Millar Gold Cup 2022 –
On the 23rd of June 2022 many federations in Ireland were in St Malo France, the birds were released at 6.15 am with fanciers dreaming that they would be crowned the Miller Gold Cup winner and join the list of some of the most prestigious distance flyers in Ireland. As fanciers stood close by to their lofts, many were watching the facebook posts asking that golden question ‘ has anybody heard of any birds from St Malo’. Around 4.30pm a rumbling appeared on facebook that a pigeon had been clocked, with everyone asking who could it be, a picture appeared blue w/f cock with the words ‘St Malo bird in New Ross’. Suddenly the feeling changed with most scrambling to calculate what time they would need to clock at to catch this pigeon.
Not long after these posts another report of a pigeon this time further up the country in Dublin by a very skilled channel flyer, and so began the calculations with many stating that the pigeon in Dublin would be well ahead, but when the final calculations were completed the velocities showed that the Gaffneys bird held the quickest velocity. On went the nervous wait for Tony and Oisin from their loft in New Ross Wexford as the french birds travelled up the country.
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