Update on Friday 28th June at 21:00
On the 13th June the permit issued by the FCF ( French pigeon union) who oversee all arrangement to release pigeons in France was cancelled for Nort sur Erdre. The reasons given that their site agent was unavailable on Friday 5th July and a market would be held on the site that day. The RPRA in consultation with the FCF stated that the nearest site was Saint Allouestre. A permit was applied for and granted, The RPRA code for distances is 5107.
The King’s Cup will be flown weather permitting on Friday 5th July from Saint Allouestre.
Homer’s ODYSSEY Update –
Muckamore Centre St Allouestre – B & M Gilmore Ballyclare & Dist 1138, E & D McClurkin Ligoniel & Dist 1131, C & L Woodside Ballyclare & Dist 1116, W McCaw Ballymoney 1093, J & N Simpson Broughshane 1087, Speirs & Campbell Cookstown 1079, J Braniff Fortfield 1069, J Burrows Eastway 1049, N Sharpe Kingsmoss 1038, H Boyd Randalstown 996, J & N Lamb Crumlin & Dist 988, A Thompson Ballyclare & Dist 888, K Carolan Coalisland 884, B & M Gilmore 859, J Connolly Ballymoney 846, A Thompson 842, A Thompson 818, N Sharpe 814, J Cassidy Londonderry 788, A Darragh Cullybackey 784, J McGrugan Doagh & Dist 783, M Graham Ballymena 780, W Ramsey Harryville 778, R Duddy Ballyclare & Dist 771, Thompson Bros Crumlin 728, A Thompson 724, W Bleeks Coalisland 721, C Moore Ahoghill 701, M/M D Suitters Doagh & Dist 699, Grattan Bros Eastway 689, W Ramsey 689, A Gault Ballyclare & Dist 681, C & L Woodside 675, C & L Woodside 674, McManus & Mullan Ligoniel & Dist 672, D & S Graham Kingsmoss 627, R J Elliott Ballymoney 606, R Duddy 604, A Gault 593, D Jackson & Son Harryville 561, G F Lindsay Crumlin 559.
Northsouth Federation St Allouestre – JJ McCabe Newry & Dist 1165, Mark Maguire & Son Newry & Dist 1138, P & C Swindell Newry City 1077, S Kane Newry & Dist 1074, JJ McCabe 1030, J Murtagh & Son Ballyholland 1013, Donnelly Bros Newry City 978, Mal Maguire & Son Newry & Dist 964, P & C Swindell 955, P & C Swindell 932.
Mid Antrim Combine St Allouestre – J & N Simpson Broughshane 1087, H Boyd Randalstown 996, A Darragh Cullybackey 784, M Graham Ballymena 780, W Ramsey Harryville 778, C Moore Ahoghill 701, W Ramsey 689, D Jackson & Son Harryville 561, C Young Ahoghill.
East Antrim Combined St Allouestre – B & M Gilmore Ballyclare 1138, E & D McClurkin Ligoniel & Dist 1131, C & L Woodside Ballyclare 1116, J Burrows Eastway 1049, N Sharpe Kingsmoss 1038, A Thompson Ballyclare 888, B & M Gilmore 859, A Thompson 842, A Thompson 818, N Sharpe 814, J McGrugan & Son 783, R Duddy Ballyclare 771, A Thompson 724, M/M D Suitters Doagh & Dist 699, Grattan Bros Eastway 689, A Gault Ballyclare 681, C & L Woodside 675, C & L Woodside 674, McManus & Mullan Ligoniel 672, J & S Graham Kingsmoss 627,
R Duddy 604, A Gault 593.
Race/Date: Saint Allouestre 05/07/13
Irish Clubs Saint Allouestre –
Newry & District 9/45 – JJ McCabe 1165, Mark Maguire & Son 1138, S Kane 1074, JJ McCabe 1030, Mal Maguire & Son 964, R McKelvey 709, S Curran 576.
Ballymoney HPS 8/20 – W McCaw 1093, J Connolly 846, R J Elliott 606. One bird on the day and two arrivals on the second day. Billy McCaw times his Dark Cheq “Greystone Dawn” to win Ballymoney again flying 523 miles this hen was the only bird in race time in last year’s Kings Cup flying 531 miles. This is her fourth time in the clock from France and will win a “HALL OF FAME” award. This will be his second Hall of Fame award in two years, some racing.
Dervock RPS 3/7 – W McCaw 1093. Only bird in race time.
Boyne Valley RPC 10/30 – B P McEvoy 1091, 981, Joe Sharkey 902, Ned Briscoe.
Broughshane & District – J & N Simpson 1087.
Edgarstown – P Dunlop 1050, J Robinson 1037, R Bell & Sons 2nd day, P Dunlop 07.51, R Bell & Sons 08.20, P Dunlop 10.04, W & K Stewart 11.33.
Randalstown – H Boyd 996.
Beechpark Social – Dando & Bennett 886, 680. John had to wait a few years to break his duck in the club and now makes it a super double from the 2 longest races, although this comes as no surprise to the members as he was 3rd Open INFC Kings Cup a few years back, well done D&B.
Cullybackey – A Darragh 784.
Ballymena & District – M Graham 780.
Harryville HPS – W Ramsey 778, 689, D Jackson & Son 561.
Portadown & Drumcree – D J Gordon 749, Sloan & Reid 579.
Blackwatertown WE – George Owens 705, RGG Donaldson 591, Mark Brown 582.
Ahoghill Flying Club – C Moore 701.
** All the club results placed on www.pigeonnetwork.com will be included in the published column for Homer’s Odyssey.
Ron’s 2013 INFC King’s Cup winner has been named Rab’s Delight after his late father. Rab’s Delight flew the INFC inland national, then the INFC yearling national, returning home hawked. He was paired up and sent to the King’s Cup sitting on 14-day eggs. His increased willingness to exercise well indicated to Ron that he had recovered from his hawk attack. Ron extends his thanks to his daughter Claire and Gerry Creaney for the part they played in the preparation. The bloodlines are that of Ron’s Champion Lady Helen with the inclusion of Gregg Bros & McCandless’ National winning stock and Maurice Wilkinson’s King’s Cup winning lines.
Text & Photo Syd Collins.