Single Bird Challenge 2021.

It is planned to have the Single Bird Challenge competition in 2021 from the King’s Cup Race.

Any member who entered the 2020 competition is entitled to a free entry in 2021.

If you wish to change your selection please use the attached entry form and submit it to David Black before the 17th March 2021 your entry is free. The 2020 entries can be viewed in the publish list on this site.

Any member wishing to join the competition for the 2021 season the fee is £5.00 or 7.00 euros. Please forward your entry and payment before the 17th March 2021 to David Black address is on the entry form.

Hopefully we will have a competition in 2021.

Information for members 16th January 2021.

To all members and club secretaries.

The 2020 Irish National Flying Club season was totally written off due to the Covid -19 virus, which led to restrictions on the numbers of people gathering together. With no viable options available it was disappointing for the officials, committee and members that the six planned races had to be cancelled.

The management committee have agreed and approved that no subscriptions will be due in 2021 for those who were members in 2020.

New members are most welcome and the fee is £25.00 or € 30.00 if you belong to a club and make application through your club, for any new members who are paying individually fee is £35.00 or €42.00. Application forms are on this web site.

No Annual General Meeting can take place at present due to the restrictions in place for Covid – 19.

The annual accounts have been audited and circulated to the management committee. The accounts will not be sent out at present to members, but will be before the Annual General  Meeting  when  one is arranged at a later date.  (Any member who requires a copy of the accounts urgently please email and we will forward them to you).

With no Annual General Meeting all officials and management committee’s will remain in place for 2021.

The 2020 proposed race programme will also remain with revised 2021 dates.                        This will once again be subject to any restrictions in place.

Race pointRaceDateRace Marking
SkibbereenOld birdTuesday 25th  May 2021Monday 24th May
       Sennen CoveYearlingWednesday 9th June 2021Monday 7th June
St. AllouestreKings CupFriday   2nd   July 2021Tuesday 29th June
*Plougastel-Daoulas / LamballeFriendshipFriday 9th July 2021Tuesday 6th July
PenzanceYoung birdWednesday 1st   September 2021Monday 30th  August
SkibbereenYoung birdSaturday 18th  September 2021Thursday 16th  September

The management committee plan a review of the situation in mid / end of March when hopefully they will be in a position to make informed decisions on the way forward for  the 2021 season.

Please all stay safe at this very difficult time.

Trevor Topping   I.N.F.C.  Secretary   16th January 2021.

2020 Season update 27th August.

On reviewing the current Covid 19 restrictions and legislation in place at the present time they prohibit gatherings of more that fifteen people. With no prospect of any change in this legislation before the end of the pigeon racing season it will not be possible to hold the two planned young bird races.

The Irish National Flying Club respects this guidance and legislation and the safety of all members and their families at this time.

No annual dinner will be held this year and hopefully it will be back for next season.

Any members who were awarded trophies in the 2019 season please retain them until 2021.

I hope all members and their families stay safe and keep well during these difficult times.

Trevor Topping

INFC Secretary 27th August 2020.

2020 Season Update 7th July.

The proposed 2020 old bird race marking scheduled dates have now passed.

With no racing having taken place due to current Covid 19 legislation restricting the number of people gathering together.

No old bird races will be rescheduled for the 2020 season.

Young bird races will be reviewed at a later date.

The current legislation still prohibits large gatherings of people and the I.N.F.C. must respect the guidance and legislation in place at this time.

Trevor Topping

INFC Secretary.

7th July 2020.

2020 season update 5th June.

On reviewing the current legislation it is still not possible to make plans for the 2020 season.

The current legislation in Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland prohibits large gatherings of people.

Until this legislation changes we cannot provide any further information on a 2020 race programme.

Trevor Topping

INFC Secretary.

5th June 2020.

2020 Season.

The President, Officials and committee of the Irish National Flying Club acknowledges the challenges that COVID-19 presents for everyone and we hope that those in our racing pigeon community are staying safe and well and are supporting each other through these uncertain times.

The task of scheduling a potential 2020 racing season with so many unknowns will be difficult until we have further certainty. Until that time, it is unclear when racing activity may resume and what potential restrictions may be in place regarding social distancing measures.

However, when racing does resume the INFC wish to make it clear that the safety of members, race marking officials, clock station officials, convoyers, drivers  and volunteers must be paramount in all decision making. The INFC is also clear that any government guidelines must be followed in full.

27th April 2020.