Pi­geon club kicks off the young bird sea­son in Tramore

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ARK­LOW UNITED Rac­ing Pi­gion Club’s young bird race sea­son kicked off last Satur­day with the pipe opener be­ing held from Tramore re­lease site a dis­tance of 60 miles to most lo­cal lofts.

Pride of place from this event went to Joe Magh­ery who notched up the loft’s first win of the sea­son in a tight fin­ish from Tony and Sylvia Mol­loy with very lit­tle sep­a­rat­ing the first two club ar­rivals. In a race with patchy returns, the red card win­ner recorded a ve­loc­ity of 1,058.66 ypm for 61 plus miles.

The re­sults were: first and eighth Joe Magh­ery, se­cond, third, fourth, sev­enth Tony and Sylvia Mol­loy, fifth Tony Hobbs, sixth Danny O’Neill, ninth and tenth Gary and Mark Doyle. The club’s next port of call is Dun­gar­van race point.

Mean­while, A sin­gle gallant bird homed alone from the club’s Saint-Malo race with mem­bers com­pet­ing for the Miller Gold Cup.

Pride of place went to the Bal­li­na­cor lofts of Pat Lam­bert whose race en­try cov­ered the 350 miles dis­tance record­ing a ve­loc­ity of 480.98 y pm to claim the third South Le­in­ster Fed­er­a­tion prize. The Lam­bert lofts were also win­ners of the cor­re­spond­ing race last sea­son.

The Irish Na­tional Fly­ing Club blue rib­band King’s Cup race was flown from Saint-Al­louestre on Fri­day, July 5, with al­most 2,500 birds from north and south re­leased at 6 a.m. into a light north­east­erly wind.

A su­perb per­for­mance was achieved by a part­ner­ship that is no stranger to the win­ner’s en­clo­sure when it comes to cross-chan­nel races and most es­pe­cially the big events, with the part­ner­ship of Ed­ward, Ed­ward, Siob­hán Ka­vanagh and grand­son Liam tak­ing the hon­ours in a race that typ­i­fied most French races by be­ing a tough one.

The part­ner­ship’s vic­tory was made even sweeter as the win­ning pi­geon also re­ceived an Irish Na­tional Fly­ing Club Hall of Fame award for be­ing three times in the prizes from this paramount event.

This was a truly great achieve­ment and the first time that such an award has been won by any mem­ber since the for­ma­tion of the club.

Three fur­ther pi­geons were also timed in this race. The first went our Saint-Malo win­ner Pat Lam­bert fol­lowed by Billy Burke with two ar­rivals.

The old bird pro­gramme fin­ished with the Irish Na­tional Fly­ing Club Friend­ship Na­tional.

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