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Summer Bridge

Monday night bridge will continue for July and August.  Thanks to the volunteers who have offered to help TD etc. There will be table money and prizes. As there's no guarantee of a spare partner for the Summer season please come with a partner - or check the calendar details in advance to avoid disappointment! Keep an eye on this section for news and updates. Contact Sue if you would like to help or have any queries (086 830 3622).

Monday Bridge
Director: Sue Power
Scorer: Railway Union Bridge Club
Spare Partner: Anne Kelly
Asst Director: Sue Power
Monday Pairs
Director: Colette Stokes
Scorer: Railway Union Bridge Club
Spare Partner: NO
Monday Pairs
Director: Fiona O'Gorman
Scorer: Railway Union Bridge Club
Welcome to Railway Union Bridge Club

Welcome to Railway Union 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 and every Thursday morning at 10am in the hall of Monkstown Rugby/Pembroke Cricket club, Park Ave, 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.

Summer Party and Annual Awards
Summer Party and Annual Awards

Summer Party, Friday 8th June 2018.

The sun shone, the pimm's was just perfect and beautiful flowers from Caroline's garden, all set the scene beautifully for our Summer Party!

Eagerly awaited and a perfect end to our bridge season, we all enjoyed a few hands of bridge followed by a delicious supper catered by The Wooden spoon.

President Roisin Quigley then made presentations to all our voluntary TD's and her right hand man Martin for all their help throughout the year, their contribution to the club is greatly appreciated. She also thanked her hardworking committee especially Maeve and Carol for organising the Summer Party!

Then of course it was time for our annual awards.

Player of the year was Caroline Crowley who had to be convinced she was the winner! "Are you sure?" She said!

This award is to the player who has the most masterpoints from our Monday Club nights and Caroline, who won 2 of our major competitions this year was indeed the winner!

Best Intermediate B was Julie Rowan, who unfortunately was away but well done Julie.

Novice player of the year was Noreen Minihan who was delighted!

Most Improved Player was an equally surprised but delighted Carol Horan. This prize is to the player who's average % improves the most from the previous season.

The prize for Most Slams Bid and Made was won jointly this year so well done to Mary Seaver and Walter McNicholas who bid and made 9 slams.

Finally Roisin presented a Spirit of Railway Union Bridge Club award to Mervyn Whaley, who although a new member this year has embraced the ethos of our club and helped out at every opportunity particularly on Thursday mornings and volunteering to represent us on Railway Committee.

Sadly our night had to come to an end but that is not the end of bridge for the Summer, don't forget that Summer Bridge will continue on Monday nights, thanks to our fantastic club members who have volunteered in true Railway spirit to run it, so look forward to seeing you over the Summer and visitors are most welcome!

4Fun Teams Final
4Fun Teams Final

Pictured with the CBAI president is Mary Kane (B), Fiona McGoldrick (N), Fionnuala O'Hanlon (M) and Niamh Harty (A).

Success for Railway Members at the 4FunTeams Final 2018

It was a busy day in Westmonstown with teams from all over Ireland representing their county/region at the 4FunTeams Final. We are delighted to report that some of our Railway members, representing Dublin South Region, placed an impressive 2nd place. The Railway members on the team included Niamh Harty and Mary Kane - well done girls! 

Collete Stokes, Anne Kelly and Marian Moran's team placed 12th.

Sue, Rita McAlinden and Martin Quigley's team were pipped at the post for 20th place. 51 teams took part so these are all excellent placings! 

Well done everyone - we look forward to taking part in the qualifier for next year's event.

President's Prize 2018
President's Prize 2018

Presidents Prize 2018

Congratulations to Sue Power & Colette Stokes who won this year's President's Prize against great competition, a well deserved win for the girls with a great score of 65.34%!

Second place went to Kevin & Gemma O'Toole. 

Third place went to Anne Kelly & Mary Lynn, highest placed Inter B's on the night!

Fourth place went jointly to Marie Carew & Celia Magahy and Kieran Crowley & Tony Hayes.

Sixth place went to Mervyn Whaley & Walter McNicholas.

Seventh place to Fiona McNicholas and Noreen Minihan, who were highest placed novices in the competition.

Well done everybody! 

John Burke Trophy 2018
John Burke Trophy 2018

John Burke Trophy 2018

Congratulations to the Caroline Crowley and Marianne Gorman who are this years winners of the John Burke Trophy. Caroline and Marianne are pictured here with Mary Burke presenting the Trophy which is in memory of her father John who was an avid bridge player. 

Joint second place winners are Bob Neilson and Aine Conolly, and Walter McNicholas and Mary Lynn, and third place to Mary Seaver and Martin Cowley, Well done everybody!

IBU Club Pairs 2018
IBU Club Pairs 2018

IBU Club Pairs Final in Templegogue

The IBU Club Pairs final took place in Templegoue and it was great to see Railway Union so well represented in both the Novice/Bs and the Intermediate and Master.

Well done to Marianne Gorman & Jackie O'Neill who won the first session prize in the Inter Bs - and huge congratulations to Niamh Harty who won Best Intermediate - and as a result we should have a new Area Master in our midst in September!

And not forgetting the rest who slogged it out for the weekend - great endurance over three sessions against some of the best players in the country! But as we say...  'what else would we be doing on a sunny weekend in May' 

Happy Anniversary Pembroke Cricket Club
Happy Anniversary Pembroke Cricket Club

Pembroke Cricket Club celebrate their 150th anniversary this year and our morning bridge group who play in Pembroke marked the occasion recently with a delicious cake! Pictured are Mervyn Whaley ( Pembroke cricket Club) and our President Roisin Quigley looking forward to enjoying some of that yummy cake!

Success for Railway at the Nuremore Hotel

Success for Railway at the Cooper Cup 

Fiona and Caroline, with their teammates Derick and Chantal, being presented with their prize for 3rd Place in the Cooper Cup

The Lambert Trophy (Pairs), the Cooper Cup (Teams) and the JJ Murphy Novice - all major National Competitions, took place in the Nurermore Hotel this weekend and it was great to see so many faces from Railway taking part. 

Carol Horan and Sarah Hardiman took part in the JJ Murphy Novice two session event and finished very well in 5th position overall - having placed 3rd in the second session on a great score of 60.33% A great achievement for the girls - it was a strong field of very experienced Novice players and it was great to see them give their opponents a run for their money! 

For the Lambert and Cooper, our Intermediate players included Maeve, Mary, Sue, Colette, Niamh, Rachel, Anne Marie, Elaine, Fiona and Caroline - again a great turnout for the club. Niamh Harty and her partner Marie James did very well in the Pairs and were just pipped at the post for the Best Inter A2 prize.

HOWEVER the highlight of the weekend has to be the super performance by Caroline and Fiona who, not only placed as 2nd Intermediate pair in the Lambert Trophy (helped by their very impressive 2nd position in the first session - in a field of nearly 100 pairs made up mostly of area masters), but then went on to place 3rd with their teammates, Derick Mulvey and Chantal McCabe in the Cooper Cup Teams the next day. Again another excellent performance and placing in a field of 48 teams.

Huge congratulations to Caroline and Fiona - their consistent performance throughout the year will definitely see the girls now rise to rank of Area Master!

Well done to all!

Easter Egg Competition 2018
Easter Egg Competition 2018

         Easter Egg Competition 2018         

Congratulations to Julie Rowan and Mary Burke who are this year's winners of our Easter Egg Competition.
Julie and Mary are pictured here with all the lucky winners on the night!

Well done everyone and Happy Easter smiley

Regent Open Novice Pairs
Regent Open Novice Pairs

Congratulations to Fiona Mc Nicholas and her husband Cormac Lynch who were 2nd in the Regent Open Novice Pairs, very well done guys!



They are pictured here receiving their prizes from Regent President Eamonn Keogh and competition Sponsor Teresa Gavin.

Kay Downes Trophy 2018
Kay Downes Trophy 2018


Kay Downes Trophy 2018

Railway Union were delighted to host the Dublin South Region's Kay Downes Trophy 2018 in our newly furbished premises.

There was a fantastic turnout of 13 tables and we welcomed members from many clubs in the region. A big thank you to the Dublin South Region President, Sheila Horkan, who arrived to present trophy - along with Niamh Gormally, who was representing her grandmother, Kay.

The winners of this years's Kay Downes trophy are Joe Farrell and Bryan Ryan with a fantastic score of 68.75 - well done guys! The top five pair all had scores in excess of 60% which is a very good night's bridge by anyone's standards!

2nd Place - Maurice Young and Elizabeth Will
3rd Place - Liz Hoctor and Tor Torma
4th Place - Kerri Nolan and Fiona McGoldrick
5th Place - Marie Hutton and Mary MacAodha

Big thanks to the Railway Union Committee and members who all helped out on the night, and to Dermot O'Brien who acted as Tournament Director. And also thanks to Railway Union Sports Club who kindly sponsored a gift of wine to the Winners!

Teas, coffees, wines and nibbles were enjoyed in the bar while hands were discussed in great detail by all.

We look forward to the next opportunity to host another successful major bridge event.

Success for Railway members at 4fun Teams Qualifier

Well done to all our members who participated in the recent Dublin South Qualifier for 4Fun Teams which took place in Milltown golf club.

Congratulations to Rachel Connellan, Marie Hutton and Bernie O'Donnell who were all on winning teams and have qualified to play in the National Final in May.

Special mention to Bob Neilson, Anne Cooke and Yvonne Flanagan who were on a team from Railway coming 2nd, they may also qualify if numbers permit.

It's great to see our members especially the novices venturing out of the club to play in the Region's competitions, gaining valuable experience and increasing their confidence. Hopefully we will see lots of them participating in the Dublin South Novice Championship ( Kay Downe's Trophy) which we have the honor of hosting here in Railway on March 8th!!

Club Teams 2018
Club Teams 2018

Congratulations to Fiona O'Gorman, Caroline Crowley, Ruth Maher and Cassandra Byrne - the winning team of this year's Club Teams Competitition.

A big round of applause was given to this team who have won this competition for the third time - very well done girls!

Second place went to Moya and Anna Murphy, Julie Rowan and Mary Burke, while third place went to Mary Seaver, Pat Hickey, Anne Kelly, Maeve Flanagan and Mary Lynn.

Best Novice Team was won by Carol Horan, Sarah Hardiman, Maeve Cassidy and Niamh O'Grady - and best Inter B team was won by Ide Gavin, Orla Staunton, Marianne Gorman and Bernie O'Donnell.

Success for Railway at the Jackson Cup

Very well done to our Intermediate A2 player, Niamh Harty, with her partner Erika, went on to win the Best Regional Master place at the National Womens Pairs - The Jackson Cup - last weekend in Clane. The competition took place over two sessions and Niamh placed an impressive 2nd in the second session - a huge achievement in a field of 88 players - made up of mostly masters. Colette and Sue did very well also, winning the Best Intermediate A2 spot. Well done girls!

Christmas Party 2017
Christmas Party 2017

Enjoying the Christmas Festivities!

A fabulous night was had at the 2017 Christmas Party!

Again a huge thanks to the Committee - Carol, Julie and Maeve who organised everything, and to all those who helped make the night special - serving wine and mince pies and tidying up. And of couse a big thank you to Santa's Little Helper (cheers Owen!) who gave us all a good chuckle while playing bridge! Great fun was had in the bar afterwards with music and song with Louise Burke who was fabulous - but by the end of the night our bridge players took over the whole show!  

And not forgetting all our 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners on the night - Rita, Rosie, Orla, Ide, Kieran, Ann, Caroline, Cassandra, Dermot, Martin Q, Rachel and Martin C - Well done everyone!

We wish you a Happy New Year and look forward to 2018 - and lots more bridge!

Charity Night

Charity Night Monday 20th November 


Total raised €2,496 in aid of The Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless. See  for details of the work they do.  

Success for Railway Members at Regional Pairs
Success for Railway Members at Regional Pairs

Congrats to Niamh Harty and her partner Marie James on winning the BJ O'Brien Cup, the Dublin South Regional Pairs Competition. They will go on to represent the Region in the National Finals.

Also very well done to Mary Kane and Cathie Hogan who were 4 th in the Duffy Cup, the Inter B Regional Pairs and they also have qualified for the National Finals. We wish them all the best of luck in March


The Kube

A fantastic night was had by all at the Railway Union Kube Fundraiser and a big thank you to our two contestants, Fiona and Kieran, pictured here as they bravely await to enter the Kube!!


Success for Railway at 4FunTeams Qualifiers in RDS

Success for Railway at 4FunTeams Qualifiers in RDS

Railway Union had great success at the recent 4FunTeam Qualifier in the RDS, with two of our Railway Teams qualifying for the Final in Westmonstown next May.

Well done to Elaine Fitzpatrick, Mary Aird, Rita McAlinden, Martin Quigley and Sue Power who were on the winning teams in their groups and qualify for the Final. Also well done to Anne, Kelly, Carol Horan and Colette Stokes who came second in their group.

Don't forget, there is another qualifier on Monday 29 January in Miltown if anyone would like to throw their hat into the ring to qualify for the final! 

Martin Cowley Cup
Martin Cowley Cup

The first major competition of this season the Martin Cowley Cup took place on Monday 23rd Oct.

Storm Ophelia interfered with the first session of our annual Club Pairs, but all clouds have a silver lining as it now meant that we had a bigger entry of a whopping 32 pairs, unprecedented!! It was run by John Royds with his usual aplomb and everyone had a very enjoyable night.

The worthy winners were  Niamh and Rachel. They were presented with the beautiful Cup by Martin Cowley, who made it back from USA just on time to participate and do the honors, it wouldn’t have been the same without him!

Other Prizewinners were

2nd Fiona and Ruth

3rd Elaine and Annmarie

Best B Moya and Anna

Best Novice Fiona and Noreen

All pictured below with our president Roisin Quigley.