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Life member George Barr passes away

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Life member George Barr passes away thumbnailThe late George Barr - Ballymena & District HPS. GB48Pigeon

WE had the sad news at the weekend that Ballymena & Dist HPS life member George Barr had passed away at home after a period of illness.
Barr was a famous name in the Ballymena Borough not only through the pigeons but in the butchery business and of course local football.
In his younger days George turned out for Ballymena, Glentoran and Cliftonville.
His uncle Albert one of the famous Barr Brothers played football as well winning an Irish Cup medal with Ballymena and later playing for Manchester City.
I suppose it was only a matter of time till George got involved with the pigeons and he joined the big Ballymena & District in 1964, he had a race record as good as any winning from the shortest races through to France.
He raced a famous bird named Wee Albert which would have won a Hall of Fame if racing now placed three times in the Blue Riband Kings Cup including 4th Open and 300 which was big money then.
I always remember racing in the old Ballymena Championship Club doing ok till the George Barr card arrived from the District usually changing the result big time.
In Ballymena & Dist the George Barr Cup is awarded for the OB Derby with the NIPA, a cup he was to win on numerous occasions himself.
Through ill health George gave up racing a few short years ago, when at the club he was the best of craic recalling all the great stories of the past with both pigeons and football.
The funeral service will be in Wellington Church today (Tuesday) at 2pm followed by burial at the Ballymena Cemetery on Cushendall Road.
We have lost another star, sincere condolences to wife Hazel and the entire family circle at this very sad time.
*Full story and pictures in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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