| From the fair city.
With Kevin Barry & Tucker Daniel.
Hello folks hope you are all well, before we get into the results for our first race I would like to give you an update on the charity auction that took place in the Sarsfield R.P.C. on the 4th of April in aid of Saint Catherine's ward in Harold's cross hospice. To say it was a success would be a huge understatement, as ever the Dublin pigeon fancy done themselves proud and raised an astonishing 10,000 Euro. I think Pat Holmes late wife Sylvia in whose name the auction was in honour would have been looking down and been very proud of Pat and their family who turned out in great numbers on the night. The organisers who included Pat himself Mick Flynn, Derek Cummins, Keith Stafford who helped out with the I.T. end of it putting all the lots on his website and bidding on the night for the people who couldn't make it, Brian Killeen who looked after all the money, Tomo Cole for erecting the pens and of course Henry Byrne who done his usual excellent job with the hammer and who with Kevin Doyle put up the spots for the raffle, would like to thank everyone from all over Ireland and the U.K. for their generous donations and for the huge crowd who turned up on the night to buy the 60 lots that went up.
The lads from the Tallaghban and Anto enjoying the night.
It was a pleasure to be there on the night and the craic and banter that went on was a real fill up for us all and I think its something we should try do more often, get everyone from the pigeon scene together on a Monday night (doesn't have to be an auction) a couple of times a year and have a good night out. We have the facilities in Dublin to do it and it can be a purely social evening, let me know what you think.
Its great to welcome our newest club to the I.S.R.F. fold. Trim R.P.C. Tony Morgan contacted me last week to get some coverage for this new club, only to happy to Tony and fair play to you and the lads down there. Tony explained that most of the members are from either the Dublin north county club or the Celbridge club but it was killing them travelling up and down the N3 every weekend just to race or get their clocks checked, so they started their own club. Trim is wide open now, with new developments and housing estates and being a commuter town Tony and the lads are hoping to pick up a few ex Dubs who may have moved out of the city and forgot about racing. Aine Morgan is the club secretary and the husband and wife team got off to the perfect start in the first race with a 1,2 Des Rainey was 3rd, 4th & 5th with Paul Pepper 6th and 7th. The best of luck with the club and if you want to contact Tony his number is 0868957119.
The first fed topper of the year goes to the Shelbourne Club and Ingle Bros & Son this one doing 1847, Sorry don't have any info on this one as yet, I will fill you in next week, the drums and smoke signals haven't quite kicked into gear yet this new season and the new camera is just out of the box but I will get there. 2nd club is Bob Allen on 1838, in 3rd spot and trying widowhood for the first time this year is O, Callaghan, Gregg & Son obviously doing something right because they take all the pools with this one. 4th Club is Brian Lyons & Sons, 5th are M. Byrne, Duffy & Son and finishing off the result in 6th is Seanie Lennox.
God be with the days when mere mortals could sneak in the first week and pick up a win, no such luck this week with all the heavy hitters having their birds ready. It has been suggested that Tucker Daniel only agreed to give me a hand doing this column so he could get his face in the paper well just in case he didn't he is doing his best to be on the cover. Bragging all winter he was going to win the first one, a relived man he came out and done it, 37 members sent 732 birds to Thurles and after an hour and 13 minutes Tuckers little Grizzle hen hit the loft to record a velocity of 1842.98, a Van Reet from M/M Clarke crossed with the Red Daniel blood, right behind him with a pair for 2nd and 3rd club is Pat Byrne & Fam a couple of Willie Jacobs birds doing 1840 & 1835. Mick Hoolahan jnr gets off to a good start with 4th club on 1825, John Farrell is 5th on 1822, Brendan Stafford & Sons get 6th and 9th with Anto Sweeney clocking 3 quick ones for 7th, 8th and 10th,
Tucker and Brian Brady, both winners this week
Terrance O Brien is quickest out of the block in Cabra this week, an ominous omen for the rest of the lads up there he wins with 50 yards to spare on 1838.8, 2nd an 3rd is W. McCarthy on 1788 & 1784, with O Callaghan & Farrell 4th and 5th 1782 & 1780, Terrance finishes off the result in 6th also on 1780.
Spike Emmett & Son also hit the ground running for the opener with a 1, 2 here in the Finglas club with velocities of 1836.2 and 1829.9. Thomas McLaughlin had a quick one for 3rd spot on 1827 with E. Brown in 4th. I spoke with the lovely Teresa Gilligan this week and have been promised to get on her e mailing list for the results from next week. Thanks Teresa I knew Mick didn't do it all on his own.
Greenhills 18/517 birds
Again the heavy hitters are banging them in out in the Greenhills with Brian Brady collecting the first red card of the year doing 1835.82, another tight one here with Nadger Smith very close behind on 1833, Willie Gannon & Son take 3rd on 1827 with McGovern Bros in 4th 1819. M/M Jimmy Roberts and John Nugent finish off the result in 5th and 6th in a very close call 1812.5 and 1811.9 in that speed it must have been a snap of the finger between those birds.
Northside & Dist
Local trainer and all round good guy Sean Mohan gets his season off to the perfect start winning on 1833.6 and also taking 4th and 5th for good measure. Also having a great race was Teeling & O Leary who clocked 3 as well for 2nd , 3rd and 6th. Nice easy one this week for me.
Darren Felton from the Dun Laoghaire R.P.C. was on to me this week with the results of the first race down there in South County Dublin and after a few technical difficulties with emails and the like we finally got most of the result and what a race it was for Ray Matthews scooping the first 7 positions in club and section, super flying Ray, I only know that first one was a Van de Weyer the rest of the email is floating around in hyper space somewhere. I will have a chat with Darren and try figure out why our computers don't seem to be talking to one another and sort it out for next week.
Over to East Wall & Dist now where 11 sent 301
John Thompson gets off to a flier with a yearling Blue cock doing 1816.7. Robert Dowdall & Son are not far behind in 2nd on 1804 with another yearling this time a Blue pied hen, Derek Moran comes in 3rd on 1795, Jos & Kevin Reilly are 4th and 6th with Tom Murrin splitting them in 5th.
In 1st place for the season opener was T. Kane & Son with a yearling Blue Hen doing 1799.68. Tommy was also in 5th place with a yearling Cheq Hen on 1733.35. 2nd club and 6th club were Daniel Bros with a pair of Cheq Cocks on 1783.38 and 1721.1. Taking 3rd was J. Whelan & Dtr with a yearling Cheq Cock on 1765 and in 4th place was club secretary Ken Knight who had a yearling Blue Hen doing 1748.55. A fairly fast opener but there seemed to be a fair few birds missing at clock opening.
In the DUBLIN NORTH EAST 11 members sent 363 birds.
Getting the New Year off to a flying start talking 1st and 2nd was the ever consistent Joe White.
Joe had a great season last year, winning the clubs Channel and Young Bird averages.
The winner this week is a 3 year old Soonjten cock who already has a first and second to his credit.
1st and 2nd Joe White 1804 & 1794. 3rd, 4th, 5th,. and 6th Mr & Mrs Hayden 1783, 1776, 1771, and 1768.
A final note to remind fanciers that this is a I.S.R.F. information column and as such it is my job to inform our members as to what is going on in the area. Myself and my colleagues do not accept individual private sales. I have got quite a few requests from different people inside and outside the fed to include their private sales. I want to put this on record that I have no problem publicising any public event whether it be an auction, one loft race, breeder buyer, club fundraiser or anything that might enhance our sport and all this will be done free of charge as is everything else on this site , but private sales must be just that, private and must seek another outlet All of the fanciers who have asked to be included here have been told the same and in fairness to them they all accepted it. There are many websites and publications who would be happy to relive you of your few bob for advertising your birds.
Secretary's please get your results into Joe O Neill as soon as possible, as I finish this article off on the Saturday after the first race we still don't have a fed result, its just not on that we have to wait a week for a result and very frustrating for Joe and all the team who are left waiting for one or two clubs, come on folks get yourselves sorted. well that's my rant over for this week, looking forward to a very hard race this week. Don't forget lads and ladies if you have an email account you can send photos to me for the column because the way I go through cameras this new one wont last a month.
That's it for this week,