MAJOR SETBACK FOR HOMING PIGEON FRATERNITY AS 1,500 BIRDS “LOST” IN RACE FROM FRANCE

30 June 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

NO MONAGHAN PIGEONS RETURN AFTER
RELEASE ON SATURDAY

A 445-Mile homing pigeon race from Saint-Malo in France last Friday proved disastrous, not only for the Monaghan birds and their owners, but also nationally.

The race, one of the highlights of the season, saw 1,535 birds released from the port city in Brittany at 6.30am on Friday, but by the third and final day of the race only 10 had been timed in the whole country. The first of these arrived back to the Russell brothers in Dromara, Co Down at 6.25am on Saturday.

The birds had hit strong wind and rain across the English Channel, and among the large number presumed lost included some of the best and most expensive pigeons in Ireland. There has been no comment as yet from the National Irish Provincial Amalgamation, which organised the race, on what was an outcome known in the sport as a ‘smash’ — but questions have already been raised as to why the birds were liberated with such threatening weather in the air.

No birds had arrived in Monaghan by Monday, and all are presumed lost.
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