Informative for all members Saturday 19th September 2020.

Hi everyoneI hope you are all keeping well and continue to do so.
I feel I must advise you all regarding a member of Ligoniel pigeon club who has a family member who has tested positive for Covid 19 on your behalf I have wished them a speedy recovery.
After discussions with  their committee member the N.I.P.A. had no other options open to them but to close the Ligoniel Centre for this weeks 5 Bird race and possibly next weeks Skibbereen National .
I authorised him to try and procure an alternative Centre that would accommodate them. Three centres were contacted, one he received no answer from, one declined on the fear of safety to their own members and this is a justified reason, the other accepted.
Dromore Centre agreed to race mark Ligoniel centre pigeons and this I agreed to.
At no time did Ligoniel state a preference or request Dromore H.P.S. Dromore was the third centre contacted.
Dromore Centre which is quite small did a marvelous job at race marking  around 800 pigeons while doing their best to stay within the law. I personally had no pigeons away and was able to be present through out the procedure. I would like to sincerely thank ALL who assisted at the centre from race marking commenced until the transporter was loaded approx. 4 hours. I would also like to thank the members of all club`s using the centre, who wore face coverings, social distanced , and left the centre s soon as their birds were race marked. Some of them had to wait for at least three hours in the cold.Then to be told of postings on Social Media asking who authorised this, I make no apologies for authorising this action. and the way things are developing more centres could find themselves having problems next week.The Key Board warriors should have known to send an email or a telephone call to the N.I.P.A. office asking for this information, doing that would not make headlines
Regarding the transporting of your birds to Fermoy. TWO ARTIC`S were used. The pigeons collected at Carrickfergus , Doagh, and Section F were transferred to an ARTIC waiting in Dromore Hub along with the Dromore Centre. This transporter now contained pigeons from Sect H, Sect A. ALL OF SECT B  ALL OF SECT C , PART OF SECTION D AND ALL OF SECTION F THE OTHER ARTIC CONTAINED PIGEONS FROM PART OF SECTION A  PART OF SECTION D ALL OF SECTION E AND ALL OF SECTION G I CAN NOT SEE ANY PROBLEM WITH THIS ARRANGEMENT .
The Member of Ligoniel whose family member has tested positive and himself showing all the signs of Covid was in this office one week ago today Saturday, many of your Centre officials were hear last Saturday and many more of you had called through the week, you have returned to your families, your club`s, should most of the N.I.P.A. be now self isolating? If so next weeks race would be virtually impossible to organise. Next week`s race is scheduled for a Thursday collection and not Friday.
Also I have been informed of a posting from a Mr Murphy on social media regarding the N.I.P.A. and Sponsorship we are tracing this person. I will be asking you as members of the N.I.P.A. committee to enforce N.I.P.A. rule 35 which states if found guilty the person could be suspended form our organisation

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

R.P.R.A. Meeting Guidance.


Introduction 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 R.P.R.A. 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 cub/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.

Ian Evans CEO R.P.R.A.

Fermoy 5 Bird Open £1.00 Nomination Sponsorship.

Beattie’s Bird & Pet Foods have kindly arranged sponsorship of bags of pigeon mixture from each of the following companies.

Beatties Bird & Pet Foods, Beyers, Versele Laga & Natural Grains.

The first, second and third highest velocities of all the pigeons entered in the single bird £1.00 open nomination will receive three bags of mixture each.

The £1.00 nomination pool will be paid out to the highest velocity as normal.

Fred Russell NIPA Secretary.

Note to all clubs / trophy winners

Next week is your final payment for birdage as all birds must be race marked through your centres clubs will probably be paying the centres for the ordinary Fermoy, ALL CLUBS however MUST send in numbers of members and birds sent so that the ordinary Fermoy race entries can be totalled for the final result. Also would anyone still holding a trophy won last year please return it now to the office in a clean condition .