2016 Kildare Show
On Saturday 9th January the Irish Coloured Racing Pigeon Club held its first ever show. The show was held at St Brigid’s Boxing Club in Kildare Town and was open to all breeds. We had a total of 556 birds entered into the show which was a fantastic amount entries for our first show. The quality of entry was fantastic which made it very hard for the judges to pick their winners.
The coloured racing pigeons were again the largest class on the day. The club at the moment is going from strength to strength and this is backed up by the numbers we are seeing in the shows and on our Facebook Page.
There are a lot of people I would like to thank for their help and support towards the show, Stephanie Hogan who I would not have managed without on the day of the show. Paddy Phealan who allowed us to use the hall for the show. Paddy became a member of the I.R.C.P.C in 2015 with his daughter Katelynn joining the junior club also. Paddy played a massive part in making sure this show was successful.
I would also like to thank Andy Monohan, Paddy Tidd, Brendan Tobin for the help in getting the hall set up on the Friday, and all the judges on the day Albert Hogan, Richie Bunn, Dominic Byrne, Kevin Kelly, John Fitzgerald and Darrin Ring who all done a fantastic job on what was an extremely difficult job.
A big thanks needs to go to our show sponsor Maxi Zoo who done a great job on the day. Maxi Zoo recently opened a new store in Newbridge and to our delight agreed to become the show sponsor. The feedback we received during and after the show towards Maxi Zoo was amazing. Joanne (Store Manager) and Ian set up a display on the day of the show where they gave out free samples to all exhibitors on the day and also gave gifts to all the children in the hall.
Maxi Zoo put on a marvellous spread of prizes, every child the participated on the day was presented with a hamper from Joanne which went down really well. We believe that the children should be rewarded for their participation as they are the future of our hobby.
Next Joanne presented each Breed Class Winner with a 25kg bag of Natural feeding mix and Joanne also presented prizes to each colour class winner of the Irish Coloured Pigeon Racing Club and the Limerick Tumbler club. We are looking forward to working with Joanne and Maxi Zoo in the future and hopefully this is a partnership that can prosper for years to come.
I would also like to thank Midland Pigeon Supplies for kindly donating some of our prizes for the raffle on the day. This is a new pigeon product supplier set up in Portlaoise and it was great top see them support the club and show.
Now to the business end of the show………
In total we had ten breed classes on the day from Coloured Racing Pigeons to Valencian Figurita’s to Irish flying tumblers and so on…. The standard in each breed class was very high which meant the judges had their work cut out for them in picking their winners.
Best in show went to Seamus Barrett with a beautiful Old Dutch Capuchin and Best Reserve in Show was won by David Hoey with his Oriental Frill. Well done to the two lads these two birds stood out above everything else on the day and were deserving winners.
Irish Coloured Racing Pigeon Club Results
Best Junior Katelynn Phealan Classic Grizzle Hen
Best Almond Wes Murphy Classic Almond Cock
Best Reduced Paddy Phealan Reduced Spread Cock
Best Opal Albert Hogan Dominant Opal T Check Cock
Best Self Wes Murphy Khaki Spread Hen
Best Bar/Check L&P Choi Blue Check Cock
Best AOC Andy Monohan Andalusian Pied Cock
And Best in Show was awarded to Albert Hogan with his beautiful looking Dominant Opal T Check Cock. This pigeon caught the judges eyes the minute they walked into the show hall and they could not fault the pigeon what so ever. Well done Albert on a great win, it’s great to see you back on top.
I would like to finish by thanking all of the exhibitors on the day for making the show so enjoyable and also to the INFPA for their support. I look forward to seeing you all back in 2017.