Season is delayed by one week

Sean at NCC with Tony Conway and Kevin Parsons.
Sean at NCC with Tony Conway and Kevin Parsons.

The NIPA management committee have decided to delay the start of the 2015 season by one week.

The decision was taken due to the poor weather we are having at present for training in preparation for racing. The race planned for the 11th April is now taken off the programme. Racing will now commence (weather permitting) on Saturday 18th April from Tullamore.

Sean Diamond feeding the NCC entries in the Easter Sunshine.

Sean Diamond feeding the NCC entries in the Easter Sunshine.

The old bird race programme will be as follows:

Old Birds: 18th April Tullamore, 25th April Roscrea/Thurles Area*, 2nd May Fermoy, 9th May Fermoy, 16th May Rosscarbery Inl Nat, 16th May Tramore Area, 23rd May Pilmore Beach, 30th May Talbenny, 6th June Penzance Classic 6th June Rosscarbery Area, 13th June Bude, 13th June Rosscarbery Y/H & Y/C Nat, 20th June Penzance, 20th June Fermoy 5 Bird Championship, 26th June St Malo Nat (France), 26th June Roscrea/Thurles Area*.

East Down Combine plan to start the race programme this weekend.

Old bird are as follows:

The team involved with the very successful Breeder/Buyer Sale for EDC.

The team involved with the very successful Breeder/Buyer Sale for EDC.

EDC Old Birds - 1st Tullamore, 2nd Tullamore, 1st Clonmel, 2nd Clonmel, 1st Pilmore Beach, Skibbereen Classic, 2nd Pilmore Beach, 1st Talbenny, 2nd Talbenny & Derek Wishart Memorial Classic Pilmore Beach 15 bird limit (on the same day), Bude, Penzance and Penzance Classic, St Malo Old Bird Derby.

Many thanks to the team behind the E.D.C Breeder Buyer 2015 - Dorothy Smyth, Rodney McCormick, Dolen Croskery, John Kirk, and Sean Milligan. Photo included. They would also like to thank members of the NIPA, Ulster Federation and Scottish Fanciers of the Ayrshire Federation for their support. All told 60 Young birds raised £2,760 to be raced for from the 1st Skibbereen Y/B Derby. 1st Breeder £690 - 1st Buyer £690, 2nd Breeder £345 - 2nd Buyer £345, 3rd Breeder £207 - 3rd Buyer £207, 4th Breeder £138 - 4th Buyer £138. Good luck to all E.D.C fanciers.

Ulster Federation Old Birds: 18th April Kildare, 25th April Kildare, 2nd May Thurles, 9th May Thurles, 16th May Fermoy, 23rd May Skibbereen, 30th May Talbenny, 6th June Talbenny (transporting the E.C.F.), 13th June Bude, 20th June Penzance, 26th June St Malo Derby.

East Coast Federation Old Birds: Sat 18th April Tramore, Saturday 25th April Pilmore Beach, Saturday 2nd May Mallow, Saturday 9th May Owenahincha, Saturday 16th May Skibbereen, Saturday 23rd May Owenahincha, Tuesday 26th May Skibbereen National INFC, Saturday 30th May Talbenny Open, Saturday 6th June Talbenny & Pilmore Beach, Wednesday 10th Jun Sennen Cove Yearling National INFC, Saturday 13th June Bude Open, Saturday 20th June Penzance Open, Friday 26th June St Malo Open, Saturday 27th June Pilmore Beach, Friday 3rd Jul St Allouestre Kings Cup National INFC, Friday 10th Jul Quimper Friendship National INFC.

NCC helpers Terence McCrudden (l) and Adrian Moffatt.

NCC helpers Terence McCrudden (l) and Adrian Moffatt.

Due to the poor weather conditions the start of training for Tom McAlonan & Homer was and started the Easter Weekend. Fanciers will be kept informed via text messages. Contact Tom McAlonan Tel 07561 417232, Homer Tel 07538 238364. In the Antrim area Frank Dickey started end of March and weekly Tuesday and Thursday. He will be at Dunsilly from 7.00am until 7.15am, Glen Magill at Milltown Road 7.30am until 7.45am and in Crumlin approximately 8.45am. Tel Frank 07596 91222. Ballymena & Dist have some rings left, contact Elke Sempey Tel: 07526 729740. Harryville HPS have some rings left, contact Robert Service Tel: 07707 455174.

Mourne & District HPS will be holding a squeaker sale in the Rocking Chair Bar, Derry on Wednesday, 8th April viewing from 6.30pm, birds for sale from a fantastic list of members, see

Drumnavaddy Inv HPS Breeder/Buyer, to be held in Banbridge RBL on Thursday 9th April. Penning from 7pm, sale starts at 8.00pm. Race to be flown from Talbenny Y.B. National on Saturday 29th August 2015. For more info Telephone 07737 521355 or 07593 666757.

Windsor Social club are holding their Annual Breeder/Buyer sale on Thursday 16th April 2015. This event is open to Coleraine Triangle clubs only. All birds must be in the pens on the night and may only be purchased by members of the Triangle clubs. Penning between 7.00pm and 8.00pm. Just a wee reminder. Sale still on Thursday, 16th April 2015. Birds have been donated from the following fanciers, WG Neill, Gerald Delany, Harmony Lofts, Jimmy Hanson, A & R McAuley and two from A & M Boyle so far. Many thanks to all, will update soon.

Ards Training 2015 – Alan Brown of Glenview Lofts commenced training on Saturday 4th April collecting at Lidl on the Comber Road at 8.00am going to Newry and on to Dundalk in future weeks. He will have a team of 2nd Round youngsters for sale soon from the best of his Soontjen, Busschaert, Delbar etc. Tel Alan: 07510 993712.

Local fanciers in Derry City have organised a Young Bird sale at 7.30pm on the 15th April in the Rocking Chair bar to help support fellow fancier, John McGettigan and his family in their fund raising campaign.

As well as donations from local North West clubs top fanciers from within the NIPA are supporting this sale including Willie Neill, Bingham & Seaton, Alan Hall, Kevin Carolan, Davy Mawhinney etc. Anyone wishing to support the sale can contact Pat Mc Laughlin, Maiden City, Jim Ramsey, Derry & Dist, or Derek Simpson, Londonderry RPC.

Larne Pigeon Club are proudly hosting a charity evening for the Oxygen Therapy Centre, detailed as follows. Oxygen Therapy Centre - Elvis Tribute Night, Saturday 18th April 2015, 8.00pm till 1.00am. Larne & Dist Pigeon Club, 158 Old Glenarm Road. Tickets £5 each available from:-Larne Tourist Information Centre, Narrow Gauge Road. (028 2826 0088); Inver Garden Centre, 4 Browndod Road. (028 2827 6351); Oxygen Therapy Centre, 100 Shore Road, Magheramorne (028 2827 4670).