Penzance Yearling Nat - Wed 12th 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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Penzance Yearling Nat - Wed 12th June 2024

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INFC Penzance Yearling National Race Marking Times.
Penzance Yearling National 2024 times for race marking.

11:00 to 12.30 N.I.P.A. sections A, B, D, E, H.
12.30 to 14:00 East Down Combine, Ulster Fed., N.I.P.A. sections C, F, and G.
and Individual north section members.
14:00 to 15.30 South section members and Individual south section members.

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.

We will update on Sunday 9th June 2024 to confirm if race marking will take place on Monday 10th June 2024.
Trevor Topping I.N.F.C. Secretary.

INFC Penzance Yearling National Liberation Wednesday 12th June.
Trevor12 June 2024 Penzance Yearling National Wednesday 12th June 2024. Race Sponsored by Beatties Bird & Pet Foods. 455 members have entered 3086 pigeons and are competing for £26,038.00 in pools and prize money. The pigeons have been release at 08.00am in a light north westerly wind. Our next update will be this evening. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE.

Top 10 Prov INFC Penzance Yearling Nat – D Mooney Dublin North County 1317, G Buckley & Son Annaghmore 1304, 304, G & M Doyle Arklow 1300, Capper Bros Bondhill 1300, J & D Braniff Glen 1297, M/M B McNeilly Doagh 1294, J Connolly Ballymoney 1288, G Trimble & Grandson Annalong 1288, K Murray Killyleagh 1274. All position and pools filled on the day of liberation. Members who finish in the Top 10 should send bird info and a photo holding the winner to Homer for his INFC Race Report to be published in BHW and on Elimar and Pigeonnetwork.com

The INFC Committee are grateful once again for all the help at the race marking, and also all those involved in the various Clock Centres across Ireland including the temporary stations at Edgarstown in Portadown and Coleraine, every little bit of help is appreciated. On a personal note, many thanks to all those who supplied text and photos for this report or helped in any other way. The more info we get the better job can be done, any little snips, details of the bird itself plus info on the sire and dam. Any awards won previous, how long in the birds etc. ASAP after the race. The race report usually features the Top 10 of each race, contact details are in the 2024 Race Booklet.

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Dick Mooney from Dublin wins the INFC Yearling Nat Penzance -

Many regard the Yearling Nat as one of the best in the programme, it has been well supported since introduction and the Nelson Corry Cup was put up for the winner, Nelson a well-respected member from Dunmurry who won the Blue Riband Kings Cup during his many years as INFC Chairman. The race was kindly sponsored by Beatties Bird & Pet Foods and 455 members sent 3086 birds.

Liberation was on Wednesday 12th June at 8.00am into a light north westerly wind. The big early arrival in the South Sect for D Mooney of Dublin North County provd to be the overall winner while Glen Buckley & Son with two birds together in Annaghmore were to finish 2nd & 3rd Open INFC and collect the Sam Buckley Memorial Trophy for bes 2 Bird Average.

This years Yearling National winner was bred by Trevor and Denise Cahill and raced by David { DICK } Mooney , Racing in the Dublin North County Club and in the Irish South Road Federation, Dick lives just north of dublin in swords, and flys 232 miles 1297 yards, Dick clocked the bird at 13.11.00 for a velocity of 1317 yds per min, Winning the race by 13 yards.

The winner is blue hen small to medium size , she was sent to the race as a celibit hen racing to the perch, She was bought as part of a kit of young birds from T and D cahill, bray co wicklow, before the national the hen racing as a young bird was clocked out of the young bird national penzance winning the south section and 28th open in the national , The hen also won the Irish Homing Union young bird of the year 2023, in 2024 the hen had 4 races inland up 160 miles then sent to dale where she was 2nd club and 38th open , Following this the hen was sent to the yearling national in a team of 9 birds dick clocked 3 in the result that day, I would like to Paddy And Martin rock for bringing my birds to the national races every year, And to the members of the dublin north county club for all their help especially Anthony Keogh, In a very difficult year for me health wise. Dick Mooney.

INFC Penzance Yearling Nat Open 455/3086 – D Mooney Dublin North County 1317, Glen Buckley & Sons Annaghmore 1304, 1304, Gary & Mark Doyle Arklow United RPC 1300, Capper Bros Bondhill Soc 1300, J & D Braniff The Glen HPS 1297, Mr & Mrs B McNeilly Doagh & District 1294, J Connolly Ballymoney 1288, John Trible & Grandson Annalong 1288,Kevin Murray Killyleagh & District 1274, Gary & Mark Doyle 1271, C & R McIntyre Cullybackey 1267, J & D Braniff 1262, J Brush Drumnavaddy 1260, B Doyle Enniscorthy 1259, P Daly Newtown Kilpedder 1249, Darren Aiken Dromara 1246, Telford Bros Downpatrick Prem 1240D Grieves Killyleagh & District 1237, J Murtagh Ballyholland 1236.

INFC South Sect Penzance 176/1111 – D Mooney Dublin North County 1317, Gary &Mark Doyle Arklow United RPC 1300, 1271, BDoyle Enniscorthy 1259, P Daly Newtown Kilpedder 1249, S Dunne & Son Balbriggan 1205, K Sharkey Castlebellingham 1189, Gary & Mark Doyle 1182, Gregory Bros Rathnew 1179, Cahill & Mooreouse Bray Inv 1176.

INFC North Section Penzance 279/1942 - Glen Buckley & Sons Annaghmore 1304, 1304, Capper Bros Bondhill Soc 1300, J & D Braniff The Glen HPS 1297, Mr & Mrs B McNeilly Doagh & District 1294, J Connolly Ballymoney 1288, John Trible & Grandson Annalong 1288, Kevin Murray Killyleagh & District 1274, C & R McIntyre Cullybackey 1267, J & D Braniff 1262, J Brush Drumnavaddy 1260, Darren Aiken Dromara 1246, Telford Bros Downpatrick Prem 1240D Grieves Killyleagh & District 1237, J Murtagh Ballyholland 1236, S & N Doherty Cullybackey 1233, J McNeill & Son Randalstown 1232, I Gibb & Sons Glenavy 1230, S & E Buckley Edgarstown 1224, R Telford Annaghmore 1214.

Irish SR Federation Penzance Ylr Nat (INFC) – D Mooney Dublin North County 1317, T McLoughlin & Son Finglas 1144, 1144, J McLoughlin Blanchardstown 1142, Hopkins Bros & Sons Blanchardstown 1125, D Cummins & Son Finglas 1036, L Donnelly & Son Finglas 909, J McLoughlin 884.

NIPA Penzance Yearling Nat (INFC) – Glen Buckley & Sons Annaghmore 1304, 1304, Capper Bros Bondhill Soc 1300, J & D Braniff The Glen HPS 1297, Mr & Mrs B McNeilly Doagh & District 1294, J Connolly Ballymoney 1288, Kevin Murray Killyleagh & District 1274, C & R McIntyre Cullybackey 1267, J & D Braniff 1262, J Brush Drumnavaddy 1260, Darren Aiken Dromara 1246, Telford Bros Downpatrick Prem 1240D Grieves Killyleagh & District 1237, J Murtagh Ballyholland 1236, S & N Doherty Cullybackey 1233, J McNeill & Son Randalstown 1232, I Gibb & Sons Glenavy 1230, S & E Buckley Edgarstown 1224, R Telford Annaghmore 1214, Larkin Bros Meadows HPS 1208.

South Leinster Fed Penzance Ylr Nat (INFC) – Gary & Mark Doyle Arklow United RPC 1300, 1271, B Doyle Enniscorthy 1259, P Daly Newtown Kilpedder 1249, Gary & Mark Doyle 1182, Gregory Bros Rathnew 1179, J Fitzgerald & Grand-daughter Rathnew 1150, Dylan Doran Arklow United RPC 1149, 1149, B & B Gahan Enniscorthy 1146.

East Coast Federation Penzance Ylr Nat (INFC) – S Dunne & Son Balbriggan 1205, K Sharkey Castlebellingham 1189, P Smith & Son Shankill 116, K O’Brien Malahide & Son 1154, Jason O’Brien Northeast Channel 1149, E & J Campbell Balbriggan 1125, Hand & Kallmeyer Skerries 1113, 1113, Devine & Hilmi Skerries 1111, Hand & Kallmeyer 1101.

INFC Centre & Station positions Yearling Nat – (Subject to correction)

Balbriggan Station – D Mooney 1317, S Dunne & Son 1205, K Sharkey 1189, K O’Brien 1154, Jason O’Brien 1149, T McLoughlin & Son 1144, 1144, J McLoughlin 1142, Hopkins Bros 1125, E & J Campbell 1125.

Portadown Centre – G Buckley & Son 1304, 1304, Cappr Bros 1300, S & E Buckley 1224, R Telford 1214, Larkin Bros 1208, G Buckley & Son 1197, G & Simmons 1191, Moody Bros 1175, Jim Robinson 1175.

Wicklow Station – G & M Doyle 1300, 1271, Brendan Doyle Enniscorthy 1259, Paul Daly Newtown 1249, G & M Doyle 1182, Gregory Bros Rathnew 1179, Dylan Moran Arklow 1149, 1149, B & B Gahan Enniscorthy 1146, Ron Fewings Rathnew 1141.

Muckamore Centre – J & D Braniff Glen 1297, M/M B McNeilly Doagh 1294, C & R McIntyre Cullybackey 1267, J & D Braniff 1262, J McNeill & Son Randalstown 1232, S & N Doherty Cullybackey 1223, Young McManus & Sons Ahoghill 1202, M/M B McNeilly 1201, G K & I Moxham Larne 1199, A Darragh Cullybackey 1179, Horner Bros & Son 1172, J McNeill & Son 1170, S Murphy Muckamore 1170 J & D Braniff 1162, A Thompson Ballyclare 1154, D & J Campbell Eastway 1147, S & N Doherty 1145, D & S Suitters & Sons Doagh 1139, A & T Agnew 1122, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1119.
Coleraine Centre – J Connolly Ballymoney 1288, C McCook Ballymoney 1200, D & H Stuart Ballymoney 1126, B & D Coyle Coleraine Prem 1116, D Dixon Ballymoney 1077, D & H Stuart 1070, J Walker Ballymoney 1068, D & H Stuart 1053, D Dixon 1003, 982.

Banbridge Centre – John Trimble & Grandson 1288, J Brush 1260, D Aiken 1246 J Murtagh & Son 1236, J Brush 1188, R Carson & Son 1176, J Mount & Son 1175, A McAteer & Sons 1173, J Brush 1173, Thomas Mallon 1157.

Lisburn Centre – K Murray 1274, Teford Bros 1240, D Grieves 1236, I Gibb & Sons 1230, D Grieves 1196, McCartan & Woodsides 1179, G Marsden 1152, N Black & Son 1152, G Marsden 1152, S Milligan & Daughter 1148.

INFC Clubs Yearling Nat Penzance –

Dublin North County – D Mooney 1317.
Annaghmore HPS – Glen Buckley & Sons 1304, 1304, R Telford 1214, Glen Buckley & Sons 1197, R Telford 1141, 1124.
Arklow United RPC – Gary & Mark Doyle 1300, 1271, 1182, Dylan Doran 1149, 1149, Billy Burke 1130.
Bondhill Social – Capper Bros 1300, John Greenaway 1164, 1137, 1072, 972.
The Glen HPS – J & D Braniff 1297, 1262, 1162, 1096, 1013, 987, 969.
Doagh & District HPS – M/M B McNeilly 1294, 1201, D & S Suitters & Sons 1139, D & R Turkington 1025, A & N Lewis 981.
Ballymoney HPS - J Connolly 1288, C McCook 1200, D & H Stuart 1126, D Dixon 1077, D & H Stuart 1070, J Walker 1068. Runner-up Christopher McCook flying 349 miles blue cock is a son of B & D Coyle good Pencil cock and the dam was bred by J McDowell & Sons.
Annalong – John Trimble & Grandson 1288, J McCartan 1064, John Trimble & Grandson 1048, 1046, J McCartan 984, John Trimble & Grandson 980.
Killyleagh & District – K Murray 1274, D Grieves 1237, 1196, Morrison Bros 1061, D Grieves 1022.
Cullybackey HPS – C & R McIntyre 1267, S & N Doherty 1223, A Darragh 1179, S & N Doherty 1145, N & S Anderson 1105, Mr & Mrs Robinson 1098.
Drumnavaddy Inv HPS – J Brush 1260, 1188, J Mount & Son 1175, J Brush 1173, 1136, S Ogle 1101.
Enniscorthy – B Doyle 1259, B & B Gahan 1146, B Doyle 1140, Alan Doyle 1055.
Newtown Kilpedder – P Daly 1249, C & T Murphy 1099.
Dromara HPS 9/57 – D Aiken 1246, N Black & Son 1152, N Edgar & Son 1124, 1105. 1069, N Black & Son 1055. A massive well done to Darren Aiken winning the club and finishing 3rd centre. Darren is keeping the good club form going in the big races with another early pigeon. Well done to N Black & Sons on getting their first prize of the season, finishing second, and having a good card of pigeons. Derek Edgar was also getting his pigeons extremely well. Darren takes home the £50 sponsored by David Black, now that may take a good while to get paid out. David takes second and £30 with Derek finishing third and gets £20.
Downpatrick Premier – Telford Bros 1240, S Milligan & Daughter 1148, D McNabb 1128, Telford Bros 1125, D McNabb 1102, Telford Bros 1041.
Ballyholland – J Murtagh 1236, A McAteer 1173, J Murtagh 1119, M Peters 1097, J Murtagh 1073, C O’Hare 1022.
Randalstown HPS – J McNeill & Son 1232, 1170, Stewart Bros 1066.
Glenavy & District – I Gibb & Sons 1230, H McKeown 1116, D Scott 1095, I Gibb & Sons 1039.
Edgarstown HPS – S & E Buckley 1224, G & C Simmons 1191, Jim Robinson 1175, T & A Ford 1159, R Bell & Sons 1167, A & R Neill 1110. Well done Simon and Eric taking the win form INFC yearling National, there winner is a Half-brother to their 1st Dale winner. Well done to all in the result with all 8 members timing in the race.
The Meadows HPS – Larkin Bros 1208, 1139, Alan Larkin 1138, Matt McCabe 1125, Joe Brown 1038, Geoff Douglas 935.
Balbriggan – S Dunne & Son 1205, E & J Campbell 1125, P J Corcoran & Son 1070, S Dunne & Son 1004, M/M J McMahon 986.
Ahoghill Flying Club – Young McManus & Sons 1202, W Livingstone 914.
Larne & District HPS – G K & I Moxham 1199. Another week another tough channel race with NW winds. Congratulations to the partnership G, K & I Moxham sending 3 and so far timing 1 of these birds after a tough 7hrs 59 mins on the wing . This young hen part of a kit they purchased from Hugh Bigger was flying on the roundabout system. Hopefully the other 2 will turn in for this partnership. Jamie McGarel PO.
Castlebellingham – K Sharkey 1189, D Coleman 1040, Liam Dullaghan 1026, McKeown & McEvoy 897, 888, Peter McElaneney & Son 866.
Crossgar HPS – McCartan & Woodsides 1179, S McLoughlin 1123, Adair & McCombs 1075, 1053, McCartan & Woodsides 1043, Paddy Byrne 1034.
Rathnew PC 11/112 – Gregory Bros 1179, J Fitzgerald 1150, Ron Fewings 1141, J & M Merrigan 1074, Moorehouse Family 1072, Ron Fewings 966. Their winner had won Dale earlier.
Bray Invitation – Cahill & Moorehouse 1176, 1134, Conor Whelan & Daughter 989, J Downing 883.
Banbridge Social HPS – R Carson & Son 1176, T Mallon 1157, E G Sands & Son 1081, McCracken Bros 1067, E McAlinden 982, R Carson & Son 949.
Gilford & District RPC – Moody Bros 1175, Rafferty & Toman 1143, Moody Bros 1035, O Fitzpatrick 1021, Moody Bros 988, C & H Beattie 971.
Ballyclare & District – Horner Bros & Son 1172, A Thompson 1154, A & T Agnew 1122, W R Moore & Son 1045, 1003, A & T Agnew 998.
Muckamore HPS – Sam Murphy 1170, Mr & Mrs Magill 1113, Alan Steele 1110, Sam Murphy 1071, Alan Steele 986.
Loughgall – John McGeary 1168, 974.
Shankill & District RPC 5/40 – Phil Smith & Son 1162, M & M Curtis 962, 856, M McCabe & Son 790, 722, 652.
Malahide & District – K O’Brien & Son 1154, Joe Doheny 914.
Hillsborough & Maze – Gary Marsden 1152, 1152, 1110, Lyons & Kennedy 1059, Gary Marsden 1050, 987.
Northeast Channel – Jason O’Brien 1149, 923.
Millvale – Noel Murtagh 1148.
Eastway – D & J Campbell 1147, 990, Grattn Bros 984, D & J Campbell 970.
Finglas – T McLoughlin & Son 1144, 1144, D Cummins & Son 1036, L Donnell & Son 909. 901.
Blanchardstown – J McLoughlin 1142, Hopkins Bros & Sons 1125, J McLoughlin 884.
Gorey RPS – D Kinsella 1136, 916.
Colin HPS – O & M Monaghan 1132, P & K Braniff 980.
Newry & District – Ron Williamson 1131, M Gillan 1011, Ron Williamson 1006.
Portavogie – Young & McCormick 1127, 1021.
Ballymena & District HPS – Blair & Rankin 1119, J Wright 1080, J Eagleson & Sons 947, S Johnston & Son 922.
Armagh HPS – K Shannon 1117, 1101, 1015.
Beechpark Social – S & J McCullough 1116, R Bothwell 1095, 1095, 970.
Coleraine Premier HPS – B & D Coyle 1116, T McCrudden 900.
Derriaghy – R Benson 1115, Kyle Johnston 968.
Skerries – Hand & Kallmeyer 1113, 1113, Devine & Hilmi 1111, Hand & Kallmeyer 1101, Hand & Kallmeyer 939, 910.
Dundrum – R McVeigh & Sons 1112.
Lisburn & District – R Topping & Son 1110, D Ferguson 1026, H Dalzell 917, 899 G Benson 821.
Newtownbreda – T Marshall & Son 1109, 1082, 974.
Fortfield – Johston Bros 1108.
Crumlin & District HPS 6/22 – Fleming Bros 1108, Sefton Thompson 1027, G Grant 978, R & S Hope 968, 963, 934, 790.
Killyleagh Central – J Linden & Son 1101, 1101, McComb Bros 1073, J Linden & Son 981.
Newry City Inv – Donnelly Bros 1101, 032, 984.
Lurgan Social – K Henderson & Son 1088, 1016, T Fitzpatrick 983.
Dromore HPS – T Mawhinney 1083.
Rasharkin & District – D Dixon 1077, 1003, 982.
Cookstown – Billy McConnell 1077, Keith Morton & Sons 1047, Billy McConnell 1004.
Comber Social – Burns Bros 1075, 977.
Corrigs – Robert Shaw 1071, 994, 982.
Harmony HPS – S Wilson & Son 1064, R & S Malcolmson 1047, Billy Wallace 1026.
Markethill HPS – J & H Muldrew & McMurray 1045, 998, R McCracken 940, 788, 774.
Wicklow SR 11/94 – Eamon O’Brien 1042, 963, 824, N Dickinson 789, Eamon O’Brien 748, Healy & Byrne 666.
Millisle – R Strain & Son 1037.
Monaghan HPS – G Swift 1034, R Mulligan 964, G Swift 944, R Mulligan 927, J Graham 918, 800.
Annsborough – James Cleland 1033.
NI Middle Route – Maurice Weir 1019.
North Kildare Inv – Adam Sitek 1016.
Ligoniel & District – Bingham & Seaton 1013.
Portadown & Drumcree – A McDonald 1006, 956, 920. Congratulations to Allan McDonald sending 3 birds and timing them all on the day.
Dublin Northeast RPC – P Rock & Son 991.
Boyne Valley – Patrick Arthur 958, 902, H Shealy 877.
Ardee RPC – A Smyth 929, 915.
Sallynoggin HPS – Ray Matthews & Family, Mick Maguire & Son, Ollie Donovan, Ray Matthews & Family, Kav & Lawness, Jamie Kelly.

Mid Antrim Combine Penzance Yearling National (INFC) – C & R McIntyre 1st MAC

The first channel National of the Irish National Flying Club was flown on Wednesday 12th June. The 3,086 entries were released at 8.00am in light north westerly winds and another tough channel race followed. Father and son partnership of Chris and Robin McIntyre had the best bird in the Mid Antrim Combine after timing their blue cock at 16.02pm flying 347 miles to the loft's in Dervock. The lads who race in the Cullybackey club and have a good channel record over the years finish 9th North Section and 12th Open National winning £525. Their winning cock sitting on chipping eggs is full brother to 6 x 1st for the loft including their good 5yo blue Merit Award winning cock, a winner of 52nd Open & 64th Open INFC Friendship National 493 miles. He is also a full brother to winners from Talbenny and Rosscarbery young bird National's. Another top result for two decent and likeable fellows.

Runner up in the Combine was Anthony McNeill of Randalstown who finished 21st & 49th open winning £746. Both bird's were bred by Geoff Dickey of Farmview Loft's. The first bird is off a Stefan Lambrechts cock that carries Porsche Vroom bloodlines and has has bred 5x1sts. The dam is from their good cock Redstar who is responsible for many 1sts prize winners. While racing Redstar won 1st Section & 15th Open in the Nipa yearling cock National. The mother of the dam is their No1 hen "Wonderful", she's responsible for many winners including "Buster"1st Mid Antrim Combine & 1st Open Mullingar. Anthony's second bird a blue hen feeding a 2 day old chick again contains the best of the Dickey Donckers including "Wonderful" the No1 hen at Farmview Loft's and Gary Gibson's "Golden Couple" Anthony's blue hen won 87th North Section & 99th Open in the INFC Penzance young bird National last season.

Next best was Stephen & Natalie Doherty of Portglenone who also race in Cullybackey Flying Club. The Father and Daughter partnership timed a blue pied hen sitting on eggs and was slipped two chicks on the Friday before Monday basketing. The dam "Natalie's Girl" was gifted by Alistair McNaughton of Cushendall. She is dam of 8th MA Combine & 238th Open Penzance Yearling National 2022 and grandam of 13th MA Combine 243rd Open Talbenny YB National 2022 and 11th MA Combine, 14th Section & 143rd Open Dale 2024. The sire is Jan Aarden bred by Cedarwood Loft's. The loft's had an excellent team performance being placed 24th, 71st, 199th, 261st & 285th Open National with the 24th & 285th birds being the same way bred. The Doherty team who have only been racing three years had 7 birds home on the night from 8 entries and already have won some top positions including this and last season 1st Mid Antrim Combine & 11th Open INFC St Malo Friendship national. Stephen and Natalie would like to thank Mr & Mrs Connolly of Portglenone for their kind generosity for allowing them the use of their field where the lofts are erected.

Ace racers and breeders Paddy & William McManus had the best bird in Ahoghill and 28th Open National. This blue w/f hen sitting eggs 12 days won the club from the Skibbereen Inland National earlier in the season and contains their top Van Den Brande lines. The dam is half sister to "Sammy's Girl" 1st Open INFC Penzance YB National for Martin Graham having the same mother. "Sammy's Girl" was bred by Paddy & William last season and purchased in a kit by Martin and Sammy Steele. The sire of their 28th Open hen is a grandson of "Indy" of Falco Ebben. Alan Darragh was next best in the Combine and had another good National result being placed 39th, 194th, 207th, 215th & 234th Open National.
Bertie Blair was best in Ballymena & District and had the best bird in the Town finishing 102nd Open. Bertie's pencil blue cock is father and daughter pairing. The dam being "Faith" 1st Open Nipa Talbenny YB National in 2019 and has now bred 4 x 1st prize-winners. The sire is a Lambrecht son of Danny Dixon's "Aviary Cock" when paired to a daughter of Danny's "Heartbreaker". This cock has bred Bertie 3 x 1st Nipa Open winners in the past season's. Other's to be placed in the Open result include Neil & Steven Anderson of Cullybackey 122nd Open, Mr & Mrs Robinson Cullybackey 135th, 184th & 222nd Open, J & J Greer Cullybackey 140th Open, Joey Wright Ballymena 149th Open, D Dixon Rasharkin 152nd, 241st & 275th, Stewart Bros 170th Open and G & A Eagleson Cullybackey 209th Open. Mervyn Eagleson Mid Antrim PO.

MAC Penzance Yearling National - C & R McIntyre Cullybackey 1267, J McNeill & Son Randalstown 1232, S & N Doherty Cullybackey 1223, Young & McManus & Sons Ahoghill 1202, A Darragh Cullybackey 1179, J McNeill & Son Randalstown 1170, S & N Doherty Cullybackey 1145, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1119, N & S Anderson Cullybackey 1105, Mr & Mrs Robinson Cullybackey 1098, J & J Greer Cullybackey 1093, Joey Wright Ballymena 1080, D Dixon Rasharkin 1077, Stewart Bros Randalstown 1066, Mr & Mrs Robinson Cullybackey 1048, A Darragh Cullybackey 1039, S & N Doherty Cullybackey 1035, A Darragh Cullybackey 1028, G & A Eagleson Cullybackey1027, A Darragh Cullybackey 1024, Mr & Mrs Robinson Cullybackey 1020, A Darragh Cullybackey 1008, D Dixon Rasharkin 1003, S & N Doherty Cullybackey 987, D Dixon Rasharkin 982, S & N Doherty Cullybackey 975, A Darragh Cullybackey 962, J Eagleson & Sons Ballymena 947, A Darragh Cullybackey 925, S Johnston & Son Ballymena 922, G & A Eagleson Cullybackey 921, W Livingstone Ahoghill 914, J & J Greer Cullybackey 911, A Darragh Cullybackey 882, G & A Eagleson Cullybackey 853, A Darragh Cullybackey 811, 808.

Mid Antrim Combine Clubs INFC Ylr National
Cullybackey HPS – C & R McIntyre 1267, S & N Doherty 1223, A Darragh 1179, S & N Doherty 1145, N & S Anderson 1105, Mr & Mrs Robinson 1098, J & J Greer 1093, Mr & Mrs Robinson 1048, A Darragh 1039, S & N Doherty 1035, A Darragh 1028, G & A Eagleson 1027, A Darragh 1024, Mr & Mrs Robinson 1020, A Darragh 1008, S & N Doherty 987, 975, A Darragh 962, 925, G & A Eagleson 921, J & J Greer 911, A Darragh 882, G & A Eagleson 853, A Darragh 811, 808.
Randalstown HPS – J McNeill & Son 1232, 1170, Stewart Bros 1066,
Ahoghill Flying Club – Young McManus & Sons 1202, W Livingstone 914.
Ballymena & District HPS – Blair & Rankin 1119, J Wright 1080, J Eagleson & Sons 947, S Johnston & Son 922.
Rasharkin & District – D Dixon 1077, 1003, 982.

The Yearling Nat was the usual hard test although having said that the cool conditions at the home end resulted in a reported return of more than half the entry making it one of the best races in recent years. Good to see the entry get above 3,000 birds and this despite the marking arrangements not suiting many of the membership. When the Yearling Nat was added to the INFC programme we had no idea it would have been as successful as it has turned oud, one of the best supported on the programme and the Nelson Corry Cup presented to the winner, Nelson was a long-time Chairman of the INFC. Very well done to all those who made the result worthy winners Mooney & Keogh from the Dublin North County, 1st South Sect last season in the Penzance YB Grand Nat and now 1st South Sect again and an unforgettable 1st Open INFC. Glen Buckley & Son from Annaghmore were the loft in form in the NIPA 1st & 2nd Open in both races from Dale, and 1st & 2nd North Sect here to win the 2 Bird Average and will collect the Sam Buckley Memorial Trophy at the annual presentation.

The race was sponsored by Beattie’s Bird & Pet Foods and three bags of mixture won by 1st RPRA G Buckley & Son vel 1304, 1st IHU North J Trimble & Grandson vel 1288 and 1st IHU South D Mooney vel 1311.

INFC Race Report by Homer

1st South Section & 1st Open INFC Penzance Ylr Nat D Mooney of Dublin North County, vel 1317 flying 23 miles winning £1,987 and the Nelson Corry Trophy.

Dick Mooney & Anthony Keogh what a day it was for them yesterday. Congratulations lads a dream come true. 1st National Penzance Yearling National INFC 3,000+ Birds. This hen has already hit hard last seasons 2023 winning the South Section in the young birds INFC National. She's has a heart of a loin. She was well pooled all the way plus winner of €4,500 from the Trim RPC nominated bird. Delighted to have the lads training with myself. That's 2 x 1st INFC winners in the last couple of weeks reported back. I was glad to hear back from the lads. Thanks for the feedback. Eddie Barry PO.

Firstly I want to thank Dick Mooney for giving me this opportunity to work with him. It was especially great working with this hen for the last two years. First year - 2nd Club & 38th open ISRF Dale then 1st South Section & 28th INFC Young Bird Penzance National
Second year - 1st National Penzance Yearling National INFC. She has other cards on the land in the club as well. I would like to thank a few lads for putting me on the right road. First is Trevor Cahill for breeding me birds for the last few years and this hen was one of these, Mickey Concannon and Robert Conannon (Derry) for teaching me a lot about feeding and what to look for in long distance and Cross Channel racing birds. They introduced me to Dave Mawhinney, I travelled up North with the team of birds seeking his advice on the year ahead. These men are pure gentlemen, and I would like to thank them for all their help. I walked into Dick Mooney’s loft two years ago and I have really enjoyed my journey. Anthony Keogh.

1st & 2nd North Sect and 2nd & 3rd Open G Buckley & Son, Annaghmore, vel 1304 and 1304 flying 301 miles winning £685 plus James McGrugan Memorial Cup for 1st North Section. and the Sam Buckley Memorial Cup best 2 Bird Average.
So close to winning another top National G Buckley & Sons from Annaghmore had two birds together to record the first two birds in the North Sect and finish 2nd & 3rd Open INFC going great guns at this time with 1st & 2nd Open NIPA in the two races from Bude in Wales. The very pleasing added bonus is that the collect the Sam Buckley Memorial cup for the best 2 Bird Average. It will be another big night at the INFC presentation of awards.

2nd & 3rd South Sect and 4th & 11th Open for G & M Doyle of Arklow, vel 1300 flying 184 miles winning £2,152.

The breeding of the lofts first three birds is the same bred from the same pair. The grand sire of them is our Number 2 breeding cock the Golden Balls cock a gaveart from Gary Tomlinson who dares wins U.K., golden balls was paired to a double granddaughter of kittle from John angwin Cornwall, which produced THE GOLDEN CHILD, The golden child was paired to a direct Frankie de Gendt hen which is a sister to Frankie’s super Blauw 716 winner of 16x1st prizes and 5th national ace pigeon kbdb Belgium 2020. The same year Blauw 716 won 5th national ace, her mother fast 612 winner of 14x1st prices was 12th national ace pigeon kbdb all of Belgium. With us racing the Roland Janssens pigeons for many years now we knew the Frankie de gendth pigeons would suit us as he and Roland race in the same province with similar results, dad and I would just like to thank our good friend Jan van Bentum for sourcing us such quality pigeons from Belgium and Holland. 28 hens racing record and the golden balls cock the gavaert pigeon g/sire to the 28 he was sire to the 59 hen Ther Champion ace pigeon Arklow Utd 2023 young bird and over all single bird average winner points on the sprint. Many thanks Mark.

3rd North Sect & 5th Open Capper Bros of Bondhill Social, vel 1300 flying 301 miles winning £806.

We would like to thank Willie Capper of Capper Bros and young Ellie for the phone call to let us know on their excellent result in the Penzance Yearling National. Gaining 3rd North Section 5th Open INFC with Bosua Figos stock coming from ourselves. Also to Darren Aiken of Aiken Bros winning 1st Club 12th North Section 17th Open again Bosua Figos coming from our lofts. These pigeons need no introduction for the longer races as previously Penance and Kings Cup winners as yearlings Joe Maghery Arklow and Angus Smith Ardee and ourselves. Well done to all. Bernie Cochrane PO. Willie purchased this stock last year and has had instant success, his blue cock was racing Roundabout.

4th North Sect & 6th Open J & D Braniff of The Glen HPS, vel 1297 flying 311 miles winning £1,025.

We timed a cock racing on roundabout, he's always been consistent and flew Dale as a young bird. His sire was bred for stock out of our No 1 stock pair, an his dam is a daughter of our good Drum hens, these lines have been fantastic for us down Ireland and right through to Penzance. Partners were best in Muckamore Centre in the earlier Skibbereen and best again in the Yearling Nat two great race cards returned. Thanks, David, for the info, fantastic season.

5th North Sect & 7th Open Mr & Mrs B McNeilly of Doagh & District HPS, vel 1294 flying 321 miles winning £808.

The ever consistent M/M B McNeilly from Doagh are regular visitors to the Muckamore Centre, best bird again in the big competition of East Antrim. She is a pure widowhood hen where the cocks stay at home. She had one race as a youngster but well trained. This year she had all except the 2nd Dale. She is coming down from Double Top who was 1st and 2nd Open in the NIPA and won the NIPA Young Bird of the Year that year and the DE 22, and that won 6 x club firsts mostly from the channel races. Forgot to put as well the sire and dam have both been 4th in National races. Sire is a son of Double Top and the dam is a daughter of DE22, winner to winner. Robert Turkington PO.

6th North Sect & 8th Open John Connolly of Ballymoney HPS, vel 1288 flying 350 miles winning £92.

The pigeon that won it Adrian is a blue w/f cock, raced on widowhood Sire - louella gaby Vandenabeele. Dam - was gifted to John by clubmates D & H Stuart, which contains the best of the Lambrechts lines, this hen was responsible for over 10 first prize winners for John. When paired to a son of Johns good Corbett Busschaert cock which he himself was 3rd Open Yearling national. The son himself was also first club, first section Penzance and Penzance classic being Johns only bird entered. Them 2 pigeon on the the dam side reared the mother of the cock. Adrian Moffatt PO.

7th North Sect & 9th Open John Trimble & grandson of Annalongg, vel 1288 flying 274 miles winning £531.

Having taken 1st and 2nd North section in the Skibbereen Old Bird National, John Trimble and grandson Zac continued their rich vein of form and were 7th Norrth sectio9th Open in the Yearling National from Penzance. The pigeon timed here is a chequer hen racing roundabout. She is 100% Luc Vervoort from Ian Gibb & Son, Glenavy. The sire is a son of ‘Miss Nicole’, one of Ian’s best breeding hens, and he is a half-brother to the sire of the 1st and 2nd North section Skibbereen Old Bird National this year. The bird timed here has been a great racer, having been 1st club, 7th East section Dale as a young bird and then the following week she was 1st club, 2nd East Section, 5th Open East Down Combine from Macroom. This year she was 5th club, 5th East section and 5th Open from 1st Tullamore on a day when John and Zac took the top 7 positions in the Open result. Brendan McLoughlin PO.

8th North Sect & 10th Open K Murray of Killyleagh, vel 1274 flying 296 miles winning £622 and the Charles Ingle Memorial Cup for 10th Open INFC.

The INFC Top 10 was completed with Kevin Murray timing the early bird in the Killyleagh & District. The Blue tip cock won 2nd Club from Fermoy beat by loftmate and then from 1st Dale he had 1st Club and finished 3rd in the NIPA Section F. The sire was a winner of 3rd Club 1st Talbenny followed by 1st Club 2nd Talbenny both races in 2023. The brand-sire was 26th North Sect & 32nd Open in the INFC YB Grand Nat Penzance and the following year 2018 was 89th North Sect & 100th Open INFC in the Yearling Nat flown from Sennen Cove. The dam won 1st Club from Fermoy earlier this year. Many thanks Kevin for the info and photo in quick time.

The INFC Committee are grateful once again for all the help at the race marking, and also all those involved in the various Clock Centres across Ireland including the temporary stations at Edgarstown in Portadown and Coleraine, every little bit of help is appreciated. On a personal note, many thanks to all those who supplied text and photos for this report or helped in any other way. The more info we get the better job can be done, any little snips, details of the bird itself plus info on the sire and dam. Any awards won previous, how long in the birds etc. ASAP after the race. The race report usually features the Top 10 of each race, contact details are in the 2024 Race Booklet.

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Photo Captions
INFC Banner on top
Dick Mooney and Anthony Keogh well pleased with 1st Open INFC Yearling Nat Penzance
The Mooney bird, 1st South Sect in the Penzance YB Nat 2023 and now 1st South Sect in the Yearling Nat plus 1st Open INFC and the Nelson Corry Trophy.
Anthony Keogh holding the INFC Yearling National winner 2024.
1st & 2nd Open NIPA 1st Dale, 1st & 2nd Open NIPA 2nd Dale, 1st & 2nd North Section, and finished 2 & 3rd Open Penzance Yearling National. Well done Glen Buckley Annaghmore HPS.
Golden Balls 310 ace breeder and racer for G & M Boyle of Arklow United.
Willie Capper with grand-daughter Ellie best in the Bondhill Social and finished 3rd North Sect & 5th Open INFC.
J & D Braniff of the Glen HPS in Belfast, best in Muckamore Cenre plus 4th North Sect & 6th Open INFC.
The widowhood hen timed by Mr & Mrs B McNeilly of Doagh & District HPS.
Mr & Mrs Brian McNeilly from Doagh, best in East Antrim and 7th Open INFC Ylr Nat.
John Connolly from Ballymoney HPS, best in the Coleraine Centre plus 6th North Sect & 8th Open INFC.
Kevin Murray best in Killyleagh & District finished 8th North Sect & 10th Open INFC.
Chris (l) and Robin McIntyre with their Mid Antrim Combine winner and 12th Open National cock.


Mid Antrim Captions
Chris (l) and Robin McIntyre with their Mid Antrim Combine winner and 12th Open National cock.
Anthony McNeill Randalstown with his 21st & 49th Open Penzance Yearling National birds.
Stephen Doherty Cullybackey with his 24th Open Penzance Yearling National bird.
Paddy McManus best in Ahoghill & 28th Open Infc Penzance Yearling National.
Bertie Blair and grandson Jacob with their Ballymena & District winner from Penzance Yearling National.
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