For the third old bird race the NIPA moved to Gowran Park in County Kilkenny a big convoy of 25,200 birds released at 10.45am in a Lt Variable wind. It should have been a perfect race but weather conditions in Northern Ireland changed with a band of bad weather across the whole of the country and no wind to blow it away. Conditions must have been good enough in Newry where local lofts dominated the result, 1st Open NIPA was won by J F McCabe & Son from Newry & District.
NIPA Open Gowran Park 878/25,206 –
1-1G J F McCabe & Son Newry & Dist 1446, 2-2G T McKinstry Drumnavaddy 1442, 3-3G R Williamson Newry & Dist 1440, 4-4G R Williamson 1426, 5-5G T McKinstry 1424, 6-6G M Maguire & Son Newry & Dist 1409, 7-7G R Williamson 1408, 8-8G Mark Maguire & Son Newry & Dist 1406, 9-9G Sands & Rice Ballyholland 1399, 10-10G P & C Shields Newry & Dist 1398, 11-11G J F McCabe & Son 1389, 12-12G Mark Maguire & Son 1387, 13-13G Mark Maguire & Son 1387, 14-14G R Williamson 1386, 15-15G T Gordon Ballyholland 1386, 16-16G M Maguire & Son 1385, 17-17G J J McCabe Newry & Dist 1381, 18-18G W & J Chambers Millvale 1378, 19-19G J J McCabe 1375, 20-20G J F McCabe & Son 1374.
Best in each NIPA Section –
Sect A 68/2012 – D Carolan Coalisland & Dist 1245, Bond & Diamond Coleraine Prem 1228, G Donaghy Son & Grandson Windsor Soc 1226.
Sect B 134/4180 – S Maginty Muckamore 1324, A Darragh Cullybackey 1287, McFall & McManus Ballymena 1284.
Sect C 171/4566 – W Corbett & Son Ligoniel 1359, M/M G Robinson Carrick Soc 1324, J Burrows Eastway 1310.
Sect D 95/2780 – McKinstry Bros Dromara 1365, J Kelly & Sons Dromore 1365, I Gibb & Son2 1363.
Sect E 172/5734 – J Whitten & Son Edgarstown 1369, A Johnston Lurgan Soc 1368, Fitzpatrick & Hyde Gilford 1364.
Sect F 62/1396 – G & P Brown Corrigs 1326, P Lue & Son Corrigs 1268, C Healy Killyleagh Cent 1257.
Sect G 76/2852 – J F McCabe & Son Newry & Dist 1446, T McKinstry Drumnavaddy 1442, R Williamson Newry & Dist 1440.
Sect H 100/1686 – D Booth Foyle 1120, D Booth 1119, R Witherow Limavady 1110.
NIPA Open & Sect Result – Gowran-Park-22nd-April-2017
NIPA Clubs – Gowran-Park-Old-Bird-Club-Results-22nd-April-2017
Report & Results by HOMER –