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Homers Odyssey - 28-02-23


Homers Odyssey

Derry Clubs joint function -

A joint presentation between the Amelia Earhart and Maiden City clubs took place in the Rocking Chair Lounge on the 13th January last. Guest of honour for the evening was undoubtedly Derry’s top fancier Anthony McCrudden. Many thanks to Anthony and to the staff of the Rocking Chair for a great evening.

Top flyer in the Amelia Earhart club Ray McMonagle who won almost every Inland race  and also dominated the Cross Channel events. Also pictured is Ray’s nephew Nial who is always willing to help out, with the pigeons.

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Amelia Earhart top racer Ray McMonagle with nephew Liam and special guest Anthony McCrudden.

Pat Mc Laughlin, highest prize winner in the Maiden City club, including top flyer Old Bird and Young Bird. Amelia Earhart member Eamon Quigley from Donegal who was runner up Highest prize-winner. Robert Lyle, of Maiden City wins Roscrea Y.B, Fermoy Y.B and Talbenny (2) O.B. Billy Knox, of J & B Knox in the Maiden City, runner up Y.B prize winner, wins Roscrea 2 Y.B and also topped Section H from Skibbereen. Concannon Bros, win Bude and the Maiden City cross channel averages. Andy Mitchell, the Secretary Amelia Earhart steady season. The one and only Jimmy Quigley had a successful season with the Amelia Earhart club. Robert & Niall Cassidy partnership, Maiden City club enjoyed a great Old Bird season winning Tullamore, Fermoy 2 and Skibbereen ending runner up O.B fanciers. Thanks to Pat McLaughlin for the info.

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Pic 1 - Maiden City secretary and top racer Pat McLaughlin (l) with Anthony McCrudden & Pic 2 - Eamon Quigley from Donegal was the runner-up for Highest Prize-winner in the Amelia Earhart.

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Robert Lyle top racer in the Maiden City RPC & Billy Knox was runner-up in young birds in the Maiden City and 1st Sect H from Skibbereen.

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Nika Concannon for Concannon Bros 1st Bude in Maiden City and Cross Channel Average & Andy Mitchell, the Secretary Amelia Earhart receiving his trophy.

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The one and only Jimmy Quigley collecting his silverware after a successful season with the Amelia Earhart club & Niall Cassidy of the Robert & Niall Cassidy partnership, Maiden City club and runner-up in old birds.

Newry City Gold Ring 2023 – Newry City HPS have now got their Gold Rings in stock. We had a great response last year and hope to get more sold to make the pay-out greater this year. Race will be as last year flown with the Talbenny YB National.  

Remember last year’s pay-out. Mark Maguire & Son £500, Martin Peters £300, J & H Muldrew & McMurray £150, Donnelly Bros £75. In total £1,025 was paid out with £200 kept for club rent and new printer, as you can see we pay out as much as possible to give everyone value for money. The awards were presented by the seasons Kings Cup winner Bru McArdle. Contact Richard Donnelly or Darren Thompson to book yours now, very best of luck guys and happy breeding and racing. If you need to speak to Darren Thompson ring on Tel 07596 503112.

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Mark Maguire & Son (Newry & District) won 1st and £500 in the Newry Gold Ring race from Talbenny (South Wales) in 2022.

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Michael Peters (Ballyholland) in Newry receiving his prize money of £300 for coming runner up in Newry City’s Gold Ring race from Talbenny Young Bird National.

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J & H Muldrew & McMurray (Markethill) receiving their £150 prize money for being 3rd in Newry City’s Gold Ring race.

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Richard Donnelly won £70 in the Newry City Gold Ring for Donnelly Bros (Newry City Invitation).

INFC News Update - The 71st Annual General Meeting for Irish National Flying Club will be held in the Lagan Valley Leisure Plex, Lisburn Leisure Park, Governors Road, Lisburn, County Antrim, BT28 1LP on Saturday 4th March 2023 at 2,00pm sharp.

Agenda to include: 1) Apologies, 2) Minutes of last AGM held in 2020, 3) Secretary Reports for 2020, 2021, 2022 seasons, 4) Convoyer’s race reports for 2021 and 2022, 5) Passing of Accounts for 2020 and 2021 (These accounts are in the 2022 race entry form booklet), 6) Election of Officers for 2023.  

The proposed race programme for 2023 is as follows. Skibbereen North (Code 6017) Old Bird Tuesday 30th May 2023 marking Monday 29th May, Penzance (Code 4193) Yearling Nat Wednesday 14th June 2023 marking Monday 12th June, St Allouestre (Code 5007) Kings Cup Grand Nat Friday 30th June 2023, marking Tuesday 27th June, Friendship Nat Plougastel-Daoulas (Code 5133)/St Malo (Code 5072) Thursday 6th July 2023 marking Monday 3rd July, Penzance YB Grand Nat Wednesday 6th September 2023 marking Monday 4th September, Skibbereen North Young Bird Saturday 16th September 2023 marking Thursday 14th September. Friendship Nat date is due to shipping.

Accounts 2020 and 2021 – Queries in respect of these accounts should be in the Secretary’s hands in writing or via e-mail at least three days before the AGM. Only queries in writing or by e-mail will be considered at the AGM.

Please note the annual subscriptions for 2023 season.

Existing member £30.00 or Euros 37.50 payable through your club. New member £35.00 or Euros 43.75 payable through your club, Individual member paying direct £40.00 or Euros 50.00, New Individual members paying direct £45.00 or Euros 56.25. Closing date is 12th April 2023.

The Management Committee have decided that no notices for the meeting will be posted in 2023 due to the current situation with the postal delivery service.

Note Single Bird Challenge: Kings Cup 2023 entry is £10.00. Entry forms can be downloaded from the website – The deadline is as usual 17th March 2023. Willie Reynolds PO.

Willie Reynolds – NIPA & INFC Press Officer

Tel/Fax: (028) 256 44683

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