The Official Organisation for Racing Pigeon Clubs in Ireland
The Irish Homing Union (IHU) is the official body for the regulation of the sport of pigeon-racing in Ireland.
It is the longest established governing body for pigeon racing in all of Great Britain and Ireland, having been established in 1895.
It is an all-Ireland organisation, with 3,318 members in 121 racing pigeon clubs spread throughout 19 of the 32 counties.
The governing body of the Union is called the "Supreme Council", and it consists of a President, Secretary and Treasurer, plus six delegates from each of two administrative areas, known as Regions.
The Supreme Council is responsible for the management of the Union, and is the final arbitrator in disputes within the membership.
Eugene Fitzgerald, 73 Foxrock Ave., Foxrock, Dublin 18.
UNION GENERAL SECRETARY
Brendan McLoughlin, 4 St. Joseph's Cottages, Newry, Co. Down. BT34 4PE
Paddy O'Neill, 20 Andersonstown Pk. West, Belfast.
Left to Right: Eugene Fitzgerald, Ken McConaghie and Paddy O'Neill
For day-to-day administrative purposes the Irish Homing Union is divided into two regions, the North Region (Northern Ireland) and the Southern Region (Republic of Ireland).
Each Region issues its own racing pigeon rings. All Irish Homing Union racing pigeon rings bear the internationally recognised code "IHU".
The North Region racing pigeon rings, in addition to the international code "IHU" also include the letter "N", and the owners of all such racing pigeon rings are registered with that Region Secretary:
Jimmy Hughes, 44 Ashbourn Pk., Lambeg, Lisburn, Co. Antrim. BT27 4NS. Tel. 02892-583725. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Southern Region pigeon racing rings, in addition to the international code "IHU" also include the letter "S", and the owners of all such racing pigeon rings are registered with that Region Secretary:
Seamus Lehane, 69 Lorcan Crescent, Santry, Dublin 9. Tel.01-8421016. Email email@example.com
If you email us about a lost pigeon, please include a contact phone number and/or an address. The owner of the pigeon may not have email facilities through which to respond.
Through the Irish Homing Union is the best way of getting a lost (stray) racing pigeon back to its owner.