- NIPA Young Bird Liberation Dollymount
From an early age (12) and reading through the RP, skipping through the pages hoping to see different pigeons and different colors for my scrap book, but in hearing the the general conversation around the clubs, members all talking about the new upcoming continental fanciers, praising their birds and races flown etc .. as a kid, I obviously couldn't say much, because what kid would of had an opinion back then? .. I know I didn't, I would have got a clip in the ear and sent on my way home, but in my own mind and even back then I was thinking, these old boys where crazy with their thought of the continental fanciers and their birds, in my own mind I was thinking how could they even think that after seeing many liberations from the (Bellers, a Dublin term used for the NIPA Liberation), because hanging around clubs and fed rooms as a kid helping load the federation transporters etc, as a kid you get the sense, that there were thousands of members sending thousands of birds and how great this race was going to be, oh how proud I was to be a young pigeon fancier.
I didn't know it
yet but all of my self pride was about to change, only for the best,
at an even greater magnitude when I was invited to drop down to Dollymount
beach to watch the (Bellers), the first young bird release for the NIPA....
(Oh My God) a sight that was about to stay with me and has impacted
my entire life forever! ...to watch the 4-5 NIPA transporters roll down
the ocean estuary road, like great roman legions about to let loose
a wrath of birds that would conquer the sky's around the Dublin bay.
I don't know if the Northern Ireland fanciers really know this or not, but this event brought out, the entire population of Dublin's fanciers to witness this amazing release, fanciers lining the estuary roads and surrounding shores lines with their young families and friends, some truent kids hiding out along the beach, 2-3 miles from either side of the transporters but in directly in line with the hopes of an injured bird or two falling, the more colorful the bird the better in a child's mind...
With a great silence
the liberators removed their ladders and each manning their stations
and point of release, with one shout, get ready!!!!! pull........thousands
and literally thousands of birds filled the Dublin sky's, feathers flying
everywhere, birds in lower crates being knocked to the ground like a
great massacre, even the local pair of peregrine falcons that frequent
the Dublin bay, one shot right over the middle transporter taking a
young bird in each claw, dropping down to the lower marsh area of the
beach to feed on two young birds. With in minutes, the bright, cloud
free sky turned to a completely dark sky with thousands of birds with
their backs to the sun blocking the light..
Site Map | Guestbook | Links Program | Links | Terms & Conditions| Advertising Rates | Web Design | Contact
1999 - 2007 PigeonNetwork.com. All rights reserved.