Pigeon club kicks off the young bird season in Tramore
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.