The first Wild Atlantic Way One Loft Race has just finished in Dublin Ireland. Having visited the Sean Hunt and the lofts in June I was immediately impressed by what he, his team and family had managed to achieve in the first year of this race. The setup and location of the loft is second to non, set on top of a hill over looking Dublin. The views are spectacular.
Having met Sean for the first time I had already read a lot about his birds and the great success they have had with racing. The evolution of them deciding to stage this race in their home country made sense and is something that you will see became a great success.
1187 birds in total were entered from a variety of countries.
Despite a couple of tough training tosses and hot spot races there were 524 that made it to the final race.
You can see the final birds being basketed below.
Wild Atlantic Way Basketing
The final race location was to be from Valentia. A distance of 210 miles. The weather for the race day turned out to be good at the loft location with some south east winds coming in.
You can see the full coverage of the final race below.
Wild Atlantic Way Final Race Day
The race turned out to be a tough one. Will only 30 birds back on the day. The winning bird was bred by Seamus Kinsella. A little blue bar hen, but size counts in these races and she proved what an amazing bird she was when she dropped 17 minutes before any other bird.
It was a great day, over 300 people were there for the race and everyone enjoyed themselves.
The presentation night location was packed to the rafters. Seamus and his partners were awarded to the first prize together with a whopping cheque for €50,000.
See the footage from the presentation night below:
The Ace pigeon of the race was bred bt Herbie Thorpe at Proudstown lofts. The Sire is The Rocket Man, Ace Pigeon, an Original Danchaert Ronnie, Regional Ace Champion 2015, 2016, 2017 and winner of 9 x 1st, and now sire to another Ace pigeon. The Dam: Queen of Hearts, dam to 6 x 1st, contains all the DVB lines of 003, De Jan, 992, 40000, De 008, 871, Blauwe Leo, L Vale.
The Hotspot races winners were:
1st, Sean Donnelly
2nd, Paul Hughes
3rd, Paddy Tidd
Below is a highlight of the top 7 birds in the auction from the race finalists.
Auction Of the First 30 Birds
The auction of 31 birds was on the 19th August 2019 at the Sarsfeild RPC in Dublin.
Our RPI reporter Arron Ennis was there to cover the auction and show our viewers some of the birds prior to the auction.
See the live coverage of the auction below:
As you can see the auction was a great success with some excellent birds on offer (some bargains were to be had too).
The individual sales of birds were:
- Lot 1 - €2000.
- Lot 2 - €2200.
- Lot 3 - €1400.
- Lot 4 - €200.
- Lot 5 - €380.
- Lot 6 - €650.
- Lot 7 - €320.
- Lot 8 - €200.
- Lot 9 - €380.
- Lot 10 - €200.
- Lot 11 - €100.
- Lot 12 - €100.
- Lot 13 - €2800.
- Lot 14 - €400.
- Lot 15 - €200.
- Lot 16 - €420.
- Lot 17 - €200.
- Lot 18 - €200.
- Lot 19 - €800.
- Lot 20 - €460.
- Lot 21 - €2200.
- Lot 22 - €220.
- Lot 23 - €340.
- Lot 24 - €340.
- Lot 25 - €260.
- Lot 26 - €50.
- Lot 27 - €100.
- Lot 28 - €260.
- Lot 29 - €160.
- Lot 30 - €300.
- Lot 31 - €1100
The total was €19,940 making an average price of €643 per bird.
(NOTE: All prices are believed to be correct at time) of writing.)
So there we have it. An amazing first year of a great race. Next year promises to be even bigger and better and based on this year I can see it being very popular with flyers wanting to get in on this great race.
You can see the official site of the race at wildatlanticwayolr.ie
The official Facebook page of the race is here. (Be sure to like their page so you can keep up to date with all the latest updates for 2020.)
I'm looking forward to next years race already!
Watch for more details of a new non profit organisation that we are launching to help promote, grow, protect and develop our sport.
The name of the organisation will be "Pigeon Sport Future Foundation"
Check out the original video and comments on Facebook here.
Chris Williams says Pigeon Racing saved his life.
He had a difficult few years in which he had a nervous breakdown, but he’s now optimistic about the future because of the sport and is hoping other people here in the South will get involved too.
It’s great to see Chris spreading the word about how much good the sport can do for people with disabilities and how much it can bring people together.
I am happy to announce the launch of Free classifieds adverts on Racing Pigeon Network. It is free to place your classifieds adverts on our site right now. People can browse all adverts without registering. To place an advert you simply signup to the site for free and list your ads. Go to RacingPigeonNetwork.com/ads and get started. You can copy the adverts you have and share them anywhere. This service is completely FREE and you can use it as much as you want. Over time we will develop advertising categories by country too. You can list your adverts in GB pounds and we have currency conversion into EUR and USD. Please spread the word and share folks. This service has been setup to allow people to sell their birds and equipment without any hassles and headaches. (Pls note by placing adverts you will deal with the potential buyers direct and Racing Pigeon Network has no involvement in the sale) Thanks folks. Hope you like the service.
I was lucky enough to interview a man who I had been looking forward to meeting for many months. I first spoke to Brian May a few months ago. I was inspired after our 45 minute call. That conversation was one of the most interesting I have ever had. Brian is one of the most captivating, inspiring and knowledgable men I have ever met.
I plan to do some more with Brian if his health allows.
I hope you enjoy the video
[POLL RESULTS] The results are in on three polls.
POLL 1 - Can the RPRA make enough changes within its organisation to make sure the sport not just survives but thrives in the next 5-10 years?
POLL 2 - Given a long term plan (5-10 years) , hard work, the right marketing, branding etc is it possible for UK and Irish birds and flyers to gain the same worldwide respect and notoriety as Belgium & Dutch birds and flyers?
POLL 3 - Should there be a UK and Irish championship award similar to the Golden Duif awards?
Hear what people think. #RacingPigeonInternational #RPI
I don't know Michael but I saw he posted this. This is exactly the kind of people who we need to move things forward and to change minds. The naysayers will always be there, but let them be and forget about them. Changing peoples minds is hard, some will change, some won't. Its the people who are open to change who we need to focus on.
Thanks Michael, much appreciated!