Pigeon racing: Around the local lofts

Wilbert and Alan Moore (Ballyclare & Dist) celebrate their first race win with Bailey. INLT 30-920-CON

Wilbert and Alan Moore (Ballyclare & Dist) celebrate their first race win with Bailey. INLT 30-920-CON

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The N.I.P.A. started its Young Bird campaign on Sunday (July 20) with a series of area liberations from Navan, Mullingar and Tullamore.

Section C were in Mullingar and the birds were liberated at 12:45 pm.

Local results

Ballyclare HPS: (8/147) 1st, 2nd, WR Moore & Son 1254.65, 1254.65; 3rd, G & R Lawrie 1252; 4th, R Duddy 1250. There was a fairytale start for the father-and-son partnership of Wilbert and Alan Moore who topped the Ballyclare club listings in the first race of their pigeon career. The winner was bred by Danny Dixon of Ballymoney and is a Lambrecht. The second-placed bird was purchased from Harmony Lofts in a batch of youngsters earliar in the season. The pair dedicated their success to their great friend, the late Bob McMeekin.

Carrick and District HPS: 1st, Mr and Mrs R Reid 1324; 2nd, D McBride 1287; 3rd, T Creighton and Son 1280.

Carrick Social: (9/181) 1st, 2nd, J McIlheron 1336, 1335; 3rd, Mr and Mrs Robinson 1334; 4th, J McMaw 1328.

Doagh and District HPS: (14/370) 1st, S and A Leitch 1264; 2nd, F Simpson 1254; 3rd, J Wilson and Sons 1247; 4th, J McGrugan and Son 1247.

Eastway HPS: 1st, 2nd, R Francey and Son 1326, 1322; 3rd, 4th ,G McKenna 1319, 1319.

Glenarm and District HPS: (4/98) 1st to 4th, Currell and Robinson 1266, 1234, 1233, 1218.

Horseshoe HPS: 1st, 3rd, 4th, J Morrison 1301, 1294, 1260; 2nd, K and F Hagans 1299.

Kingsmoss: 1st, 3rd, W Gault and Son 1300, 1242; 2nd, J and S Graham 1263.

Larne and District HPS: (21/558) 1st to 3rd, S and W Gray 1316, 1316, 1316; 4th, Beggs and Hall 1307. Two Bird: 1st, S and W Gray; 2nd, Beggs and Hall. Sale Bird: 1st, S and W Gray; 2nd, Beggs and Hall.