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Bridge News

 Our Charity Night will take place on Monday 6th March and this year our chosen charity is the Cappuchin Day Centre which provides meals and food parcels for Dublin's homeless and we hope that everyone will support the night generously!

 
Congress News

Bray Congress took place in September and Congratulations to Colette Stokes, Sue Power and Niamh Harty( with team mate Seamus Bradley) who won the best Intermediate A2 prize in the Intermediate Teams Competition! Well done to all who participated over the weekend, lots of practice for the new bridge season!!

Drogheda Congress took place during October and congrats are due to Colette, Sue and Niamh with team mate Seamus who won the 2nd session prize in the Intermediate Teams.

Kilkenny Congress took place in November and again Colette and Sue were in action and were pleased to win the Best Intermediate A2 prize in the pairs competition, congrats!

The Novice and Intermediate Congress took place in February in the Nuremore Hotel and 5/6 Railway pairs travelled to Co. Monaghan to take part in the congress but unfortunately none were in the winners enclosure this time but enjoyed the weekend!

 
Welcome to Railway Union Bridge Club

Welcome to Railway Union Bridge Club, a relatively new bridge club based in Sandymount, Dublin 4.

We are a very friendly and social club playing every Monday night at 7.30pm in the hall of Railway Union Sports Club at Park Ave, Sandymount, Dublin 4.

We are affiliated to the Contract Bridge Association Ireland (CBAI) and belong to the Dublin South Region, with many of our members playing in leagues and competitions organised by the region.

Membership is currently closed but application forms are available from the club secretary and your name will be placed on a waiting list.

Interested in taking up bridge? Contact the club for details of beginner's lessons for the 2016/2017 season.

Holmes Wilson National Swiss Teams

Congratulations to Collette and Sue who won Best Intermediate A2 Team prize in the recent Holmes Wilson Teams Competition, which took place over 3 sessions in Tullow, Co. Carlow. It was a very exciting competition with 105 teams entered from all over the country and was a very enjoyable weekend. Also taking part were Dermot O'Brien (who's team placed 20th ) and Kieran Crowley, Caroline Crowley, Fiona O'Gorman, Maeve Flanagan and Mary Seaver all played well on various teams enjoying the experience and winning some matches along the way!

Railway Teams Competition
Railway Teams Competition

Congratulations to Colette Stokes, Sue Power, Niamh Harty and Kieran Crowley who were this year's winners of the Railway Teams Competition which had a record entry of 15 teams,who battled it out over 2 sessions in January! It was a very well organised competition with John Royds at the helm as tournament director. The winning team are pictured above receiving their trophy from club President Fiona O'Gorman.Team Captain Colette Stokes gave an acceptance speech thanking her team mates, our TD, other opponents and organisers for a very enjoyable competition

Other prize winners were;

2nd: Tony Hayes, Peter Shaffrey, Derick Mulvey, Bob Nielsen and Roisin Quigley.

3rd: Martin Cowley, Walter Mc Nicholas , Anna Murphy, Liz Kevans and Martin Quigley.

Best Inter B Team: Marianne Gorman, Anne Cooke, Ide Gavin and Orla Staunton.

Best Novice Team: Fiona Mc Nicholas, Noreen Minahan, John Murray and Risteard O'Laoide.

National Men's and Ladies Pairs and Teams Competition

Congratulations to Derick Mulvey whose team of Intermediate players won the best area master prize,in the recent National Men's Teams, a really good achievement!! There were quite a few Railway members playing in these competitions which took place in Citywest and they gained valuable experience playing in a tough field of Masters and Irish  International players! 

Christmas Party 2016!
  • Ailsih Nollaig Anne
  • Alison and Kevin
  • Angela Catriona and Co
  • Ann and Grainne
  • Anna and Moya
  • Cass and Kieran
  • Dermot and Sharon
  • Eoin
  • Eoin at Bar
  • Fiona Norma and Co
  • Hanna and Ann
  • Liz and Mary
  • Madeline
  • Maeve Liz Ann and Mary
  • Maeve Rita Anette and Ruth
  • Martin
  • Martin and Cass
  • Mary and Co
  • Maura Niamh Colette
  • Nicola Roisin Gillian and Rachel
  • Orla and Ide
  • Pauline
  • Troupe
  • Una

Christmas Party 2016! 

What fun was had at our Annual Christams Party this year!

A little bit of bridge - several glasses of nice mulled wine and mince pies - and fantastic entertainment by our very funny Bridge Troupe! Huge thanks goes to Una, Avril, Pauline, Julie and Eoin for putting themselves out there (again!) and giving us all such a good laugh! Thanks also to the entertainment committee - Nicola, Rachel, Gillian + Co for organising.

Here are some of the highlights...

 

Master Pairs

Well done to Kieran Crowley and his partner Kate Daultry(Banker's) won the best Area Master prize recently in the Master Swiss Pairs played in Templelogue. They finished in 32nd place overall in a field of 105 Masters, so a really good achievement in their first year playing as Masters. Congratulations!

Turkey Competition Winner
Turkey Competition Winner

A full house of 13 tables turned out for our annual Turkey Competition, which was an individual competition run by John Royds our tournament Director.A very social and enjoyable night's bridge where you change partners every board and by the end of the night everyone having played with 22 different partners!

Rachel Connellan emerged a popular winner with a score of 63.75%, closely followed by Mary Kane in 2nd with 63.18% and Colette Stokes in 3rd with 61.75%.

On the same night we also had 3 tables of novices playing in their own competition so one of our busiest nights! Well done to all and full results of both competitions are available below by clicking on the event name.

Pictured above is Rachel receiving her prize from Fiona O'Gorman, President of Railway Bridge Club.

Massive thanks to Sue Power for designing the beautiful cards in which the prizes were presented!

4 Fun Teams

Congratulations to Grainne Flannelly who played in the Dublin South Qualifier for 4 Fun Teams in Milltown Golf Club recently and was the Novice member on one of the winning teams and has now qualified to play in the National 4Fun teams Final in May, we wish her the best of luck in May and well done.

Martin Cowley Cup Winners
Martin Cowley Cup Winners

Congratulations to Ide Gavin and Walter McNicholas who were the winners of our inaugural Club Pairs competition. They were very consistent over the 2 sessions to emerge overall winners with 66.08% score! 

This new competition has been named the Martin Cowley Cup in recognition of all the hard work and dedication that Martin has given over the last 5-6 years in organising lessons and setting up the club. Martin was kept in the dark about this honour so was very surprised and pleased to be called upon to present the Cup to the winning pair!

2nd were Niamh Harty and Rachel Connellan.

3rd were Fiona O'Gorman and Derick Mulvey.

1st Session Prize went to Anne Cooke and Liz Kevans.

2nd session prize went to Marianne Gorman and Mary Burke.

Best Intermediate B pair were Avril Barry and Sharon Mc Kenna.

John Royds did a great job as usual as tournament director and both sessions went very smoothly. 

It was a Halloween themed final night, with knitted pumpkins for everyone from Nick, Halloween decorating from Caroline, baked goodies from Maura Mc K and Fiona and a committee wearing colourful hats and wigs to brighten your night.

A big thank you to all who made this a successful night.🎃

Novice Bridge
Novice Bridge

We are launching our new Thursday Morning Bridge sessions which will take place every Thursday at 10am starting on Feb 2nd. We hope to see you there if you're free! A big welcome to our new novices, hoping that they enjoy playing bridge here in Railway Union.

Date for your diary: Wednesday 8th March 7.30pm Novice and Beginner's pairs competition in the Banker's Bridge Congress.

Play a new practice hand each week!

Click here for ACOL bidding

Click here for Standard American bidding

V-Blue - The beginners e-newsletter: 20 hands to play every two weeks

Results
23rd Feb 2017
Thursday Morning Bridge
Director: Dermot O Brien
Scorer: Railway Union Bridge Club
20th Feb 2017
Monday Bridge
Director: Colette Stokes
Scorer: Railway Union Bridge Club
Spare Partner: Mary Burke
16th Feb 2017
Thursday Morning Bridge
Director: Roisin Quigley
Scorer: Railway Union Bridge Club
Calendar
27th Feb 2017
Monday Bridge
7.30pm
Director: Mary Seaver
Spare Partner: Ailis Kennedy
2nd Mar 2017
Thursday Morning Bridge
10am
6th Mar 2017
Charity Night
7.30pm
Director: John Royds
Spare Partner: Margaret Sheridan
Novice Bridge
Novice Bridge

We are launching our new Thursday Morning Bridge sessions which will take place every Thursday at 10am starting on Feb 2nd. We hope to see you there if you're free! A big welcome to our new novices, hoping that they enjoy playing bridge here in Railway Union.

Date for your diary: Wednesday 8th March 7.30pm Novice and Beginner's pairs competition in the Banker's Bridge Congress.

Play a new practice hand each week!

Click here for ACOL bidding

Click here for Standard American bidding

V-Blue - The beginners e-newsletter: 20 hands to play every two weeks

Results
23rd Feb 2017
Thursday Morning Bridge
Director: Dermot O Brien
Scorer: Railway Union Bridge Club
20th Feb 2017
Monday Bridge
Director: Colette Stokes
Scorer: Railway Union Bridge Club
Spare Partner: Mary Burke
16th Feb 2017
Thursday Morning Bridge
Director: Roisin Quigley
Scorer: Railway Union Bridge Club
Calendar
27th Feb 2017
Monday Bridge
7.30pm
Director: Mary Seaver
Spare Partner: Ailis Kennedy
2nd Mar 2017
Thursday Morning Bridge
10am
6th Mar 2017
Charity Night
7.30pm
Director: John Royds
Spare Partner: Margaret Sheridan