Tributes paid to the late Ken Wilkinson from pigeon circle

Newry and Mourne Channel Club are holding a fundraising online auction at present.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 11:00 am
Fegan and McAdorey - Abbeyt Social - 1st Open Ulster Federation Fermoy
Fegan and McAdorey - Abbeyt Social - 1st Open Ulster Federation Fermoy

The committee would like to thank all of the fanciers who have donated youngsters to the auction – a top class selection from Kings Cup, Millar Gold Cup, National, Classic, Derby and Top Club Performers - proceeds to go towards the purchasing of a transporter for training facilities. There will be four parts with a 15 minutes sniping feature in operation. The birds are now online (Part 3) with the sale ending on March 20 at 8pm. Part 4 will be online March 21, finishing March 28. To view the lots on offer log into


I have included a few pictures of last season’s top award winners within the NIPA and Ulster Federation. I will have more pictures to follow in the coming weeks. Hoping you enjoy the memories of the 2020 season...

Jimmy Wallace - West Belfast - pictured proudly displaying his winner of 1st Ulster Federation Tullamore


Is your club looking to generate a few pounds? Have you – the individual fancier – a few youngsters etc. to offer ? To date all clubs/individuals have had great success. If so feel free to contact myself or send an email to [email protected]


It is with deep regret and sincere sadness that I have to report to the fancy of the sad passing of my life long buddy and icon Mr Ken Wilkinson. Ken sadly passed away on Thursday, March 11. Having been diagnosed with a life threatening lung complaint Ken’s attitude was always: “I won’t go a minute before my time and I will give it a good fight.” Ken fought hard with great dignity and sadly lost the battle on March 11. Ken was a man of high standards and served the pigeon fraternity to the best of his ability, fighting many planning issues for many fanciers with great success.

Ken Wilkinson

His charitable efforts cannot go without mention and many thousands of pounds were raised over the years for many notable causes. Ken served as NIPA president up to his death, another post that he held and served greatly.

Sincere condolences to wife Eileen and the entire Wilkinson family circle at this sad time. I, myself, have lost my best mate and icon and Ken will never be forgotten by me - New Kid On The Block.


It is sincere sadness that we were informed of the sad passing of our good friend, Mr Ken Wilkinson. Having known Ken we always found him to be a fair and decent man who was available to help anyone who required him. Gone but will never be forgotten by ourselves , Malachy and Mark Maguire, Newry

Malachy Maguire & Son - Newry & Dist - 1st Open NIPA Fermoy 2020
Nigel Arthurs (left) Ballycarry - Super 2020 season - pictured being congratulated by good friend Billy Degnan
Super 2020 season - NIPA St Malo National Winners - R Caron & Son, Banbridge
S McGarel & Sons - Horseshoe - St Malo winner