For several years I have had a column published in the Alpha Newspaper group series in East Antrim. The one this week submitted is as below. This is for the benefit of the many supporters over more years than I care to remember going back to the time the Editor was a Mr Greer, who before that was at the Newsletter. It was part of my paid work. One concerned fancier in East Antrim has raised a query with the paper, so far remains anonymous – so far! I have got to the source of the complaint, not sure I have sorted the problem. On a similar subject of press coverage, think I have now sorted a problem in North Antrim/Coleraine.
Carrick Advertiser column –
John White of Nutts Corner best from Talbenny –
The NIPA East Antrim birds were at Talbenny in South Wales for the second week, the race turned out a lot better following liberation at 8.30am, best bird locally was timed by John White of Muckamore who races his birds to lofts at Nutts Corner. The winner recorded velocity 1344 and finished 1st Sect C and a good 15th Open NIPA with 10,000 birds competing. Next best was M/M B McNeilly of Doagh & District followed by J & S Graham of Kingsmoss. Rea & Magill of Horseshoe were best in Larne and D & J Armstrong & Son were best in Carrickfergus.
East Antrim Sect C Clubs Talbenny (2)
Muckamore – J White 1344, F Todd 1287, 1282.
Doagh & District 17/271 – M/M B McNeilly 1321, B & M Gilmore 1309, J & A Wilson & Sons 1299, M/M B McNeilly 1292, S & A Leitch 1264, A & N Lewis 1260, 1259, J & R Scott 1253, B & M Gilmore 1253, J & A Wilson & Sons 1252. Another Leo van Rijn winner for Brian & Elaine. This bird has won top positions in the Sennen Cove Yearling Nat, Rosscarbery OB Nat and last week in the Skibbereen OB Nat.
Kingsmoss 17/187 – J & S Graham 1303, T Lillie 1279, N Sharpe 1271, 1270, J & S Graham 1242, Knowles & Hill 1234, P R Wilson 1228, T Cairns & Sons 1217, D J Connot 1210, Connor Bros 1174. Jackie & Sammy Graham win with a Cock Crow bred yearling hen, they also lift the Nomination. On a sadder note the members would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the Cairns Family after the loss of Maureen wife/mother, out thoughts are with you.
Eastway – D & J Campbell & Bigger 1294, 1285, 1285, 1279, 1274, 1267.
Horseshoe 10/120 – Rea & Magill 1292, B Smyth 1272, Rea & Magill 1259, 1258, 1258, B Smyth 1234, 1221, 1204, Rea & Magill 1197, 1197.
Larne & District HPS 38/448 – Crawford & Robinson 1286, Beggs & Hall 1286, R Glass 1285, Crawford & Robinson 1273, 1273, L & S O’Neill & Sons 1264, G K & I Moxham 1262, D & P Harvey 1254, L & S Oneill & Sons 1254, A McCormick 1242.
The NIPA were back in Talbenny where 38 Larne & Dist members sent 448 birds. Taking first spot and a fantastic card with six birds in the result was the partnership of Crawford & Robinson. Rab and Gary timed a three year old Braspenning/Soonjens hen, a sister to their good 48 hen, a multi winner and prize winner. Larne 2 Bird Club – 1st Beggs & Hall, 2nd R Glass. Show Specials – 1st Holden & Baxter, 2nd & 3rd Crawford & Robinson. Old Bird Knock-Out winner Crawford & Robinson.
Ligoniel & District 32/344 – Bingham & Seaton 1281, McMurray & Anderson 1273, W Wickings 1253, S Gordon & Sons 1238, McManus & Mullan 1235, W O’Boyle 1233, Calderwood & Waite 1231, W Corbett & Sons 1231, Doug Brown 1228, G Kincaid & Sons 1226.
Ballyclare & Dist 19/213 – C Cameron 1264, A Thompson 1264, M/M C Hayes 1264, Turkington & Robinson 1249, Horner Bros & Son 1247, 1245, S Horgan & Son 1237, E Logan 1236, Turkington & Robinson 1232, P R Wilson 1228.
Carrick Social 13/190 – D & J Armstrong & Son 1246, 1233, J McAllister 1220, W R McClean 1202, M/M Robinson 1202, W R McClean 1201, M/M G Robinson 1193, W R McClean 1192, M/M G Robinson 1190, R McMurtry & Daughter 1190. Top places again for the Armstrong Family, 1st & 2nd and 6 Red Cards on the trot, great racing lads.
Glenarm & District – McMullan Bros 1242, 1216, G McWhirter 1177, McMullan Bros 1161, G McWhirter 1156, O O’Neill & Son 1155.
Carrick & District HPS 10/139 – D Elliott & Grandson 1222, Elliott Bros 1221, 1209, Degnan & McKee 1203, M/M R Reid 1202, Degnan & McKee 1195, Elliott Bros 1185, Degnan & McKee 1184, M/M R Reid 1182, Degnan & McKee 1181.
Cushendall – D McAllister 1209, A McNaughton 1160, F O’Boyle 1111.
Ballycarry & District – N J Arthurs 1182, Lynch Bros 1173, 1138, Loughridge Bros 1135, J C Reid 1124, W M Delaney 1115, J Parke 1115, N J Arthurs 1112, J C Reid 1107, W M Delaney 1093.
Springvale Social 1/4 – I Horner 1160, 1142, 1099.