Carrick Advertiser – Larne/Ballyclare Gazette 08/08/13
East Antrim lofts dominated the weekend race from Tullamore in County Offaly, the NIPA had released over 21,000 birds in the first mass liberation following two weeks of Area Liberations. The big Larne & District had over 1,000 birds competing and the overall winner recording velocity 2050ypm for Adrian Beggs and Marie Hall. Next best was T Longman of the Ligoniel & Dist doing velocity 2045 followed by Colin Campbell & Son of Larne & Dist.
NIPA Open Tullamore 814/21,283 –
1-1C Beggs & Hall Larne & Dist 2050, 2-2C T Longman Ligoniel & Dist 2045, 3-3C C Campbell & Son Larne & Dist 2041, 4-1D K Downey Beechpark Soc 2033, 5-4C M/M B McNeilly Doagh & Dist 2033, 6-2D R & J Conlane Kingswood 2029, 7-3D Kincaid & McCann Dunedin 2026, 8-5C McClurkin & McCoubery Ligoniel & Dist 2025, 9-6C McClurkin & McCoubery 2024, 10-7C McClurkin & McCoubery 2024, 11-8C C Campbell & Son 2021, 12-9C Whiteside Bros Eastway 2019, 13-4D Cowan & McCartney Dunedin 2019, 14-5D Cowan & McCartney 2019, 15-10C R Francey Eastway 2019, 16-6D Cowan & McCartney 2018, 17-11C Crawford & Robinson Larne & Dist 2018, 18-12C Crawford & Robinson 2017, 19-13C Beggs & Hall 2017, 20-7D K Downey 2017.
East Antrim Sect C Clubs Tullamore
Larne & District HPS 41/1057 – Beggs & Hall 2050, C Campbell & Son 2041, 2021, Crawford & Robinson 2018, 2017, Beggs & Hall 2017, 2010, A S McNaghten 2010, 2009, Beggs & Hall 2008. The NIPA had the mass liberation in Tullamore where 41 Larne & District members sent 1,057 pigeons. Taking top spot and The Presidents Cup is the top partnership of Beggs & Hall. Adrian and Marie timed a Van de Brande cock bred by their good friends A & R McAuley of Coleraine, who they cannot thank enough for breeding yet another winner. Larne 2 Bird Club – 1st Crawford & Robinson, 2nd Beggs & Hall. Weekly Sale Bird – 1st Crawford & Robinson, 2nd J & D McWhirter. Gold Ring – 1st Crawford & Robinson, 2nd Beggs & Hall.
Ligoniel & District HPS 25/655 – T Longman 2045, McClurkin & McCoubery 2025, 2024, 2024, G & M Atcheson 2024, T & T Davison 2002, McClurkin & McCoubery 2001, G & M Atcheson 2000.
Doagh & District HPS 18/426 – M/M B McNeilly 2033, 2007, J & A Wilson & Sons 1959, S & A Leitch 1949, J & R Scott 1945, A & N Lewis 1923, B & M Gilmore 1922, F Simpson 1922, J & A Wilson & Sons 1921, F Simpson 1914. Brian & Elaine win with another Leo van Rijn, dam of the winner is a full sister to Double Top, the 1st Open NIPA winner.
Eastway HPS 13/465 – Whiteside Bros 2019, R Francey 2019, Whiteside Bros 1990, D & J Campbell & Bigger 1990, Whiteside Bros 1984, 1983.
Carrick Social 18/451 – D & J Armstrong & Son 2014, M/M G Robinson 2014, 2003, T Peel 2003, D & J Armstrong & Son 1984, 1975, M/M G Robinson 1973, J McIlheron 1972, Hall & George 1958, J McIlheron 1957. The Armstrong team back on top, two wins out of three in the young birds.
Horseshoe HPS 9/252 – K & F Hagans 2007, K & D Hagans 1997, K & F Hagans 1996, 1965, Hamilton & Clements 1962, K & D Hagans 1954, S Burns 1952, K & F Hagans 1936, 1935, Rea & Magill 1935.
Ballycarry & District – Lynch Bros 1969, Arthurs & George 1955, Lynch Bros 1959, Arthurs & George 1958, A Cooke 1957, Arthurs & George 1956, A Cooke 1955, M Delaney 1947, 1940, Lynch Bros 1938. Andy Cooke wins the Sale Bird. Jim Parke wins Nomination.
Kingsmoss 13/312 – J Dawson & Son 1964, Knowles & Hill 1952, 1951, J Dawson & Son 1909, W Gault & Son 1907, J & S Graham 1903, N Sharpe 1872, R Lillie & Son 1871, G & C Lowry 1869, D J Connor 1833. Jackie & Trevor time a Blue Houben hen, giving them two wins on the trot.
Carrick & District 11/192 – T Creighton & Son 1949, Degnan & McKee 1936, M/M R Reid 1927, 1926, T Creighton & Son 1918, 1914, 1890, 1890, M/M R Reid 1874, T Creighton & Son 1850.
Ballyclare & District 15/323 – L Houston & Son 1946, D McClelland 1942, G & R Lawrie 1937, V Thompson 1932, C & L Woodside 1930, 1928, G & R Lawrie 1922, M/M C Hayes 1914, D McClelland 1913, Turkington & Robinson 1902.
Glenarm & District – G McWhirter 1916, McMullan Bros 1913, G McWhirter 1910, McMullan Bros 1907, 1896, O O’Neill & Son 1856.
Springvale Social – I Horner 1842, V Montgomery 1825, I Horner 1811, A C McGrugan 1804, I Horner 1771. Race sponsored by Ballyvoy Vet.
Cushendall – A McNaughton 1752, 1729, 1675.
Please NOTE: NIPA General Rule 19. The NIPA will enforce the RPRA Rule No. 121 on any member found not to be Wing Stamping their pigeons or their pigeons not carrying name and address rings.
RPRA Rule 121 – Wing Stamping/Personal Ring.
During the racing season, each member must ensure that every pigeon raced or trained by him is either wing stamped on at least three flights or carrying a ring, in either case clearly showing the name and address of the owner or the telephone number of a person or Organization to whom the pigeon should be reported if it becomes a stray. Any pigeon not so rung or wing stamped will not be accepted for racing under any circumstances whatsoever and Marking Committees must ensure that this is strictly adhered to. Any case of non-compliance may, after investigation by the Local Region Committee, entail the suspension of the relevant member.
The Beggs & Hall partnership from Larne & Dist, weekend winners of 1st Open NIPA from Tullamore.
Colin Campbell from Larne & Dist, 3rd & 11th Open NIPA Tullamore.