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Turkey Competition this Monday 10th Dec

Remember this Monday is our Turkey Competition which is an individual competition. This means that we don't have a set partner for the night, we all move after every board and play with everyone in the room!  It is great fun, well co-ordinated by John - and the bridge bidding system is the simple system we play in 4Fun - no weak twos or advanced bidding allowed!

We look forward to seeing you on the night!


Christmas Party next Monday 17th Dec  

Join us on the 17th December for our Christmas Party night - Bridge as usual at 7.30pm followed by mince pies, mulled wine and the usual christmas cheer in the bar!


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.
 


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Director: John Royds
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Director: Fiona O'Gorman
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Director: John Royds
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13th Dec 2018
Thursday Morning Bridge
10:00 am
Director: Caroline
17th Dec 2018
Christmas Party
7:30 pm
Spare Partner: Sue Power
Asst Director: Caroline
20th Dec 2018
No Bridge - Christmas break
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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 railwayunionbridge@gmail.com  and your name will be placed on a waiting list.  Alternatively you may download the form by going to Membership on the menu.  

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!