Decision on NIPA Race Programme -
NIPA Race programme for 2015: Some 60 local clubs returned voting papers. In Old Birds Programme (1) flown last season had 278 votes while Programme (2), the modified one, had 452 votes. In the Young Birds Programme (3) flown last year had 379 votes while Programme (4), the modified one had 342 votes. We had a big vote to change the Old Bird programme and in a close finish the members decided to stick with the Young Bird programme flown last year.
Old Birds: 11th April Tullamore, 18th April Tullamore, 25th April Roscrea/Thurles Area *, 2nd May Fermoy, 9th May Fermoy, 16th May Rosscarbery Inl Nat, 16th May Tramore Area, 23rd May Pilmore Beach, 30th May Talbenny, 6th June Penzance Classic 6th June Rosscarbery Area, 13th June Bude, 13th June Rosscarbery Y/H & Y/C Nat, 20th June Penzance, 20th June Fermoy 5 Bird Championship, 26th June St Malo Nat (France), 26th June Roscrea/Thurles Area *.
Young Birds: 18th July Area Liberations, 25th July Area Liberations, 1st August Tullamore Mass Lib, 8th August Roscrea/Thurles *, 15th August Roscrea/Clonmel *, 22nd August Fermoy, 29th August Talbenny Nat, 29th August Roscrea/Thurles Comeback *, 5th September Fermoy, 5th September Fermoy 5 Bird Championship, 12th September Rosscarbery Nat.
I think it is important the Race Programme for voting goes to clubs with AGM Agenda and although my own club managed to deal with the business at one meeting, lots of other clubs had to have two meetings and looking at the voting where one third of clubs did not vote they probably decided against a second meeting. With the race programme now set and the fact the NIPA Committee now meet the first Wednesday of each month there should be no delay with the Race Books.
Remember Race Sheets, Vaccination Forms etc and Clocks for testing need returned to clubs 2 weeks before racing, that’s 28th March. Not be long coming round.
The NIPA are accepting applications for the following positions: Race Contoller, Convoyer and Lorry Drivers. In all the above positions excluding Convoyer a good working knowledge of Racing Pigeons is desired, in the case of the Convoyers position this can only be awarded to a long time racing pigeon fancier with a detailed knowledge of the transportation and welfare of racing pigeons. Applications with current CV and References to the NIPA Secretary at 108 Hillsborough Road Dromore, Co Down, BT25 1QW, before 28th Feb 2015.