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President Elect of the C.B.A.I.
President Elect of the C.B.A.I.

Congratulations to Neil Burke from the Mid Leinster Region who took up the position of  President Elect of the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland (CBAI), for the year 2018-2019. Seen here with Peter O' Meara incoming President from the North Midland Region. Neil will take the Position of President of the C.B.A.I.  at next years AGM - 2019, which we hope will take place in Westmanstown.

Best wishes  to both Peter, and Neil  from the Committee, and the members of Mid Leinster Region.

Quick References To Updates

Communique from our C.E.O.  Paul Porteous  8th JunGo to ►  News Updates

Summary of the New Laws 2017 6th OctGo to ►  Main Menu

Bridge Classes in the Mid Leinster Region  5th Sept  Go to ► Bridge Teachers MLR

PRESIDENT 2018-2019
PRESIDENT 2018-2019

Jim O'Sullivan the outgoing president of the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland, handing over the chain of office to incoming president Peter O'Meara, at its recent A.G.M., in the Athlone Springs Hotel.


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Master Points Update : 

(Go to main menu - News Update)

MLR Bridge Classes for 2018 - 2019

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Information on Bridge Classes 2018-2019 to be advised

Select Bridge Teachers (MLR) on the main menu


Communique from our C.E.O - June 2018


January News - very blowy month!

Simultaneous Pairs 2018

Don’t forget to book your club in for the CBAI Simultaneous Pairs  - each day from Monday 5th to Friday 9th February 2018.

We will be continuing with prizes for the best Intermediate A1, A2, B1, B2, and 1st & 2nd Novice pairs each day for those who are outside the top prizes together with the special Novice prize of 2 weekends away for the highest % Novice score across the week – FANTASTIC!!

Simultaneous Pairs are a great way to give your members the opportunity to improve their thinking on relatively ordinary hands and to incorporate new ideas and conventions – well worth it! All clubs participating have been contacted to confirm the address to which kits should be sent. There is still time for new clubs to join in – I always order a few extra, just in case – so, contact us A S A P!! Kits will start to issue on Friday of this week to participating clubs.


Novice & Intermediate Congress 2018

The Northern Region - Donegal, as it is President Jim O’Sullivan’s home region, will be hosting the Novice & Intermediate Congress this season. It will be held in the Abbey Hotel, The Diamond, Donegal Town on the 16th – 18th February 2018. This is the main open entry event for Intermediate and Novice players in the year!! I know you will want to give it and Jim every support. Get your bookings made early with the hotel directly at 074-99721014.


IBU Seniors Congress – 20 – 22 March 2018

The IBU Seniors Congress – mostly for those over 60, will again be held in the Cavan Crystal Hotel in Cavan from 20 – 22 March, with the generous support of Cavan County Council. Gala Pairs on Tuesday 20 March at 7.30pm. 2 sessions of Pairs on 21 March (separate competition for Intermediate pairs) will start at 1.30pm will follow a number of exciting inclusions in the social programme for the morning. Thursday 22 March will see the 2 session team event start at 11am.  All in all – an excellent way to while away a few days mid-week in March. Any golfers will have an opportunity to exercise at very reasonable rates.


CONGRESS NEWS – in case you missed it!!

No TORC CONGRESS this year!


Confirmation of Congress Dates

CARLOW CONGRESS –  The correct dates for this year’s Congress are 4 – 6 May 2018.

HOME INSTEAD DUBLIN SUMMER CONGRESS - The correct date for this year’s Congress is 29 June – 1 July 2018 in Westmanstown Sports & Social Centre.



The planned half day (afternoon) course to prepare potential Mini-bridge teachers for their new roles will take place here in National Headquarters on  Wednesday 21 February 2018 at 2.00pm,  when Maire O’Keeffe will demonstrate her highly successful techniques. Please contact us urgently to register your interest! We have had the wonderful success of our team winning the Under 20 Home Internationals for the Peggy Bayer trophy in 2016, so let’s try and keep the momentum going.



There are still 100 Clubs countrywide who have not yet returned their Membership Affiliation Forms and Fees. These were due to be received by 31 December, so I would encourage you to complete and return the forms on behalf of your members as soon as possible.

Late affiliations can be returned on the forms supplied to you on receipt of your first return, and I would remind you to include your Honorary Members in the overall return. You have honoured them within the confines of your club, but you should make sure that their membership is recorded for Insurance and Master Points purposes.



I would like to remind Club Master Points  Secretaries that they should record and return any Master Points awarded to visitors to the club. It is important to ensure that players are maintained in the grade appropriate to their experience.



This is a saying I heard in my youth – a few years ago – but it still rings true. If you have a flu or flu like systems – you should think about your fellow bridge players, whether at Club, Congress, Regional or National Competition level. They will be disappointed not to see you, but that won’t be the sentiment they will feel for you, if you share your flu with them!!

The finger will always be pointed at the person doing the coughing or sneezing!!


Kind regards (and get well soon – if that is you!)



Paul Porteous

Chief Executive

Contract Bridge Association of Ireland

Templeogue House

Templeogue Road

Dublin 6W

Tel (353) 1 4929666


This email will issue to all clubs later today.

Regards to all


Dear Club Secretary or Email Contact,

Just a few notes for you this month.

1.                 2017 WBF Women’s Online Autumn Festival in association
with BBO
                                 13 - 19 November 2017 (Brochure attached)

The Online Women’s Bridge Festivals are increasingly popular and enjoyed by
many women across the world. We hope that as many players as possible will
join us for our next event, which includes many of the enjoyable robot

This time the exciting prize for the overall winner and a partner of her
choice will be free entry to the 2018 Women’s Pairs Championship to be held
in Orlando, Florida during the World Bridge Series, which starts on 22nd
September with the Women's Pairs starting on Wednesday 26th September.
Accommodation in a double room will also be offered to the winner & her
partner for the duration of the Women’s Pairs event.

Click Here Womens BBO Online Festival

2.                 New Rule Book – Simplified Version. As you are aware, the
WBF issued new rules this year. Up until very recently, we had been waiting
for the excellent Simplified Version produced by Mr Bridge. I am happy to
tell you that these are now in stock at a cost of €8 each. Email or call
with credit / debit card details and we can mail them out to you.

3.                 The Times Bridge Calendar – the ideal gift / prize for a
bridge player. Incorporating Andy Robson’s daily column, each day’s entry
provide a commentary on good bidding, play or defence, all of which is of
interest to any player. Written in a relaxed style, it’s more of an
entertaining book, than an actual book. Keep it beside the bed or in the
smallest room – only €15 each, now in stock.

4.                 Available regrades for members – every club received a
list of members who were eligible to be regraded downwards – if they wished.
There is a time limit on responding to this option – 31 December 2017. Any
eligible players who have not so opted, will be considered to have decided
not take up the option. So that we can process in due time – I would
appreciate it if you could let your Regional Secretary know that you have
consulted with all eligible players and they do / do not wish to be
regraded. Only a little extra work for you, but it will keep your members

5.                 Bankers Congress – not happening this year
The Bankers Congress, scheduled for March 2018, will not take place. The
Bankers Bridge Club has had to relocate to a smaller premises, the United
Arts Club in Upper Fitzwilliam Street; thus they will not be in a position
to hold a Congress in their new premises this season.

6.                 CARLOW CONGRESS – a reminder that the dates shown on both
the Newsletter  and the Diary are incorrect. The correct dates for next
year’s Congress are 4 – 6 May 2018.

http://www.xmasclock.com/ - only 47 full days  until Christmas!!

Kind regards


♠  Congratulations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ♣

Kevin O'Dea , Annette Head, Kathie McGrath and Tomas Roche

who have passed their Bridge Teaching exams in Templeogue over the week end of 7th -8th October

The exams consisted of Bidding & Card Play Tests and the preparation of 3 classes for presentation over the weekend  


Good News from South of our Region. 7 No Trump are a New Club Starting up. Laura Crowe is the Secretary of the Club and we Wish Laura every success with the new Club.Laura tells me that the Club Membership is now open. 7 No Trump will play on Friday Evenings at Newbridge Town F.C, Station Road, Newbridge 

To Contact Laura : Mobile Number is 086 771 2345

email: 7notrump@lauracrowe.com

Website: http://www.bridgewebs.com/7notrump


Glenville Bridge Club on Friday nights in St. Francis Xaviers School in Roselawn. 

We wish Brendan every Success with the New Club.  New Members Welcome

Contact: 0858701023   brennodoyle@hotmail.com


Good luck to Celbridge Bridge Club who have moved to New Premises at the Slip Hall.

The Slip Hall is located in the Old Church of Ireland School. The Church of Ireland,

is beside the gates into Castletown House, at the top of the Main Street.


Dear all,

It’s the last day of summer – or so we are told! But we have had good Septembers in the past, so let’s hope this year will be the same!!

But – tomorrow marks the first day in the new Bridge Season, so welcome back to all of you!!!

A few things for you –

  1. We are having new Bridge Teachers Certification weekend on 7 – 8 October in Templeogue Bridge Centre and we have a number of potential teachers already lined up for it. If you have a member who would be interested in participating, please motivate them to get in touch with us as soon as possible, as there is an amount of preparatory work that needs to be done ahead of the Certification weekend – passing  Bidding & Card Play Tests and the preparation of 3 classes for presentation on the weekend (only one will be presented). Don’t leave it too late before contacting us.

  1. There have been some changes to the Grading System and a number of your home members will have the option of being regraded downwards. I have explained the possible changes in the attached word document, but I would point out that the option to be regraded will expire on 31 December 2017. The Club Secretary has a role to play in the process, as they will pass on the requests for regrading to your Regional Secretary, who will funnel them through to us here in Head Office. We will then reissue Membership Cards to any affected members. If any member does not take up this option, they will be maintained at the grade on the current card. We are preparing a list of those of your members who can exercise this option and will have it to you in the next week or so – so you will probably it before you get the current year’s cards!

  1. For the purpose of issuing Master Points, your Club factor shown on the bottom of the yellow Club Master Form issued now, will remain in operation for this year, regardless of members’ grade changes during the year.

  1. Duais an Uachtarain – President’s Prize.  President Jim O’Sullivan’s  prize will be held in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal (074) 9721014 on 23rd & 24th September. Open to Master & Intermediate A players, you should enter through http://competitions.cbai.ie . This is our first major competition of the season – so please give Jim and Donegal every support.

E.     CARLOW CONGRESS – the dates shown on both the Newsletter (when you get to see it) and the Diary are incorrect. The correct dates for next year’s Congress are 4 – 6 May 2018.


To all our bridge friends:

We're sorry but we won't be greeting you in Killarney for the Torc Congress this 2017-2018 season. We will miss you all and hope to return for 2018-2019 season.

Every good wish for a happy and successful year of bridge.

Torc Congress Committee

Kind regards


Paul Porteous

Chief Executive

Contract Bridge Association of Ireland

31st August 2017

This message is from Paul Porteous sent on the 24th August
Regional TD’s – New Laws Update
It is proposed to hold a workshop for qualified Regional Tournament Directors in order to update them on
the many subtle changes to the new laws. The seminar will take place in Templeogue on Saturday
week 2nd September 11 am – 4 pm.   Names to info@cbai.ie I have circulated this notice to all our
currently registered National & Regional TDs.
Paul Porteous
28th August 2017
Please Note:  The following extract is from MLR President, Ann Burns letter to all of the Club Presidents
and Secretaries in Mid Leinster Region.
Quote "There will be several new items on the Agenda and clubs will need to be fully informed on these. In addition
to the usual business of Distribution of Packs, Diaries and League Information, we will be discussing the
New Grading System, the CBAI Presidency and the training of Regional Tournament Directors." end Quote
The Mid Leinster Region Committee have intentions of implementing a program with a  view to training up
suitable candidates to take the examination at Regional Level. (From enquiries we have made, it's not
envisaged that this exam will take place for at least the next 12months), so its hoped training - up would
take place in the meantime. Suitable candidates will already have the Competencies required at Club Level.
If  there were any member/s of Mid Leinster Region who have intentions of  becoming a Regional Tournament
Director, and would like to commit to undertake the  training. Please Contact our Regional Secretary
Blanaid Morris at 086 838 1825. or any other member of the Committee (Contact details on the main menu)

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In an attempt to stem the tide of a  drop in Numbers attending the National 4fun Teams
A decision to Change the format for the National 4Fun teams was made at the Governing Council Meeting in
Templeogue over the week-end. The Original format for the Competition was for the Master to play with a Novice,
and "B" with the "A". This has now been changed to the Master to play with the "A",  and the "B" to play with
the Novice. This Conforms with the way Mid Leinster Region played their 4fun Teams earlier this Year,
and more than likely will continue with that format for this years event in October Our Tournament Director
for the Regional 4fun Event is Brian Lawlor.

The date of the Presidents Cup (MLR) has been changed from the 17th September to the 1st of October.

Updated 18th August 2017



We have a new Event on our Calendar of Events for '17'18. Its called the MLR Naas Pairs. Our Event will be held in the Maudlins House Hotel in Naas, on Saturday the 18th of November, commencing at 11am and finishing before 7pm. We will have a break for Lunch, around 1:30pm.

Lunch Menu will be available.

further details to come)


Unfortunately Westmanstown cant give us the booking, so this year we are moving our Regional Pairs to the Celbridge Manor Hotel in Celbridge on Saturday the 2nd December. Its a beautiful venue, and we hope to get a good attendance for the Event.

(further details to follow).

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Our Mid Leinster Region Summer coaching program gets underway on Wednesday the  26th of July in Westmanstown. This one day session is aimed at Novice and B grades in Particular. The Session will start  at 11am and finish at 4pm. The Coaches for the Session are Kevin O'Dea, Evelyn Blennerhassett, John Crimmins.

This will be followed by further coaching sessions for Masters & A1's on Thursday Evenings 7:15pm on the  17th & 24th August. Further Advanced/Improver  coaching for A2 & B grades will commence on Wednesday Evenings 7:15pm on the  16th - 23rd - 30th August. These coaching sessions will be given by Thomas MacCormac (for further details on all of these see notices on the Main Page and Main Menu).


Online Booking is available on the CBAI Website.

To get onto the Booking form , you click on  "More Info" . Then Select the URL. 

This will bring you into a login window.

Enter your CBAI number --  Enter Your Surname -- Select Login  and -------- Follow the Instructions from there.

You can also access the Booking Form by:

Selecting  Useful links from the Main Menu. Then! - CBAI Competitions ♠  Online Entry System.

Enter your CBAI No.   and Enter your Surname

Then (click on)  Login


As was stated at our Regional AGM in May, we have two Qualified tournament directors at Regional level, but of those two, one is not active.

It is important for our Region to have more trained up for the future.

It is the committees intention to set a process in motion, which we hope will result with us having the additional Regional Tournament Directors for Mid Leinster Region.  If you have people interested to become a Regional Level Director, please forward their name to our Regional Secretary Blanaid Morris (contact below). Potential candidates should have already completed the club level course, and have experience at running club level events.


086- 838 1825

(further details to follow)





The Mid Leinster Region will take up the Position of President of the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland in May of 2019. To that end our Nominated person will be ratified as President Elect of the CBAI next May 2018, by the Governing Council. The Governing Council is made up of representatives from each of the 13 Regions which make up the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland.


Proposed changes to the Master Points required for the different grades have been adopted by the Governing Council of the CBAI in May 2017. They are scheduled to apply from September 2017.  Over the Summer further clarifications/explanations of these changes will be on our Website Main Menu.  We will also be discussing this issue at our Regional Club Delegates Meeting on 15th of September in Westmanstown.