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  FULL  2nd Novice/B Seminar
with Grainne Dunne
Weak Twos

Following the success of our Transfers Seminar with Thomas Mac Cormac, we are delighted to announce a second seminar on Wednesday 6th March 7.30pm-9.30pm. Topic is Weak Twos and will be presented Grainne Dunne.

It will be great night and Grainne will cover all you need to know about Weak Twos. Entries to Caroline - email


Advanced Seminar with Martin Brady
"Competing in the Auction: Don't Let Them Steal Your Hands!"

This seminar is aimed at the more advanced player and takes place Friday 22nd February 7.30pm-10pm. Martin will focus on negative doubles, and other doubles, to help you stay in the auction!. Entries to Caroline - email


Thursday Morning Bridge

Every Thursday at 10am in Monkstown Rugby club/Pembroke Cricket Club, come along and enjoy some friendly bridge and a cuppa! Visitors welcome.

Interested in joining?
Download an application form from the Membership section above

Thurs morning
Director: Caroline Crowley
Monday Bridge
Director: John Royds
Monday Pairs Section B
18th Feb 2019
Monday Bridge
7:30 pm
Director: Fiona O'Gorman
Spare Partner: Julie Rowan
Asst Director: Sue
25th Feb 2019
Monday Bridge
7:30 pm
Director: John Royds
Asst Director: Niamh
25th Feb 2019
Fanagan L. RU Inter B (M Burke) v Regent Academy
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 at  and your name will be placed on a waiting list.  Alternatively you may download the form by going to Membership on the menu.  

More Fun @ 4Fun Teams Milltown

Well done to everyone who played in the second 4Fun team qualifier in Milltown Golf Club on Monday 28th Jan, as usual Railway Members were out in force and I'm delighted to report the success of two of our teams who have now qualified for the National 4Fun final in Westmanstown in May. Congratulations go to Kieran Crowley, Sarah Hardiman, Anne Kelly, Colette Stokes, Caroline Crowley, Sheila McDonald, Mary Lynn and Phil Harnett. We wish them luck in May!

Ruth Giddings Cup 2019 Winners
Ruth Giddings Cup 2019 Winners

Railway Inter Bs win the Ruth Giddings Cup

Huge Congratulations to Anne Kelly, Mary Lynn, Mary Kane and Celia Magahy who were the winning team for this years Ruth Giddings Cup, and qualifiying for the National Teams Final in Athlone in April. A fantastic result for the girls - and great for the Railway Union profile too! 

Not only did we take first place - Railway member Bob Neilson was on the 2nd placed team, while our other Railway team of Julie Rowan, Mary Burke, Ruth Maher and Aine Connolly, placed 3rd. Well done everyone!

The girls were presented with the Cup at the presentation afterwards - and on inspection of the cup we were reminded of our previous holders, Fiona, Caroline, Maeve and Mary Seaver, who also won this cup in 2015. Let's keep the competition spirit going and hopefully we will see more Railway members names on it in the future!

Mary Lynn, Anne Kelly, Celia Magahy and Mary Kane pictured at the awards presentation with DSR president, Brid Kemple.




Club Teams 2019 Winners
Club Teams 2019 Winners

Club Teams Competition Winners 2019

Our Club Teams night concluded last night and what a turnout this year - 21 teams which is the biggest entry we ever had! 

Huge congratulations to Graeme Williams, Walter McNicholas, Mary Meagher O'Keefe and Patricia McGeown who are this year's Club Teams winners.

The final made for a nail-biting finish as John Royds gave us updates after each session - but the winning team had a fantastic finish, ahead of Colettes Stokes' team in 2nd place, and Roisin Quigley's team who came third - with just one point in the difference. We had prizes for 1st and 2nd Place B teams, and of course a Novice team.

Graeme said a few words at the end and I think he summed up exactly what our club is all about - good spirit, friendliness - all with a competitive edge of course - which keeps life interesting at the bridge table!

Thanks to everybody who contributed to the success of the night, from the entry co-ordination, gradings, seating position, prize money envelopes, to the room and table set up and tidy up - and of course to John Royds who, as Graeme mentioned in his speech, is just the best TD!  I would particularly like to thank our three subs - Sharon McKenna, John Murray and Avril Barry, who all filled in for last minute cancellations (and in John's case, the very last minute!). At this time of year with cold and flu bugs going around it was so important to have that cover. 

The winners line up is as follows:

1st Place Graeme Williams, Walter McNicholas, Mary Meagher O'Keefe, Patricia McGeowan
2nd Place Colette Stokes, Sue Power, Niamh Harty, Rachel Connellan
3rd Place Roisin Quigley, Martin Quigley, Kevin O'Toole, Gemma O'Toole
Inter B - 1st Julie Rowan, Mary Burke, Moya Murphy, Aine Connelly
Inter B - 2nd Bernie O'Donnell, Anna Murphy, Jackie O'Neill, Marianne Gorman
Best Novice Carol Horan, Sarah Hardiman, Daphne Gaynor, Sheila McDonald





McMenamin Bowl - National Ladies’ Teams

Success for Railway at the National Ladies' National Teams 2019

We had a great turnout for Railway at the Mens and Ladies' National Pairs and Teams Competition last weekend in Clane.
There was very strong competition over the days but we all really enjoyed the days - and the challenge!

Congratulations to our Railway Players who made the podium. Phil Harnett was on the winning Regional Master Team - which is fantastic for Phil as an A1 to be so highly positioned. - well done Phil! Also to Colette Stokes and Sue Power who were on the winnng Intermediate A Team.


There are lots of qualiifers, national competitions and congreses coming up and I hope we will be well represented again.

Next up for Novices and Beginners ...

Jan 26th (Sat): Regional Teams - Inters A and Inter B (Templeogue Bridge Centre)

Feb 1-3rd:  Wexford Congress

Feb 15-17th: Novice and Intermediate Congress (Hodson Bay, Athlone)

March 3rd (Sun): Regent Academy Open Novice and Beginners Pairs (Regent, Waterloo Road)

March 8th (Fri): Kay Downes Trophy - Novice (Railway Union Bridge Club)

April 13th (Sat): JJ Murphy Novice Trophy (Athlone Springs Hotel)


and additional for the Inter As and Area Masters ...

Feb 9-10th: Holmes Wilson Swiss Teams (Mount Wolseley)

April 13th: Lambert Cup - Area Master and Inter A Pairs (Athlone Springs Hotel)

April 14th: Cooper Cup - Area Master and Inter A Teams (Athlone Springs Hotel)

Christmas Party 2018

Christmas Party and Sandymount Gospel Choir! 

We had a fantastic night at our Christmas Party - plenty of bridge, mulled wine and mince pies - and of course our special guests, the Sandymount Gospel Choir, who kindly came along and sang a few festive tunes! And it was great to see that we have a few mutual members, Cassandra, Rita, and Finola, who joined in the song.

A huge thanks to all the choir for giving up their time at such a busy time of year.

Success for Railway Novices at Tralee Congress

Success for Railway Novices at Tralee Congress

Well done to Carol Horan and Sarah Hardiman who won Best Novice at the Tralee Congress this weekend. The novice competititon was incorporated into the Gala pairs competition - and not only did they win Best Novice, they also positioned 9th place overall - which, out of a field of 30 pairs that included Intermediates and Masters, is a pretty impressive result!

Well Done Girls

Turkey Competition 2018

Well done to our Turkey Competition Winners!

The Turkey went to 1st Place winner - Walter McNicholas
The Ham went to 2nd place winner - Graeme Williams
The Pudding went to 3rd place winner - Madeline Phillips

And festive prizes were also given to 4th place down to 15th!

We had a great night and the individual competition was great fun, and a great opportunity to play a hand of bridge with sombody new. Thanks to John Royds who co-ordindated everthing so well and had us all sitting at the right place and the right time! Also thanks to Caroline and Carol for the beautiful festive display of all the prizes.

See you all at the Christmas Party next Monday for more festive cheer!


Regional Pairs 2018
Regional Pairs 2018

Regional Pairs Templeogue

Congratulations to Mary Kane and Celia Magahy who placed 2nd in Duffy Cup - the DSR Inter B Pairs Qualifier for the National Pairs Finals which will take place next March in Athlone. Well done girls!

And a huge thank you to all who took part - there was a great turn out for Railway for the Duffy Cup - and of course we will continue to encourage more to get out there and compete! We were also represented in both the Master and Inter A pairs divisions - and although we weren't picking any silverware on the day - we hope we may get a qualifcation closer to the time.

Mary and Celia pictured with DSR President, Brid Kemple


Presidents Charity Night 2018
Presidents Charity Night 2018


President's Charity Night - Thank You!

Our charity night was a mega success - what a turnout - and a turnover!

Funds raised so far... €4,405

We had more than a full house with 24 tables, ran two sections AND welcomed visitors from other clubs - who were very impressed with everything about our club!

We had the most generous donations in from our members and visitors on the night, and even had donations from people who know nothing about bridge! I think just the mention of who our chosen charity was brought out the generosity in people, and everybody was keen to throw us a few bob.
 We look forward to presenting our cheque to the Capuchin Centre later next week, just in time for Christmas.
Thank you to all who came and supported us. Thank you to the hardest working committee - from the coordination of food, prizes, seating, boards, envelopes, biros - to the room set up and decoration, with huge thanks to Julie and Martin who spent the afternoon hanging bunting and squeezing in those 25 tables - all this preparation work made way for the success it was! Thank you to our TD John Royds for running a smooth competition on such a busy night. And thank you to all our visitors - it was great to showcase our club on such an occasion.

Martin Cowley Cup 2018 - Club Pairs
Martin Cowley Cup 2018 - Club Pairs

Martin Cowley Cup 2018

A fantastic night was had in the club for the final night of the Martin Cowley Cup - our annual Club Pairs competition.

The two-week event was well attended with 16 tables and was brilliantly co-ordinated by Roisin, and of course by John Royds at the helm as Tournament Director - a huge thank you to both for all the hard work and organisation!

Congratulations to our Winners - Bernie O'Donnell and Jackie O'Neill 

Thank you to Martin Cowley who came down to the club to present the trophy. Martin gave a fantastic speech, funny as always, and regaled us with stories from the early days and the startup of the bridge club - where it seemed Martin was founder, member, tournament director, secretary, treasurer, president... and lots more besides! Bernie gave a lovely speech and told us how much they enjoyed playing in our friendly club - and it was funny to see how surprised they were when their names were announced! But two great players they are and well deserved - we were all delighted to see them win.

We had seven prizes in total to award and the winners were as follows:

1st Place Bernie O'Donnell and Jackie O'Neill
2nd Place Mary Burke and Julie Rowan
3rd Place Caroline Crowley and Cassandra Byrne
Session 1 Tony Hayes and Peter Shaffrey
Session 2 Rita Lequerica and Maeve O'Kennedy
Best B Margaret Sheridan and Joyce Walsh
Best Novice Carol Horan and Sarah Hardiman


A lovely atmosphere prevailed in the bar during the awards while we all had a glass of wine and chatted. It certainly was a great start to our bridge season - and now with our first major competition under our belt we look forward to the coming year, our weekly Monday nights, Fanagan League matches and congresses and competitions galore! 


Fun at the 4FunTeams!
  • Carol Cassandra with Mike and Teresa 4FUN
  • Fiona Colette John 4Fun
  • Maeve and Sheila
  • Yvonne and team 4Fun

Railway Union had a great turnout for the 4FUNTeams qualifier in the RDS on Friday 26th and it was great to see our players ranking, and fingers crossed, qualifying for the final next May. Well done to the Railway players who made the podium - Yvonne Flanagan, Maeve Cassidy, Fiona O'Gorman, Colette Stokes, Declan Moran, John Murray, and Cassandra Byrne and Carol Horan (pictured with teammates Mike Gowie and Teresa Gavin), all pictured here with Dublin South Region President, Brid Kemple.

Thank you to all who played - attending compettions like this really heightens the profile of our club. And in true Railway style we definitely brought the fun element to the night and embraced the spirit of the competition!