First published in the RP Sat 3rd August 1963, penned by JL on Front Page. Cover Charge 6d
COLERAINE WINS KING’S CUP
National win then honeymoon!
The Blue Riband of pigeon racing in Ireland – the coveted Kings Cup – has been won by a bird owned and bred by 25 year old Anthony McDonnell, Castlerock Road, Coleraine. Anthony was married a day or two after the race and was away when I called his home. I waited until the last possible moment, Saturday morning, and having discovered that he was still not home I decided to proceed to Coleraine in the hope of obtaining some details. Unfortunately no records, ring numbers etc, were available, but with the assistance of his mother, Mrs McDonnell, I set about compiling these notes.
Les Sables to Coleraine, a distance of 634 miles, was flown by “Bann King” NU59CPS-108, velocity 821.8, owned and bred by Anthony McDonnell. Never before has the Kings Cup been won by a fancier flying from far North.
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