A Cork-er of a display from Johnston’s bird

Paddy McManus with Ahoghill officials Tom Young and Albert Young. The McManus team won 1st Open NIPA from Roscrea.
Paddy McManus with Ahoghill officials Tom Young and Albert Young. The McManus team won 1st Open NIPA from Roscrea.

The first race sponsored by Dixon Contractors was the OB Inland Nat flown last weekend from Rosscarbery in County Cork.

J Eagleson & Sons from Ballymena & Dist had their best result since returning to the sport winning 1st MAC, 1st Sect B and 11th Open NIPA.

MAC Rosscarbery – J Eagleson & Sons Ballymena 1322, D Dixon Rasharkin 1312, J Eagleson & Sons 1302, T Kaczynski Rasharkin 1291, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1288, Steele & McNeill Rasharkin 1286, T Kaczynski 1285, A C & T Tweed Rasharkin 1278, Stewart Bros Randalstown 1277, D Dixon 1275, W & J Smyth Ballymena 1274, T Kaczynski 1274, J Eagleson & Sons 1269,T Kaczynski 1268, Young McManus & Sons Ahoghill1265.

Mid Antrim Combine Clubs Rosscarbery -

Ballymena & District 14/106 – J Eagleson & Sons 1322, 1302, Blair & Rankin 1288, W & J Smyth 1274, J Eagleson & Sons 1269, W & J Smyth 1264, Blair & Rankin 1244, McFall & McManus 1244, J Eagleson & Sons 1239, Blair & Rankin 1236. What a day for Ballymena & District HPS J Eagleson & Sons. 1st club, 1st section B, 11th Open, 1st Mid Antrim Combine and with his second pigeon 5th section, 78th Open plus with his third pigeon 23rd section B, 303rd Open. Club mates Blair & Rankin were 10th Section B and 160th Open. W& J Smyth 19th section B, 26th Open & 27th section B. Show Special of £50 was won by McFall & McManus.

Randalstown HPS 7/81 – Stewart Bros 1277, J Millar 1264, Percy Son & Murphy 1258, Stewart Bros 1257, 1248, Percy Son & Percy 1247, 1247, J Millar 1237, D Logan & Son 1225, Houston Bros 1224.

Ahoghill Flying Club 9/52 – Young McManus & Sons 1265, M/M Robinson 1258, J Balmer 1252, Young McManus & Sons 1252, M/M Robinson 1251, 1241, Young McManus & Sons 1237, A & N Young 1233, Young McManus & Sons 1229, J Smyth & Son 1225.

New Antrim Amal – McFall & McManus 1244, R McFall & Son 1209, 1191, McFall & McManus 1190, 1162.

Mid Antrim Update – The comeback race at the weekend was flown from Roscrea and despite the collection problems a good entry was sent from local lofts with birds collected late Friday at Cullybackey and Harryville. What a result for Paddy McManus in Ahoghill Flying Club, the ace racer locally won 1st MAC, 1st Sect B & 1st Open NIPA with 14,747 birds competing.