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Deceased Members Mass
Deceased Members Mass

takes place on Saturday morning November 4th @ 10am

2017 Law - summary of major changes
2017 Law - summary of major changes

2017 Laws - summary of major changes.pdf

Here is a link to a very useful summary of the major changes thanks to Fearghal O'Boyle.

Copies are available from the Club Secretary, please ask.

Upcoming competitions & congresses

Dundalk Bridge Club will host the Dundalk Salver at the Bridge Centre on the Ramparts Road on Sunday 22nd October 2017 @ 5p.m. sharp. Table money €15 includes supper. Pre-entry by 6p.m. on Saturday 21st October 2017 to Peter on 086 8049531.

The North Eastern Region of the C.B.A.I. will host the Regional Mixed Pairs in the Gate Bridge Club, Fair Street, Drogheda on Sunday 29th October @ 5p.m. Table money €12.50 includes supper. Pre-entry by 6p.m. on Saturday 28th October @ 6p.m.  to Peter on 086 8049531.

Balbriggan Bridge Club will host the Tom Sheridan Trophy in the Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan on Sunday 5th November 2017 @ 1.30p.m. (Two sessions event). Table money €20. Pre-entry by Saturday 4th November @ 6p.m. to Sean on 01-8414002 or 087 2848250.

The East of Ireland (Dundalk) Congress takes place on 10th to 12th November

The IBU Interprovincials in the Cavan Crystal Hotel on 18th to 19th November

and the IBU Seniors Congress in the Cavan Crystal Hotel from Tuesday 20th to Thursday 22nd March 2018

For further information on Congress details please check the CBAI's competitions section.

New grading system information
New grading system information


New grading system Sept 2017.doc

News Page
Ashbourne Cup Pairs results 2017

Congratulations to Donek and Gerry for first place!!!

Congratulations also to Patsy & Jim who came second, Louis & Joe who came third and Barry & Debbie who came fourth.

Last updated : 5th Jul 2017 16:21 BST
Charity Night presentations 2017

Louise presented the two cheques for both Meals on Wheels (Barbara) and St Francis Hospice (Deirdre) on Tuesday.

Many thanks once again to everyone who made the night such a great success!!!!

Last updated : 5th Jul 2017 16:18 BST
Simultaneous Pairs 2017

Congratulations to Teresa and Barbara who were presented with their prize money for coming 1st in the best intermediate A1 section!!

Well done ladies!

Last updated : 5th Jul 2017 16:14 BST
Joe Brown Memorial Cup December 2016

Well done and thank you to our visitors and members alike who made this year's Joe Brown Memorial Cup evening in the Club very special. We had 14 tables, great company, great Bridge play and wonderful food! Thanks to the organisers within the Club as well as Peter for being our TD and Ashbourne/Donaghmore GAA for the wonderful catering!  Well done!

The cup was retained by Maura Hand & Patsy Gibney! Well done to you both!

Very close 2nd Christy Tierney & Deirdre Reid, 3rd Ian Baker & John Fox.  Best B pair Sadie Doyle & Liz Mckeown.  Best A pair Louise Higgins & Jim Wilson. Best Club pair Gerry Monaghan & Donek Szenejko!!

Last updated : 12th Jan 2017 16:56 GMT
ABC first Honorary Member - season 2016-2017

Congratulations to Imelda who is Ashbourne Bridge Club's first Honorary Member

 following the new Committee decision to make everyone over the age of 90 Honorary Members!!

Well done Imelda from everyone in the Club!

Last updated : 29th Nov 2016 15:40 GMT

The role of 'Dummy'


The role of the dummy is to be "dumb" (Silent). That's why s/he is called the "dummy."


Basically, the dummy is not supposed to speak or act unless "spoken to." So dummy's powers are strictly limited, but include the following:


  1. Must lay down hand after the right hand opponent leads (but not before).
  2. May not further touch those cards except as directed by declarer. (Ideally, the dummy will have placed the cards in such a way that the declarer can reach them.)
  3. May call attention to a declarer error in progress (leading from the wrong hand, not following suit).
  4. May not initiate a conversation about anything else, including opponents' errors, but may respond to questions asked by a tournament director (TD). (Dummy may not initiate the calling of the TD.)
  5. May not leave his seat or walk around the room except in extreme emergency (fire alarm, and maybe bathroom breaks).
  6. May not peek at declarer's or opponents' cards (until played).


Last updated : 18th Aug 2016 15:02 BST

Folks, the two teams from the Club who played under the Meath flag did exceptionally well at Westmanstown on Saturday last. 

Betty, Barry, John and Liz came fifth!!

Marie, Debbie, Marie and Martin came best in the second session!!!!!!!!!

Last updated : 1st Aug 2016 12:13 BST
Charity Night 2015-2016 Season

Congratulations to everyone for a very successful Charity Night! Especially the organisers for all their hard work!

The three chosen charities are: the Irish Cancer Society, the Alzheimer's Society and the  Bone Marrow for Leukaemia Trust.

First N/S Pat & Miriam; second N/S Joe & Patsy; third N/S Elizabeth & Anne

First E/W Ian & John; second E/W Rita & Liz; third E/W Breda & Ita

Full results are on the results page (thanks John for the scoring)

Last updated : 16th Mar 2016 14:10 GMT
Joe Brown Memorial Perpetual Cup 2015

Many thanks to everyone who came along to support the evening.

The winners are Maura Hand & Patsy Gibney! Congratulations to you both!

Last updated : 26th Jan 2016 11:59 GMT
Ashbourne Pairs Cup 2015-2016

Congratulations to Ita and Breda - well done!!


Last updated : 27th Nov 2015 10:41 GMT
President's Prize 2014/2015 - results

Congratulations to Martin who came first, Mervyn second, Donek third, Elizabeth fourth, John fifth, Marie sixth and Joan seventh!!!!!!!!!!!

Last updated : 20th Apr 2015 15:06 BST
Charity Night

The Committee are proud to announce that €1,000 has been donated to THE LAURA HICKEY FUND. We would like to thank everyone for their help and participation on the night. The Hickey family have sent their sincere thanks to the Club via Brendan.

Last updated : 6th May 2015 10:22 BST
Joe Brown Memorial Cup 2014/2015

Congratulations to Martin and Donek who came first in the competition. Bernie & Liam O'Reilly came second, Maura Hand & Patsy Gibney came third and Breda Cotter & Elizabeth Kane were the local winners. Best 'A' pair were Pauline Daly & Pat O'Donovan.

Last updated : 20th Apr 2015 15:04 BST
New Club Recommendation for Novices

At a recent Committee Meeting, it was unanimously decided that 'Novices should not play North/South in their first year in the Club'.

It was agreed that Novices have enough pressure on them, playing in a Club environment and learning Bridge. Therefore, when sitting with first year Novices, the experienced Players will take the North/South position. The Club Rule, whereby cards are cut for table position, does not apply to first year Novices. The Committee would like to thank Members for their support on this new rule.

Last updated : 15th Jan 2015 11:29 GMT