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We are saddened to learn of the death of

Celine O'Brien

a long standing member of RBC

We offer our deepest sympathy to Celine's family.

Funeral arrangements:

Reposing at her home on Friday evening from 6pm until 8pm. Removal on Saturday morning, 16th June, to St. Fintan's Church, Sutton arriving for 10 o'clock Funeral Mass followed by burial in St. Fintan's Cemetery Sutton.



Congratulations to

Collette Walsh








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President's Prize 2018 - Full Results

Last updated : 9th May 2018 11:21 BST
Club Pairs
Club Pairs

Club President Irene O'Driscoll

Presenting Club Pairs Cup to

Barbara Bunworth & Rita Cannavan


Last updated : 14th Feb 2018 22:09 GMT
It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of  Peter Shiels R.I.P. 
Peter was larger than life in bridge circles and a member of our Club for circa 30 years. 
He was a great Club member always repairing tables and trollies and looking after stationery etc and a great man for recitations at social events.
He will be sadly missed.

He was,also, a member of several clubs in the Dublin North Region and achieved Master status early on in his playing career.

On behalf of all our members we offer deepest sympathy to his wife, Maureen, and family. May Peter rest in peace.

Irene O'Driscoll
President. Raheny Bridge Club.
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Last updated : 9th Feb 2018 09:46 GMT
Maureen Meade Trophy

Congratulations to Raheny B.C. successes


DNR President, Pat Stewart, presenting prize to

Inter A Winners - Rose Burke & Johnnie Keenan

Paddy Meade presenting prize to

1st Session winners

Liz Sherlock & Colm McDonald


Paddy Meade presenting prize to

2nd Session winners

Linda Gallagher & Róna Booth


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Last updated : 6th Feb 2018 23:30 GMT
DNR 2018 Teams - Results
DNR 2018 Teams - Results

Congratulations to Eileen McCann, Martin Walsh, Collette Walsh & Bryan Wallace winning Masters Team

Congratulations also to Marie Dalton, Emily Rogers, Rona Booth & Eileen Hickey fora Session win.

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Last updated : 22nd Jan 2018 12:14 GMT
Eithne Coyne R.I.P.

Ethna Coyne passed away on January 12th 2018. She was an enthusiastic bridge player and member of this Club for 30 years winning several major competitions. She wasn't well for some years but continued to play thanks to so many members who partnered her.
Raheny Bridge Club extends sincere sympathy to her family especially her sister Olive.


Last updated : 17th Jan 2018 23:32 GMT
Life Long Learning
An information meeting on age-friendly opportunities in DCU is taking place, Mon  Jan,2.30 - 4.30 in room HG22 Nursing building.
At the meeting, you will be able to get information on upcoming courses and events in DCU for 2018.
or call me and let me know you are coming 01 7008933 
There will be light refreshments from 2.15pm served.
Looking forward to meeting you then.
Kind regards
Christine O'Kelly
Age-Friendly University Network Global Coordinator
*01-700 8933*
*Bea Orpen Building*
*Office of the Vice President of External and Strategic Affairs*
Last updated : 17th Jan 2018 23:51 GMT
Dublin North Region Pairs


Last updated : 4th Dec 2017 11:19 GMT
Miriam Dunphy - Obituary

We have received the sad news that

Miriam Dunphy has passed away.

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Miriam was a long standing member of Raheny BC and of several local Clubs and will be missed by her many partners.

Raheny Bridge Club extends deepest condolences to Miriam's family.


Last updated : 24th Nov 2017 11:48 GMT
Alice Leahy Trust

€1,600 was raised from ticket sales and players on the charity night.

The committee agreed that the Club should purchase Irene Foley's Oil Painting, and donate €2,000 to the fund.


The picture will be raffled at our Christmas Party.


Alice Leahy Trust
Last updated : 16th Nov 2017 11:26 GMT
Dermot O'Brien - Obituary

It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely death of Dermot O'Brien on October 8th 2017. He has been ill for some time but we hoped that the outcome would have been different.


Dermot was a member of our Club for over 25 years and was active on all fronts, including being President and taking position of Vice President last year before his illness. We are playing for the "Clibborn" Cup at present which Dermot won last year when it was the trophy for the Individual competition. He was, also, a member of the Kirwan League team and played a winning match on February 27th helping the team to come 2nd in the overall Competition.


Our Club offers sincere sympathy to his wife and family.

May he rest in peace.


Irene O’Driscoll

President, Raheny Bridge Club


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Last updated : 9th Oct 2017 18:03 BST
Message from CBAI

It’s the end 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 –  welcome back to all for the new Bridge Season!!!

A few things for you –

  1. New Rules

The World Bridge Federation has produced a new Rule Book for us and our Chief Tournament Director, Fearghal O’Boyle, has summarised the principal changes in the attached document – See News Item "Summary of Major Changes". New Rule Books are available from us at €12 each right now, and a Simplified version is expected before the end of September

  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.  Possible changes are explained in the "Grading System Changes" News Item, 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 . This is our first major competition of the season – so please give Jim and Donegal every support.

F.     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

H.    If, by any chance, you are not the appropriate email contact for your club, could you kindly pass this on to the right person, and let us know of the change, please?

Many thanks – enjoy your Bridge!


Paul Porteous

Chief Executive

Contract Bridge Association of Ireland

Templeogue House

Templeogue Road

Dublin 6W

Tel (353) 1 4929666

Last updated : 12th Sep 2017 10:22 BST
Summary of Major Changes

As referenced in Para A in "Message from CBAI"

Last updated : 12th Sep 2017 10:23 BST
Grading System Changes

As referenced in Para C in "Message from CBAI"

Last updated : 12th Sep 2017 10:24 BST
Sunday Bridge in Malahide

Sunday Bridge is recommencing in Malahide on 17th September.  Starting time 3pm. Visitors welcome, all grades.


Last updated : 6th Sep 2017 21:44 BST
New membership Category

At the Gala Night, President, Irene O'Driscoll, announced that Members who have reached 90 years of age are entitled to Honorary Membership. 

Irene congratulated Mairead Sheehy, Michael White and John Mackey who are the first qualifiers.

Members who have reached 90 and would like to enjoy this new status should contact the Committee who will deal with the matter.  

Last updated : 6th Sep 2017 21:39 BST
Dietary Research Project

I am a Research Dietitian in UCD. I am currently recruiting men and women aged 65 and over to take part in study to examine how nutrition may improve muscle mass and strength. I was wondering if you would mind forwarding the attached information leaflet to your members who may be interested in taking part?  Participants in the study will benefit by obtaining information about their muscle health and their body composition (i.e. body fat and muscle mass). It is also possible that participants who have low muscle mass and strength may improve their muscle health as a result of taking the nutritional drinks supplied as part of the study.

We are looking for non-smoking men and women (aged 65 years and over)  who may have low muscle and/or low strength to take part in a study to examine whether a food-based nutritional supplement can improve muscle and strength.
What’s involved?
We will ask you to come to UCD where we will test your muscle mass (the amount of muscle in your body) and your strength. If it is low you will be invited to participate in the NUTRIMAL Nutrition and Healthy Aging Study. The study will involve consuming a juice-based drink twice per day for 6 month
s and visiting UCD 4 times over this period. Participants will be reimbursed for all travel costs.
For more information please call Caoileann Murphy on 085-124-4080 or email
This study is run by UCD and funded by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine
Last updated : 6th Sep 2017 11:42 BST
Bridge Volunteers

Message from activities organiser in St Gabriel's Nursing Home, Edenmore:

"Some residents play bridge and it would ge great if someone from Raheny Bridge Club. would volunteer to come in and play maybe for an hour or so if it would be possible."

Contact details available from Committee.

Last updated : 22nd Jun 2017 22:40 BST
Bridge Holiday

Dick Kiernan is organising a bridge Holiday in Galway Bay Hotel, from Sunday 12th November until Thursday 16th.

Cost is €239.00 per person sharing for 4 nights bed breakfast and evening meal.

If anyone wishes to come they need to contact me, (Dick Kiernan) on my mobile as the hotel will not take bookings directly, since this is the only way I can keep track of my quota of rooms.

The trip is open to anyone who wishes to come. Unfortunately, I have no single rooms left as I have used up my quota of 60, and the hotel will not allow me any more. However anyone who wishes to share is more than welcome to come, as there is no problem with twin / double rooms.

Last updated : 12th Jun 2017 15:59 BST
Bridge Teaching

Calling New Bridge Teachers

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The next weekend seminar for members who would like to teach bridge will take place on 7th – 8th October 2017.   Contact Fionuala on 01-4929666 or at for further information or to register before Mid-August 2017.  If you register after this time you might be too late.

Last updated : 9th Jun 2017 16:11 BST
Laws of Bridge - 2017

Click to access Amended Laws of Bridge, to come into effect in September 2017


Last updated : 31st May 2017 14:55 BST
Dublin City Congress
Friday the 28th to Sunday the 30th of July
Westmanstown Sports and Conference Centre,
Westmanstown, Co Dublin

For details & entries contact Rory Egan on 086-8192765

Last updated : 31st May 2017 14:51 BST
DNR Teams

Dublin Nrth Region Teams Sat 28th Jan

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Last updated : 31st May 2017 14:51 BST
Bankers Congress 2017

Congratulations Maria Rossi (Raheny Club President) & Gay Donnelly - Best A2 In Intermediate Pairs

Congratulations Róna Booth, Linda Gallagher, Veronica Miller, Marie Dalton 3rd in Intermediate Teams


Last updated : 31st May 2017 14:49 BST
It was with sadness that we learned of the death on 22nd December, of Maureen White. Maureen had been unwell for some time.  Along with her husband Michael, Maureen was a long standing member of several Clubs in the locality.  She will be deeply missed by her many friends and partners. Raheny B.C. extends deepest condolences to Michael and their family.
Last updated : 31st May 2017 14:48 BST
McLoughlin Cup

Intrmediate B / Novice Pairs

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Last updated : 31st May 2017 14:48 BST
Dublin North Region Pairs


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Last updated : 31st May 2017 14:47 BST
Bidding challenge

Ice cold Heart Grand Slam, but any ideas as to how to bid it?

Dealer: S,  E / W Vul

West opened 1 Heart, maybe 2 Clubs would be more appropriate.

Would the following be the proper sequence for Roman Key Card & if so how to continue?

1 H  - 4 NT

5 C - 5 NT

6 C - ?


WEST ♠  A J x
    A J x x x x
    A x x
  ♣  Q
EAST ♠  K x
    K Q x x x
    K x
  ♣  A x x x
Last updated : 31st May 2017 14:47 BST
Raheny BC is saddened to learn of the sudden and unexpected death on Sunday, 2nd October, 2016, of Eileen Murphy.
The Club extends deepest condolences to Barbara, Brendan, Raymond and all the family. Eileen was a member of long standing at several Clubs in the locality, playing at Master level.  She will be missed by her many partners and friends.
Last updated : 31st May 2017 14:46 BST
Dublin North Region President Elect

The Committee of the Dublin North Region welcomes Pat Stewart, nominated by Raheny Bridge Club, in the office of President Elect for 2016 - 2017, thereafter as President for the 2017 – 2018 season. 


Last updated : 31st May 2017 14:46 BST




1st      Dave Terry, Conor O'Hara, Billy Ronan, John Murray

2nd     Mary Kelly Rogers, Tom Gilligan, Bryan Wallace, Eileen McCann

Session:    Davida Pendleton, Jean Newell, Mary Conlon, Charlie O'Hanlon


Inter A

1st   Lilian Foley, Rosemary Matthews, Maria Cronin, Nora Potter

2nd   Ann Hooper, Kay O'Brien, Michael Goode, Stephanie Goode

3rd   Liz Chambers, Janet Quinn, Irene Ellis., Patricia Evers

Session:  Mairin MacDevitt, Emily Rogers, Rona Booth, Linda Gallagher


Inter B / Novice – 7 Teams

  1st      Mary Deane, Jeanne Colvin, Linda Garland, Patricia Brennan

  2nd      Ann Sheeran O'Brien, Donat O'Brien, Gerry Hughes, Bernie Dunne

  Session:  Carmel Seery, Breda Murphy, Wendy Shevlin, Sean Maguire

Last updated : 31st May 2017 14:45 BST

Raheny Bridge Club membership is saddened by the unexpected death of Brian Smyth.

Brian, was Past President and committee member, roles he performed with characteristic style and generosity.

He was a member of this Club for many years, during which time he played successfully with some carefully chosen partners.  His personal commitment to a high standard of card play enhanced the experience for his partners and raised the bar for his opponents. His many successes in the major competitions came as no surprise to anybody.

Recently, despite declining health, he continued to play enthusiastically, maintaining his usual standard. 

Brian always spoke with pride of his wife, Mary and their family.  To all of them, Raheny Bridge Club extends deepest sympathy.

May he rest in peace.


Last updated : 31st May 2017 14:44 BST

In memoriam

It was with deep sadness that I learned of the death of my dear friend Brian Smyth.

Brian and I were bridge partners for a good number of years.  Together we became members of several bridge Clubs.  Brian’s playing prowess, and expert knowledge of Bridge, resulted in him winning several major trophies.

Brian was a true gentleman, possessed of a sincere and caring nature.  On a personal note, I will certainly miss him.

Together with the members of Raheny Bridge Club, I extend my deepest sympathy to his wife and family.

John Mackey.

Last updated : 31st May 2017 14:44 BST
Dublin North Region Newsletter
Dublin North Region Newsletter
Last updated : 30th Sep 2015 14:36 BST


At the Start of a Round

  1. Greet your opponents in a warm and friendly manner

Check that you have the correct boards

Announce the basics of your system – e.g. “forcing club, strength of No Trump opening card, 4 or 5 card majors”

  1. Check that you have 13 cards then look at your hand and sort it into suits. Don’t shift your cards from one hand to the other or shift suits around after sorting. Keep it fanned and don’t shut it up or put it down on the table.

During the Auction

  1. Pause a moment before making any call (which includes a Pass). If the opponent on your right has opened with more than one of any denomination or has made a jump bid, do not make any call until 10 seconds have elapsed.
  2. Remember if you pause for an unduly long time in normal circumstances, you may silence your partner if you then pass.
  3. Don’t bid after partner has made a pause before passing which was of significant length, unless the bid you make is clearly permissible on your own hand without anything but the minimum your opponents’ bidding would suggest may be in your partner’s hand. The onus will be on you to show that partner’s pause did not influence your bid.
  1. Bid and play without emphasis. Don’t vary the tone of your bidding – it should always be flat and unemphatic.
  1. Transfer bids over an opening 1NT are made by announcing “transfer” after your partner makes the bid
  1. Remember to alert your opponents to any call which is conventional below the level of 3NT. You only need to alert conventional calls above the level of 3NT on the first round of bidding e.g. 1♠ : P : 4♣ (needs to be alerted)


Do not allow your hand to hover over or fidget with the bidding cards in the bidding box while you are considering the bid you will make. Perceived uncertainty can convey unauthorised information.

Whenever an alert is required to draw attention to a conventional call made by partner, the ALERT card should be taken from the box and shown to both opponents (making sure it is seen by both), before being replaced in the box.

The next opponent to bid has the option to ask for the meaning of the bid.

If making a jump bid, before you take out the bid you intend to make, place the “Stop” card on the table to alert your next opponent that a jump bid is about to be made e.g a pre-emptive 3 ♥ bid.

Once you place your jump bid on the table, wait 10 seconds before returning the “Stop” card to the bidding box. This allows your opponent to bid “in tempo”, without undue hesitation that could convey information unfairly.

When your right hand opponent employs a stop card, wait for it to be removed before you make your next bid.

At the end of the auction, make sure the bidding is completed by having 3 passes on the table.

Leave the bidding cards on the table until the opening lead is made.

This allows declarer and both defenders to review and analyse the bidding. The opponent on lead has the opportunity to ask for clarification of the bidding e.g. the meaning of a bid etc.  It also may help to prevent a lead out of turn.

Opening Lead

  1. Place the opening lead face down on the table

This prevents you leading out of turn

Your partner now has the opportunity to ask questions about the bidding. If they have none, they should say “Thank you” or “No questions” and you can turn your lead face up. Dummy can then be placed on the table.

Try to keep the board on the table, with North pointed in the correct direction, to ensure there will be no misboarding.

As Dummy

  1. When placing Dummy’s hand on the table and a suit contract is being played, the trump suit should be placed on Dummy’s right, Declarer’s left.

When Dummy, don’t play any card, however obvious, until asked by partner.

When Dummy, don’t look at opponent’s or partner’s hands or shift around on your seat.

As Dummy, you may alert Declarer if it appears that he/she may be about to play from the wrong hand BUT if you are not quick enough to prevent Declarer from playing from the wrong hand, you cannot intervene at all (Rule 42. b).

At the End of play

  1. Agree the result before entering the score and lifting the cards that have been played from the table – this allows you to check the cards in the correct order, if there should be a problem. During play, it is common practice to place the card vertically if your side has won the trick and horizontally if won by your opponents.

Don’t take the cards from the board after they have been returned to it after play. Penalties will be incurred if cards are misboarded.

Only move to the next table when the TD has moved the boards and asked you to move.

Calling the Director

  1. If anything should go wrong at the table, agree with your opponents to call the Tournament Director.

Let one player explain the facts to the TD and avoid raised voices that may distract other players at nearby tables.

Make the Tournament Director your friend – he/she is there to ensure everyone has a fair and enjoyable game.

More details are available in the annual CBAI Diary or from the rule Book – “The Laws of Duplicate Bridge”

Body Language

  1. Be aware of your own mannerisms and try to remain impassive so that you do not convey any unauthorised information about your hand.
  1. Be courteous to opponents and to your partner.



Last updated : 7th Nov 2015 22:46 GMT