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Bridge News

Upcoming events:

  • Thursday Morning Easter Egg Competition 22nd March 10am. All welcome.
  • Easter Egg Competition on Monday 26th March 7.30pm.
  • Novice Open Pairs in Regent Bridge club has been postponed until on Sunday 25th March at 1.30pm, entries to
  • ​​​​​​Easter Holidays, the club will be closed on the following dates: Monday 19th March

            Thursday 29th March

            Monday 2nd April

            Thursday 5th April


Thursday Morning Easter Egg Competition
Director: Fiona O'Gorman
Scorer: Railway Union Bridge Club
Thursday Morning
Director: Caroline Crowley
Scorer: Railway Union Bridge Club
Monday Bridge
Director: John Royds
Scorer: Railway Union Bridge Club
Spare Partner: Bob Neilson
26th Mar 2018
Easter Egg Competition
Director: John Royds
Spare Partner: Sheila McDonald
Asst Director: Sue
29th Mar 2018
No Morning Bridge Easter Holidays
2nd Apr 2018
Easter Monday No Bridge
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.

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.