Trophies still to be returned 7th October 2020.

F McCabe                                  NEWRY & DIST

D COYLE & SON                       COLERAINE PREMIER

R WILLIAMSON                       NEWRY & DIST

W J CHAMBERS                      NEWRY & DIST

P & M TRAVERS                      WHEATFIELD

D & J CAMPBELL                     EASTWAY

BLAIR & RANKIN                     BALLYMENA

F C RUSSELL N.I.P.A.Secretary.

Skibbereen Young Bird National.

I am confirming the decision of the management committee at tonight’s meeting.
The young bird national to be flown from Skibbereen has been officially cancelled.

Any one requiring forms to claim for N.I.P.A. awards please contact me by email and I can forward them on to you.
The final date for claims to be received is 17th October 2020.

Regards Fred Russell Secretary.

R.P.R.A. Guidance for club meetings.





Version 1 – 15th September c2020


Now that the racing season is coming to an end attention is being turned to meetings.

This document will consider the respective Governments rules and regulations along with RPRA and domestic rules.

The following is an outline of the position of the UK and devolved Governments as at 15th September 2020. However, please make yourself aware of any further restrictions relating to local ‘lockdowns’

UK Government

From Monday 14 September, when meeting friends and family you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) you must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors. This is against the law and the police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notices) of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200.

Welsh Government

Since 22 August 2020, you have been allowed to form an exclusive extended household with up to 3 other households, including the ability to stay in those other households overnight.

The general rule is that you cannot meet socially with people who aren’t in your extended household indoors. In addition, as of 14 September, meetings or gatherings indoors even within your extended household must be limited to 6 people (not including any children aged under 11). This applies in places like pubs and restaurants as well as in people’s homes.

Scottish Government

can meet socially, indoors or outdoors, in groups of up to 6 from no more than 2 households at a time

Northern Ireland Assembly

Since 24 August, up to six people from two households can meet indoors in private homes. The previous restriction of 10 people from four households no longer applies.

Based on the above information it would be possible for clubs of 6 or less individuals to hold meetings while adhering to social distancing and other requirements.  Gatherings in excess of six people are illegal.

The restrictions in place in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland do not facilitate meeting of more than 2 households and therefore club/organisation meetings should not take place.

Possible Alternatives

Wherever possible organisations are encouraged to organise meeting online, utilising tools such as Zoom. However, this may not be possible for all clubs or all individuals within organisations and therefore other solutions are explored below.

  1. Clubs may wish to suspend/delay meetings to a time where restrictions allow for larger gatherings. However, there is no guarantee as to when this situation will arise.
  2. Clubs may wish to distribute information via email/post and gather votes via email/letter. This would be particularly helpful to avoid unnecessary delay to membership applications
  3. Organisations (ENGLAND ONLY) may wish to appoint a committee of 6 or less to deal with the day to day running of the organisation, until restrictions are relaxed. This may be useful to deal with urgent matters such as appeals and/or disciplinary matters. For example RPRA rules 168 and 169

RPRA/Domestic Rules

Domestic rules may require organisations to hold an AGM by a specific date. Given the current restrictions these rules should be relaxed/suspended.

RPRA Rules

153(b) –  organisations should produce a Statement of Accounts/Balance sheet even if these accounts are not initially audited and that the current officials (if they are willing) MAY carry on in their positions until such time as the Covid 19 restrictions have been resolved and an AGM can be safely held.

154 – Voting by Proxy will be allowed

169 & 170 – The requirement to hold a meeting within 28 days of the dispute arising is relaxed.

173 – The requirement to hold a meeting within 21 days is relaxed.

Final race of 2020 from Skibbereen Cancelled.

This weeks final race of the 2020 season from Skibbereen has been cancelled due to the restrictions imposed by the Northern Ireland Assembly, which come in affect from 6.00 p.m. Tuesday 22nd September. Due to these restrictions the N.I.P.A. cannot organise a race from any release site this weekend.

If you need to contact the secretary please use telephone or email. No unannounced callers at the N.I.P.A. headquarters at present. Thank you.

Fred Russell N.I.P.A. Secretary.

Tuesday 22nd September 2020.