Pigeon notes by Homer

DOAGH & District HPS will be having their annual Moot in McConnells of Doagh on the 8th January, a date for the diary. The panel will be Brian & Ricky Hogg of Newtownbreda, East Down Combine Fancier of the Year 2004 and 2005, J & J Hollinger (Millisle) one of Irelands top long distance fliers, and Davy Campbell of Campbell & Bigger, (Glengormley). There will also be a light supper and ballot, £5.00 per head, to pay at door.

Wesley Sawyers will auction the birds of Will Patterson & Son in the Banbridge British Legion Hall on Thursday 7th January 2010 at 8.00pm, birds on view from 7.00pm. Top stock including distance Busschaerts obtained from the late Tommy Beckett, Donnelly Bros Newry City, Kilpatrick from T & N Boyd Dunfries, Gordon Kirkpatrick Lisburn, Andrew Lockhart from Larnarkshire, plus some Delbar and Janssen. Worth a visit, some fantastic bloodlines here and a good opportunity to purchase stock prior to Blackpool.

Blackpool Show of the Year at Winter Gardens – The annual bus trip is being arranged at the present time, the usual two in East Antrim still have some seats available. Tel Robin Duddy (028) 93 340603 or Owen Donnelly for Larne & Dist (028) 93 260425. Over the weekend from Friday 15th January Ireland’s Own Pigeon Auctions will have a series of sales in Blackpool Football Club, Cliffs Hotel and the Claremont Hotel. Gary Gibson the Hartog Man from Cullybackey is having an Entire Clearance Sale, Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The Sale Lists/Photos for all sales are available to view at www.pigeonnetwork.com any further details, commission bids etc contact Homer Tel: 07939 684876.

It is my very sad duty to inform the fancy that Rosie McCloy from Cullybackey lost her fight for life after a period of illness being in and out of hospital over the last few months. She passed away at the Braid Valley in Ballymena and the funeral was held in Cullybackey on the last day of 2009. The local Methodist Church was filled to capacity including the Church Hall fanciers were present from far and wide, Rosie was held in very high esteem. It was one of the largest funerals I have ever attended. I met Rosie and husband Harry a few years back through a former acquaintance, no doubt covering one of the lofts (H & R McCloy) many racing achievements. Rosie herself was present for a short time at the Cullybackey Dinner & Prize night and the loft collected four cups. She was part of the Reid Family, the famous racers from The Rock and her son Harry the current Chairman at Cullybackey still races to the old site keeping up the top performances of a long history that includes France. It was a very sad time for the family and on behalf of the local fancy very sincere condolences to the large family circle at this time.