, R G & G Donaldson 1129, G & C Simmons 1123, J Mount & Son 1121. Congratulations to all the Prize Winners.  Especially, Sammy Ogle on his result from Fermoy. As well as topping The Channel Fed, his Blue hen finished 2nd Club, beaten by a loft-mate.  Finishing 6th Section G & 17th Open NIPA against 6,797 birds. Very well done to everyone in the result from a tough enough Fermoy race.

Foyle Valley Combined Fermoy (2) – J Quigley & Son Amelia Earhart 1093, D Mullan Strabane 994, D Devine Strabane 977, T Ferguson Strabane 935, J Quigley & Son 853, Pat McLaughlin Maiden City 844, J Diamond Derry & Dist. 843, J Quigley & Son 833, Pat McLaughlin 818, D Canning Derry & Dist. 769.

City of Derry Federation Fermoy (2) - J Quigley & Son Amelia Earhart 1093, J Quigley & Son 853, Pat McLaughlin Maiden City 844, J Diamond Derry & Dist. 843, J Quigley & Son 833, Pat McLaughlin 818, D Canning Derry & Dist. 769.

5 Bird Championship flown from Fermoy -

The full result for the YB 5 Bird from Fermoy can now be viewed in the main banner on NIPA Website, congratulations to J F McCabe & Son of Newry and District on winning the 5 Bird Championship. Many congratulations to the following three fanciers on winning the H Beattie & Son sponsored corn. Tom McClean Annaghmore 1216, Geoff Douglas Wilton Cross 1208 and G & S Smith Cookstown 1181

A young mealy cock came into me about 6 weeks ago, it had a phone number ring so I contacted the owner, John McCabe in Newry. I told him I would try get it up to him but due to weather it was in my loft for 2 weeks, I released it along with another stray and it made it back home safely. The lads put the bird back on the road the following week and it started to show some promise, yesterday the same Mealy won the Fermoy 5 Bird and finished 2nd Open NIPA, what a turnaround for a bird who was lost from Tullamore, just like to share with you all a good news story, not all strays are bad pigeons and if given a chance can make up for their mistakes. Big congratulations to John and Conor McCabe with their brilliant win yesterday. All the best, Dessie Rainey. Conor McCabe posted - A big thanks to Kevin and Kristopher Rooney for breeding us the 5 Bird 1st Open winner from Fermoy. Top class birds cheers lads, and a big thanks to Dessie Rainey for looking after him a few weeks back.

NIPA Fermoy 5 Bird Championship 230/1101 –

1-1G J F McCabe & Son Newry & District 1245, 2-2G C O’Hare & Daughter Ballyholland 1243, 3-1D J Greenaway Hillsborough & Maze 1242, 4-2D C Rooney Dromara 1241, 5-1E E & M Curran Armagh 1241, 6-3D C Rooney 1241, 7-2E S Curran Lurgan Soc 1236, 8-3E Cooney Bros Monaghan 1235, 9-4E C J & B Ferris Lurgan Soc 1235, 10-4D I Rollins & Son Hillsborough & Maze 1234, 11-5D J Greenaway 1232, 12-5E R Mulligan Monaghan 1230, 13-6D N Edgar & Son Dromara 1226, 14-6E Cooney Bros 1225, 15-7E K Allister Monaghan 1221, 16-8E T McClean Annaghmore 1216, 17-1A B Morgan Coalisland 1211, 18-9E R D Calvin Annaghmore 1209, 19-10E Larkin Bros Portadown & Drumcree 1209, 20-11E E & M Curran 1208.

Best in each NIPA Section:

Section A 12/60 – Brendan Morgan Coalisland & Dist. 1211, Brendan Morgan 1181, G & S Smith Cookstown 1181.

Section B 37/172 – Sam Crawford Kells & Dist. 1179, K & K Kernohan Harryville 1161, Kenny Glass Windsor Soc 1140.

Section C 28/127 – D McElhone Eastway 1199, G McKenna Eastway 1156, A & N Lewis Doagh & Dist. 1154.

Section D 30/145 – Jeff Greenaway Hillsborough & Maze 1242, Chris Rooney Dromara 1241, Chris Rooney 1241.  

Section E 70/352 – Eamon & Matthew Curran Armagh 1241, Sean Curran Lurgan Social 1236, Cooney Bros Monaghan 1235.

Section F 10/47 – Gordon Bros & Son Killyleagh Central 1141, Gordon Bros & Son 1094, McCartan & Woodsides Killyleagh & Dist. 1089.

Section G 31/151 – J F McCabe & Son Newry & District 1245, C O’Hare & Daughter Ballyholland 1243, J Brush Drumnavaddy 1191.

Section H 9/35 – J Quigley & Son Amelia Earhart 1091, S Eglington Cookstown 1067, D Mullan Strabane 994. Winners of Frazer’s voucher`s for two bags of corn in the 5 Bird Young Bird race from Fermoy, all the 1st Section winners. Vouchers can be collected at the NIPA office and we hope photos can be arranged for publicity purposes. Please contact Fred Russell.

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NIPA Secretary Fred Russell (l) collecting the 5 Bird sponsorship from Jeffrey Beattie.

NIPA 5 Bird Championship Centre results –

Newry Centre Fermoy 5 Bird – J F McCabe & Son Newry & Dist. 1249, C O’Hare & Daughter Ballyholland 1243, Fionn McCabe Newry & Dist. 1172, Sands & Rice Ballyholland 1159, J F McCabe & Son 1151, R Williamson Newry & Dist. 1142, Fionn McCabe 1130, G Hughes & Son Newry & Dist. 1129, J F McCabe & Son 1122, Sands & Rice 1120.

Banbridge Centre Fermoy 5 Bird – J Brush Drumnavaddy 1191, J Brush 1186, J Mount & Son Drumnavaddy 1184, S Ogle Drumnavaddy 1168, J Mount & Son 1167, T McKinstry Drunmnavaddy 1160, J Brush 1160, J Mount & Son 1153, J Smyth & Sons Drumnavaddy 1147, R Carson & son Banbridge 1146.

Harryville Centre Fermoy 5 Bird – S Crawford Kells 1179, K & K Kernohan Harryville 1161, R H Clements Harryville 1139, K & K Kernohan 1114, J Rock Harryville 1113, K & K Kernohan 1113, K & K Kernohan 1092, J Rock 1073, S Crawford 1069, R H Clements 1069.

Ballymoney Centre Fermoy 5 Bird – D Dixon Ballymoney 1158, D Dixon 1140, D Dixon 1089, T Whyte Rasharkin 1085, D Dixon 1072, Young & Gibson Ballymoney 1071, W McFetridge Rasharkin 1061, T Whyte 1029, W McFetridge 981, D & H Stuart Ballymoney 981.

Coleraine Centre Fermoy 5 Bird – K Glass Windsor Soc 1140, K Glass 1119, K Glass 1119, T Scott & Son Windsor Soc 1107, J L Madden Coleraine Prem 1071, R & J Parke Windsor Soc 1068, T & J McDonald Coleraine Prem 1061, S Diamond Coleraine Prem 1059, Diamond Bros & G McLaughlin 1050, A McDonnell Coleraine Prem 1036.

Ahoghill Centre Fermoy 5 Bird – Steele & McNeill Rasharkin 1139, J Eagleson & Sons Ballymena 1134, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1109, J & J Greer Cullybackey 1102, R Service & Son Ballymena 1099, A Darragh Cullybackey 1098, G Bell Ballymena 1097, F & J & G Dickey Randalstown 1097, C & R McIntyre Cullybackey 1093, Blair & Rankin 1093.

Muckamore Centre Fermoy 5 Bird - D J Thompson Muckamore 1107, Sam Murphy Muckamore 1086, S & J Bones & T Yates Muckamore 1077, S & J Bones & T Yates 1077, D J Thompson 1032, S & N Maginty Muckamore 987, D J Thompson 984, Sam Murphy 961, S & J Bones & T Yates 961. 

Foyle Centre Fermoy 5 Bird – J Quigley & Son Amelia Earhart 1091, D Mullan Strabane & Dist. 994, D Devine Strabane & Dist. 977, T Ferguson Strabane & Dist. 935, J Diamond Derry & Dist. 843, J Quigley & Son 831, Pat McLaughlin Maiden City 818.

Sam Crawford 1st MAC in Fermoy 5 Bird -

The young bird 5 Bird Classic event was flown in duplicate from Fermoy in Co. Cork. Best bird in the Mid Antrim Combine was timed by Kells fancier Sam Crawford with a velocity of 1179. Sam is only back into the pigeons this season having been out of the sport for 28 years. His young bird have hit form in the past few weeks winning many club and Combine positions in the Top 10. His winner a blue pied cock flying to the perch was timed at 14.30pm after the 201mile fly to the lofts in Moorfields. The nestmate won 1st Club and 3rd Combine from Tullamore last weekend. Both birds are from a kit of youngsters from Gerard Delaney of O'Rorry Hill stud, the breeding being Gustaaf Emil Dillen.

Mid Antrim Combine 5 Bird Championship - Sam Crawford Kells 1179, D Dixon Rasharkin 1158, D Dixon 1140, R H Clements Associate 1139, Steele & McNeill Rasharkin 1139, J Eagleson & Sons Ballymena 1134, J Rock Associate 1113, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1109, R Service & Son Ballymena 1099, George Bell Ballymena 1097, F & G & J Dickey Randalstown 1097, Blair & Rankin 1093, J Eagleson & Sons 1091, D Dixon 1089, J Rock 1073, D Dixon 1072, S Crawford 1069, R H Clements 1069, A Shiels Ahoghill 1057, D Houston & Son Associate 1053

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5 weeks in a row Dickey Boys win, Frank is holding this week’s winner same hen that  won from Talbenny, Jonathon is holding the Fermoy 5 Bird winner.

Combine YB Points Top 5 (including normal Fermoy) - D Dixon Rasharkin 433, Sam Crawford Kells 83, R H Clements Associate 77, C & D Jackson Kells 66, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 56

Coleraine Triangle Fermoy 5 Bird - K Glass Windsor Soc 1140, K Glass 1119, K Glass 1119, T Scott & Son Windsor Soc 1107, J L Madden Coleraine Prem 1071, R & J Parke Windsor Soc 1068, T & J McDonald Coleraine Prem 1061, S Diamond Coleraine Prem 1059, Diamond Bros & G McLaughlin 1050, A McDonnell Coleraine Prem 1036, J L Madden 1025, R & J Parke 987, T & J McDonald 924, A McDonnell 905.

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