Carrick Advertiser, Larne/Ballyclare Gaz – 17/10/13

News Items 16 Oct 2013
Northern Ireland Winter Fayre:  Will take place on Saturday, 19th October at the Six Mile Leisure Centre, Ballynure Road, Ballyclare, Co. Antrim, BT39 9YU.
Opening 9.00am-4.30pm (approx).  At this event fanciers can purchase any of their requirements prior to the breeding season and avail themselves of new stock for sale from various stalls.
They can also enjoy the banter and craic that this event is getting famous for as it is getting bigger and better each year. The response to this event has been great with a number of stalls booked to date including (please note this list can change at any time): Gem Supplements (R. Kirkwood);  NCC One-Loft Race;  Bob McMeekin Wooden Products;  Arlington Lofts (Roy Irwin);  Harmony Lofts (John & Viv Abernethy );  G & R Couriers;  Rockview Lofts (Owen Markey);  NIPA ;  Blaris Lofts (H Jennings & Son); Henry McLaughlin (Paloma Corn);  Summit Lofts (Joe Brown );  Maurice Weir – Long Distance Stud ; Blue Sky Products;  Oroory Hill Stud (Mr & Mrs Delaney);  B & G Cochrane; Telford Bros (Downpatrick) ;  Respiro San Dry ; Novara Stud, plus others.
 Also Sensational Sale on behalf of Gregg Bros & McCandless – Ligoniel & Dist HPS.
Not to be missed!  A great day out for all the family. Bring the kids and they can enjoy the pool while you browse at the Winter Fayre. Any queries Tel: 07737 275820 or E-mail: or check the website for updates on the
North Coast Classic ONE-LOFT RACE:
North Coast Classic Sales:  The North Coast Classic One-Loft Race is proud to offer to the fancy this year’s entrants in the 2013 race, just flown. These birds will be sold at public auction over a series of sales in the coming weeks. On offer is the cream of the fancy and these birds represent the cream of every entrant’s loft. Only the very best are entered and the stock on offer has competed in all six hot spot races and the final event itself. The winner, Ace Pigeon, hot spot winners etc. will be offered at public auction. Top reports have been received from fanciers who purchased at last year’s sales and many winners/prize-winners have been reported to the NCC.
Sale 4: Thursday 17th October – Another top sale to include another Hot Spot Winner – entered by last season’s NCC Winner – Willie Neill & Sons – Another star bred lot on offer plus numerous other top bred stock to wet your appetite. Sale starts 8.00pm. Birds on view 7.00pm, venue the Chimney Corner Football Club, Randalstown Road, Antrim.  Sale will be On-line for all to pre-bid who cannot attend, with the final bid online, the opening bid in the live sale room. Each online sale will close at 12 midnight on the evening prior to the sale in question. To view all the Lots on offer please log in to
Here you can avail yourself of all the Lots on offer and all their particular breeding details, results etc. and feel free to place a bid. For fanciers who want to place a phone bid, this can also be arranged. Contact: The NCC Tel: 07548 607756 or email:
 Kells & District: The local club will have another Social Evening planned to take place in the Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim on Friday 1st November, pay at the door. Prior to the main event the Kells & Dist HPS will present the prizes for the year. It is hoped the night will include, Interview with a top loft, presentation from Loftcare in Doagh, Ryan Barr will be there with Diagnostic Kits, North Coast Classic will have Entry Packs for the race in 2014, the usual Pigeon Quiz & Photo Round, items from the past with old books, newspaper cuttings, scrap books etc. Big Raffle as well with plenty of prizes. The Hot Buffet will have a £10 entry or £5 to include tea or coffee and scone. This year an auction will be held for Macmillan Nurses Cancer Care, 75% going to the charity and the remainder retained by the club towards the running of the event. I will include a full list of the birds next week, its quite a list from local lofts and England.
 NIPA & INFC: Bookings are now being taken for tickets to the Annual NIPA Ladies Night to be held at the Templeton Hotel in Templepatrick on Friday 8th November. Secretary Fred Russell has requested all cups and trophies are returned ASAP and in a clean condition. Could all the INFC 2012 trophy winners please return them to Ronnie Johnston or Trevor Topping. The annual dinner will be held in the Stormont Hetel in Belfast on Friday 29th November.
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About the author

Willie Reynolds

Covering the sport in Ireland for several years, scribe for both BHW & RP and a number of local newspapers including the News Letter (Farming Life Supplement) each Wednesday. Secretary of Ballymena & District for a number of years and currently PO for the Mighty NIPA & INFC. Watch out for the many articles/news items penned by HOMER.

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