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The Irish flying & fancy pigeon society - Kilmurry Show 2011 - Show Report and Results
The Irish flying & fancy pigeon society held its 10th anniversary show on Saturday 29th October. The Venue was the Kilmurry lodge hotel which at this stage, after ten years is like our second home. The hospitality that the management and staff show us is top class like every year. The show itself was a huge success, but this is something that I have never taken for granted as an amount of work goes into running any pigeon show. I have a lot of people to thank for their help and support over the weekend that made the show such a success. The show itself would be impossible to run without having our dedicated show committee in place. Firstly I would like to thank my show team, Darrin Ring, Kevin Kelly and Owen Fitzgerald. Also my wife, Elaine, for sorting out all the entries. Secondly I would like to thank Albert Hogan and Michael Kiely and my own staff from work who helped set up the pens on Friday morning. Also Seamus Barrett for doing the door on Saturday.
As regards the show, our numbers were down slightly on last year, but our number of exhibitors was slightly up. One of the main positives this year is that we had ten new exhibitors, and we gave out a 'Best Newcomer' prize for the 2nd year in a row. There was a real international feel this year to the show with experienced judges travelling from Germany, America, Wales and England. I would personally like to thank Ferdinand Tremmel - Germany, Jim Mullan - England, Francis Bradbourn - Wales, Darrell Jicha - America, Bruce Pullen - England, Thomas Hellmann - Germany, Jamie Vaughan - Wales, Jo Taylor - England and Dominic Byrne - Ireland. Well done to everyone, you all did a very professional job on the day. You cannot run a show without exhibitors, so I would like to thank everyone who showed their birds over the weekend. This show, as you know was our 10th Anniversary, so a special thank you to all the lads who are with us since the beginning, and also the new lads this year, of which there was plenty. I would also like to give a special mention to our three exhibitors from England, who travelled a very long distance to show their birds, Albert Blair, Jo Taylor and Nick Doling.
When the show was over Saturday evening, I would like to thank everybody who helped to dismantle the show and put all our pens in the trailer, it was a real team effort. Later on we had our prize-giving which went very well, congratulations to everyone who did well at the show from our four junior exhibitors to our nine class winners and our twelve top table winners. And finally our four main prizes which was decided on a point system between eight judges, which is very fair to all concerned. Our four main winners consisted of 'Best Opposite sex' which was an outstanding Old German Owl, exhibited by Darrin Ring. Next was 'Best Flyer' and also 'Reserve Best Bird in show', which was an outstanding young hen, Irish Flying Tumbler, exhibited by Anthony Robinson. Finally our 'Best Bird in show' for the 2nd year in a row was a Limerick Tumbler, which was an outstanding young hen shown by Jo Taylor. This bird was in immaculate condition and I have to compliment Jo on the show preparation of this bird, especially after travelling such a long distance to the show. Finally a big thank you to everyone who supported the show in any way with sponsorship cards, donations to our auction and supporting our raffle, during our prize giving we also made two presentations to two very good supporters of ours over the years, first one went to Jim Mullan for his support to the show since it started 10 years ago and secondly one to Darrell Jicha our first American Judge to our show . Finally our charity Milford Hospice will do very well again this year because of everyone's generosity. All results can be seen below and congratulations to all.
Show Sponsors: Rosettes: Darrin ring, Result Cards: Kevin Kelly
Best Of Breeds
Best Chinese Owl - Brendan Tobin Best Felegyhazer Tumbler - Albert Blair Best Lahore - Jacqueline Morrissey Best American Flying Flight - Raymond Mack Best Show Roller - Ken Clay Best Marchenero Pouter - Brian Cullen Best Silesian Pouter - Josh O'Brien Best Saxon Pouter - Owen Fitzgerald Best Newcomer/German Beauty Homer - Albert Hogan
Best Birmingham Roller - Keith Heffernan Best Old Dutch Tumbler - Owen Fitzgerald Best Limerick Tumbler - Jo Taylor Best Fantail - Indian Fantail - Darrin Ring Best Old Dutch Cappuchine - Darren Carey Best German Beauty Homer - Albert Hogan Best Irish Flying Tumlber - Anthony Robinson Best Old German Owl - Darrin Ring Best Pouter - Silesian Pouter - Josh O'Brien Best Junior - Saxon Pouter - Owen Fitzgerald Best Any Other Variety - Egyptian Swift - Brendan Tobin Best Judges Special - Saddleback Tumbler - Conor Goff
Top Four Winners.
Best Flyer - Irish Flying Tumbler - Anthony Robinson Best Opposite Sex - Old German Owl - Darrin Ring Reserve Best Bird In Show - Irish Flying Tumbler - Anthony Robinson Best Bird In Show - Limerick Tumbler - Jo Taylor.
Secretary John Fitzgerald.Irish National Fancy Pigeon Association www.pigeonmad.com