Amended race dates 2021

Due to the delayed start to the 2021 season some of the planned race dates have had to be rescheduled.

This is now the proposed race programme.

Skibbereen old bird national Tuesday 1st June race marking Monday 31st May.

Sennen Cove Yearling National Wednesday 16th June race marking Monday 14th.

St. Allouestre King’s Cup Saturday 3rd July race marking Wednesday 30th June.

Lamballe / Plougastel Friendship Friday 9th July race marking Tuesday 6th July.

Penzance young bird national Wednesday 1st September race marking Monday 30th August.

Skibbereen young bird national Saturday 18th September race marking Thursday 16th

Trevor Topping I.N.F.C. Secretary. 26th April 2021.

R.P.R.A. Vaccination advice.

As a result of current social distancing rules, the requirement for the vaccination of pigeons to be witnessed by two association members has been relaxed. Wherever possible vaccination should be witnessed by family members or members of the same household. This will remain in place until the Government lifts the restriction on social distancing.

Ian Evans CEO

Obituary Ken Wilkinson

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the death of Ken Wilkinson the chairman of the N.I.P.A. Ken has passed away after a long period of illness.

On behalf of the I.N.F.C. I extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Eileen and his family.

Ken will be sadly missed by all.

Obituary Sammy Thompson Bushmills

It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the death of Sammy Thompson who passed away today after a short illness, a short time after the death of his wife Edith.

Sammy was also a former president and chairman of the Irish National Flying Club and was a life vice president.

Sammy was the current N.I.P.A. Patron and a life vice president.

Sammy was for many years an R.P.R.A. Councillor travelling to England to represent the Irish Region.

A true a faithful supporter of all pigeon organisations who travel many miles to attend meetings in the winter months for many years.

The sympathy of all pigeon fanciers are with his family at this sad time.

Trevor Topping secretary I.N.F.C.

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.