Welcome to the new bridge season. The region has lots of exciting events planned - see the calendar for full details. Thanks to all those clubs who were represented at the opening Presidents' Night in the Templeogue Centre on Thursday 6 September.
Dublin South Presdent Sheila Horkan visited Templeogue LTC Bridge Club on Monday 26 February 2018 in response to the kind invitation of club President Geraldine Wall and her committee. She received a wonderful welcome not only from the President of the club and her team but from all the very friendly members of the club.
She promoted the regional competitions and offered any support the club required from the region. As well as Yoga and a choir this club is offering an added dimension to the tennis at this famous venue and had some sixteen tables in play. There was a great buzz of conversation between rounds as well as during the tea break. It was refreshing to experience such great enthusiasm for the game.
Congratulations to all the volunteers involved in the smooth running of this very successful club.
Our thanks to Bankers Bridge Club President Gerry Kelly, Secretary Paul Williams and their Committee for the kind invitation to the Dublin South President, Sheila Horkan, to attend their club night on Tuesday 8 February in her official capacity to present the club's 2016/17 Fanagan League winners with their trophies, and to the members for their warm welcome.
Congratulations to the Bankers Bridge Club, which celebrated the opening of its new premises in the Arts Club, 3 Fitzwilliam Street, at a special opening night on 2 November.
Dublin South President, Sheila Horkan, and CBAI Chief Executive, Paul Porteous, were welcomed by Bankers President, Gerry Kelly, Honorary Secretary, Paul Williams, Honorary Treasurer, David Dunne, and an extensive premises sub-Committee led by Deirdre Reid.
After a large gathering reception in the bar, Gerry Kelly launched the new era for the Bankers Bridge Club paying tribute to all the members who had put so much effort and enthusiasm into finding a new venue for the club. The members were then formally welcomed by representatives of the Arts Club, and contractual formalities concluded. There followed a session of bridge, with 18 tables in play, under the serene direction of John Royds. The winner, Martin Brady (partnered by Stefan Ekman) spoke on behalf of the members, and paid tribute to the hard work put in by Gerry Kelly, the premises sub-Committee and all concerned with the move. While he said he felt very much at home in the Arts Club, he declined to address the gathering in Latin, his arts specialism. A most enjoyable evening was had by all, and Dublin South Region would like to wish Bankers BC, one of its premier clubs, which celebrated its fiftieth birthday in 2017, every success at its new venue, and hopefully at least another half-century of competitive and enjoyable bridge.
Pictures show the formal opening of the new premises by Gerry Kelly, accompanied by Sheila Horkan, Paul Porteous, David Dunne, Paul Williams, and Annette Durkan (Secretary of the Arts Club), and the players playing in the new card room.
The President, Sheila Horkan, was welcomed to Donnybrook LTC Bridge Club by their President, Denis O'Brien, on 1 November to present the club's 2017 Fanagan League winning Intermediate B teams with their trophies. Sheila was delighted with the warm welcome, and to see so many old friends and familiar faces.
There were 11 and a half tables in play in this cosy venue, with a great atmosphere and lively conversation between rounds. Donnybrook LTC affiliated two years ago, and have enjoyed Fanagan League success each year so far, last year winning not one but two divisions within the Intermediate B section. The players were looking forward to their first foray into the simultaneous pairs event this season.
In a brief address, the President encouraged the members to get involved in the other Dublin South regional competitions, and said she hoped to see some of the successful Fanagan League team members featuring on the podium in the Intermediate B pairs and teams events in December. She also paid special tribute to Sally Dawson, her long-time tennis partner at Donnybrook LTC, who set up the bridge section some years ago and encouraged many, including her good self, into playing bridge at the club.
Pictured receiving their trophy from the President are the Intermediate B Division 1 winners Denis O'Brien (captain), Denise O'Brien, Dermot O'Connell, Carol Dillon, Anne Somerville, and Pat Deasy, and the Intermediate B Division 2 winners Teresa Hurley, Marie Nolan, Miriam Dumbleton, Susan Webb (captain), Eileen Hanratty, and Mary Gorey (absent, Miriam Conboy).
The DSR President Sheila Horkan visited St Jude's Bridge Club on Wednesday 25 October to present the 2017 Fanagan League Winners, Intermediate A Section (Division 4), with their trophy.
She was warmly welcomed by the club President (and photographer) Ken Page, and by Tournament Director Anne Howard. Pictured receiving their salver from Sheila are (left-to-right) Pat McGillion, team captain Niall O'Sullivan, Bernadette McGillion, and Noreen Flynn (with Tony Diveney absent on the night). Noreen Flynn partnered Sheila for a most enjoyable evening, including seasonal barm brack during the tea break. There were 53 tables in play, which is a tribute to the popularity of the club.
In a brief address, the President encouraged participation in the upcoming regional competitions, wished the Fanagan League team luck in the defence of their title, and expressed the hope that the club would have a very enjoyable season.
On 20 September 2017, Dublin South President Sheila Horkan was welcomed to the RDS Bridge Club (one of her home clubs) by their President Moya Murphy to make the presentation of the trophy for the Fanagan League 2016/17 to the Intermediate A Division 3 winning team. The club was delighted to have won their division of the Intermediate A League for the no less than the seventh time. In a short address the President congratulated all concerned on a most consistent performance, outlined briefly the role of the Dublin South committee in promoting bridge, and encouraged participation in regional competitions. She noted with pleasure that the RDS will once again host a 4Fun Teams qualifier this year, and thanked the club for their ongoing hospitality in this regard.
Pictured receiving their trophy from the President are Sé O'Connor, Elsa Ranalow, team captain Graeme Williams, Sheila Hillis, and Roger Jupp (with Terry Dolan from the winning team unfortunately absent on the night).
Dublin South President Sheila Horkan was delighted to visit Milltown Golf Club Bridge Club on Tuesday 19 September to present the 2016/17 Fanagan League trophies to the no less than three teams representing the club who had been successful in their respective sections. Sheila was welcomed by the Bridge Club President Jean Kelly, whose committee had laid on a splendid reception for the evening.
Jody Fanagan spoke on behalf of the sponsors, Fanagans Funeral Directors, and Susan Magee the Milltown Golf Club President on behalf of the club. Lady Captain Lydia Ensor and Men's Captain Tom Comerford were also present to congratulate the teams. In a brief address the President congratulated all concerned on a very successful performance, outlined the role of the Dublin South committee in promoting bridge, and encouraged participation in regional competitions. She noted with pleasure that Milltown GC will once again host a 4Fun Teams qualifier this year, and thanked the club for their ongoing commitment to this competition.
The winning Milltown GC teams were in the Senior Intermediate, Intermediate B Division 2, and the Novice sections. Pictured are (l to r):
Novice team: Milltown GC Bridge Club President Jean Kelly, Grainne Margetson, Stephanie Browne, Yvonne Monaghan, Dublin South President Sheila Horkan, team captain Anne Donnellan, Annette Morris, Ger O'Sullivan, Ciara O'Leary, and Ger Victory (with Orla Fanagan, of the sponsoring firm and who also played on the winning team, unfortunately absent from the photo).
Intermediate B team: Milltown GC Bridge Club President Jean Kelly, Anne Jackson, Ann Hurley, Rose Mary Kirwan, Dublin South President Sheila Horkan, team captain Ann Kenneally, Edel Dunleavy, Liam Hanrahan, Naomi Mooney, and Paddy Woods (with Margaret Whitla, John Byrne, and Barbara Anne Mullan, unfortunately absent on the night).
Senior Intemediate team: Milltown GC Bridge Club President Jean Kelly, Helen Moe, Miriam Walsh, Dublin South President Sheila Horkan, team captain Kathleen O'Grady, Margaret Moloney, Pauline O'Grady, and Ann Purcell (with Ronnie McGeough unfortunately absent on the night).
The Dublin South President, Sheila Horkan, was warmly welcomed to the Regent Academy on Thursday 20 October, when there were 23 tables in play in two separate competitions.
Sheila spoke about the role and activities of the Dublin South region, and encouraged participation in the upcoming regional qualifiers for pairs and teams on 2 & 3 December. In addition, she expressed the region's gratitude for the great support of the Academy for the 4Fun Teams events. She congratulated the Academy Secretary, Rachel Connellan, with whom she had a most enjoyable game, and all her hard-working committee on the vibrant atmosphere at the club and the enthusiasm and friendliness of the members. She noted the emphasis on development within the club, commenting with approval on the upcoming set of improvers' classes, most of which are already fully-booked.
Pictured with Sheila are (left-to-right) Lillian Swaine, Rachel Connellan, and Anna Melotte.