177 youngsters are on their way to the final . The loading and assignment process was overseen by Reggie Thompson , Cyril Beattie , Megan Tobijanski , Tony Tobijanski . The birds were caught by Paul O’Connor and Matt Kelly . Sean and Terence McCrudden examined every pigeon and Willie was present to watch over everything . Donny Dysart is convoying the pigeons this year again . Good luck to all competing and hoping for a successful race .