Skibbereen OB National - Tuesday 4th June 2024

It was in 1932 that His Majesty King George V presented a new cup to the Irish National Flying Club to be known as The King George V Challenge Cup and was to be awarded to the winner of the OB Grand National.

The 1932 Grand National race was flown from Les Sables at a distance of some 600 miles and the race was won by R Hawthorn from Ligoniel in North Belfast.This race was flown under IHU rules and it was not until 1948 that the Kings Cup was flown under IHU and RPRA rules.The race in 1948 was won by Sammy Robinson from Belfast.

The Irish National Flying Club have a six race programme for the 2020 season which enables its members to compete in the inland Nationals or over the channel at the very highest level. I hope you will enjoy using the website as it will be a source of information through out the season. Good luck to all members competing in this years Nationals. Ronnie Johnston Patron INFC.

The INFC has 2,100 members across Ireland. The 6 Race Programme includes the famous Kings Cup from France. Friendship Nat is also France, Ylr Nat Sennen Cove, YB Nat Penzance and OB and YB Nat from Skibbereen. Numerous other awards including Gold Medal, Hall of Fame Diploma, Triple Championship, Single Bird Challenge, 3 Bird Championship, Merit Awards etc. Results, Reports, Latest News etc. See Website http://www.irishnationalflyingclub.com or http://www.infc.co.uk
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Skibbereen OB National - Tuesday 4th June 2024

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Saturday 25th May 2024

INFC Skibbereen old bird national Saturday 25th May. 2024
Skibbereen old bird inland national sponsored by Bamfords Top Flight update at 19.00 on Saturday 25th May. The race advisors are monitoring weather reports for Tuesday and Wednesday and at present conditions are unfavourable for both days. The outlook for next week is for unsettled weather with strong winds and rain. We will have a further update tomorrow (Sunday) evening. Trevor Topping.

Sunday 26th May

Infc Skibbereen old bird national Sunday 26th May update. Infc Skibbereen old bird inland national. Sponsored by Bamford Top Flight.

The race advisors having looked at the weather forecasts for the incoming week have decided to put the Skibbereen OB National race back one week. Weather permitting we hope to race on Tuesday 4th June with race marking on Monday. Race marking times will be published later.

Infc Skibbereen old bird inland national race marking details below
Trevor Sunday 2 June 2024

Skibbereen old bird inland national. Sponsored by Bamfords Top Flight. Sunday 2nd June 2024 @ 10:30. Race marking will take place on Monday 3rd June for a possible release in Skibbereen on Tuesday.
Skibbereen old bird national 2024 times for race marking.
12:00 to 13.30 South and middle section members and Individual south & middle section members.
13.30 to 14:45 East Down Combine, Ulster Fed., N.I.P.A. sections C, F, and G. Individual north section members.
14:45 to 15.45 N.I.P.A. sections A, B, D, E, H.
Please take care when completing your entry forms, especially when totalling them up.
Attach your payment to the entry form and put your membership number on the back of
your cheque or bank draft. If the payment covers more than one member please put all
membership numbers on the back of the cheque or draft and please attach the entry
forms together.
Payments will not be processed at the race marking to avoid queuing.
Any shortages will be removed from pool monies and any over payments will be added to
pool monies.
(This can be avoided by accurately completing your entry form and payment.)
Any members paying by euro please remember to multiply the sterling grand total by 1.25
for the currency conversion.
Any help to race mark the pigeons would be appreciated.
Thank you for your cooperation and please all act responsible when attending the
marking centre and respect the facilities which have been kindly granted.
Catering will be available as usual.

INFC Skibbereen old bird national liberation time.
Trevor4 June 2024
Skibbereen old bird inland national. Sponsored by Bamfords Top Flight. Tuesday 4th June 2024. 192 members have entered 1748 pigeons and are competing for £5,295.00 in pools and prize money. The pigeons have been released at 11:15 in a light north westerly wind. Our next update will be this evening.

Evening Update by Trevor

Skibbereen old bird national 4th June 2024. Race sponsored by Bamfords Top Flight.

Provisional top five in each section.

South Section - 1,2,3,4,5, Byrne & Bradley Newtown Killpedder velocities 1542. 4, 1542.3,1534, 1478 & 1460.

Middle Section - 1 Devine & Hilmi Skerries velocity 1606. Over all race winner. 2 & 3 Hopkins Bros & Sons Blanchardstown velocities 1583 & 1582, 4 J. Boothman Blanchardstown velocity 1575, 5 T. Kavanagh Drogheda velocity 1570

North Section - 1 & 2 J. Trimble & Grand Son Annalong velocities 1511.1 & 1511.0, 3 J. & D. Braniff Glen velocity 1510.2, 4 & 5 O. Markey Ballyholland velocities 1506 & 1503. All positions subject to change. The Top 5 n each Section should contact Homer with bird info and a photo holding the bird if possible re the race report.
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Re: Skibbereen OB National - Tuesday 4th June 2024

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The opening race of the INFC season was from Skibbereen the Inland OB National flown on Tuesday 4th June the race having been delayed for one week due to the weather. The race was again sponsored by Bamfords Top Flight many thanks for that, and many thanks as well to all those who assisted at race marking and all hose regularly involved at the various Clock Centres from Coleraine in the far north down to Cork. Just under 2,000 birds were competing for £5,295 in pools and prizes. The INFC convoy was liberated in County Cork at 11.15am in a Lt North Westerly wind. The overall winner and from the Middle Section, was the Skerries partnership of Devine & Himli recording velocity 1606 for the 189 miles.

The sponsor prizes were Devine & Hili race winners and East Coast Fed 5 bags of mixture. Byrne & Bradley SLF, Johnston Bros Ulster Fed, J Trimble & Grandson EDC, Hopkins Bros & Sons ISLF, J & D Braniff NIPA. 3 bags of mixture each. Some reports were a bit slow I hope to catch them up later, this race report will include the results for Feds, Clubs and Combines. Thanks to all those who helped, its greatly appreciated.

INFC Skibbereen OB Inland Nat Open 182/1749 – Devine & Himli Skerries 1606, Hopkins Bros & Sons Blanchardstown 1583, 1582, J Boothman & Son Jnr Blanchardstown 1275, Tom Kavanagh Drogheda & District 1570, Devine & Himli 1563, Graham Hatch Castlebellingham 1562, W & B Furlong & Bell Dublin North County 1556, S Duran Blanchardstown 1556, Byrne & Bradley Newtown Kilpedder 1542, 1542, 1534, Zeballos & Thorpe Trim RPS 1533, M McCabe & Son Shankill 1523, Graham Hatch 1514, John Trimble & Son Annalong 1511, 1511, J & D Braniff Glen 1510, J Boothman & Son Jun 1507, Owen Markey Ballyholland 1506.

INFC Skibbereen Middle Section 32/230 - Devine & Himli Skerries 1606, Hopkins Bros & Sons Blanchardstown 1583, 1582, J Boothman & Son Jnr Blanchardstown 1275, Tom Kavanagh Drogheda & District 1570, Devine & Himli 1563, Graham Hatch Castlebellingham 1562, W & B Furlong & Bell Dublin North County 1556, S Duran Blanchardstown 1556, Zeballos & Thorpe Trim RPS 1533, M McCabe & Son Shankill 1523, Graham Hatch 1514 J Boothman & Son Jun 1507, Tom Kavanagh 1494, Devine & Mimli 1490.

INFC Skibbereen South Section 7/88 – Byrne & Bradley Newtown Kilpedder 1542, 1542, 1534, 1478, 1460.

INFC Skibbereen North Section 192/1748 – John Trimble & Grandson Annalong 1511, 1511, J & D Braniff Glen 1510, Owen Markey Ballyholland 1506, 1503, John F McCabe & Son Newry & District 1494, Donnelly Bros Newry City 1492, John F McCabe & Son 1486, Lyons & Kennedy Hills & Maze 1469, McGrath & McParland Drumnavaddy 1467, J & D Braniff 1466, Johnston Bros Fortfield 1465, M/M Stevenson Dromara 1463, G & S McMullan Drumnavaddy 1462, P & K McCarthy Grosvenor 1461, Donnelly Bros 1461, Abernethy & Turner Harmony 1461, Grattan Bros Eastway 1461, 1461, A McAteer Ballyholland 1459.

Feds & Combines INFC Skibbereen –

NIPA Skibbereen OB Nat (INFC) – J & D Braniff Glen 1510, Owen Markey Ballyholland 1506, 1503, John F McCabe & Son Newry & District 1494, Donnlly Bros Newry City 1492, John F McCabe & Son 1486, Lyons & Kennedy Hills & Maze 1469, McGrath & McParland Drumnavaddy 1467, J & D Braniff 1466, M/M Stevenson Dromara 1463, G & S McMullan Drumnavaddy 1462, P & K McCarthy Trinity RPC 1461, Donnelly Bros 1461, Abernethy & Turner Harmony 1461, Grattan Bros Eastway 1461, 1461, A McAteer Ballyholland 1459, John F McCabe & Son 1455, Mark Maguire & Son Millvale 1455, I Rollins & Son Hills & Maze 1454.

East Coast Federation (INFC) Skibbereen - Devine & Himli Skerries 1606, Graham Hatch Castlebellingham 1562, M McCabe & Son Shankill 1523, Graham Hatch 1514, Devine & Himli 1490, S Dunne & Son Balbriggan 1475.
Irish SR Federation (INFC) Skibbereen - Hopkins Bros & Sons Blanchardstown 1583, 1582, J Boothman & Son Jnr Blanchardstown 1275, Tom Kavanagh Drogheda & District 1570 1562, W & B Furlong & Bell Dublin North County 1556, S Duran Blanchardstown 1556, J Boothman & Son Jn 1507, Tom Kavanagh 1494, J Boothman & Son Jnr 1465.
South Leinster Federation (INFC) Skibbereen – Byrne & Bradley Newtown Kilpedder 1542, 1542, 1534, 1478, 1460.

Mid Antrim Combine – INFC Skibbereen

The first of the Irish National Flying Club races was flown on Tuesday the 4th June. Birds were liberated at 11.15am in light north westerly winds. Danny Dixon of Dunloy timed the best two birds in the Mid Antrim area on 1367 and 1365 to win 1st & 2nd Mid Antrim Combine and 109th & 111th North Section. Sire of Danny's winning black w/f yearling cock is a son of Dixie Chick 1st Open Infc Penzance YB National when paired to the Van Den Brande Alphabet Hen acquired from Pat Shields of Newry. Danny's winner has an excellent record from Skibbereen having won 1st Mid Antrim Combine, 3rd Section & 144th Open from the Nipa Skibbereen Inland National eight days previous and last season 5th Section & 37th Open from the tough Nipa Skibbereen YB National. Danny's next two arrivals taking second and sixth Combine are off the "Aviary Cock" when paired to his good Jos Cool hen. Alan Darragh was best in Cullybackey and Shane Johnston & Son best in Ballymena & Dist. Mervyn Eagleson Mid Antrim PO.

Mid Antrim Combine Skibbereen OB Inland National - D Dixon Rasharkin 1367, D Dixon Rasharkin 1365, A Darragh Cullybackey 1360, G Gibson Cullybackey 1357, G Gibson Cullybackey 1355, D Dixon Rasharkin 1355, G Gibson Cullybackey 1321, D Dixon Rasharkin 1311, C Moore Cullybackey 1298, A Darragh Cullybackey 1291, S Johnston & Son Ballymena 1287, A Darragh Cullybackey 1278, A Darragh Cullybackey 1272, D Dixon Rasharkin 1271, C Moore Cullybackey 1256, D Dixon Rasharkin 124, D Dixon Rasharkin 1238, A Darragh Cullybackey 1233, M Graham Ballymena 1228, A Darragh Cullybackey 1221, A Darragh Cullybackey 1221, J & J Greer Cullybackey 1211, Mr & Mrs Robinson Cullybackey 1199, Mr & Mrs Robinson Cullybackey 1189, J & J Greer Cullybackey 1166.

INFC Station & Centre Results – (Subject to correction)
Balbriggan Station - Devine & Hilmi 1606, Hopkins Bros & Sons 1583, 1582, J Boothman 1575, T Kavanagh 1570, Devine & Hilmi 1563, G Hatch 1562, W & B Furlong and Bell 1556, S Duran 1556, Zeballos & Thorpe 1533, G Hatch 1514, J Boothman 1507, T Kavanagh 1494, Devine& Hilmi 1490 Zeballos & Thorpe 1489.
Sallynoggin Station - M McCabe & Son 1523, M/M Curtis 1451, James Martin 1395, M/M Curtis 1270, James Martin 1262, M McCabe & Son 1259, Jimmy Cullen 1198, Pompell Plunkett 1127, P Smith & Son 992, 942.
Muckamore Centre – J & D Braniff 1510, 1466, Grattan Bros Eastway 1481, 1461, J & D Braniff 1451, 1451, 1442, 1439, G & R Lawrie 1438, A & N Lewis 1430, J Burrows 1418, G & R Lawrie 1418, J & D Braniff 1417, A & N Lewis 1415, J & D Braniff 1402, A & T Agnew 1396, D McElhone Eastway 1388, 1387, Smyth 1383, D McElhone 1381.
Coleraine Centre – D Dixon Ballymoney 1367, 1365, 1355, John Connolly Ballymoney 1331, D Dixon 1311, A & M Boyle Ballymoney 1308 , D & H Stuart 1306, A & M Boyle 1288, C McCook Ballymoney 121287, A & M Boyle 1273, D Dixon 1271, 1248, 1238, J Connolly 1232, D & H Stuart 1228.

INFC Clubs Skibbereen Old Bird Nat -

Skerries Devine & Himli 1506, 1563, 1490, - Devine & Hilmi Skerries club - ECF velocity 1606. Overall race winner. 1st INFC Old Bird National Skibbereen 2024 Winners. Congratulations to the two lads, last fantastic achievement. Something very special to win every fancier’s goal to win a 1st National. Eddie Barry.
Blanchardstown – Hopkins Bros & Sons 1583, 1582, J Boothman & Son Jnr 1575, S Duran 1556, J Boothman & Son Jnr 1507, 1465, . The Hopkins Bros & Sons are delighted with our 2nd & 3rd place National Skibbereen inland race. Our 2nd & 3rd place birds are nest mates and only 2 seconds between them on the finish line. Velocity 1583ypm & 1582ypm The sire was bred by Curren & Rush by Red Rum & Tiger roll. The dam is down from a Sire King Brodi a one loft Race entry from Paul Hughes & the Dam was The Belfast Hen bought from Mark McCormack from Larne who is a daughter of the Blackpool Kittel.A big hugh thanks to the brother Derek for breeding these birds of quality. Both birds have been named already by fellow club flyer Paul Foster . Dirty Harry & Red Ridinghood. Thanks for reading.
Drogheda & District – Tom Kavanagh 1570, 1484.
Castlebellingham – Graham Hatch 1562, 1514,
Dublin North County – W & B Furlong & Bell 1556.
Newtown Kilpedder – Byrne & Bradley 1542, 1542, 1534, 1460, 1420,
Trim RPC – Zeballos & Thorpe 1533, 1489, 1480.
Shankill – M McCabe & Son 1523, J Martin & Son 1397.
Annalong – John Trimble & Grandson 1511, 1511,
The Glen HPS – J & D Braniff 1510, 1466, 1451, 1451, 1442, 1439, 1417, 1402, 1390, 1385.
Ballyholland – Owen Markey 1506, 1503, Aidan McAteer 1459, Michael Peters 1438, Owen Markey 1419, 1417. From INFC Skibbereen on the 4th June. Well done Owen Markey taking 1st and 2nd Club, 4th and 5th North section, and 19th and 20th Open super racing. He was also 1st Club, 2nd Section G, and 5th Open in the NIPA Skibbereen race on the 27 May.
Newry & District -John F McCabe & Son 1494, 1486, 1455, J J McCabe 1431, G Hughes & Son 1430, W Chambers 1397, J J McCabe 1389, G Hughes & Son 1373, J J McCabe 1361.
Newry City Invitation – Donnelly Bros 1492,1461, 1362.
Balbriggan – S Dunne & Son 1475, E & J Campbell 1409, 1378, M & U Gorman 1348, S Dunne & Son 1318, E & J Campbell 1282.
Hillsborough & Maze – Lyons & Kennedy 1469, I Rollins & Son 1454, 1424, 1415, Jeff Greenaway 1408, I Rollins & Son 1404, Jeff Greenaway 1405, 1395, 1360, 1359,
Drumnavaddy HPS 7/79 – McGrath & McParland 1467, G & S McMullan 1462, D & K Mallen 1453, G & S McMullan 1441, D & K Mallen 1440, McGrath & McParland 1431.
Fortfield – Johnston Bros 1465, 1432, G Smyth 1412, Johnston Bros 1405.
Dromara HPS – M/M Stevenson 1463, Darren Aiken 1442, M/NM Stevenson 1402, Matthew Russell 1388, N Edgar & Sons 1379. The Skibbereen King stormed to the top of the leaderboard this week with a bird bred by fellow club mate Derek Edgar. Bobby prepares for these races, and he usually isn't far off. Congratulations Bobby and Fiona! Well done to all club members in the result.
Trinity RPS – P & K McCarthy 1461, J & L Smyth 1436, 1428, 1427, P & K McCarthy 1383. 1377, J & L Smyth 1375.
Harmony HPS – Abernethy & Turner 1461, 1380,
Eastway – Grattan Bros 1461, 1461, J Burrows 1418, D McElone 1388, 1387, 1381.
Millvale – Mark Maguire & Son 1455, 1375, 1359.
Colin HPS – O & M Monaghan 1452, J Gregory & Sons 1451, 1406.
Lisburn & District – R Topping & Son 1450, S G Briggs 1407, R Topping & Son 1390, S G Briggs 1380,
Crossgar HPS – Adair & McCombs 1444, Adair & McCombs, Adair & McCombs, C McManus, McCartan & Woodsides, A Lavery.
Ballyclare & District – G & R Lawrie 1438, 1418, A & T Agnew 1396,
Banbridge HPS 4/52 – F Simpson 1438, McCracken Bros 1427, F Simpson 1348, McCracken Bros 1315, E McAlinden 1291, McCracken Bros 1274.
Cloughey – Harper & Young 1436,
Lurgan Social – K Henderson & Son 1433, 1360. Congratulations to k Henderson and son winning first skibbereen ob national Portadown Centre with a pigeon bred by Carroll Reynolds from a cock bred by myself also congratulations to Alan McDonald who also won his club with a bird bred from red cock bred by myself it’s Away’s nice to see others winning with your birds well done gentleman also Carroll who has had good results too. Peter Holland.
Belmont RPC – J Galbraith & Son 1431,
Doagh & District – A & N Lewis 1430, 1415,
Dundonald – R Irwin 1427, 1362.
Gilford RPS – A Feeney & Son 1427, 1342, C & H Beattie 1340, 1315, G O’Dowd 1281.
Banbridge Social 2/24 – McCracken Bros 1427, 1315, E McAlinden 1291, McCracken Bros 1274, E McAlinden 1216, McCracken Bros 1180.
Killyleagh & District – D Grieves 1422, 1421, 1411, 1411, 1399,
Lagan Valley RPC – J & J Taggart 1416,
Edgarstown HPS 7/80 – G & C Simmpns 1401, R Bell & Sons 1370, Paul Hope 1358, G & C Simmons 1328, T & A Ford 1318, R G & G Donaldson 1315. Team Simmons delighted to take the top spot from INFC Skibbereen, on what was an unfavourable strong NW wind for the team. Our winner a blue Roundabout hen who is a previous winner from Skibbereen NIPA YB Derby 9th open 4th section E 2023, her breeding is down off stock obtained from Robert Rea (Rea Rockets). Well done to all in the result. Simmo PO.
Ligoniel & District – Jason Smyth 1383.
Meadows – Joe Brown 1376, 1302, Geoff Douglas 1250, 1185, Matt McCabe 1179, Joe Brown 1178. Congratulations to Joe Brown taking the win today from the INFC Skibbereen. Al Larkin PO.
Ballymoney HPS 5/48 – Danny Dixan 1367, 1365, 1355, John Connolly 1331, Danny Dixon 1311, A & M Boyle 1308.
Dromore HPS – T Mawhiney 1366.
Britannia – Jim Braniff 1362.
Cullybackey HPS – A Darragh 1360, G Gibson 1357, 1355, 1321, C Moore 1298, A Darragh 1291, 1278, 1272, C Moore 1256, A Darragh 1233, 1221, 1221, J & J Greer 1211.
Ballymena & District – S Johnston & Son 1287, M Graham 1228.

INFC Race report by Homer

1st Middle Section & 1st Open INFC Devine & Himli Skerries – Vel 1606 flying 189 miles winning £91 and Ronnie Johnston Challenge Cup.
Fantastic result for the partners winning was never in doubt after the early bird into the Skerries. Devine&Hilmi - We were over the moon when we discovered that our little chequer yearling hen Be23/6075663 called Bernie had won the Skibbereen old bird Inland National with a velocity of 1606y/min flying a distance of 189 miles 1543yards, 23 yards in front of the next pigeon. We got the pigeon from our good friend Tommy Nelson in the ballymun club. The little hen was on 6 day old eggs when sent to the race. As a young bird she took few cards including 17th section, 80th open Skibbereen INFC young bird National.

2nd & 3rd Middle Section Hopkins Bros & Sons Blanchardstown – Vel 1583, 1582 flying 175 miles winning 308.
The Hopkins Bros & Sons are delighted with our 2nd & 3rd place National Skibbereen inland race. Our 2nd & 3rd velocity place birds are nest mates and only 2 seconds between them on the finish line. Velocity 1583ypm & 1582ypm. The Sire was bred by Curren & Rush by Red Rum & Tiger roll. The Dam is down from a Sire King Brodi a one loft Race entry from Paul Hughes & the Dam was The Belfast Hen bought from Mark McCormack from Larne who is a daughter of the Blackpool Kittel. A big huge thanks to the brother Derek for breeding these birds of quality. Both birds have been named already by fellow club flyer Paul Foster. Dirty Harry & Red Ridinghood. Thanks for reading. By the way William. This is only our 4th season. Really enjoying it. The Irish Nationals seem to be lucky for us. First time entering we got 3rd Section and 21st overall in Yearling. Second time 90th and this time 2nd - 3rd Skibbereen OB and a 94th in Yearling place. Just more info. Ta Noel.

4th Middle Section J Boothman & Son Jun Blanchardstown – Vel 1575, flying 176 miles winning £97.
My yearly check hen that was 4th National Skibbereen is a very good racer for me, she is breed from a double grandson of Kittel paired to a granddaughter of Strik/ Sagan. This pair of pigeons have breed me pigeons to win at club, Fed, and National level. This is another loft most consistent in the INFC races.

5th Middle Section Tomas Kavanagh Drogheda & District – Vel 1570, flying 191 miles winning £22
The loft won 2nd, 3rd and 5th in last seasons YB Skibbereen and has followed that up with 5th in Skibbereen Old Birds.
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th South Section Byrne & Bradley Newtown Kilpedder – Vels 1542, 1542, 1534, 1478 and 1460, flying 170 miles winning £220.
I'd like to congratulate my mates Jason Byrne and Dan Bradley from Newtown In Co Wicklow on finishing 10th 11th 12th Nat plus a few other positions in the Skibb Nat but mainly on topping the South of Ireland from an INFC race for the 3rd time in only a few years. The lads also topped the South of Ireland from the Sennen cove yearling Nat and YB Penzance in the last few years and now they have done it in the Skibbereen national. I doubt there's many if any other loft who has topped the South of Ireland in those 3 races in recent years, well done lads super result well deserved, and well done all 1st Section and Nat winners. Jamie Kelly PO.
Dan Bradley supplied the following - The partnership is made up of Jason Byrne and Dan Bradley with the help of Dans father Andy. This is the 3rd time since 2019 that this loft has won the south section including 1st South Section in 2019 INFC Young Bird Grand National from Penzance and 1st South Section in 2021 INFC Yearling National Sennan Cove

1st South Section IHU 23 S 032093 - Blue Hen - 'Lucky 93'
One of the many pigeons from the 'Lucky Lines' in our loft. Sire of this pigeon was bred by Thomas Maguire call 'Tomo' from his famous 'Lambrecht Cock', 'Tomo' won 3 weeks in a row as a young bird in 2018 before getting injured. The Dam (Jays Girl) was a sticker doncker bought in a kit of youngster from Thomas Maguire in 2019. This hen was a latebred hen in 2023 and only had one race as a youngster. This season she has raced the full programme prior to entering the Skibbereen National.
2nd South Section GB21P-27232 - Cheq Cock - 'Mr Unlucky'
Full Brother to Lucky 93 and from the Lucky Lines. This cock has 11 x top 10 cards over the last few seasons and now has 7x 2nds where he has been beaten by loft mates 5 times. Waspreviously 31st South Section 50th Open in the INFC Skibbereen Young Bird National in 2021.
3rd South Section IHU 23 S 032004 - Red hen - 'Fire'
This hen is a great granddaughter of the Lambrecht Cock. The Grandsire of this hen was a half brother to Tomo, he won 5 x 1st Club including 1st Fed Kinsale for us. The Sire is a son of this cock when paired to a hen we were gifted from Ray Matthews and Family. The Dam (called Kasabian) is a hen we bought from a kit of youngsters from Wayne Doonan, she was young bird of the year in 2021 in the Newtown & Kilpedder club. Previous performance of 032004 includes 8th highest velocity in the INFC Skibbereen Young Bird National in 2023 at 1467ypm. Scoring 5 times in 7 club races prior to the INFC Skibbereen National.
4th South Section IHU 23 S 032045 - Blue hen - 'Sophia 45'
Sire is a son of our old good blue Sticker doncker cock from Thomas Maguire when paired to a hen from Gregory Bros of Rathnew. Dam was a gift of an egg we receieved from Sheldon Leonard and Yannick Deridder. A full sister to this hen won 7 x 1st including featuring 3 years in a row in the result of the INFC Skibbereen National. This season this hen has scored 3 times in the Top 10 of the club.
5th South Section IHU 23 S 031600 - Blue cock - 'The 6000 cock'
Son of Mr Unlucky who was 2nd South Section. This cock was an end of summer late bred. Mr Unlucky was allowed to rear a youngster at the end of the old bird season. he was never raced as a youngster but was trained up to the start of December. This season he had 3 races carefully selected by Jason to aim towards the national race.
6th South Section
IHU 23 S 032002- Cheq Cock - 'Lucky Double 02' Full brother of Lucky 93 (1st South Section) & Mr Unlucky (2nd South Section)

1st & 2nd North Section John Trimble & Grandson Annalong – Vels 1511 and 1511 flying 223 miles winning £501

John Trimble and his grandson Zac are enjoying another impressive season. They topped the East Down Combine from the first two Old Bird races this year from Tullamore and have taken many other top 40 positions in the Combine throughout the year.
The pigeon timed here to take 1st North section Skibbereen National is a two-year-old Blue Pied hen, racing roundabout. The sire is a Luc Vervoort from Ian Gibb & Son Glenavy. The grand dam on the sire’s side is ‘Miss Nicole’, one of Ian’s best breeding birds. The dam is a Van den Bulck cock from clubmates K Rooney & Son. The grand sire is a half-brother to Owen Markey’s Fermoy and Fermoy 5 Bird NIPA winner having also topped the NIPA in the second race of the year from Roscrea. John and Zac’s North section winner has been in the club result 5 times and was 11th Open Tullamore this year.

Their second bird is a two-year-old blue cock also racing roundabout. It is a full brother of the North section winner, though they not nest mates. Their half-sister was 1st Open East Down Combine from 2nd Tullamore this year. The bird at 2nd North section here has a terrific race record having been in the club result seven times, also taking 2nd East section, 2nd Open Fermoy as a young bird, 9th East section Tullamore in 2023, 13th section, 27th Open Skibbereen Old Bird Classic 2023, and 9th section, 9th Open Tullamore this year. Brendan McLoughlin PO.

3rd North Section J & D Braniff Glen HPS – Vel 1510, flying 252 miles winning £256.

Fantastic team performance with a great card returned to the Muckamore Centre, this loft is ever present and are having another top season. The cock we were 3rd North section is a son of our No 1 pair. The Griffiths cock paired to a hen that won 6th North section in a hard Skibbereen doing 1206. The cock was in the Section an Open prizes in the NIPA Skibbereen earlier, plus in the prizes a few weeks before that. He was raced on widowhood.

4th & 5th North Section Owen Markey Ballyholland – Vels 1506 and 1503 flying 218 miles winning £197.
Another top season for Owen Markey of Newry I got somew brief details of his two birds via the local PO Jordan Hughes. 4th North Section is 644 a son of 700 2nd Open Nipa Skibbereen 8th Open Roscrea 17,000 plus other top open positions.
5th North Section is a daughter of De Guss x Hail Mary, De Guss sire to Moviestar and Hail Mary 1st Open Nipa Fermoy 24,000 birds. Thanks Jordan.

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Devine & Hilmi and the Skibbereen National winning hen Bernie.
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