Public Auction News

Sale Season from October 2010 –  ***EMERALD CLASSIC http://www.emeraldclassic.co.uk The auctions have started on line at http://www.emeraldclassic.co.uk/auction with the Top 20 birds going on PIPA on 12th October. NORTH COAST CLASSIC http://www.northcoastclassic.co.uk The second sale is on Saturday 2nd October in Glenavy Protestant Hall. Viewing will commence at 1.30pm until 2.30pm. The auction will begin at 2.30pm sharp. The third sale is on Friday 8th October at Chimney Corner Football Club. Viewing will commence at 7pm until 8pm. The auction will begin at 8pm sharp. A full stock take has taken place and the results are available in the ‘Newsletters’ section on above. All those who have not sent their pedigrees with their birds could you please send them as soon as possible. It makes things much easier for when the birds go to the sales. After all of the sales are complete the total of the costs will be added together. The North Coast Classic will pay half and the other half will be deducted from the total sale amount of all the birds. HENRY BEATTIE – One of the top sales of the season in the winter of 2010 will be on behalf of the Beattie Family and the late Henry Beattie who was a pigeon legend in his lifetime. He had one of the best long distance lofts in Ireland and race records to match, one of the very few to win both the INFC Friendship Nat and the Kings Cup from France. Henry has blended his old Harkness bloodlines with pigeons from Kings Cup winners Davie Black and Alan Darragh plus National Champions C & L Woodside. The present team are about the best he has ever had over the last 50 years and will leave their mark in the years to come. The sale of his birds will take place in Glenavy on Saturday 23rd October and one week later at the same venue. Remember the dates 23rd and 30th October, it will be packed out. Auctioneer is the long time family friend Ronnie Johnston, for further details and Sale List Tel: (028) 90 483625, or Cyril Beattie Tel: (028) 38 840486. Watch Press for updates. FRANK SHEADER – A Frank Sheader Soontjen Sale will be held in Glenavy on Saturday 16th October at 2.30pm, birds on view from 1.30pm. Sale Lists are now available, Commission Bids etc to Ronnie Johnston Tel: (028) 90 483625. Ronnie Johnston Sale Dates: 16th October Frank Sheader (Glenavy), 23rd October Henry Beattie (Glenavy), 30th October Henry Beattie (Glenavy), 1st November Tommy Lillie Clearance Sale (Newtownbreda), 8th November M/M Clayburn Soontjens for A Cousins & Son (Newtownbreda). WATCH OUT FOR UPDATES on the Discussion Forum under Free Classifieds. HOMER.

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Birds for Sale – December 2009 ***Birds for Sale: John Lowry from Crumlin & Dist has a number of birds available at reasonable prices, the birds are listed on www.pigeonnetwork.com  see Public Auction News. Further details Tel: 07710 447262. The officials and members of Crumlin & Dist send congratulations to Fleming Bros on winning a record number of 1sts in 2009 and also the NIPA Sect B Fancier of the Year in both 08 & 09 seasons. A young fancier in the Banbridge area had planned to start racing and had purchased some stock including Lindelaufs and Staf Van Reet from Louella. Racing is not now possible and he has a small number of birds for sale Tel: 07746 092104. Martin Graham from Ballymena & Dist has had a best ever racing season and he bred the winner of the Galway Plate for Adie McCormick a bird now named Cool Lass for those with a bad memory. Martin himself had a top class young bird season and in the old birds he scored through to France. He has some surplus stock available for sale, now is the time to make a purchase. Tel: (028) 25 637929. Peter McClarence of Crumlin has a number of unraced youngsters and needs to make space, bloodlines are Janssen, Hofken and Soontjen. Tel Peter (028) 94 453541. I hear Will Patterson of Dromore must get rid of the birds due to ill health, I hope to have more info soon. P & J Boal from Dromore have a few surplus hens for sale, the very top bloodlines mostly Van Herck Tel: 07989 596577. Wesley Sawyers will auction the birds of Will Patterson & Son in the Banbridge British Legion Hall on Thursday 7th January 2010 at 8.00pm, birds on view from 7.00pm. Top stock including distance Busschaerts obtained from the late Tommy Beckett, Donnelly Bros Newry City, Kilpatrick from T & N Boyd Dunfries, Gordon Kirkpatrick Lisburn, Andrew Lockhart from Larnarkshire, plus some Delbar and Janssen. Worth a visit, some fantastic bloodlines here and a good opportunity to purchase stock prior to Blackpool.

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Birds for Sale Nov/Dec 2009 ***Birds for Sale: John Lowry from Crumlin & Dist has a number of birds available at reasonable prices, the birds are listed on www.pigeonnetwork.com  see Public Auction News. Further details Tel: 07710 447262. Martin Graham from Ballymena & Dist has had a best ever racing season and he bred the winner of the Galway Plate for Adie McCormick a bird now named Cool Lass for those with a bad memory. Martin himself had a top class young bird season and in the old birds he scored through to France. He has some surplus stock available for sale, now is the time to make a purchase. Tel (028) 25 637929. John Lowry Details – COCKS. blue bar cock 02 su 612 hartog son of magnificent 7. b/c cock gb04c31395 sire dave hunt gb o2 L36149 dam b/c 01 gb c91757 best racing hen to date. b/c cock gb00R07781 Jansen sire opium gb 97z85025 dam daughter of Olympiad gb 98 x67136. b/cpyed gb02L36149 dave hunt direct cock g son of genius 7 first feds. blue w flyt 02ihun11991 delbar from alex jordan belfast . b/pyed 07 c09797 delbar cock bred for stock. b/pyed 08c11452 dave hunt sire 04 L29161 paired to his dauter a great racing henbc gb07c09437. b/pyed 09F16525 dave hunt sire b/b gb04L34909 paired to Amanda Micheal +son dam b/c 08 e31827. mealy 09F16526 same way bred as above . HENS. bcpyed 06P46525 1/2 hunt 1/2 delbar bred for 06 glenavy g wing race. bc 06c23175 1/2 ron williamson cock bough at b pool 07 1/2dave hunt . bc 06 ihu n27813 full alex jordan delbar hen. bb 06l07871 full spence bros lisburn. gaypyed 06c23150 hen sire d hunt dam jordan delbar same way bred was 54 europa classic 06. 01 x66933 smashing delbar hen bcheq. bc 04L29137 direct dave hunt.bc 04c31385 1/2 hunt 1/2 amanda michell. bc 05 c25746 full d hunt. bc 07 c09425 sire d black fro gf lydsay damalex jordan delbar hen. bc pyed 07 c09407 sire my best race cock dam d hunt my best breeding hen . bcpyed 07c09423 sire cock on loan from stewart bros randalstowh kanyon dama jordan delbar bc 07 c09454 full d hunt breeding. bc09c24039 1/2 hunt 1/2 a michell. bcpyed 08c11224 of no1 stock pair full d hunt.

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Arklow Utd Quiz/Auction – 20/11/09 ***Arklow United RPC Quiz & Auction Arklow United Racing Pigeon Club are holding a Pigeon Quiz & Auction on Friday 20th November. in Murphy’s Bar & Lounge, Main Street, Arklow. KO 7.30pm approx. Top table Mark Gilbert, Roger Lowe & Stuart Sheffield. Quiz & Auction to be Chaired by Steve McGarry. Just a flavour of the top class birds on offer are as follows: John Patterson (Ballylesson) a legend – Many times EDC Fancier of the Year Mark.Gilbert UK. National & International winner Roger.Lowe UK. Multiple National & Classic winner Stuart Sheffield UK. National winner Gregory Brothers Multiple National & Fed. Top winning loft Joe Merrigan National winner with the INFC Spracklin & Thomas UK. National winner Gordon Bros (Killyleagh) N.IRL. Top East Down Combine loft Universal Lofts Jeff Greenaway (Dromore) National winners, 2009 NIPA Old Bird of the Year & NIPA Section D Fanciers of the year 2009 Robert Shaw (Corrigs) N.IRL. Top NIPA loft Sect F Fancier of the Year 2009 Gerald Delaney (Dromore) N.IRL. National winner & proprietor of Oroory Hill Stud Woodroffe Brothers UK. One of the top Up North Combine lofts National winners 2009 from Andrezel. Owen Kirwan INFC Open winner Michael Conlon (Banbridge) N.RL. gold medal winner INFC. Michael & Joe O’ Reilly once again premier prize winners in the highly competitive Arklow UTD. RPC. several Federation & National wins Pat Craven highly successful South Road Fed loft. Many more birds from North & South and England will be present on the night. All current winning lofts. Come and enjoy the craic you wont be disappointed something for everyone both sprint and distance enthusiasts. For further information please contact any of the following; John Kenna – 0879330135 Joe O’Reilly – 0879118323 Sheldon Leonard – 0862528412 Peter Dempsey – 0863639100 Paul Doyle – 0863242678 Yours Sincerely, John Kenna Club PO.

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Carlow Fancy Pigeon Show – 29/11/09 ***The Carlow Fancy Pigeon Show In aid of Down’s Syndrome will be held in The Dolmen Hotel, Carlow on 29th November 2009. 3 Auctions will be held – Fancy pigeon, racing pigeon and roller pigeon auction. Trade Stands at the show Discounted rooms in Hotel All support appreciated Judging starts @ 11 am sharp Contact: Martin Dunne 087-6120587 John O Brien 087 4144781 Dom Byrne 086-3973632

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Pigeon Network 10th Birthday Celebrations ***WHO WILL IT BE? Simple Question it may seem, but after one of the most open and spread out pigeon seasons success wise I have seen in a number of years with a shared balance of success spread throughout the country, and with a result of 3  2 last year between two fanciers the judging, for this years event to find the Northern Ireland Fancier of the Year could prove to be the most difficult to date. For so many years it has more times than not been a land slide in one direction or another, last year proved to be very close, with Ronnie Williamson outshining Donnelly Bros of Newry to lift the crown for a record amount of times. The Panel of five has been the same for the last number of years and I have every confidence they will once again select the leading loft for 2009, from a number of applications which we expect to have by post no later than Friday 23rd of October 2009, all applications must be received in writing and posted to Willie Reynolds, 47 Staffa Drive, Ballymena, County Antrim. BT42 4EH, any loft from any organisation can make a claim which makes the winning of this much sought after award all that more prestigious the award also takes into consideration both your main organisation racing results and the INFC results obtained by your loft. The winner will be announced as usual at the Annual Pigeonnetwork.com Quiz Night of the Year which is planned this year for Friday 6th of November starting at 7.30pm and once again at the Ballyclare Comrades Football Club, in Ballyclare. Tickets for the event are priced once again at £5 which includes a buffet. Tickets as normal are expected to go well among or loyal supporters, with Mr Bill Cowell (Bilco) and RPRA Committee man Fred Bloor just to name a couple of our panellists from out first event which gathered so much media attention in some quarters making a welcome return once again this year the ever consistent Ronnie Johnston with a mind of information and stats has once again agreed to be Compere for the event. 2009 is in fact the 10th Anniversary for www.pigeonnetwork.com a site established all those years ago when pigeon men using computers was somewhat scarcer than it is now. During that time the site has went from strength to strength and is now owned out right by Adie McCormick a local scribe who has contributed greatly to the pigeon scene as far as scribing goes over the last number of years. Ray Delaney in Texas, USA past owner remains at the helm in regards to web design and layout and the website now boasts some 200 Clubs from across Ireland who list their Club results within hours of any said race finishing, this allows Adie and Homer and the team to publish these said results within days of the race being completed, the site also has a number of top contributors who add weekly articles to the site making it one of the most visited just not in Ireland but around the world. The Cornish Connection Cup will also be presented on the evening of the pigeonnetwork.com Quiz Night this is presented to the lowest winning velocity by a Northern Ireland loft from Cornwall, looking over the results tonight one that will be hard to beat is that of Greg Bros & McCandless of Ligoniel who topped the INFC Open from the Old Hens National. Also to be presented will be the Irelands Own Pigeon Auctions sponsored Mid Antrim Combine Champions League Diploma. A Cracking night in store and one that will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of pigeonnetwork.com and of course see the 2009 Northern Ireland Fancier of the Year announced.

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Banbridge British Legion Sale ***The British Legion Hall in Banbridge will host a super fund raiser to help refurbish the premises, Diamond Carson has obtained a top selection of birds from across the whole country. The sale will take place on Friday 30th October, birds on view at 7.00pm and sale KO at 8.00pm. If you wish to donate a bird or obtain any more information contact Diamond Carson Tel: 07813 265311.

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Sale Season Update – October 2009 ***The sales got into full swing from the start of the month, Ronnie Johnston has 5 Saturday dates in Glenavy with the entire Clearance Sale for (Collimore Lofts), Mr & Mrs Colin Gibson of Corcreeney on Saturday 17th October for Part (2). Tel RJ: (028) 90483625. Sarsfield will be the Dublin venue on Sunday 25th October and 1st November (to be confirmed), contact Gerry McCourt Tel: (00353) 868124076. RJ Auctions will have a Major Reduction Sale on behalf of Jim Campbell (Derriaghy) to be held in the Newtownbreda HPS on Monday 19th October at 7.30pm, Jim has serious health problems and must reduce stock. His bloodlines include direct Staf Van Reet from Bert Hession, also direct fSVR from Dean Pallet, Willy Thas from Frank Tasker and Jim Lavery plus some top Van Loons from Ian Gibb. Jim has spent serious money on these pigeons. For more details contact Jim Tel: 90 605690. Due to the sudden death of Ian the A Cousins & Son team from Ballylesson will present a super draft to include top quality stock birds and a select number of young birds from the Champions. Glenavy on Saturday 24th October starting at 2.30pm sharp. This sale will include stock from the EDC Old Bird Derby winner Plantation Ranger paired to the Meritorious Award winner, also direct from the Nat winner Fletchers Dream. The sale also includes 2 x 1st Open East Down Combine winners. No better Frans Van Wildemeersch in all of EUROPE! Commissions to RJ Tel: 90 483625, or see www.plantationlofts.co.uk Irelands Own Pigeon Auctions start in the Sarsfield with a Van Loon Spectacular for M/M David Coward Talbott on Friday 23rd October followed on Monday 26th October with a super draft of Jos Thone from Cathedral Lofts, both sales KO at 8.00pm. Prior to the sale you can bid online at www.pigeonnetwork.com and the closing bid there is the starting bid in the hall. Commission bids also welcome by telephone. Call Adie 07835709877 or Homer 07939684876

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Start of Auction Season 2009 ***The sales got into full swing, Ronnie Johnston has 5 Saturday dates in Glenavy including the entire Clearance Sale for (Collimore Lofts), Mr & Mrs Colin Gibson of Corcreeney on Saturday 10th & 17th October. Tel RJ: (028) 90483625. Sarsfield will be the Dublin venue on Sunday 25th October and 1st November (to be confirmed), contact Gerry McCourt Tel: (00353) 868124076. Just had a note from Ronnie to confirm that Newtownbreda Clubrooms will be the venue for the final sale of North Coast Classic on Monday 12th October, all birds having flown Cork. Kick-Off 7.30pm and Sale List available on www.northcoastclassic.co.uk Also in Dublin we have the Entire Clearance Sales for the late Terence OBrien at Dublin Homing Club and the final one Sunday 11th October the auctioneer is Henry Byrne Tel: (00353) 868153986. The Entire Clearance Sale for the late Eddie Wright (Fountainhead Stud) will have Dublin date at Sarsfield on Saturday 10th October at 2.00pm, contact Gerry McCourt. Details of these sales are on www.pigeonnetwork.com RJ Auctions will have a Major Reduction Sale on behalf of Jim Campbell (Derriaghy) to be held in the Newtownbreda HPS on Monday 19th October at 7.30pm, Jim has serious health problems and must reduce stock. His bloodlines include direct Staf Van Reet from Bert Hession, also direct SVR from Dean Pallet, Willy Thas from Frank Tasker and Jim Lavery plus some top Van Loons from Ian Gibb. Jim has spent serious money on these pigeons. For more details contact Jim Tel: 90 605690. Due to the sudden death of Ian the A Cousins & Son team from Ballylesson will present a super draft to include top quality stock birds and a select number of young birds from the Champions. Glenavy on Saturday 24th October starting at 2.30pm sharp. This sale will include stock from the EDC Old Bird Derby winner Plantation Ranger paired to the Meritorious Award winner, also direct from the Nat winner Fletchers Dream. The sale also includes 2 x 1st Open East Down Combine winners. No better Frans Van Wildemeersch in all of EUROPE! Commissions to RJ Tel: 90 483625, or see www.plantationlofts.co.uk Irelands Own Pigeon Auctions start in the Sarsfield (Dublin) with a Van Loon Spectacular for M/M David Coward Talbott on Friday 23rd October followed on Monday 26th October with a super draft of Jos Thone from Cathedral Lofts, both sales KO at 8.00pm. Prior to the sale you can bid online at www.pigeonnetwork.com and the closing bid there is the starting bid in the hall. Commission bids also welcome by telephone. Call Adie 07835 709877 or Homer 07939 684876.

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The Fanciers Combine  ***THE FANCIERS COMBINE  Having purchased a new trailer earlier in the season the Fanciers Combine Kick-Off their Young Bird programme on Wednesday 29th July with a race from Kildare. Ringing will be on Tuesday evening 7.30pm until 9.00pm open to all organisations. Racers 50p members only, Trainers £6 per crate (max 25 per crate). Each Race 1st – £50, 2nd – £30, 3rd – £20, One Cut of the £5 Nomination. The second race will be one week later on Wednesday 5th August, ringing on Tuesday evening 7.30pm until 9.00pm in the Edgarstown HPS Clubrooms in Portadown. An Open Race will take place from Roscrea on Wednesday 12th August with ringing once again on Tuesday evening 7.30pm until 9.00pm in the Edgarstown Clubrooms. Racers are £1 with prizes £100, £75, £50, £20, £20 and One Cut of the £5 Nomination. Trainers 50p and All Fanciers Welcome.

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Young Bird Training – 2009 ***For the second time the entry for the Picauville Friendship Nat has exceeded 1,000 birds, race marking was in Lisburn on Tuesday. The birds have been released on Friday 10th July at 6.00am in Picauville for the Friendship Nat, the final old bird race of 2009. No wind at release, Lt North West en-route. 255 members sent 1,014 birds competing for £6,179 in pools and prizes. Young bird racing was due to start this weekend but the NIPA have cancelled the opening event and the first Area Liberation will be on Saturday 18th July. Williamson & Calvin Transporter will be training each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from Ardee, Slane and Navan starting Tuesday 7th July. Birds can be hampered the night before or up to 7.45am on morning of toss at 23 Farra Road, phone Ron Williamson Yard (028) 38 339320 or Mobile: 07841 762399. Collection Points as before: Annaghmore Clubrooms 8.00am, Ballyoran Hill 8.20am, Edgarstown 8.40am, Laurelvale HPS Clubrooms 9.00am, Markethill Corner 9.30am, Newry Corner 10.00am. PLEASE NOTE – Special Training every Sunday from Slane, Navan and Kildare, different collection times for Sunday. Williamson & Calvin will have special training every Sunday for young birds from Slane, Navan and Kildare Birds can be hampered night before or up to 7.50am morning of toss at 23 Farra Road. Ronnie Tel: 07841 762399. Collection times will be different for a Sunday. Ballyoran Hill 8.00am, Edgarstown HPS 8.15am, Laurelvale HPS 8.30am, Markethill Corner 8.40am, Newry 9.05am. Training will continue each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from Ardee, Slane and Navan. Usual collection arrangement. Kenny Mallen (Banbridge) Training will continue with the young birds, collection at Coach Car Park and Newry. For more details Tel: 07737 521355. Early collections on Monday 13th July. Andy Milligan (Lisburn) Training every morning Monday to Thursday. Collections Lagan Valley RPC 7.15-7.45am, Dromore Car Park 8.00-8.15am, Banbridge Coach Car Park 8.30-9.00am, Newry Roundabout 9.20am. Tel: 07764 158942.

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Obituary – East Antrim ***The officers & members of Ballycarry & Dist HPS regret the passing of Nat Sloan an honorary life member of our club and we send our condolences to his family at this sad time. Andy Cooke. (Secretary.

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YB Sale – M & R Hamilton ***M & R Hamilton from Coalisland have young birds off the stock birds available for sale, contact number is Tel: 07894 152846.

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Mid Ulster Training – OB 2009 ***Joe & Mark Brown Training  The local transporter will start operations on Saturday 4th April and each week Monday to Thursday to Newry and Ardee. Provided they have a genuine interest Moira Roundabout will be a collection point 7.00am until 7.30am, Lurgan 8.45am until 9.00am and usual stops at Bleary and Gilford. Birdage will be a nominal 10p very good value and Joe can be contacted at any time Tel: 07709 077266, some youngsters are ready now at £25 each from the lofts Champion bloodlines. Their YB Sale in Glenavy sold out in minutes. Joe and Mark (Dollingstown) send best wishes to Geoff Hall from Lurgan Amat who is in hospital, get well soon. Kenny Mallen (Banbridge)  First toss this Saturday 4th April usual collection points including Coach Car Park from 7.30am  8.30am and Newry 9.00am etc. Training every week Monday  Thursday, Tel: 07737 521355. Williamson & Calvin Transporter will commence training Tuesday 31st March and Thursday 2nd April and continue each Tuesday and Thursday from Ardee and Slane Castle. Birds can be hampered the night before or up to 7.45am on morning of toss at 23 Farra Road, phone Ron Williamson Yard (028) 38 339320 or Mobile: 07841 762399. Collection Points as before: Annaghmore Clubrooms 8.00am, Ballyoran Hill 8.20am, Edgarstown 8.40am, Laurelvale HPS Clubrooms 9.00am, Markethill Corner 9.20am, Armagh HPS Clubrooms 9.40am and Gosford Forest Park Entrance at 10.10am. PLEASE NOTE  Saturday 4th April Ardee, same collection times.

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New North FC closed –  ***The New North Flying Club A short meeting was held on 18th March and with Six weeks notice given in the Pigeon books and Newspapers prior to this date it is apparent there is no interest in keeping the club going so after the Bank Books and Bank Statements had been handed round for all to see, The above club will no longer exist and the money in the Bank will be used to purchase Cups for the NIPA, the INFC and The Mid Antrim Combine. Many thanks to all the former members who supported the club over the years. Sammy Thompson (Former Chairman). Maurice Alexander (Former Secretary).

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Mickey McConville (Nutts Corner) – Training ***Mickey McConville from Nutts Corner will have a Training Transporter in operation for this new season, birds can be hampered at his home 33a Tully West Road, Nutts Corner Tel (028) 94 423958. Training 3 days every week to Bellingstown and every Monday to Newry. Birds can be hampered at the house from 7.00am until 9.00am and liberation will be around 10.30am.

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Lisburn – Clocks, race sheets etc ***Lisburn & Dist HPS clocks and race sheets etc need returned to the clubrooms on Friday 27th March. Loft for sale in Lisburn 12 x 8 erected by Liam Prunty one year old. Contact Homer.

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Harryville – ETS Clocks etc ***Harryville HPS members should return ETS Systems for checking etc to the clubrooms on Thursday 26th March at 8.00pm.

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Dundrum HPS – YB Sale Friday 3rd April ***Dundrum HPS Young Bird Sale – Friday 3rd April 2009 Dundrum HPS will hold a Young Bird Sale on Friday 3rd April 2009 in the Crossgar clubrooms, in aid of funds to install electricity in their clubrooms. Sale will commence at 8-00pm sharp, with birds being on view from 7-00pm. Youngsters donated by a number of top lofts. Everyone welcome!

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Portadown Inv – Grand Squeaker Sale ***Portadown Invitation Flying Club will have a Grand Squeaker Sale in their Meadow Lane Clubrooms on Friday 3rd April at 8.00pm. Birds have been obtained from top local fanciers, birds purchased can compete for a top prize in the NIPA Talbenny YB National. This is not a Breeder/Buyer event, winner takes all. Malcolm Livingstone (Secretary).

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Ballymoney/Ballymena Clocks –  ***The clocks for the Ballymoney HPS should be returned to the clumbooms on Monday 23rd March, Ballymena & Dist HPS Clocks to be returned on Monday 30th March at 8.00pm.

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Glenavy Breeder/Buyer 2009 ***Glenavy & District HPS will be holding a Young Bird Breeder/Buyer Sale on Friday 3rd April 2009 at 8 pm. Young Birds will be on view from 7 pm. 50% of the money raised at the sale will be paid out as prize money with 50% of the prize money to the breeder and 50% to the Buyer. One prize only will apply. The Breeder/Buyer race will be held from Skibbereen Inland National INFC on 19th September 2009. All fanciers are welcome to the sale.

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Ballycarry Breeder/Buyer 2009 ***Ballycarry & Dist will hold its annual Breeder/Buyer sale to be held on Friday 27th March from 7.30pm in the clubrooms, Fairhill, Ballycarry. The sale is open to NIPA Section C only and has a guaranteed payout of £500. The race will be the Rosscarbery Young Bird National – Race Licence number IR 11/09.

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GLENGORMLEY OPEN BREEDER/BUYER ***Glengormley HPS: The club are planning for this year an Open Breeder & Buyer Sale with £1,000 to Breeder and £1,000 to buyer and the race the final INFC Skibbereen. Sales are being arranged for Newtownbreda on Monday 23rd March, Ligoniel on Friday 27th March, Grosvenor on Friday 4th April and Glengormley on Saturday 11th April, more details later. In the meantime I have some contact numbers. Michael Mullan Tel: 07774 731652, Matt Murphy Tel: 07799 765327 and Hugh Bigger Tel: 07796 848484.

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John Lowry (Crumlin) – Training ***John Lowry from Crumlin will have a new transporter on the road for training intending to go every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Crates will be available for individual use if required. Pick Up times are Dunsilly Car Park 7.00  7.15am, Nutts Corner 8.00  8.15am, Crumlin & District clubrooms 8.30  8-45am, Glenavy & District clubrooms 9.00  9-15am, Moira Roundabout 9.30  9-45am. Tel: 07710 447262.

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Grand Phone-In-Squeaker Auction ***LONDON & SOUTH EAST CLASSIC CLUB GRAND PHONE-IN-SQUEAKER AUCTION SALE The President and Committee of the L&SECC are very proud to present this our third ever Grand Phone-In Squeaker Auction Sale in aid of our newly formed transporter fund. Although we have a good ageing working vehicle, at the moment, the committee have been looking too the future of our Classic Club and realise that in a few seasons time it will need replacing. Pigeon Transporters are not cheap equipment to purchase these days and the Committee feel now is the time to start building a fund, with the view to purchasing our new vehicle when needed. Classic life vice president, Keith Mott, has obtained a wonderful draft of top class 2009 youngsters to have a phone in auction, to help raise funds to purchase our future transporter. We think its fair to say that this is one of the best drafts of youngsters ever put together for auction. This is a once in a life time opportunity for the general fancy to obtain young birds from some of the very best lofts in the world of pigeon racing, sprint and long distance. Lot 1. Mark Gilbert of Windsor: Bernard de Weerdt and Eric Cannon bloodlines. Mark has become a legend in National and Classic racing in recent seasons, and his loft must rate as one of the very best in the sport. 1st International Dax, 1st NFC Saintes / Pau, 1st L&SECC Bergerac, 1st L&SECC Guernsey and so on. A brilliant fancier! Lot 2. Keith & Sue Arnold of Leamington Spa: Keith has probably the best loft of sprinting Staf Van Reets in Europe today, winning in 2008: 1st Federation ten times in twelve old bird races, also winning the Federation twice with the same bird in the only two young bird races competed in and 1st & 2nd Gold Ring. Keith Arnold has won the RPRA Region Sprint Award three years on the trot and was 1st RPRA UK Sprint Champion in 2006 / 2007 and 2nd RPRA UK Sprint Champion in 2008. A brilliant fancier with fantastic pigeons! Lot 3. Ced & Clive Allwright of Ashford: Frank Tasker / Haelterman bloodlines. Ced & Clive have one of the best all round lofts in the UK, winning from 60 to 600 miles, three times 1st open NFC and BBC Palamos Spanish Diploma winners. Wonderful fanciers and winners of 3rd open NFC in 2008. Lot 4. Mike Staddon of Crewkerne: Mikes a good friend and in my opinion one of the best fanciers in the pigeon world today! Twice 1st open NFC, seven times 1st open CSCFC (a record), 51 times 1st open West of England SR Combine, 2nd open BBC Palamos 2003 and 3rd open NFC Tarbes 2008. Another one you must have a bid for to try and have the privilege of receiving a youngster from Mike Staddon next spring. A great pigeon racer! Lot 5. Tom Gilbertson of Carlisle: What can say about Tom Gilbertson that hasnt been said before! World famous in long distance pigeon racing and the Master of racing and breeding long distance champions. Lot 6. Brian & Angela Goodwin of Hanworth: The very best of the Belgian bloodlines. Brian is a brilliant all round fancier winning Federations at all distances, including twice 1st Federation in 2007 and 1st Federation in 2008. The Goodwin loft has won 1st Combine five times, from Penzance, Melle and Bergerac (three times). A great pigeon racer! Lot 7. Alan Mark of Sanderstead: A good friend and one of the best fanciers Ive ever met! 1st open NFC Pau 1974, 1st SMT Combine Bergerac 2002 and 4th open SMT Combine Bergerac 2003. Alan Mark and the late Eric Cannon are the only fanciers to win the longest old bird race in the Surrey Federation three times and record the only bird on the day in the SMT Combine longest old bird race. Lot 8. Ken & Richard OConnor of Croydon: The OConnor brothers record speaks for its self: 80 times 1st Federation, 1st open L&SECC Bergerac, three times 2nd open L&SECC, several premier NFC performances and seven times 1st open Combine. One of the very best lofts of winning pigeon in the UK. I will say no more! Lot 9. Gary Inkley of Hillingdon: Another premier loft in the Classic in recent years, winning top positions every season, including 1st and 2nd open L&SECC Dax in 2003 with his wonderful hens, Festival Enigma and Rathen Echo and 1st open L&SECC Alencon in 2008. Gary has won the L&SECC Amtrak Trophy for fancier of the year. A lot you must bid for! Lot 10. Darran & Des McFadden of Cranleigh: Put up some great performances in recent seasons including 1st Federation and 1st open SMT Combine (three times). Darren put up one of the best loft performances in the UK in 2008, winning twice 1st open SMT Combine and 1st open L&SECC Tarbes (550 miles). Darren is a wonderful fancier and is always the man to beat in premier racing or showing. Another youngster you must bid for! Lot 11. Crammond & Langstaff of Fontwell: A loft full of quality and several premier wins in National and Classic races to back it up. Winners of 1st open BICC, 1st open L&SECC (three times) in recent seasons and several Section A winners in the NFC. Another 2008 L&SECC winning loft from Bergerac, with Crackerjack which went on to be an RPRA Award winner. Another squeaker to defiantly bid for! Lot 12: Chitty Brothers of Kings Langley: One the best lofts in the south of England and winners of countless 1st Federations, six times 1st open Combine and twice 1st open L&SECC. Brian and Dick won 1st open L&SECC Guernsey in the 2008 season. Lot 13. Mike Armitage of Ash: Another wonderful fancier and winner of 1st open L&SECC (three times) and 1st open BICC (twice). Mike has kindly donated a 2009 youngster off his champion Janssen cock, Boy Wonder winner of five firsts and 1st open L&SECC Alencon. The Lion Brewery loft won 1st open L&SECC Guernsey (old hens) in 2008. Lot 14. Fred Hall & Daughters of Worthing: An outstanding south coast loft that has won Classic and National races in recent seasons. Fred has won 1st NFC Pau, 1st and 2nd BICC La Ferte Bernard, and in 2007 won 1st open NFC Alencon. Another great all round loft, winning short and long in the very best competition. Lot 15. Alasdair Muir of Dorking: Another of our best long distance fanciers! 1st open L&SECC Pau, 1st open L&SECC Bordeaux, 1st open L&SECC Angers and has been five times in the first 50 open NFC Pau in recent seasons, plus 2nd open BICC Dax in 2003. Alasdair is a fancier who I have always respected for his great skills at long distance pigeon racing. Lot 16. John Puddephatt of Ferring: Again one the best long distance fanciers in the UK ever! John has been at the top in National and Classic competition for many years and has won many premier positions including 2nd open NFC Pau (twice), the Langstone Gold Cup and the NFC Trophy best average all NFC races. John has kindly donated a youngster off the very best in his loft! Lot 17. Derek Human of Petersfield: One the best National and Classic winning loft, with a brilliant record spanning back to the early 1980s. Winner of 1st open CSCFC (twice), 1st open BBC Nantes and of course 1st open NFC Tarbes in 2007 with Ch. Any Distance. This youngster is a must for fanciers who like National racing! Lot 18. John Haynes of Southall: One of the premier lofts in the L&SECC, winning 1st open Guernsey (YB), 1st open Perth and 1st open Le Ferte Bernard in recent seasons. John also won 1st open BICC Pau in 2007 and is offering the purchaser the pick of his 2008 young bird team. Lot 19. Mick Tuck of Godalming: One the best lofts of Eric Cannon pigeons in the U.K. today! Mick is donating a Cannon youngster out of his good hen, Tuckys Little Dream, 5th open SMT Combine Bergerac (only five birds on day in the Combine) when mated to a premier Eric Cannon cock. Lot 20. Dave Delea of Rainham: One of the all time greats of long distance racing! Daves record in long distance National racing, through his many years in the sport, must be described as fantastic, winning 1st open NFC Pau in 1989 and five times 1st open BICC. His five wins in the BICC were: 1st open Narbonne, 1st open Lourdes, 1st open Barcelona, 1st open Barcelona and 1st open Dax. A wonderful record! Lot 21. Terry Haley of Watford: One of the best North Road lofts ever and the home of the great Champion Misty Lady! Terry has had a wonderful 2008 season, winning: 3rd open L&SECC Guernsey, 1st Fed Berwick, 1st Fed Pontefract, 2nd Fed Stonehaven, 2nd Fed Thurso and so on. Lot 22. Fishlock & Roberts of Briton Ferry: The very best of Wales! 2003: 1st WSRNFC Nantes, 2007: 1st WSRNCF Fougeres, 2008: 1st WSRNFC Lessay, 2nd open WSRNFC Bergerac, 2nd WSRNFC Tarbes. Phil and Hillary, two great fanciers and another 2008 National winning loft. The telephone auction will take place from publication of this advert and weekend of: March 14th  15th and will finish at 20.00hrs on Sunday night. All the pigeons in the sale are 2009 young birds and the purchasers will pay carriage of their bird. Many thanks to our friends for their wonderful donations! Auction phone number: Keith Mott: 01372 463480. Back up phone number: Gordon Marsh: 01403 732256. L&SECC Secretaries: Steve & Diane Nicholson, 11, Broadwood Close, Horsham,Sussex, RH12 4JX. Telephone: 01403 266107.

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Coalisland Squeaker Sale ***PLEASE NOTE: The Squeaker Sale arranged for Wednesday 18th March has been cancelled, please pass the word around.

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Tipes ETS Demo –  ***TIPES ETS: Will have their latest demo in the Grosvenor HPS in Belfast on Thursday 12th March starting at 8.00pm. Tel: Keith Kernohan 07713 273044.

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Portavogie HPS – Clocks Returned ***Portavogie HPS need all clocks returned to the clubroom on Saturday 7th March.

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Banbridge Sale for Leukaemia Research.  ***Banbridge British Legion will host a Super Sale of top quality Young Birds donated by some of Irelands top fanciers in aid of Northern Ireland Leukaemia Research. Date Friday 3rd April at 8.00pm sharp. Further details from Eddie McAlinden Tel: 07771 813198.

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NI Channel Fed – 2009 Update ***The Northern Ireland Channel Federation will have the AGM and presentation of prizes in the Laurelvale Cricket Club on Saturday 7th March at 2.30pm sharp. Cups and trophies should be cleaned and returned to either, Joe Brown, Geoffrey Douglas or John Reid before 7th March. A full attendance is requested as Secretary John Reid is retiring due to ill health.

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Harryville – Squeaker Sale in Larne ***Harryville HPS are having a Squeaker Sale in Larne & District clubrooms on Thursday 12th March 2009 at 8.00pm. Very good selection of birds, EVERYONE WELCOME! Secretary Nicola Gilbert Tel: 07724 507621.

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Club Dues/Fees Night –  ***Ballymena & District in the clubrooms on Monday 23rd February between 7.30 and 8.00pm. Lisburn & District pay up night Friday 27th of February 2009 @ 8.00pm.

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LOST: Stock Birds etc ***Escaped while on lone Blue Hen with a white marker ring Belg 08 5172610. Please contact 028 90 222787 if found.Lost: In the Lisburn Area look out for missing birds. NEHU08AP 1494, NL02-1584779, WHU07T 02745 and GB08J 31109. If found please contact Tel: (028) 92 676034.

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Banbridge Social – Breeder/Buyer Sale ***Banbridge Social HPS annual Breeder/Buyer sale will take place in the local British Legion Hall at 8pm on Friday 13th March. Last season the club paid out between £1,400 and £1,500 and expect this season to be something similar. Race will be the INFC Skibbereen due to be flown on Saturday 19th September. All welcome, birds from top NIPA and East Down Combine lofts, Tel: T Lennon 07711 409205.

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Young Bird Sale – Glenavy Hall Renovation ***The Young Bird Sale for the Renovation Fund at Glenavy Protestant Hall will be held on Wednesday 25th March starting at 7.30pm. Birds are donated by a number of top lofts including various Studs. Auctioneer is Ronnie Johnston and he is to sponsor a prize for the Best Performance of a young bird purchased.

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Doagh & Dist – Breeder/Buyer Sale ***Doagh & District HPS: The annual Y/Bird Breeder/Buyer Sale will be held in the Linfield Club, Ballyclare on Thursday 2nd April kick off 8pm. Over £1,000 is paid out every year, and with youngsters promised from many of the top local lofts, plus top English lofts we are hoping that this year will be even better than before. Remember Cards only, Minimum bid £20 and open only to NIPA Section C lofts. 40% to Breeder, 40% to Buyer and 20% for Club. All ring numbers to be with the Doagh Secretary John Wilson by 30th May 2009, and the race will be the Rosscarbery NIPA Y/Bird National.

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Coalisland Squeaker Sale – Wed 18th March 2009 ***Coalisland & District will be moving to new clubrooms and to assist a fund raising Squeaker Sale will be held on Wednesday 18th March in Annaghmore. Auctioneer will be Adie McCormick of the Ireland’s Own Pigon Auctions team. Birds have been promised from numerous top lofts, more details will be published later. Please note the sale has been brought forward by one day.

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Banbridge HPS – Panel/Supper Night ***Banbridge HPS will have the annual Panel/Supper Night & Auction in the Banbridge British Legion on Friday 27th February at 8.00pm. All fanciers welcome, £2 pay at the door.

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Laurelvale YB Sale 27th March –  ***Laurelvale HPS will have a Young Bird Sale in aid of new clubrooms to be held on Friday 27th March at 7.30pm in the Banbridge British Legion. Auctioneer is Ronnie Johnston. All members to notify Clive, Robert or Jeffery on or before 21st February for advert purposes.

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LOST: Stock Bird ***Escaped a Blue hen, in the Craigavon area, ring number NEHU O5NY 2462, reward for return. Tel: (028)38 832476.

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Eagleson Busschaert Sale –  ***A COUSINS AND SONS OFFER SOME OF THE FINEST EAGLESON BUSSCHARTS FOR THE FIRST TIME, DIRECT FROM THE STOCK LOFT. WE PURCHASED THEM FROM THE ENTIRE CLEARANCE SALE OF JOHNSTON EAGLESON AT BLACKPOOL, WE WERE THE UNDER BIDDERS FOR THE CHAMPION WHITE CHEEKS PRESENTLY WE HAVE AT STOCK THE T66, J EAGLESONS NO1 STOCK COCK. THE INBRED COCK RESPONSABLE FOR 5 INDIVIDUAL FIRST PRIZE WINNERS FROM PENZANCE. THE CHEEKY BOY DIRECT SON OF CHAMPION WHITE CHEEKS AND NORTHREN LASS. FIRST ROUND YOUNG BIRDS READY TO GO, FROM £100 EACH. Contact A. Cousins & Sons on Tel: 07875 422006 or www.plantationlofts.co.uk

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One Loft Races –  ***See One Loft Races – Click on Pigeon Forum, Discussions Mr & Mrs Clayburn win Sun City for UK, also latest updates for North Coast Classic, Wicklow Hills, Galway etc —-

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HELP – Lost while on loan ***HELP  Lost while on loan. Blue Pied (h) GB05D 32715. Tel Ronnie Johnston (028) 90 483625.

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RJ Auctions – R & T Quinn Clearance  ***RJ Auctions: The well known Ballynahinch partnership of R & T Quinn have had to take a heart breaking decision this week  all the pigeons must be sold. Rick has been advised by a specialist that keeping pigeons is badly effecting his health and they must be sold. The birds will be sold in a 2 Part Clearance Sale  Monday 9th Feb and Wednesday 11th Feb, both in Newtownbreda Clubrooms at 7.30pm. For Details Tel RJ: (028) 90 483625. To view birds Tel Ricky: 07801 132623. See Ronnie Johnston Column.

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Joe & Mark Brown – YB Pen Sale ***SALE  2009 Young Birds bred from Stock Birds (First Round) At Glenavy Protestant Hall, Saturday 14th February, Doors open 1.30pm Two of the top flyers in Northern Ireland Joe & Mark Brown (Dollingstown HPS). Bloodlines: Walter Docx, Frans Van Wildemeersch, Staf Van Reet, Busschaert, Jos Soontjen, Wal Soontjen, Norbert Sion. Long Distance inc. Black, Darragh, Beattie, Hine, Malcolmson, Anderson etc. Many 1st prizewinners and prizewinners reported from last years sale. Price on the Pen £30 each or 10 for £250. Please Note  This Sale is downstairs in Glenavy. For more info  Tel: (028) 38 328293, Mobile: 07709 077266.

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Martin Graham – YB Sale ***Martin Graham (Ballymena & District) will have young birds for sale for the first time, his birds are the best of Norman Thompson (Walkingshaw), Jackie Waring (Lisburn) and his own Frans Van Wildemeersch (Fletcher & Son). These birds are tested through to France, his recent results include 1st Sect & 2nd Open NIPA Lamballe OB Nat 2003 and 2nd Sect & 4th Open NIPA St Malo OB Nat 2008. Young Birds £45 each or Kits of 6 for £250. First round available from the stock birds and race team. Tel: (028) 25 637929, Mobile: 07835 099155.

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Ireland’s Own Pigeon Auctions – Blackpool 2009 ***PLEASE NOTE: Due to a re-arranged football fixture the Saturday Sales have been moved from the Blackpool Football Club to the Cliffs Hotel, Queens Promenade. The Friday night sale for Gibb & Byrne will be at the Football Club as advertised.

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RJ Auctions – W Greer birds in Glenavy 17 Jan ***Ronnie Johnston has just confirmed that the W Greer birds will be available in a Private Treaty Sale in Glenavy on Sat 17th Jan prices on the pen. See the previous note re Sale 17th January.

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Blackpool Bus Trip –  ***Blackpool Bus Trip: Some seats are still available on the Robin Duddy bus going the Blackpool Show, from Ballyclare. Tel Robin: (028) 93 340603.

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Fanciers Combine – News Update ***Fanciers Combine News Update: The Fanciers Combine intend to purchase a new transporter for the forthcoming season. As this transporter will be much smaller than the original one membership will have to be restricted to 60 members @ £5. The joining fee has to be paid before 18th January to either Cyril Beattie Tel: (028) 38 840486, Joe Brown Tel: 07709 077266 or Geoffrey Douglas Tel: (028) 38 327685. This is open to NIPA Sect E members only at the present time but the original transporter will be used for 2 x OB Open Races and 2 x YB Open Races per year, and these will be open to all fanciers in all other organizations.

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New North Flying Club –  ***The New North Flying Club As the above club has not been in operation over the past seven years and even before that the membership was gradually decreasing every year, it has been decided to have a meeting of anyone with an interest. The Mid Antrim Combine have kindly let us have a short meeting before their Annual General Meeting at 8.00 pm on Wednesday 18th March 2009 in the Harryville HPS Clubroom, Antrim Road, Ballymena. With so many races now in the NIPA and INFC it appears there is no need for this organization so a decision will have to be made on its existence. Also, the Cups and whatever money is in the Bank Account. If anyone has an opinion on what should be done please attend this meeting. Sammy Thompson (Former Chairman), Maurice Alexander (Former Secretary).

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Newsletter Jan 2009 ***Newsletter  January 2009 Hi All  The latest Newsletter will soon be delivered to all members, firstly Happy New Year and may you all have the success you are looking for. After a few years of scribing and many months In the Spotlight and giving consideration to everything that is going on Adie has decided to step aside from the Front Line and will be Spending More time with his Family. Pigeons are some distance down the priority list. He will not be keeping or racing pigeons, will not be a member of any club or organisation, and will not pen a weekly news column. When loose ends have been tied up there will be other changes. For what was a breath of fresh air for the sport in Ireland Adie has decided that he is not the person to promote the Sport/Hobby and will leave that to people that are better qualified. Over many months this has become more evident, there simply are better things to be employed at. What all the changes will mean will be explained as we proceed into the New Year. Homer.

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RJ Auctions: Paddy Stuart Clearance Sales ***RJ Auctions: It was a big shock for Paddy Stuarts family and the pigeon fancy generally when he passed away so suddenly having been at Roy Warkes wedding the day previous. I have been asked to conduct the Complete Clearance Sale in 2 Parts at Newtownbreda HPS Clubrooms. Monday 12th January and Wednesday 14th January at 7.30pm, birds on view from 6.30pm. The Stuart & Maginnes partnership of Millisle & District had just recently been formed and had a wonderful year in 2008 being Fancier of the Year in the Peninsula Amalgamation (45 Members) winning OB Ave, Cross Channel Ave and Combined Ave. In Millisle & Dist the team won OB Inland Ave, OB Ave and Cross Channel Ave. Many top pigeons will be for sale mainly Tony Mardon the very best Rene Nauwelaerts and direct Staf Van Reet. A sample of the birds for sale include: Blue cock winner 7 x 1sts in Club & Amalgamation. Blue Ch w/f hen winner 1st Skibbereen in Club & Amalgamation. Blue hen winner 2 x 1sts plus 117th Open INFC Yearling Nat. Only in an Entire Clearance Sale would this type of pigeon come up for sale! A Sale not to MISS.

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RJ Auctions – Sale in Glenavy Jan 17 ***RJ Auctions: Firstly Happy New YEAR. A Sale of 2009 youngsters from top fanciers and studs will take place in Protestant Hall Glenavy on Saturday 17th January at 2.30pm. A prize for the Best Performance of a young bird sold at the sale is donated by Ronnie Johnston. All proceeds will be going to the Hall Renovation Fund. Due to continued ill health Willie Greer of Ahoghill will offer by Private Treaty Sale (Price on the Pen), some outstanding direct Henk De Weerd pigeons. Fanciers will know that no expense was spared when buying these. The Willie Greer birds will be on view from 1.30pm.

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2009 Youngsters – It’s That Time Again! ***CLASS 2009 Y/BIRDS FOR SALE The Brillant Reggie and David Moore of Bangor Co.Down (R Moore & Son) are for the second time ever selling Y/Birds from their impressive Race and Stock Teams with winners and many prize winners reported last year from those who purchased. Priced from £30 each or kits of six selected specially by the father and son team are priced at a very resonable £150. What a racing record this loft has over recent years, racing in the very competitive East Section of the Mighty East Down Combine with most weeks competing against 4,000 + pigeons. Just look at this for a record:- E.D.C. East Section Fancier of the Year 2002, 2003, 2005 Runner-up E.D.C. East Section Fancier of the Year 2004, 2006, 2008 E.D.C. East Section Old Bird Champion 2002 E.D.C. East Section Old Bird Inland Champion 2003,2004,2005,2006,2008 E.D.C. East Section Young Bird Champion 2003,2006 East Down Combine Old Bird Average Winners 1999, 2002 East Down Combine Newcombe Cup Winners 1999, 2002 Best Average last 4 O/B & last 2 Y/B races This offer is sure to gather some attention so don’t delay these superb youngsters will be available for collection around the end of March. For more info contact David on Tel 02891 450971 or 07793132963 alternatively you can email him at eefy98@hotmail.com or Reggis Moore on 02891 466623.

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Ballymena Pigeon Supplies –  ***Ballymena Pigeon Supplies Xmas Raffle for the customers was held on Tuesday 23rd December, local scribe Homer was invited to draw the tickets. Winners were 1st Ian Stewart, 2nd Geoff Dickey, 3rd Davy Scott, 4th Harry Smyth. Linda and Keith thank all the patrons for their support during 2008 and wish everyone great success during 2009. See Pigeon Forum, Discussion for latest updates

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Doagh & Dist Pigeon Moot – Frid 9th January ***Doagh & District HPS: Big Charity Moot on Friday 9th January an all star Pigeon Moot, all proceeds to the Caron Keating Foundation. Venue is McConnels Lounge in Doagh, County Antrim. Pay at the door £5, includes Light Buffet and all star collection of guests. Chairman is Irish Rover of the Racing Pigeon Ronnie Johnston, and a panel to include Gerald Delaney of Oroory Hill Stud in Dromore, David Black former INFC Kings Cup winner, Gerry OMara Irish SR Fed Fancier of the Year, and from Scotland Joe Murphy a top scribe for BHW and former SNFC winner. Small Sale of Birds, Ballot etc. Event Co-Ordinator is Syd Collins Chairman of INFC, any queries Tel: 07760 238832. Its always a big night in McConnells Lounge.

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Portavogie Charity Show – Sat 3rd January ***Portavogie HPS: Annual Charity Show will take place on Saturday 3rd January with the Pigeon Show starting at 2.00pm. Show Classes are Any Age Cock, Any Age Hen and Eyesign. Eddie Agar will hopefully cover photos of the judges and winners etc. Music all day, big Tambola with many prizes and Young Bird Sale, its a fantastic day out for the family.

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See Pigeon Forum, Discussions ***See Banner at top of page on right hand side. A lot of news and general chat items are being listed there. Just click on the Banner, this is yet another new development, pass the word around your friends. Homer.

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Glenavy Gold Wing Race 2009 ***Glenavy & District HPS: Gold Wing Race sponsored by H Beattie & Son will go ahead as before in 2009, rings will be available from 4th January. Contact Gordon Parker Tel: 07734 235965, John Withers Tel: 07752 430972, or H Beattie & Son Tel: (028) 38 840486. Race details and prizes later.

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Ballycarry & Dist – Pen Sale ***Ballycarry & District HPS: The club will hold a Pen Sale in aid of club funds, to take place in Carrick Social RPC Clubrooms, Taylors Avenue, Carrickfergus on Friday 5th December. Penning will be from 7.30pm with sale starting at 8.00pm. Only £3 per Pen, pigeons or items donated to aid club funds do not require a Pen Fee. The officers and members wish to thank Carrick Social for the use of their clubrooms and thanks to Secretary Andy Cooke for the info.

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2009 Young Birds ***Cock Crow Breeding Lofts in Dromore will have kits of youngsters available in 2009. They have the very best of Hereman – Ceusters, Louis Wouters, Wal Zootjens, Janssen, Marina Van De Velde, Van Loons, Dick Van Dycks, and Troyes. Premier sprint to middle distance birds, Mr Doonan has just established his new Breeding Lofts. Tel (028) 92 699255. Mobile 07807 072424. Harmony Lofts, John & Viv Abernethy Ballynahinch County Down are now taking orders for 2009 young bird season. Birds purchased at Harmony lofts will also be included in the on going Hot Spot Races of the young bird season in 2009. Tel: John or Viv Mobile: 07710 644880. Joe Brown of Dollingstown will also have youngsters available early in 2009, a deposit and other payments can be made at any time, good discount on large orders which must be fully paid prior to collection. Contact Joe for details, Tel: (028) 38 328293 or Mobile: 07709 077266. “United Lofts” of R, G & G Donaldson and Hagan & Rowney are now taking orders for the 2009 young bird season. Only a limited number of birds are available. Orders can be placed by ringing Roy on Tel: (028) 38 338325 or Mob: 07751 940985.

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2008 Awards ***Awards List is available for INFC, NIPA, Irish Region and Mid Antrim Combine. See last two postings of Homer’s Odyssey or go to Clubs/Feds/Combines and click on NIPA, INFC etc at top of page. A couple of corrections at the RPRA (Irish Region). Young Fancier 2008 has been won by Conor Magill from New Antrim and Ron Williamson from Bondhill has won the 0-250 miles award. Homer.

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Maurice Verheye RIP –  ***The Legendary fancier Maurice Verheye passed away on Saturday 20th of September 2008 at the age of 93.

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Ulster Fed Champions 2008 – J & D Braniff ***For the second year in a row the Ulster Federation Fancier of the Year award has been won by J & D Braniff of the Wheatfield HPS. Many congratulations lads u were under strong pressure from the former Champions P & K McCarthy of the Grosvenor. Joe Ward from the Grosvenor had the Bird of the Year. 1st J & D Braniff Wheatfield 455 Points, 2nd P & K Mc Carthy Grovenor 452 Points, 3rd A & A Ferran Grovenor 166 Points, 4th James Maguire Grovenor 153 Points, 5th J Ward & Son Grovenor 139 Points. Bird of the Year belonged to J Ward, well done Joe.

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Corcreeney Breeder/Buyer 2008 ***Corcreeney Breeder & Buyer Race  The list of winners have just been made available for one of the top Breeder/Buyer events in Northern Ireland, the race as usual was the INFC Skibbereen. 1st Brown & Shaw Dromore 1501 £1,000, breeder Ritchie Ryder £1,000; 2nd Kincaid & McCann Dunedin 1493 £500, breeder Les Parkinson £500; 3rd R Adamson Corcreeney 1465 £250, breeder Len McKinstry £250, 4th M Rice Wilton Cross 1418 £100, breeder Karl Murphy £100, 5th M Brown Dollingstown 1404 £100, breeder M Brown £100; 6th J Young & Partners Dundonald 1387 £100, breeder J Young & Partners £100; 7th B & M McCorriston Dromore 1381 £100, breeder Alan Brown £100; 8th C McArdle & Son Banbridge 1367 £100, breeder C McArdle & Son £100; 9th G Buckley & Son Annaghmore 1340 £100, breeder P Boyd £100; 10th E Murray Donacloney 1329 £100, breeder E Murray £100; 11th G Douglas Wilton Cross 1311 £50, breeder R Bothwell £50, 12th E Murray Donacloney £50, breeder E Murray £50.

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INFC Skibbereen Y/B Inland National ***The INFC Skibbereen Inland Y/Bird National convoy of 3,489 pigeons sent by 415 members competing for £14,696 in pools and prize money have been liberated this morning (Saturday) at 9.45am in a Light South Wind. Members are advised that when filling in their race cards to please use thier measurements for (Skibbereen North). Also all fanciers who time into clocks that were set at the ring marking centre in Lisburn these are to be returned to Hillfoot Centre for checking and not (Lisburn). Willie Reynolds P.O

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Claim Deadlines for Awards ***All the Irish (RPRA) Award Claims for 2008 must be with Robert Reid before 30th September. Best claims for the Mileage Awards 0-250 Miles, 251-450 Miles and Over 450 Miles. Best YB Performance 2008. Best All-Round Performance 2008. Young Fancier for 2008. Young Fancier Mileage Awards as above 0-250 Miles, 251-450 Miles and Over 450 Miles. No claims will be accepted after the final deadline of Tuesday 30th September. Due to a lack of general interest the NIPA have cancelled the final race which was due to be flown this weekend, that was the decision of the committee and with that the 2008 racing season is complete. Lofts should be making arrangements to make claims for the various awards, Average Cups, Sect Fancier of the Year etc. Same again for Mid Antrim Combine, and I will publish the list next week. This weekend the INFC complete the race programme with the Skibbereen YB Inland Nat to be flown on Saturday 20th September, race marking will be in Lisburn on Thursday between 4.00pm and 8.00pm. Willie Reynolds. PO

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NIPA Rosscarbery Nat Lib – Friday 12th Sept ***The NIPA in Rosscarbery have liberated the Young Bird Inland National convoy this morning at 10.00am in a West Wind. Committee Members should contact Secty Fred Russell on or before Sunday regarding the last race due from Fermoy. Willie Reynolds PO.

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INFC Y/B & O/Hens National Liberated ***INFC Y/Bird National – the convoy of 1,856 pigeons entered by 351 fanciers competing for £17,672 in pools and prize money plus a Bricon ETS Timing System have been released this morning Friday in Sennen Cove at 7.50am in a Lt Westerly wind as has the O/Hens convoy of 280 pigeons entered by 96 members competing for £1,870 in pools and prize money. We would like to wish all competitors the best of luck and should you clock a pigeon in either race please inform the Official INFC Press Officer on 028 256 44683. Willie Reynolds PO.

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INFC Sennen Cove – Held Over Wednesday/Thursday ***The INFC have once again held the pigeons over in Sennen Cove Thursday 11th of September due to poor weather conditions on route. This page will be updated first thing in the morning when more info is available. Willie Reynolds PO. The INFC YB & Old Hens in Sennen Cove have been held over on Wednesday 10th September due to poor weather conditions in Ireland during the day. This page will update tomorrow when more info is available. Willie Reynolds PO.

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NIPA Rosscarbery Nat – Race on Friday ***Please Note the NIPA will race mark and collect one hour earlier on Thursday with the intention of having an early liberation in Rosscarbery on Friday 12th September. Cullybackey Centre will race mark on Thursday 11th September between 4.00pm and 5.30pm. Approx Centre collection times – Larne 6.00pm, Carrick 6.30pm, Glengormley 7.00pm, Lisburn 7.30pm, Derry 4.00pm, Coleraine 5.00pm, Cullybackey 5.45pm, Muckamore 6.15pm, Coalisland 5.00pm, Loughgall 5.30pm, Portadown 6.00pm, Lurgan 6.30pm, Banbridge 7.00pm, Portavagie 6.00, Killyleagh 6.45pm. Willie Reynolds PO.

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ONE LOFT Events – Sunday 7th September ***The Galway up at 7.45am in Chester. Europa Classic up at 7.30am in Edinburgh. No birds were recorded on the day at either event for Galway it was the same on the second and final day. Europa Classic had just over 20 arrivals on Day 2. The NI Emerald Classic big final event is this Sunday from Rosscarbery 14th Sept. See the various websites. www.westwingslofts.com www.europaclassic.co.uk www.emeraldclassic.co.uk

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NIPA Fermoy – Lib Sunday 7th Sept ***The NIPA have released the young birds in Fermoy this morning at 10.00am in a Light North Westerly wind, clocks with 5 Bird Classic birds need returned to local centres for checking. Willie Reynolds PO

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NIPA Fermoy – Race Mark Saturday ***The NIPA decided on Thursday evening that the race marking for Fermoy would take place on Saturday 6th Sept, collections one hour earlier. Birds must be spread over the crates, members can’t purchase their own crate this week under Rule 42. Two members from another club must be present at the race marking and the clocks with 5 Bird Fermoy pigeons clocked must be returned to your Local Centre for checking. The hope is to liberate on Sunday. Willie Reynolds PO. ** The INFC will race mark on Monday 8th Sept as planned for the YB Nat Sennen Cove to be flown (weather permitting) on Wednesday 10th September.

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NIPA birds released in Mullingar ***The birds brought back from Talbenny have been finally released in Mullingar at 2.15pm today Sunday 31st August in a Westerely wind, with bright sunshine and clearing well. PLEASE NOTE CLOCKS ARE TO RUN OFF IN YOUR OWN CLUB AND NOT CENTRES.

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NIPA – Talbenny Birds Back in Ireland ***The Talbenny birds are now safely returned to Ireland, the birds will be released tomorrow Sunday 31st August in Mullingar. The NIPA will produce an Open & Section result only, no points will be awarded. We will updated on Sunday morning as soon as information is available. Willie Reynolds PO.

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R J Auctions Programme Glenavy 2008 ***Ronnie has sent me some info for the Auctions that he will be conducting this year in Glenavy. Saturday 4th October – LOUELLA PIGEON WORLD, Michael and John Massarella have selected this special draft for N.Ireland. Multiple winners reported in Ireland during 2008. Saturday 18th October – The return of MR & MRS TURNER AND RITCHIE RYDER, the Staf Van Reets of the world famous “Red Daniel Family”. This will be the only sale in 2008 by this awesome winning partnership. Saturday 25th of October – First time in Ireland Mr & Mrs Carl Turner Crewe they are personal friends of the Mardon family. The sale will contain winning lines of all Mardon’s Champions including Toey, Regatta, Ransom, Rosie sold in Blackpool at the age of 9 for £14,000. In 2006 the Turner partnership won 26 x 1st’s, 2007 they won 32 x 1st’s, and in 2008 33 x 1sts. Saturday 1st November – A First Time Ever for one of Ireland’s Super Stars Glen Buckley & Son of Annaghmore winners of 3 x 1st NIPA O/B Nationals and 3 x 1st INFC Skibbereen Nationals, Their will only be a small draft out of all the Champions but be assured they will be class and interest is expected to be high. For further info contact Ronnie 028 90 483625. Adie

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NIPA Talbenny Y/B National Pigeons Coming Home ***Saturday August 30th 8.30am. The NIPA have decided with no major improvement of the weather in sight at Talbenny and indeed the fog lifting on the Channel that the Y/B National convoy will be brought home at the earlist opportunity. As Secretary Fred Russell says the weather currently is very unperdicable and certainly not conditions to race pigeons in, I think yesterdays race from Tullamore is an excellent example of this, which Fred has described as disapointing. We hope to up-date the website tonight after 7.00pm when we will have a better idea as to when the pigeons will be back in Ireland and what the plan is going to be as regards these. Adie

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NIPA Friday 29th Aug – Talbenny Held Over ***The NIPA birds have been Held Over in Talbenny. Birds were released in Tullamore at 2.00pm, today FRIDAY. We will update tomorrow Saturday re Talbenny YB National. Willie Reynolds PO.

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INFC – New Meeting Date ***Because of the change to this weeks race programme the INFC have put back the committee meeting planned for this Wednesday 27th August. It will take place one week later on Wednesday 3rd September, Bridge Community Centre, Lisburn at 7.15pm. Willie Reynolds PO.

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NIPA Talbenny – NEW ARRANGEMENTS ***The NIPA birds will be race marked on Wednesday 27th August, (NOT THURSDAY) for a liberation in Talbenny for the YB National on Friday 29th August. ** TULLAMORE birds will be race marked on Thursday 28th August and collected as usual at the NIPA Centres, liberation in Tullamore will be on Friday 29th August. Please pass the word around. Willie Reynolds PO.

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East Coast Fed – Liberated at 2.00pm ***East Coast Fed (Dublin) marking Thursday for Friday 22nd Aug liberation in Tramore. * Birds liberated in Tramore Friday 22nd Aug @ 2 o clock.

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NIPA Pilmore Beach – Liberated Frid 22nd Aug ***The NIPA birds will be race marked on Thursday 21st August for the race to be flown from Pilmore Beach on Friday 22nd August, liberation expected around Noon. Remember Pilmore Beach birds are lifted one hour earlier. * Liberation in Pilmore Beach is confirmed as NOON on Friday 22nd August. Willie Reynolds PO.

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DUBLIN Liberations – Sunday 17th August ***East Coast Federation in Tramore Lib 8.15am. Irish SR Federation in Rosscarbery Lib 8.15am.

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NIPA Tullamore Released – Sunday 17th August ***With late collections and terrible road conditions on Saturday night the NIPA race today will be flown from Tullamore. Liberation will be between 8.00am and 10.00am, we will hopefully update later. One transporter with birds from some clubs in Sect F got stuck in the Dromara Area and arrangements are being made to try and move these birds to maybe Navan. Saturday was almost impossible and we do thank all the transport staff and the clubs for their patience. This weekend we will long remember. Members should keep in touch with Lib Line. ***** NIPA liberated in Tullamore at 10.00am and Section F has been liberated in Navan at 10.15am. Both are official NIPA Races. Willie Reynolds PO.

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East Coast Fed – Race Mark Sat 16/08/08 ***East Coast Fed marking will be Saturday for Sunday lib. Race point moved, we will be in Tramore not in Rosscarbery as per the programme.

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The Fanciers Combine – Thurles Open Race ***Fanciers are reminded about the THURLES Open Race to be flown on Wednesday 20th August, the Mallow site is not available. Entry £1 per bird and open to all organisations. Hampering will take place on Tuesday at Edgarstown Clubrooms from 6.30pm until 9.30pm, please note that trainers CAN be sent to this race at 50p per bird.

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NIPA Clonmel – Race Mark Sat 16/08/08 ***The Clonmel birds will be race marked on Saturday 16th August for a possible Sunday Liberation. We will update when more information is available. Willie Reynolds Press Officer NIPA.

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NIPA Lib Roscrea Friday 08/08/08 ***NIPA have liberated in Roscrea Co Tipperary at 11.00am today Friday in a West wind.

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DUNDONALD 3 BIRD CHALLENGE –  ***Entry forms for the Dundonald 3 Bird Challenge YB Race are available from the following, Beatties, Marshalls, Ian Gibb, John Gordons and George Shanks, remember 1st prize in the Old Birds was £2,500. Entry forms must be returned to L McKinstry, 9 Brooklands Gardens, Dundonald, BT16 2PQ before the closing date of 3rd September. Any further info contact R Johnston (028) 90 483625 or L McKinstry (028) 90 489544.

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NIPA RACE ON FRIDAY - ***Due to a bad weather forecast for the weekend the NIPA have decided to hold the race this week from Roscrea on FRIDAY. Race marking will take place on THURSDAY at the usual times for collection. The Roscrea Lib will be around Noon on FRIDAY 8th August. Please inform any members and friends. Willie Reynolds PO.

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KILLYLEAGH FIRE APPEAL - ***RP Scribes Irish Rover & Adie are to organise a sale to be held in September to raise funds for the above. The INFC Charity Committee have made a donation to start the fund and a number of birds have already been promised from across the UK & Ireland. Any donations will be appreciated, send to Mr Ronnie Johnston, 202 Comber Road, Dundonald. Cheques made out to Killyleagh & Dist (Building Fund).

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INFC Kings Cup St Malo – RACE CANCELLED ***For the second year the INFC Kings Cup has been cancelled. When the race marking was delayed last week it was because of the weather and its a bad weather forecast that has caused the latest problems. Every effort was made to have a replaced race but this year it was just not possible, this subject and the Kings Cup especially is something the committee will be looking at regarding future arrangements. I am sorry that this report confirms no Kings Cup race in 2008. Please pass the word around. Willie Reynolds Press Officer INFC.

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Liberation News 02/08/08 ***In South of Ireland East Coast Fed Lib PILMORE at 10 15am, Irish South Rd Fed Lib PILMORE at 10.00am. NIPA have the first mass liberation due in Tullamore on Saturday 2nd August. The weather is causing great problems even from this short distance, every effort is to be made to have a Saturday Liberation. The NIPA birds have been released at 11.15am in Tullamore, County Offaly. Willie Reynolds Press Officer NIPA.

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KINGS CUP RACE PUT BACK - ***With thunderstorms forecast and an erratic weather pattern for most of this week the INFC have put back the Kings Cup race marking by one week. Marking will take place in Lisburn on Monday 4th August and hopefully the race on Wednesday 6th August. Please pass this message around your friends, we will update when more info is available. Willie Reynolds INFC Press Officer.

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NIPA Area Libs Saturday July 26 ***The birds are in Navan Mullingar and Tullamore. Release is delayed due to the weather conditions, Co Down and Co Antrim are especially bad with fog and mist. This page will update around noon. Proposed release times. Navan: Sect C @ 12 noon. Mullingar: Sect A West @ 12.30pm. Sect B @ 1.00pm. Tullamore: Sect E @ 1.00pm. Sect D, G, F etc @ 1.30pm. Mambers must ensure all birds are wing stamped. The INFC will update Pigeon Line on Sunday afternoon regarding the plans for race marking the Kings Cup birds. All the news will be carried here. Click on NIPA for all reports/results of each week racing, covered by the elected Press Officer. Homer.

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WANTED – Rolls for Paloma Clock.  ***Kingsmoss HPS are looking for some rolls re the Paloma Clock. Code EH220498. Any spare ones around, or where can they be got??? Contact Billy Knowles. Tel: (028) 93 322100.

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NIPA to collect as normal –  ***Race marking goes ahead tomorrow night (Friday) for Area Lib (2) on Saturday 26th July. Prize monies for all the old bird racing will be on the local transporter.

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NIPA Lib Times Sunday 20th July ***NIPA Area Liberations were between 9.00am and 11.00am. From Navan – Sect A West 9.00am, Sect B & Top Sect A 9.30am, Sect C 10.00am, Sect F 10.30am. Tullamore – Sect E & Bottom Sect A 10.30am, Sect D, G & Ligoniel 11.00am. Corcreeney birds released with Sect E 10.30am and Glenavy split with Sect E at 10.30 and Sect D & G at 11.00am. Clubs should inform the Secty re race point next week, Navan release this week have the option of Mullingar. The prize money for every OB Race will be on the NIPA Transporter on Friday night. Homer’s Odyssey will continue to feature the ISN Column after the paper cease publication. Results, News, Sales etc and no space restrictions. Homer.

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NIPA Race Marking Delayed –  ***Due to adverse weather conditions the NIPA have decided not to ring the young birds on Friday 18th July. Clubs will racemark on Saturday 19th July for a possible race on Sunday 20th July. Normal collection times apply. Our ISN Column will continue to be published on Homer’s Odyssey after the local paper cease publication.

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INFC Quimper Friendship National Result ***INFC Quimper Friendship National 155/605 Pools & Prize Money £3,660, Tipes ETS Nom won by Mr & Mrs D Suitters Doagh. – 1st Donnelly Bros Newry City 922 DE £386, 2nd Ron Williamson Bondhill 723 £150, 3rd P Dunlop Edgarstown ABCDEF 711 £487, 4th Mr & Mrs D Suitters Doagh & District 696 ABCDEF NOM £470, 5th R Liddle Horseshoe 677 ABCDEF £300, 6th G & C Topley Laurelvale 674 £31, 7th A Thompson Ballyclare 652 ABCDEF £271, 8th Belshaw & Anderson Derriaghy 650 ABCDEF £218, 9th Gallagher Bros Annsborough 646 ABCDEF £151, 10th J Waring Lisburn 635 £31, 11th Burns Bros Comber Social 634 ABCD ££59, 12th M Hughes Edgarstown 627 ABCD £59, 13th W Neill Annaghmore 626 £20, 14th Agar Bros Portavogie 620 ABCDEF £140, 15th N Black & Son Dromara 612 ABCD £47, 16th James Cleland Annsborough 610 £20, 17th M Hughes 595 ABCD £35, 18th T Picken & Son New Antrim 587 ABCDE £68, 19th N Black & Son 586 ABCD £35, 20th J Ramsey & Son Grosvenor 583 ABCDEF £116, 21st D Croskery & Son Annsborough 579 £15, 22nd J Murtagh & Son Ballyholland 571 ABCEF £83, 23rd B & H Marshall Newtownbreda 568 EF £76, 24th M Robinson Bondhill 547 EF £47, 25th C & L Woodside Ballyclare 524 EF £47, 26th Fulton & Dickson Newtownards 524 £15, 27th G McAllistar & Sons Randalstown 501 £15, 28th M Shaw Armagh 500 EF £47, 29th Ward & McIntosh Downpatrick 497 F £34, 30th J Butler Banbridge 492 F £34, 31st P Dunlop 465 £12, 32nd T Story & Grandson Malahide & District 450 £12, 33rd B McKeown & Sons Largymore 449 £12, 34th Mr & Mrs Magill Muckamore 418 £12, 35th M & K Brown Bangor 361 £12, 36th N Black & Son 361 £12, 37th A McAteer & Sons Ballyholland 356 £12, 38th S O’Brien Sallynoggin 355 £12, 39th A McAteer & Son 353 £12, 40th K Carolan Coalisland 336 £12, 41st Herbert Knight Annsborough 280 £12, 42nd J Dowey & Sons Tandragee 263 £12.

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Kings Cup St Malo – Wed 30th July ***** The substitute Kings Cup Race will be flown from St Malo on Wednesday 30th July, the birds will be race marked in Lisburn between 8.00am and 11.30am on Monday 28th July. Clocks will be set the same night between 7.30pm and 8.30pm at Banbridge, Muckamore and Hillfoot. There will be 200 Open Prizes with £5,450 guaranteed, 1st £500, 2nd £350, 3rd £200, 4th £100, 5th £100, 6th £100, 7th £75, 8th £75, 9th £50 and 10th £50. Then 30 @ £35, 40 @ £25, 40 @ £20, 40 @ £15 and 40 @ £10. It is the condition of entry that the amendments are accepted, all other info as per the race entry booklet Kings Cup Vannes.** All clubs have the entry forms, any help at the Marking Centre would be appreciated. Willie Reynolds PO.

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Orchard Combine BBQ – Armagh 2nd August ***The Orchard Combine CC invite their members and friends to the BBQ to be held at Armagh Rugby Club, City of Armagh on Saturday 2nd August at 8.30pm. Tickets £10 per person (Adult), Children under 12 are FREE. Raffle – Live Music – Bouncy Castle – Pigeon Auction etc. Contact Sonya Tel: 38 337018.

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Quimper – Just One Day Arrival ***Just one bird has been confirmed on the day from Quimper, timed by Donnelly Bros of Newry City at 20.13pm on Sat 12th July. Around 18 birds reported up until lunchtime Sunday. Ron Williamson Bondhill at 6.58am and Paul Dunlop Edgarstown at 7.16am. M/M Suitters Doagh & Dist best in East Antrim at 8.24am followed by R Liddle Horseshoe 9.00am and A Thompson Ballyclare 9.45am. More news later, the race is open for three days. See Homer’s Odyssey and INFC Site.

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INFC have released in Quimper on 12th July ***The Friendship Nat birds have been released in Quimper at 6.15am in a Lt NW wind. 155 members sent 605 birds competing for pools and prizes of £4,256 and a Tipes ETS Clock. Approx distance Portadown 458 miles, Coleraine 502 miles. Clock to be returned to the usual Clock Centres, good luck to everyone. Plans are going ahead for the Kings Cup race to be flown on Thursday 31st July with Race Marking on 28th July, more details later.

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INFC Friendship National Lib Info ***The Irish National Flying Club Friendship National pigeons in Quimper have been held over on Friday 11th of July due to a band of bad weather around the south of England and the coast of Wales. We will update again first thing in the morning.

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INFC Friendship National ***The ring marking for the INFC Friendship National will take place as normal on Tuesday 8th of July in Lisburn with a likely liberation on Friday weather permitting. Just over 600 birds were race marked for the race which is due to be flown from Quimper in France.

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Kings Cup Vannes birds coming home ***The INFC Management Committee have this morning Sunday 6th of July decided to bring the Kings Cup pigeons back to Ireland at the earliest possible opportunity. The convoy will be liberated in Rosslare, County Wexford area, weather permitting ASAP after their return, possibly Tuesday. This decision was based on the report from the Convoyer Jim McCrory who has a vast amount of experience and the problems with the weather over the route. It was also the decision by the overwhelming majority of Committee Members present that in the interests of the Kings Cup race, that they should work towards facilitating a substitute Kings Cup race from St Malo towards the end of July, start of August 2008. As with regards this weeks impending ring marking for the Friendship National (Tuesday), it was also agreed that Lib Line would be updated daily with information as to when a liberation in France would be possible, and the subsequent ring marking taking place. Willie Reynolds INFC Press Officer.

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INFC Kings Cup Vannes – Held Over ***Due to a a band of heavy and persistant rain crossing the channel the birds have been held over today (Friday). With poor weather conditions on line of flight the birds have again been held on Saturday July 5 and again on Sunday July 6. The Management Committee will meet on Sunday morning to review the situation and we will update this afternoon (Sunday).

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NIPA St Malo Results –  ***Sorry about no update on Monday, nothing was available. Not all Centre Results were made available for publication, in fact some were still not available for the Secretary on Monday night and some fanciers are looking for a result  Impossible. Many thanks to George McDowell who took the trouble to supply me with the early result regarding NIPA Sect B, everything else will have to wait until next time. See Homer’s Odyssey.

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Early Times – NIPA St Malo ***The early arrivals reported include: Mark Maguire (Newry) 5.25, G Buckley (Annaghmore)6.01, R Williamson (Bondhill) 6.26, J P Nelson (Lurgan) 6.41, Tom Marshall 6.41, W Reid (Cullybackey) 7.00, M Graham (Ballymena) 7.00, T Picken & Son (New Antrim) 7.06, G Buckley 7.09, H Silcock 7.11, K Carolan (Coalisland) 7.32, H McLaughlin (Coalisland) 7.39, S Corrigan (Loughgall) 8.00, A Hall (Omagh) 8.01. Portavogie Centre – R Strain & Son (Millisle) 7.17, G Hawthorne (Millisle) 7.40, Agar Bros (Portavogie) 7.47, S Killen & Son (Kircubbin) 8.06, L Young (Portavogie) 8.30. Leading positions published on Monday.

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Birds Released in St Malo –  ***We r back on air, sorry about that delay and the fact I was unable to post the early liberation. NIPA have released in St Malo (France) for the seasons OB Nat at 6.45am on Sunday 29th June in a West SW wind. Please inform Fred Russell on early arrivals, contact George McDowell if you use Cullybackey Centre. Good Luck to one and all.

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Service Interuption- Please Note ***The time is getting close to when our USA Hosting Company will be moving its server operations to a new data center in Dallas. Here’s some updated information on what you can expect: ALL SERVERS WILL BE TAKEN OFF LINE SATURDAY, JUNE 28th, 9 AM CENTRAL TO SUNDAY, JUNE 29th, 9 AM CENTRAL! Thats 3.00pm (GMT) 28th June until 3.00pm (GMT) on 29th June.

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Liberation News for France –  ***NIPA have held over in St Malo on both Friday 27th June and Saturday 28th June due to unfavourable conditions. Ireland Liberations on Sat 28th June – Irish SR Fed at 8.30am in Rosscarbery and East Coast Fed (Dublin) at 10.00am in Pilmore Beach. Birds will be race marked in Lisburn on Tuesday 1st July between 3.00pm and 7.00pm for the seasons INFC Kings Cup. Next update Sunday afternoon.

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NIPA Sennen Cove Classic – Early result ***Sennen Cove OB Classic Total Result 484/3,216 1-1C Campbell & Bigger Glengormley 1420 ABCDEFG £616, 2-1E W Neil Annaghmore l 1413 £205, 3-2E R Williamson Bondhill 1409 £173, 4-3E A McDonald Portadown Inv 1406 £139, 5-1B W & J Smyth Ballymena 1405 ABCDEF ABCDEF £562, 6-4E M Livingstone Portadown Inv 1403 £77, 7-5E H Cordner Annaghmore 1403 ABCD £173, 8-6E Calvin & Calvin Annaghmore 1403 D D £154, 9-7E C & J Ferris Wilton Cross 1402 ABCDEFG ABCDEFG £694, 10-8E M/M C G Gibson Corcreeney 1402 £68. Full Result to follow. The NIPA birds were race marked on Tuesday and are en route to France for the OB Nat, release is planned for Friday 27th June.

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Liberation News Update – Monday 23rd June ***The NIPA have released this morning in Sennen Cove at 7.00am in a West/South West wind, with strong sunshine at the race point. The birds have cleared very well.

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Liberation News – W/e 21st/23rd June ***Due to adverse weather conditions the NIPA birds have been held-over in Sennen Cove on Sunday 22nd June. We will update as more news becomes available.

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Delayed Collections for Sennen Cove  ***After two weeks of fantastic cross channel racing from Talbenny and Bude we have hit more weather problems in the penultimate event prior to France. The NIPA delayed the collection for Sennen Cove until Friday 20th June, we will update as and when more news becomes available.

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INFC Yearling National Provisional Result ***INFC Sennen Cove Yearling Nat 829/4,173  O Kirwin Gorey 976 ABCD OPQR £1,168, Hagan & Rowney Drumcree 942 £525, R Williamson Bondhill 940 ABCDE IJKLM £1517, M Livingstone Portadown Inv IJKL & NOM £810, E McKnight Portadown Inv 938 F N £906, P Lucas Gorey 935 £200, P Dunlop Edgarstown 925 ABCD IJKL £606, Gregory & Duffy Wicklow SR 925 £165, P Dunlop Edgarstown 923 ABCD IJKL £503, R Williamson Bondhill 918 ABCDEF & NOM £10, IJKLMN £3,094, Donnelly Bros Newry City 916 ABCDEF IJKLMN £1,210, C Shaw Dromore WE 916 D LM £386, M Rice Wilton Cross 916 ABC IJK £239, G K & I Moxham Larne & Dist 914 ABCDEF IJKLMN £920, Russell Bros Cullybackey 908 ABCDE IJKLMN £642, R Fox Ballybrack 905 OPQ £203, N Black & Son Dromara 904 £80, F Crowe Gorey 904 D £142, J Young & Partners Dundonald 902 ABCDEF £10 IJKLMN £1,621, P Jones Skerries 901 ABCDE OPQRS £549. Click on Clubs/Feds/Combines and INFC top of the page for full result, subject to correction.

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NIPA Mallow 5 Bird – Results update ***NIPA Mallow 5 Bird  Subject to correction McKinstry Bros Dromara 1493, R McKelvey Newry & Dist 1481, Donnelly Bros Newry City 1474, H McAllister Killyleagh 1467, McCartan & Woodside Killyleagh 1465, J Smyth & Sons Drumnavaddy 1465, J & P Rice Killyleagh 1463, Doonan & McGuinness Dromore 1455, Gordon Bros & Sons Killyleagh 1454, R McKelvey Newry & Dist 1453. Click on Clubs/Feds/Combines and NIPA top of the page for more

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NIPA Mallow 5B – Centre update ***Dromore Centre  McKinstry Bros Dromara 1493. Banbridge Centre  R McKelvey Newry & Dist 1481, Donnelly Bros 1474, M/M Gibson 1436, R Major 1424, J Smyth & Sons 1415. Killyleagh Centre  McAllister & Morrow 1467, McCartan & Woodsides 1465, J & P Rice 1463, Gordon Bros & Sons 1454. Portavogie Centre  McGimpsey Bros Ards 1449, Plunkett Pollock & Nelson Ards 1433, McGimpsey Bros 1425, McGimpsey Bros 1418, Stewart & Maginnes Millisle 1416, W & N Cully Portavogie 1412. Glengormley Centre  D & J Campbell & Bigger Glengormley 1439, Watt & Miskimmon Ligoniel 1439, McMurray & Anderson Ligoniel 1426, Gregg Bros & McCandless Ligoniel 1425, Bingham & Seaton Ligoniel 1420, R Francey & Son Eastway 1418. Loughgall Centre  R Parkes & Son Armagh 1433, G & A Campbell Armagh 1419, W Neill Annaghmore 1416, R Williamson Bondhill 1399, W Capper & Son Bondhill 1398, R Williamson 1394. Portadown Centre  S OBrien 1423, K & R Black 1407, P Hope 1402. Muckamore Centre  J White Muckamore 1390, G Grant Crumlin 1382, K Galloway Crumlin 1381, R McMeekin Kingsmoss 1363, G Grant 1360, McDonald & Wilkinson Chimney Corner 1349, J White 1336, N Lusty Muckamore 1309, A Mitchell & Son Muckamore 1307, Fleming Bros Crumlin 1299. Cullybackey Centre  J Millar & Son Harryville 1353, Surgenor Bros Kells 1352, R H Clements Harryville 1336, T & M Morrow Kells 1336, T & M Morrow 1336, K & K Kernohan & Sons 1333. Coleraine Centre  J L Madden Coleraine Prem 1304, J L Madden 1304, T McCrudden Co Derry 1299, D & H Stuart Ballymoney 1298, D & H Stuart 1293, D Dixon Rasharkin 1290, A & M Boyle Ballymoney 1288, H Nevin Coleraine Prem 1285, T McCrudden 1284, J L Madden 1272.

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Liberations Update – Saturday 14th June ***Bude in Cornwall is the venue this weekend for most of the Irish Organisations. NIPA released at 7.30am wind NW, Ulster Fed, East Down Comb, and East Coast Fed (Dublin) who have an Open Race. The East Coast have been released in Bude at 7.30am. ISRF are in Sennen Cove for the second time, this again is an Open Race plus the IHU Nat FC. NIPA have the 5 Bird Mallow released at 8.00am and ISRF are also in Mallow. Lib News Update when available.

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INFC Yearling Nat – 400 Day Birds ***The INFC Yearling Nat was flown on Thursday after a one day delay due to heavy rain on the route, the 4,173 birds competing for £35,800 were released at 7.30am in a North West wind. Around 400 birds were timed on the day and the overall winner has been timed in the Wexford area by Owen Kirwin. Leading positions in the Open – Owen Kirwin Gorey 967, Hagan & Rowney Drumcree 942, Ron Williamson Bondhill 940, M Livingstone Portadown Inv 939, Eddie McKnight Portadown 938, P Lucas Gorey 935, Gregory & Duffy Wicklow 925, Ron Williamson 918, Donnelly Bros 916, Chris Shaw Dromore 916, G & K & I Moxham Larne 914. See Homer’s Odyssey and the INFC Site. Click on Clubs/Feds/Combines and INFC at top of page.

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INFC Yearling National ***829 members have sent 4,173 pigeons to the Sennen Cove Yearling National competing for £35,800 in pools and prize money. These pigeons have been liberated at 7.30am on Thursday morning in a North West Wind.Pigeonnetwork.com will carry all early news when it becomes available.

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INFC Yearling National ***The Irish National Flying Club Yearling National pigeons have been held over in Sennen Cove (Wednesday) due to a band of rain entering into Ireland around lunch time. We will up date this site when more news is available in the morning. Adie

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Liberations Update – Sat 7th June ***NIPA are in Talbenny & Fermoy, both will be released at 9.00am in a West wind. East Down in Talbenny & Pilmore Beach for the Derek Wishard Memorial Classic. Ulster Fed in Talbenny. ECF (Dublin) in Talbenny released at 9.00am & Pilmore Beach released at 9.30am. Finally Irish SR Fed in Sennen Cove (Open Race IHU Nat FC) released at 7.15am & Rosscarbery released 8.00am.

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Pigeonnetwork – Night of the Year ***See the various reports inc Homer’s Odyssey for full details. Already confirmed is Henk De Weerd from Belgium a renowned and well respected Vet admired around the world also Mr Peter Fox, of Syndicate Lofts. The dates for your diary Friday 24th October in Ballyclare Comrades Football Club and Monday 27th October at the Sarsfield RPC, Lally Road, Ballyfermot in Dublin. Tickets available soon.

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BRICON – ETS Demo Night ***An ETS demonstration will be hosted by the Kingswood HPS at 259 Albertbridge Road, Belfast on Thursday the 12th of June at 8pm, visitors very welcome from all organisations. Adie.

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NIPA Yearling Nat Liberation –  ***The NIPA have released this morning in Rosscarbery County Cork for the annual Yearling Cock & Hens Nat. The birds were released at 9.15am in a helping SW wind on Tuesday 3rd June. Early results see Homer’s Odyssey.

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NIPA Ylr Nat – Early Collections ***The NIPA birds going to the Cock & Hens Ylr Nat will be collected Monday as usual but 2 HOURS EARLIER than normal collection time. It is hoped the race from Rosscarbery can be flown on Tuesday 3rd June. Pilmore (2) Total Result is on the NIPA site. Homer.

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INFC Skibbereen – Result Update ***The birds were held in Skibbereen on both Wednesday and Thursday due to weather problems at the racepoint, conditions improved on Friday 30th May and release was possible at 12.30pm in an ENE wind. Returns appear to have been fairly good. Remember we are looking for details of the Top 10 birds, plus any photos, to include with the detailed race report. INFC Skibbereen OB Nat 354/2,413  Hutchinson Bros Ashfield 1324.38 IJKLM £740, Doonan & McGuinness Dromore 1324.30 IJKLMN £814, Donnelly Bros Newry City 1300 IJKLMN £663, J Patterson Ballylesson 1287 IJKLM £365, McCartan & Woodside Crossgar 1284 KLM £271, I Gibb & Sons Lagan Valley 1278 IJKLMN £379, T Marshall & Son Newtownbreda 1278 IJKLMN £347, S & K Duke Crossgar 1277 LM £165, J Vage & Son Dromore 1275 IJKLMN £278, J Dowey & Sons Tandragee 1269 £80, Gordon Bros & Sons Killyleagh Cent 1258 IJKLM £152, A & E Bell Muckamore 1267 £44. The full result inc. South Sect will follow. Tauris ETS Nom won by Gordon Bros & Sons 1268. Click on Clubs/Feds/Combines under Featured Content. INFC Site top of page.

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TALBENNY Sunday 1st June –  ***NIPA & East Coast Fed Dublin Lib 7.30am, Irish South Road Fed Lib 7.45am.

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LIBERATION Saturday 31st May –  ***Talbenny in South Wales is the big venue for the Irish Organisations today. NIPA, ISRF, East Down Combine, Ulster Federation and East Coast Fed (Dublin) who have an Open Race. (Fog on the channel has delayed liberation). The Irish SR Federation are in Mallow and have released at 10.45am. Liberation news when available. HELD OVER in Talbenny, EDC, ISRF and Ulster Fed, plus NIPA and ECF. Update Sunday at 9.00am. INFC Skibb early info see Irish Nat Flying Club, click on Clubs/Feds/Combines under Featured Content, and see top of page. Homer.

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INFC Skibbereen Nat Release –  ***Friday 30th May its raining in Skibbereen and in other parts of Southern Ireland. Liberation today might not be possible, next update is around 11.00am. Patience has paid off and with the poor conditions getting better all the time the birds were finally released at 12.30pm in an East to SE wind.

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NIPA Results Update –  ***NIPA Open Pilmore Beach (2)  R Williamson 1233, Hagan & Rowney 1223, R Williamson 1220, C McArdle & Son 1217, G Calvin & Son 1213, G Douglas 1211, J White 1207, M/M C G Gibson 1205 Brown & Shaw 1204, C Quinn 1202, D & M Shimmons 1201, D & J Campbell & Bigger 1201, N Weir 1201, Surgenor Bros 1197, O Markey 1196, G Buckley & Son 1194, P Dunlop 1194, S OBrien 1191, R D Calvin 1190, S OBrien 1190. NIPA Sect A  K Murphy 1188, K Shannon 1186, K Murphy 1167, 1166, M & R Hamilton 1166. NIPA Sect A West  A Hall 1164, 1160, Cassidy Bros & Son 1150, R Gallagher 1140, A Hall 1134. NIPA Sect B – Surgenor Bros 1197, D Robinson & Son 1180, S Steele 1175, J Connolly 1171, Young McManus & Sons 1168. NIPA Sect C  J White 1207, D & J Campbell & Bigger 1201, G McWhirter 1176, G McKenna 1174, J White 1169. NIPA Sect D – Brown & Shaw 1204, D & M Shimmons 1201, J Fusco & Sons 1181, S G Briggs 1178, D & M Shimmons 1173. NIPA Sect E  R Williamson 1233, Hagan & Rowney 1223, R Williamson 1220, G Calvin & Son 1213, G Douglas 1211. NIPA Sect F – Irvine Bros 1157, 1148, Plunkett Pollock & Nelson 1146, G Quinn & Son 1135, S McLoughlin 1134. NIPA Sect G C McArdle & Son 1217, C Quinn 1202, O Markey 1196, L F & B McGrath 1185, W McDowell & Son 1182. Full Result to follow. See Homer’s Odyssey, Weekly Race Report, NIPA site etc.

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INFC Skibbereen - ***The Irish Nat Fc have held over in Skibbereen due to unfavourable weather conditions on Wednesday May 28. There is now only one release point in Skibbereen, please ensure your measurements are for (Code 6017). THURSDAY 29th May birds have been HELDOVER due to weather problems over the route. Next update Friday.

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MID ANTRIM COMBINE – Champions League Knock-Out ***Talbenny (1) Matches in Mid Antrim Combine next weekend are: K & K Kernohan (Harryville) v R H Clements (Harryville), A Darragh (Ahoghill) v Young McManus & Sons (Ahoghill), D Houston & Son (Broughshane) v T & M Morrow (Kells), Surgenor Bros (Kells) v T & G Cotter (Ahoghill), J & N Simpson (Broughshane) v G Gibson (Cullybackey), H Boyd (Kells) v C Tweed (Rasharkin), G & A Eagleson (Broughshane) v A McBride (Harryville), G McDowell (Kells) v Milliken & Barkley (Rasharkin). See Mid Antrim Combine site for full info. Homer.

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LIBERATION – Saturday 24th May ***NIPA are in Pilmore Beach and have released at 10.00am, wind Fresh NE. East Down Combine are in Pilmore Beach. Ulster Federation are in Skibbereen for the OB Championship, released 10.15am. East Coast Fed (Dublin) are in Rosscarbery, released at 10.30am. Irish SR Federation are in Talbenny released at 10.30am, also in Pilmore Beach released at 10.55am. Liberation news added when available. Latest Organisation Results click on Clubs Feds & Combines under Featured Content on right hand side Front Page.

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NIPA – Rosscarbery Liberation ***Rosscarberry OB Inland National – On Sat 17th May conditions in Rosscarbery were not favourable for a liberation and the convoyer who has the final say on whether or not to release the birds decided not to liberate. On Sun 18th conditions at Rosscarbery were quite good but unfortunately conditions in the Galtees were very poor with rain, poor visibility, and very cold and again a liberation was not possible. Monday 19th conditions were perfect and the birds were liberated at 9.15am in a South Easterly wind and it would by all reports appear to have been a good race. Congratulations to all the winners. Those who are saying that the birds should have been liberated on Saturday or on Sunday do not have the full picture, and would not appear to have the interest of the pigeons at heart. The pigeons were not held on Saturday because of drug testing or wing stamping, there were no pigeons drug tested. One Nat Centre was completely wing stamped in Dromore on Thursday evening before the birds left for Rosscarbery. I hope this dispels any rumours that are circulating within the pigeon fraternity and I would like to thank everyone for bearing with us during a very difficult weekend. The convoyer should be thanked for the condition in which the pigeons returned to their respective lofts, also the race controller and everyone who helped in any way. Weather forecast for this incoming weekend looks satisfactory for the Saturday liberation from Pilmore Beach. Please remember collection times are one hour earlier than usual. Fred Russell NIPA Secretary. PS. With a Bank Holiday weekend all results should be posted ASAP, to assist with an early result publication. Homer.

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LIBERATION – 17th/18th & Monday 19th May ***Monday 19th May – The NIPA have liberated in Rosscarbery at 9.15am in a South Easterly wind, birds have cleared well. Any fancier using ETS today are reminded to fill in a Brown verification Envelope before returning to the Centre with your Clock. MONDAY 19th MAY – The NIPA hope to liberate in Rosscarbery between 9 and 10.00am. Pigeon Line will be updated at 10.30am and the Website at 12.30. NIPA – Due to poor weather conditions the NIPA have held the birds in Rosscarbery. Next update 9.00am MONDAY. Sunday – Just the NIPA left for a liberation, great morning in Rosscarbery but a band of rain on the route causing some concern. Next update at 11.00am. LATEST – Conditions are improving and a release is expected shortly. Next Update Noon. Still no decision on a liberation, next update 1.00pm. Saturday Update – The NIPA have held over in Rosscarbery due to adverse weather conditions at racepoint. Pigeon line and the website will be updated at 9.00am. EDC are in Skibbereen were released, Ulster Fed in Fermoy were released at 11.15am, ECF (Dublin) in Rosscarbery released Sat at 1.15pm and Irish SR FEd in Tramore released Sat at 8.45am. See Liberation Times.

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USER/VISITOR NOTICE – Service Interuption ***Our Web Hosting Company are moving to Dallas in Texas. How this impacts you What this means to you is that due to the fact all Infuseweb equipment must be shut down, disassembled, transported, reassembled, and reconfigured at the new location there will be an extended period of down time during the move. We estimate, realistically, at least one full day of down time, and possibly several more days to return to 100% normal as hiccups at the new location are cleared up. We realize this is very critical to you and will do everything we can to ensure services are restored as quickly as possible. Also, in an effort to reduce a total outage, we plan to move the mail server and a DNS server ahead of time so your e-mail will still continue to work during the bulk of the move. When will this happen? Here is the planned schedule of events: Saturday, June 21, 2008, 6 PM until 4 AM Central Time: E-mail services and NS2 will be down as this equipment is moved to the new data center. Saturday, June 28, 2008, 9 AM until 9 AM, Sunday, June 29: All Helm, Reseller Hosting, Hosted Web Sites, Databases, Stats, FTP, VPS, and remaining services will be down as we tear down, transport, reassemble, and reconfigure all servers at the new location. Dedicated server moves will be coordinated individually, but will be moved on one of the above two dates. What to Expect During the Move During the move the above mentioned services will be down as the servers are taken offline and moved. Please be patient until the service is fully restored after the move. HOMER & ADIE.

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LIB NEWS – Sat 10th May/Sun 11th May ***The NIPA have held over in Pilmore Beach, rightly not taking any chances with Sunday a far better day. Other races this weekend include East Down Comb and East Coast Fed (Dublin) both in Pilmore, Ulster Fed in Thurles and Irish SR Fed in Barley Cove for the first Open Race also the IHU Nat FC event. The NIPA have released in Pilmore Beach at 1.00pm on Sunday 11th May, wind Lt East/SE with sunny haze over the whole route. Ulster Federation released in Thurles at 12.30pm Sunday, wind Lt North.

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LATEST CLUB RESULTS – All the early info ***Under Featured Content click on Clubs/Feds/Combines. On top of the page see the various organisations covering the latest reports and results. NIPA Open & Sect Result for Area Lib, Tullamore and Roscrea etc.

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LIB – Bank Holiday Weekend ***ECF Dublin race marked Sat for expected release in Pilmore Beach Sun between 9/10am. NIPA race marked Sat for Sun race out of Clonmel. EDC are also in Clonmel, Ulster Fed were in Thurles and Irish SR Fed in Rosscarbery. Confirmed Sunday 04/05/08. NIPA Clonmel 2.15 L/S/W, EDC Clonmell 1.45 L/S/W and Ulster Fed in Thurles 1.45 S/West.

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RACE RESULTS – Club Admin Note ***A lot of clubs are entering in members names differently every time…. this will cause the counting system to be off…..all members entering member names in the results must keep the name (uniform) the exact way each time or the counting system will be off. This means the number of races won could be in-correct. The name of the race winner must be listed the same every time, also do remember to use small case as per the example on display. If your friends club is not already listed let them know, its free and takes about 5 minutes to update each week. HOMER.

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LIBERATION Update 26/04/08 ***NIPA birds are in Roscrea County Tipperary, released at 1.00pm in a Lt SW wind. East Down Combine and Ulster Fed have decided to race mark Saturday for a possible Sunday liberation. See Liberation Times.

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Liberation Update W/E 26/04/08 ***NIPA Collections as normal but looking like a Sunday Liberation at Roscrea. EDC and ECF will basket on Saturday. See Liberation Times.

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LIBERATION UPDATE – 19/04/2008 ***All Northern Ireland Organisations have released in an East NE wind. NIPA in Tullamore at 9.00am. East Down Combine in Tullamore at 9.30am. Ulster Federation in Kildare at 10.15am. Any other Lib News? Click on the Liberation Times for more info.

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Alan Galloway (Lisburn Training) ***Alan Galloway Training  From Monday 21st April he will be operating his transporter in the early evenings from Monday through till Thursday. Pick Up will be at Milltown Lay-by Derriaghy at 5.45pm each night and the Lagan Valley RPC in Lisburn at 6.15pm.

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EAST END HPS – OB Training Newry ***Training for the East End HPS will commence on 15th April morning and evening. Pick-up R Conlanes Lord St from 6.50-7.20am and 4.30-4.45pm. J Carson Strandburn Sydenham from 7.30-7.50am and 4.55-5.10pm. East End Clubrooms Severn St from 8.00-9.00am and 5.15-5.30pm. Donegall Road from 9.15-9.40am and 5.40-5.45pm. Please ensure birds are at pick-up points at the above times. Contact D Scott for early am Tel: 07912 676267 and J Rainey for late pm Tel: 07724 253321.

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LIBERATION Update 12/04/2008 ***NIPA Liberation in Navan at 9.00am in a west north/west wind. With lots of showers around Tullamore the NIPA have moved the birds nearer home to Mullingar for a release not expected before 10.30am. EAST DOWN COMBINE have delayed the release in Mullingar due to rain. All the weekly release news will be carried in the Liberation News Section of the site.

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Mid Antrim – Champions League Teams ***MID ANTRIM COMBINE  Champions League teams. Cullybackey HPS  Alan Darragh, Gary Gibson, Des Robinson and H & R McCloy. Ballymena & District HPS  Richmond Bros, George Barr, Joe Devlin and Blair & Rankin. Kells  Surgenor Bros, T & M Morrow, H Boyd and G McDowell. Ahoghill  Young McManus & Sons, A & N Young, D Lowry & Sons and T & G Cotter. Rasharkin  D Dixon, Steele & McNeill, C Tweed and Milliken & Barkley. Randalstown  Stewart Bros, T McMillan, Hugh Boyd and John Millar. Harryville  R H Clements, A McBride, K & K Kernohan & Sons and J Millar & Son. Draw for the opening round will take place at Ballymena Pigeon Supplies on Sunday 13th April. See Mid Antrim Combine Site for full info.

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NIPA – Season starts as planned ***Unless we have a big change in the weather the NIPA race programme will proceed as planned this weekend 12th April. The Sect B Transporter will be going to Navan. Pigeon Line will be updated as usual on Thursday with the latest weekend news. The NIPA Secretary Fred Russell will be available to deal with any ETS problems over the weekend either on race marking or race checking.

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LOST – Gilford/Portadown Area ***LOST  In the Gilford/Portadown area. GB07Z 92364, GB07Z 84141, NL06-5633984, BELG07-2210001, IHU05S-075435. Tel: (028) 38 831798.

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INFC Charity Committee – Present Cheques ***The INFC Charity Committee recently presented the cheques at a presentation held in the Methodist Church on Lisburn Road, in Belfast. The total donated from the proceeds of the 2007 Show mostly raised I might add through donations of birds from across Ireland and the rest of the UK was £9,000, and £1,500 of that amount will be going to the Caron Keating Foundation. The awards were: Northern Ireland Hospice £1,000, BART Musgrave Park Hospital Belfast £1,000, Childrens Hyperinsulinism Fund £1,000, Seymour Hill Primary School Lisburn £750, Aware Defeat Depression £750, Cystic Fibrosis Trust £750, Brooke Playgroup Belfast £500. Ronnie Johnston collected the cheque on behalf of Peter Martin £750 going to the Bridgewater Suite at Belfast City Hospital. A fantastic effort by the pigeon fraternity, one of many charity events conducted across the whole of the UK & Ireland. The Ladies Committee served tea.

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Williamson & Calvin Transporter – 2008 Collections ***WILLIAMSON & CALVIN TRANSPORTER  Training each Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday from Ardee. The first training toss of the new season will be Tuesday 8th April. Birds can be hampered the night previous or up to 7.45am morning of toss at 23 Farra Road, Portadown. Tel: Ron Williamson Yard (028) 38 339320 or Mobile 07841 762399. Collections from the same points as last year: Annaghmore Clubroom 8.00am, Ballyoran Hill 8.20am, Edgarstown 8.40am, Laurelvale Clubrooms 9.00am, Markethill Corner 9.30am, Armagh Clubrooms 9.50am.

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BROWN TRAINING – Lurgan/Portadown etc ***BROWN TRAINING  The Dollingstown based operation will commence on Saturday 5th April, Monday through till Thursday the following week and from Monday 14th April just Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Pick-up arrangements are Moira 7.00-7.30am, Ashley Crescent Lurgan 7.45-8.45am, Ann St Lurgan 9.00-9.15am, Bleary 9.30-9-45am, and Gilford 10.00-10.15am. Those intending to use the Moira collection should make contact by phone. Contact Mark or Joe Tel: (028) 38 328293 or Mobile: 07709 077266.

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NI CHANNEL FED – AGM Update ***The NICF Annual General Meeting and prize giving night was held at Laurelvale Cricket Club on Wednesday 27th January. The previous years minutes were read out and passed. The Balance Sheets for 2007/2008 were passed around and these were also accepted. Membership this year again will be £5 and must be paid by the second old bird race ie. Tullamore on 19th April, and will be re-opened again for young bird racing. Entry Fee £1.50 for 3 birds and pools are optional. Entry forms can be obtained from the following clubs: Drumcree Social, Portadown Inv, Edgarstown, Annaghmore, Drumannon, Lurgan Soc, Moira, Wilton Cross, Laurelvale, Tandragee, and Newry Invitation. Completed entry forms can be sent via the NIPA lorry, via email nicf4@hotmail.co.uk, by telephone (028) 38 392612 or delivered to 4 Alexandra Avenue, Portadown by the Friday night before the race. Forms will not be accepted after Friday. £2600 was paid out in pool and prize money during 2007. Top prize winner for the season was Tommy Ford of Edgarstown. Joint 2nd was E Matchett & Son of Edgarstown and Glen Buckley of Annaghmore.

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IRISH NAT FC – News Update ***Clubs are reminded to return the list for Irish National FC membership before the closing date of Saturday 19th April. The fees are £15 for existing members and any other members transferring to the club who were members in 2007. The fee for those who were not members in 2007 and wish to become members is £25. A levy of £2 will apply only until Saturday 3rd May after which no applications will be considered. Any queries contact the Secretary Trevor Topping Tel: (028) 92 641265. All permits have been applied for regarding the racing from France, the race programme will be. Skibbereen North OB Inland Nat Wednesday 28th May, Sennen Cove Yearling Nat Wednesday 11th June, Kings Cup Vannes Friday 4th July, Friendship Nat Quimper Friday 11th July, Sennen Cove YB Nat/Old Hens Nat Sennen Cove Wednesday 10th September, Skibbereen North YB Inl Nat Saturday 20th September. Members should not apply for the Quimper distance, it will be obtained by the Secretary at the time of the race. David Black has indicated a massive interest in the Kings Cup Single Bird Challenge with 284 birds to compete, with this race cancelled in 2007 the membership have responded in a determined way and all hope is the Kings Cup race will be flown as planned from Vannes in France on Friday 4th July. The Joe Doheny Challenge Cup is presented to the winner and it was also agreed that the new Hunniford Cup would be awarded to the Best Ave Skibbereen North OB and Skibbereen North YB races.

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THE FANCIERS COMBINE – Mid-week race dates ***THE FANCIERS COMBINE (TFC)  The management team have released details of the progress re mid-week racing for Sect E Clubs, Sect E members and other Sect members who are members of Sect E Clubs. April dates are Tullamore on 16th, Tullamore on the 23rd, Roscrea on the 30th all birds race marked at Edgarstown HPS between 6.30pm and 9.30pm the night prior to race date. Limit of 35 birds per fancier per race, birdage 35p. Prize for each race £100, split £50, £30 and £20. Trainers from all organizations will be accepted at 25p per bird. Thurles Open Race flown 5th May race marked between 6.30am and 9.30am Monday 05/05/08. More later.

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MID ANTRIM COMBINE – News Update ***Most clubs were represented at the recent AGM of the Mid Antrim Combine held in the Harryville HPS clubrooms in Ballymena. Chairman Robert Service welcomed the delegates and asked Secretary George McDowell to read the minutes of the previous AGM. These were adopted as a true record and the meeting proceeded to discuss the accounts. The increase in the membership fee of last year rising from £1.50 up to £2.00 gave the MAC an income of £316 and there was very little difference in expenditure the most costly item being the Diplomas costing £243. The sum of £205 remains in the Current Account and no increase in any fees is required for the new season. With no correspondence and no other business arising from 2006 the offices were declared vacant. Officials at the top table were duly returned to office with Chairman Robert Service (Harryville HPS), and Secretary George McDowell (Kells & District HPS) in charge for 2008 season. A proposal was put forward and agreed to run a Mid Antrim League/Knock-Out competition where each member club would nominate four lofts to take part. The idea put forward by James Harris from Ballymena & Dist HPS as he has kindly agreed to do the admin is for a Champions League type competition. Full details are with each member club, the final would be flown from Sennen Cove and PigeonNetwork.com will sponsor the winning Diploma. The MAC are now registered at the RPRA and as such the members will be able to submit claims for the various awards, ie. 0-250 Miles, 251-450 Miles, Over 450 Miles and Individual Bird etc. Claim forms are available from the Irish Region Secretary Robert Reid. Robert Service hoped that the members would support his YB Sale coming up raising funds for the new work units adjacent to Harryville HPS Clubrooms.

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BANBRIDGE – Kenny Mallen Training ***BANBRIDGE based Kenny Mallen will be operating a training programme for the local area starting on Monday 31st March and prior to racing operating Monday through till Friday. Collections are Dromore 7.00-7.30am (Meeting St Car Park), Banbridge 7.45-8.30am (Car Park at Larry Murphys) and Newry at 9.00am. Any queries contact Kenny Tel: 07737 521355.

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DUNDONALD 3 BIRD CHALLENGE – Skibb North O/B 2008 ***DUNDONALD 3B Challenge Race – Friday evening seen the organizers and sponsors of the Dundonald HPS 3 Bird Challenge meeting up to present their respective sponsorship awards to the organizers. This excellent race will be run in conjunction with the Irish National Flying Clubs Skibbereen North O/B National (North Section). Simply its a matter of selecting three pigeons and informing either Len McKinstry or Brian Foulis before the 30th of April, price is £150 for the three nominations. All pigeons nominated will be displayed on www.pigeonnetwork.com and www.pigeonportal.com for all to see. Interest is very high and the organizers are expecting a winning pay-out of £5,000 for the winner, an excellent idea I might add and one that is sure to gather momentum as the April deadline approaches, not many races can offer a winners pay-out of this magnitude and even with 100 fanciers taking up the challenge already there is a pool of £15,000 and remember only 300 pigeons to compete against. Again a great idea and should it turn out a success the organizers are already making plans for the Y/B season to run something similar. An excellent Glass Trophy was presented to the organizers by Ian and Peter Gibb representing the Gibb & Byrne partnership with a Bricon ETS system donated to the organizers for the Best Two Bird Average by All Ireland Agent Adie McCormick. For entry forms contact either Len McKinstry, 9 Brooklands Gardens Dundonald or Brian Foulis at 1 Ardcarn Park Dundonald.

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ARDS – Pigeon Training 2008 ***ARDS Pigeon Training programme will start on Easter Monday 24th March, operating Monday through till Thursday and training from Newry at 15p per bird. The pick up arrangements are Ards on Bangor Road Eric Plunketts at 7.00am leaving 7.20am, Bangor at Halfords Car Park 7.30am leaving 7.45am and finally Belfast Kingswood HPS Albertbridge Road 8.15am leaving 9.15am. More info contact Allan Tel: 07510 993712.

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HORSESHOE HPS – YB Gold Ring Competition 2008  ***HORSESHOE HPS in Larne are again running a young bird Gold Ring competition which last year paid a super £80 per race. Rings are £5 each and are limited to a maximum of ten rings per loft. The competition is open to all members in the other local clubs ie. Ballycarry, Ballynure, Glenarm and Larne. Ring numbers and payment should be with the secretary by the 12th April, the day of the opening race. Contact the secretary Raymond Hamilton Tel: (028) 28 276448 for further details.

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PIGEON NETWORK – Night of the Year 2008 ***The Annual Pigeon Network – Quiz Night of the Year will be held this year on Friday 24th October at 7.00pm. Venue will be the impressive Ballyclare Comrades Football Club in County Antrim. The night will include an International Quiz Panel, the presentation of the Northern Ireland Fancier of the Year Award as well as the Cornish Connection Cup presentation. A Sale of Gift Birds will also take place with many already promised from some of the top lofts in the country. One difference this year is that the events held both North & South will have its very own separate sale with top quality birds from each location and from numerous other friends we have in the sport. The tickets are priced at £5 per head which will include a light Buffet. More details to follow for what was one of the top nights in the pigeon calendar last year. The Dublin date and venue is confirmed as Sarsfield RPC on Bank Holiday Monday 27th October and more on this one later. This Night of the Year has attracted a lot of attention and more important than that a full house last year in Ballyclare, and good crowd at Sarsfield, we hope to repeat that at both events in Ireland. Keep watching and keep reading, any queries contact Adie or Homer.

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ETS Pads Update ***Steve/Lee Grateful if this notice could be placed in publications Peter ETS PADS There appears to be much confusion at present on the subject of the number of ETS pads that can be used at a loft. To clarify the situation, the new Rule 241 passed at the AGM stated that only 3 entry pads to be allowed per system. RPRA Council however is aware that there is a debate about what constitutes a pad and what is an antennae and so at the forthcoming Council meeting clarification will be made on this subject. Members considering purchasing ETS are advised not to make any hasty decisions on which system to purchase. Peter Bryant General Manager The Royal Pigeon Racing Association The Reddings near Cheltenham Glos GL51 6RN tel 01452 713529 DDI 01452 858240 mobile 079 77979 336

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2008 AGM for Irish Nat FC –  ***The Irish Nat FC Annual General Meeting was held in the Lisburn Leisure Plex on Saturday March 1, members were in attendance from across Ireland. A full detailed report will follow, it was same again for the election of officials. Resolutions on the agenda included. No 1. Replace the 11 Bird Limit in the Yearling Nat with No Limit was Passed. No 2. Add to Rule 28. Members race entry cheques returned by the bank will incur a £50 penalty was Passed. No 3. The 20p, 30p, and 50p Open & Sect pools be replaced by £3 and £4 pools. Open & Sect Pools will be £1, £2, £3, £4 and £5 was Defeated. The Annual Show has been booked for the Kings Hall on Saturday 13th December the week after the new date for the Old Comrades Show in Doncaster. Members should note that the deadline date for entry in the Kings Cup Single Bird Challenge is 17th March 2008. Cheques at £5 made payable to Irish Nat FC and returned with the entry form to race co-ordinator David Black. With the Kings Cup Race not flown in 2007, lofts entered in that one will have a free entry for 2008.

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ULSTER FED Race & AGM Update  ***The Ulster Federation AGM elected the following officials for 2008. President P ONeill, Secretary J OHara, Chairman A McFarland, Treasurer G Gaw, Race Controller J OHara, Convoyer P Neeson, PO J Flood. General Committee  P McCarthy, P ONeill, B Carson, K Keery, T OReilly, J Dillon, F Mudd, R Taylor, R Kenna, J Newberry, J Patton, W Savage. The old birds will commence 19th April at Kildare and young birds on Monday 14th July at Navan. Old Bird: 19th April Kildare (1), 26th April Kildare (2), 3rd May Thurles (1), 10th May Thurles (2), 17th May Fermoy, 24th May Skibbereen Championship, 31st May Talbenny (1), 7th June Talbenny (2), 14th June Bude, 21st June Sennen Cove, 27th June St Malo. Young Birds: 14th July Navan (1), 19th July Navan (2), 26th July Kildare (1), 2nd August Thurles (1), 9th August Thurles (2), 16th August Fermoy (1), 23rd August Fermoy (2), 30th August Talbenny Derby, 6th September Mallow, 13th September Skibbereen Derby. The Committee of Ulster Federation could not find a suitable site in place at present for Talbenny.

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ALEXANDRA HPS Breeder/Buyer Race 2008 ***ALEXANDRA HPS will have a Breeder & Buyer Race to be flown from the INFC Skibbereen North YB Nat (North Sect) on 20th September and open to all Irish Nat FC members. The 1st Prize will carry a guaranteed £1,000 Breeder and £1,000 Buyer with additional prizes depending on entry. All told there will be 3 Sales of young birds from the top lofts in Ireland. Newtownbreda HPS on Friday 7th March at 7.30pm, Grosvenor HPS on Friday 14th March at 7.30pm and Alexandra HPS on Tuesday 25th March at 7.30pm. Any other loft wishing to put up a bird and for further information contact, Matt Hamilton Tel: 07799 253512, Matt Murphy Tel: 07799 765327 or Mo McCrystal Tel: 07749 310820.

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MID ANTRIM COMBINE AGM ***The AGM for Mid Antrim Combine will be held in the Harryville HPS Clubrooms on Wednesday 19th March at 8.00pm. Two Delegates from each club to vote on proposals. Harryville HPS Squeaker Sale will be held in the Larne & Dist HPS on Thursday 21st February at 8.00pm. Contact Robert Service Tel: 07707 455714. The local fancy are asked to donate squeakers for a fundraising sale for Harryville Partnership and Ballee Community Associations. This will raise a contribution to go towards the building of Business Units under construction at the Antrim Road close to the Harryville HPS Clubrooms. Bids will start at £25 and the sale will be held at Chimney Corner Football Club on Thursday 27th March at 8.00pm. Contact Robert Service Tel: 07707 455714 or Tommy Service Tel: 07922 947618.

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EASTWAY HPS Young Bird Sale ***Eastway HPS will have a young bird sale, in aid of club funds, in Ligoniel HPS on Friday 28 March. Penning from 7.00, sale starts at 8.00pm. All birds in this sale will be eligible to compete for a cash prize presented for best velocity from the INFC Skibbereen North YB National. (North Section). Prize money will be depending on the entry. Sale is open to all and will include birds donated from many local top lofts including Jimmy Burrows, Grattan Bros, Whiteside Bros, Gary McKenna and Roy Francey & Son, plus others. Any other loft wishing to put up a bird and for further information please Tel: 07786 213740 or 07845 990968.

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WICKLOW HILLS One Loft Race 2008 ***Address – Wicklow Hills Loft, Folkleigh House, Ballymoney Upper, Wicklow, Ireland. 23,000 Euro Guaranteed – 1st Prize 10,000 Euro. 100 Euro per bird entry (limited to 8 birds per loft). Main Race 240km approx. Enquiries – Pat Roche Mobile 00353 (0) 87 9443150. John Brown Mobile 00353 (0) 86 8738755. Loft Open to receive entries from 12th April 2008 to 11th May 2008. E-mail – clareroche@eircom.net

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CLASS 2008 Y/BIRDS FOR SALE ***The Brillant Reggie and David Moore of Bangor Co.Down (R Moore & Son) are for the first time ever selling Y/Birds from their impressive Race and Stock Teams. Priced from £30 each or kits of six selcted specially by the father and son team are priced at a very resonable £150. What a racing record this loft has over recent years, racing in the very competitive East Section of the Mighty East Down Combine with most weeks competing against 4,000 + pigeons. Just look at this for a record:- E.D.C. East Section Fancier of the Year 2002, 2003, 2005 Runner-up E.D.C. East Section Fancier of the Year 2004, 2006 E.D.C. East Section Old Bird Champion 2002 E.D.C. East Section Old Bird Inland Champion 2003,2004,2005,2006 E.D.C. East Section Young Bird Champion 2003,2006 East Down Combine Old Bird Average Winners 1999, 2002 East Down Combine Newcombe Cup Winners 1999, 2002 Best Average last 4 O/B & last 2 Y/B races This offer is sure to gather some attention so don’t delay these superb youngsters will be available for collection around the middle/end of March. For more info contact David on Tel 02891 450971 or 07793132963 alternatively you can email him at eefy98@hotmail.com

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2008 YOUNGSTERS For Sale  ***Roy Donaldson of the R & G & G Donaldson team has contacted me to let me know that they will have 2008 youngsters for sale from their impressive race team, this partnership have raced out of the skins in Section E of the mighty NIPA over the last couple of seasons winning some 33 x 1st Club’s and a couple of Sections along the way always figuring prominently in the NIPA Open. Roy can be contacted on 028 38 338325 or 07751940985.

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GLENGORMLEY Gold Ring 2008 ***GLENGORMLEY & DISTRICT HPS have decided to opt for a Gold Ring competition during 2008 rather than the usual Breeder & Buyer event. It will be open to all competing lofts in the NIPA and will have a guaranteed 1st Prize of £1,000. The overall prize list will be determined by the entry, rings will be £40 each. Race will be the Rosscarbery YB Inland National, and the closing date for entry is 30th June. All ring Numbers must be supplied by 19th July. Contact any of the following members for further information Hugh Bigger Tel: 07796 848484, David Campbell Tel: 07886 451205, Tommy Gratten Tel: 07831 678910.

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GLENAVY Gold Wing Race 2008 ***GOLDEN WING Young Bird Open Race – organized again by Glenavy & District and main sponsor H Beattie & Son. Maximum 10 Rings at £10 each available from H Beattie & Son, John Withers on 07752 430972, Gordon Parker on 07734 235965, or any member of Glenavy & District HPS. More info later.

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SCOTTISH CLASSIC One Loft Race 2008 –  ***SCOTTISH CLASSIC One Loft Race 2008 – Pleased to meet Veronica Byrne at the INFC Charity Show in Belfast and nore recently in Blackpool, she is to keep us informed on the progress of the race. Hi Homer, I forgot to mention in last nights email that we have extended the closing date for the Loft. It will now close at the end of May. This is due to feedback from Blackpool Show where we were told that a lot of people just don’t have birds ready till May. This gives everyone a bit more time to enter. Many Thanks, Veronica Byrne Race details and entry form at www.scottishclassiconeloftrace.com

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McCAMMON WOOD SUPPLIES - ***BRIAN McCammon Wood Supplies – For all your fittings around the loft be it widowhood boxes, perches, etc contact Brian. Tel: Home (028) 93 353817. Or Mobile 07944 796047.

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BIRDS LOST ***  ***A number of birds have been lost in the County Down area included in the following Ring Numbers. BELG07-6211603 to 6211695 and BELG07-6373175 to 6373188. Tel 07763 759131. Some have returned but a few others are missing. Lost by young fancier in Derriaghy area  GB07B 05801 and GB07B 05831. Tel: (028) 90 610989. Lost: In the local Larne area Blue Cheq (h) GB06N 57301. Tel: (028) 28 273428. Mobile: 07917 851807. Lost in the local Ballymena area Dark Cheq GB07X 35922. Tel Homer (028) 256 44683.

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PigeonNetwork Sale 2007 ***This list will quickly inform the readers, where was the Lot sold and what final price. More details will appear later on Homer’S Odyssey. We are most grateful for the continued support, and look forward to lot’s more coverage on the publicity front. The whole weekend was a major success and we will strive to make things better in the future – 2007 is only the start. Dublin sale birds cash was converted from Euro to Sterling. Lot 1 £105.00 Sold in Ballyclare Lot 2 £390.00 Sold in Dublin Lot 3 £95.00 Sold On-Line Lot 4 £68.50 Sold in Dublin Lot 5 £120.00 Sold On-Line Lot 6 £40.00 Sold in Ballyclare Lot 7 £60.00 Sold in Ballyclare Lot 8 £35.00 Sold in Ballyclare Lot 9 £160.00 Sold On-Line Lot 10 £80.00 Sold On-Line Lot 11 £105.00 Sold in Ballyclare Lot 12 £60.00 Sold On-Line Lot 13 £210.00 Sold On-Line Lot 14 £310.00 Phone Bid Lot 15 £195.00 Phone Bid Lot 16 £280.00 Sold in Ballyclare Lot 17 £100.00 Sold in Ballyclare Lot 18 £65.00 Sold in Ballyclare Lot 19 £110.00 Sold On-Line Lot 20 £250.00 Sold in Ballyclare Lot 21 £80.00 Phone Bid Lot 22 £310.00 Sold in Ballyclare Lot 23 £115.00 Sold in Dublin Lot 24 £55.00 Sold in Ballyclare Lot 25 £135.00 Sold in Ballyclare Lot 26 £100.00 Sold in Ballyclare Lot 27 £45.00 Sold in Ballyclare Lot 28 £100.00 Sold On-Line Lot 29 £30.00 Sold On-Line Lot 30 Withdrawn Lot 31 £48.00 Sold in Dublin Lot 32 £220.00 Sold in Dublin Lot 33 £110.00 Sold On-Line Lot 34 £95.00 Sold On-Line Lot 35 £65.00 Sold in Ballyclare Lot 36 £55.00 Sold in Dublin Lot 37 £80.00 Sold in Ballyclare Lot 38 £55.00 Sold in Ballyclare Lot 39 £50.00 Sold in Ballyclare Lot 40 £65.00 Sold in Ballyclare Lot 41 £80.00 Sold in Ballyclare Lot 42 £60.00 Sold On-Line Lot 43 £171.00 Sold in Dublin – Bird presented by Henry Byrne.

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FOR SALE – BIRDS & EQUIPMENT – FEEDING  ***The off-season opening times for Ballymena Pigeon Supplies at Ballykeel Business Centre are Monday & Tuesday 9.30am until 1.30pm and 6.30pm until 9.00pm. Wednesday Closed. Thursday 9.30am until 1.30pm. Friday 9.30am until 5.00pm, Saturday 9.00am until 1.00pm and Sunday 10.00am until 1.00pm. Tel Linda: 07742 223756 or Tel Keith: 07713 273044. Northern Ireland Outlet for Murray & Mills. Stockists of TEURLINGS, NORBAN and NI Outlet for TIPES ETS System. Cock Crow Breeding Lofts in Dromore will have kits of youngsters available in 2008. They have the very best of Troyes, Louis Wouters, Janssen, G & P Lindelauf, Wal Zoontjens, Van Loon and Herman Custers. Premier sprint to middle distance birds, Mr Doonan has just established his new Breeding Lofts. Tel (028) 92 699255. Mobile 07807 072424. Another new venture for 2008 Ashtree Hill Lofts in Tandragee will offer kits of youngsters bred from their famous Lonestar Family of birds. Tel Colin Brown: (028) 38 842722. Mobile 07888 693424. Harmony Lofts, John & Viv Abernethy Ballynahinch County Down are now taking orders for 2008 young bird season. Birds purchased at Harmony lofts will also be included in the on going Hot Spot Races of the young bird season in 2008. Winner in 2007 was Tommy McKinstry of Ashfield who enjoyed a great young bird season, many 1sts at Club level and top Sect & Open positions won. The Champion Young Bird GB07D 08204 had top results, the top highlight was winning 1st Club, and 5th Open INFC Skibbereen North. This bird was bred from the Gaby Vandenabeeles and Tommy won two hot spot races collecting £100 in prize money. He wins the Harmony Lofts Trophy and one pair of young birds of his choice for 2008. Tel: John or Viv 07710 644880. Eight sets of Hen Boxes to operate the Jealously System are for sale in the East Antrim area complete with grills cups etc. They are surplus to requirements and were purchased at a lot of expense, the lads are looking £470 ono. Tel: 07743 526601 or 07811 508111, for further information.

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