St Anthony's Bridge Club
St Anthony's Bridge Club

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This is a game primarily for N1 & N2 graded players


However there is no prohibition on other graded players playing in the Novice section but there will be no financial rewards or Master Points (MPs) awarded to a non-novice player/partnership

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Are you aware that there are new updates to the current laws, governing the game of Bridge?
These are being implemented by the World Bridge Federation (WBF) and will be adopted with effect from 1st September 2017

The link below details the updates - just give it a click

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General Information


On occasions you may find yourself without a partner and as an aid to help you find one, a 'WhatsApp' messaging group has been set up for SABC members only.

If you have access to a Smartphone/iPhone and use the WhatsApp application, it is great news for you


Róna has agreed to act as the administrator for this group and will welcome a standard Text message or a WhatsApp message from you
If you are interested in availing of this useful service send your message to: 0868423491, stating your intention to join and don't forget to include your full name, Róna will take it from there.


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For details of club opening times, location, etc, check menu panel above, under 'Information'

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News Page

This page has information and news of interest to members and visitors.

2018 Honarary Members
Betty Bennett Honarary Member
Clare Kelly Honarary Member
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Clare Kelly on celebrating her 90th birthday entitled her to an honarary membership of SABC and as it happens Betty Bennett also celebrated a similar milestone birthday which also entitles her to an honarary membership.

Pictured above from left, Joan Hynes (President) presenting Clare Kelly with a bouquet of flowers celebrating the occasion. Betty Bennett successfully eluded the photographer on the occasion of the presentation but the paparazzi eventually captured her as she left the club the other evening. 

AGM & New Committee 2018/19
AGM & New Committee 2018/19

Joan Hynes elected as President - 2018/19

At the AGM held on Tuesday 22nd May, the out-going President, Paul Lynch, nominated Joan Hynes (former Treasurer) for the Presidency 2018/19
The nomination was seconded by Máirín Mac Devitt and Joan was elected unopposed

Details of new Committee members to be confirmed   

Kirwan League 2017/18
Kirwan League 2017/18

Kirwan League 2017/18

The finals of the Kirwan League were held at Dublin North Region (DNR) on Saturday 19th May.

 St. Anthony's (SABC) were triumphant in the Intermediate B section 

Pictured above:

Pat Stewart (President DNR), Marcella O'Donohoe, Mary Hynes (Captain), Mary O'Carroll, Marian Flood and Gladys Greene

All at SABC are very proud of their achievement and wish them the heartiest of congratulations

President's Dinner 2018

President's Dinner 2018

Held on a sunny Tuesday evening, 8th May, at the Royal Dublin Golf Club

Attended by 68 members from SABC and four guests, Rita & Sean Canavan, Rodney O'Hara (Foxhall) and Eileen Smith (St. Gabriel's)

Following a beautiful meal a short game of bridge was enjoyed and a bit of craic ensued with entertainment provided by Marie O'Brien, Rita Canavan, Tim Healy and Peadar Buckley (Beadar Puckley)

It was great to note that our visiting guests Rita & Sean Canavan, got 1st place on the 'Purple' tables and Eileen Smith & Rodney O'Hara, got 2nd place on the 'Red' tables. Congratulations to them and hopefully they enjoyed their evening 

The results of the President's Prize were announced and a unique Member award was presented

President's Prize Results

1st - Maria Callinan & Etta Daly

2nd - Therese Duff & Britt Peakin
3rd - Máirín Mac Devitt & Sue Cox
4th - Ciara Finucane & Joan Hynes
5th - Mary Byrne & Maura Dempsey

The winner of the Member Award was announced

The winner for Golden Jubilee year

    Máirín Mac Devitt     

Congratulations to you Máirín for a well deserved recognition

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Full results of all above competitions are available on the stanthonysbridgeclub website

Many thanks to Aidan Rickard and staff at Royal Dublin Golf Club for making our evening a very enjoyable one



Kirwan League 2017/18

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The Kirwan League for 2017/18 is on-going, (final results to be announced on Saturday 19th May),  results as of the 28th April are as follows

Intermediate A, Section 2

With a game yet to be scored/played St. Anthony's are currently running in 2nd place

Intermediate B, Section 1

As all games are now played the results are as follows

1st Place - Glasnevin

2nd Place - St. Anthony's - Team 1


Intermediate B, Section 2

As all games are now played the results are as follows

1st Place - St. Anthony's - Team 2

All at SABC congratulate them on their great success and thank them for their participation in the outside events

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Paddy English Trophy - DNR 28th April

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The 'Paddy English - Novice Trophy' competition was held in Dublin North Region (DNR) Malahide on Saturday 28th April.

This was a team competition comprising of 4 members.

St. Anthony's secured 2nd place.

The team was made up of the following members: Maria Callinan, Kathleen Briody, Phil Lynch and Catherine Boylan.

All at SABC congratulate them on their great success.

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President's Prize 2018

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President's Prize 2018 was held on 24th April attracting an entry of 28 pairs

Presentation of awards will take place at the President's Dinner on Tuesday 8th May


A special Member award to be presented also


The 'Dinner' will be served at the Royal Dublin Golf Club
(Bull Island - Dollymount) 

(Pay your ticket by Friday 4th May and avail of the discounted rate)

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McKenna Cup Competition 2018

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The competition for the Michael McKenna Cup was held on Tuesday 10th April and attracted 26 pairs.

The presentation of the Cup was made to the winners on Tuesday 24th April

The winners for 2018

Róna Booth & Eileen Hickey

A big congratulations to them both from all their fellow members at SABC

Other close placings are as follows:

2nd place Louise Byrne & Ann Kelly

3rd place Sheila Boylan & Kitty Kirwan

4th place Mary O'Carroll & Mary Hynes

5th place Nora Foley & Etta Daly

(Full results are available on the Website and have also been circulated by E-mail)

The Tournament Director was Jacki Furey
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Novice Cup - Wednesday 14th March 2018
Novice Cup - Wednesday 14th March 2018

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Novice Cup competition was held on Wednesday 14th March 2018

A total of 12 pairs participated. What a result, a very close call

Presentation of Novice Cup and full results were announced on Wednesday 28th March 2018

The top three placings are as follows:

1st - Maria Callinan & Pat Fitzgibbon
(Pictured above)

2nd - Áine Norton & Sue Cox

3rd - Phil Lynch & Maura McCarthy

Congratulations to the winnners and a big thank you to all who competed

Full results are available on the website

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Joyce Trophy - Intermediate B players
Joyce Trophy - Intermediate B players

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The Joyce Trophy competition open to Intermediate B players, was held on Tuesday 13th March 2018
(Novice players were also eligible to compete)

Presentation of Joyce Trophy and full results were announced on Tuesday 27th March

A total of 18 pairs participated, resulting in a very close finish

Congratulations to the winners, pictured above

1st place - Attracta O'Flaherty & Mary Fitzsimons

Other close placings are as follows:

2nd - Peggy Mc Mahon & Kathleen Sheridan

3rd - Mary Hynes & Mary O'Carroll

4th - Lorraine Maxwell & Ciara Finucane 

Full results are available on the stanthonysbridgeclub website, are available by E-mail and posted on the noticeboard
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Simultaneous Pairs 2018 - CBAI
Simultaneous Pairs 2018 - CBAI

SABC winners: Marcella O'Donohoe (left) & Marian Flood (right)

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The Simultaneous Pairs competition took place on 6th February. This competition was organised by the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland (CBAI)

Mr. Enda Glynn a Co. Clare man was the commentator for the predealt boards, with predetermind makeable contracts
booklet containing a commentary on each board is available at the Club 

 26 pairs participated from SABC in this national event, along with over 1,540 other pairs, from 86 clubs, competing from the comfort of their own clubs, throughout the length and breadth of Ireland

The awards/rewards were presented to the highest ranking members as per the ECatsBridge results

Club entrants competed for the Daisy MacDevitt Salver

Well done to all who competed and heartiest congratulations to our winners

1st - Marcella O'Donohoe & Marian Flood - ranked 128

2nd - Peadar Buckley & Phil Lynch - ranked 190

3rd - Deirdre Diamond & Marianne Considine - ranked 207

4th - Sheila Boylan & Nora Foley - ranked 211

5th - Kay Corley & Betty Carew - ranked 286

(A full list of the rankings of all pairs was circulated, by E-mail)

The positions as listed above are the highest ranking SABC members.

The results were finalised at 5pm on Friday 16th February after all other clubs had submitted their results.
Máirín MacDevitt very kindly extracted all relevant information and compiled a list of all entrants from SABC

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Presentation of awards took place at the Club on Tuesday 20th February 

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SABC Teams Competition 2018

Tuesday 23rd January 2018 @ 7 p.m.

Presentation of prizes on Tuesday 6th February

14 teams partook in this competition. Played over seven rounds with three boards each.
The Tournament Director was Michael Scullion.

The results are as follows:

1st - Marcella O'Donohoe, Marian Flood, Phil McIntyre & Christine Madden - 114 pts
(Phil and Christine were also part of the winning team in 2017)

2nd - Harriet Barlow, Ray Hearty, Kay O'Reilly & Phil Lynch - 96 pts
3rd - Síle Moore, Colette Lombard, Kitty Kirwan & Etta Daly - 84 pts
4th - Martha Furlong, Catherine McGrath, Róna Booth & Peadar Buckley - 81 pts
5th - Sheila Boylan, Nora Foley, Kathleen Sheridan & Peggy McMahon - 80 pts
6th - Bob Warren, Nancy O'Hanlon, Louise Byrne & Ann Kelly - 77 pts
7th - Maureen Matthews, Maura Dempsey, Tim Healy & Margaret Bourke - 74 pts
8th - Anne Caulfield, Elsie Rafferty, Ciara Finucane & Lorraine Maxwell - 73 pts
9th - Noreen Lyons, Catherine Ward, Marian Carroll & Deirdre Ní Gríofa - 66 pts
10th - Deirdre Diamond, Marianne Considine, Britt Peakin & Mary Kennedy - 59 pts
11th - Maura Bird, Maura Kennedy, Mary O'Carroll & Betty Carew - 53 pts
12th - Oliver Hynes, Joan Hynes, Gladys Greene & Marie Higgins - 51 pts
13th - Nora Downey, Eilish Comiskey, Mary Callan & Noreen Murphy - 37 pts
14th - Attracta O'Flaherty, Mary Fitzsimons, Mary Oates & Maura Molloy - 35 pts.

(Draw for teams took place at the committee meeting)

For members who have not previously participated in such an event, here are a few points to note:

1. Half of your team plays half of the opposing team so the N/S pair on your team plays the E/W pair of the opposing team and vice versa.
You will be playing the same boards. A
fter both pairs in the team have played each board, their raw scores are added and converted to International Match Points (IMPs). You then move to the next team and play them in the same way.
2. In your normal/usual pairs competition, you can see from the traveller (score) sheets the results achieved by the other players.
In a team competition you can compare the results immediately. In your usual pairs game, a top is a top no matter how much better it is than the next score.
In a teams competition, the difference in the scores is significant as they are converted to IMPs.
The tournament director is responsible for calculating these points.
3. The important objective is to bid and make your contracts.
A 'Teams' competition can be even more enjoyable than the usual pairs competition, they are a great experience and are recommended for the participation of all grades.

Christmas Party 2017
  • Deirdre Rona Gladys
  • Oliver Rona Joan
  • Peadar
  • Tony


Christmas Party 2017

Christmas party was held in Clontarf Castle on 5th December

A three course meal followed by Tea/Coffee, was served up to all 71 members who attended

  A short fun game of bridge followed by a raffle, results, prizes and we even had time for a bit of craic with entertainment provided by an all male contingent, namely Tony Walley, Tim Healy, Peadar Buckley and Oliver Hynes 

The winners on the Green boards were:
1st N/S - Ray Hearty & Harriet Barlow    1st E/W - Marie Higgins & Brid Carter

The winners on the Red boards were:
1st N/S - Ann Caulfield & Marian Flood    1st E/W - Lorraine Maxwell & Ciara Finucane

  By all accounts it appears that a great night was had by all  

(There was no game of Bridge in St. Anthony's House, on party night) 


Turkey Draws 2017


Club Turkey Draws 

Two great nights of Bridge were held on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th November

Results were announced at Christmas party  wink

Tuesday's winners were: 1st N/S - Joan Cooke & Marie Harte and 1st E/W - Ann Caulfield & Sheila Boylan

Wednesday's winners were: 1st N/S - Brenda Dromgoole & Peadar Buckley and 1st E/W - Martin Byrne & Jim O'Sullivan

Full results are available under the 'Results Panel'

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SIMULTANEOUS PAIRS - Tuesday 7th November 2017

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The Simultaneous Pairs competition held on Tuesday 7th November, organised by the Irish Bridge Union (IBU), attracted 32 pairs from St. Anthony's Bridge Club and a total of 1311 pairs from 69 clubs throughout the length and breadth of Ireland. 

Final results indicate that Ray Hearty & Phil Lynch secured 13th place, in the overall competition and 1st place at the Club. A great achievement for them both and congratulations from all at SABC.

Other members who fared well in the same competition:

Maureen Matthews & Maura Dempsey, Lorraine Maxwell & Ciara Finucane, Róna Booth & Eileen Hickey, Kathleen Sheridan & Peggy McMahon, and Maria Callinan & Marie Harte 

A full listing of club results has been circulated 

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Individual Competition 2017/18
Individual Competition 2017/18

Pictured above centre: Winner 2016/17: Kay Corley, Paul and winner 2017/18: Linda Gallagher

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This competition was run over a series of two nights, on Tuesdays 17th & 24th October

Attracting a total of 44 participants, competing for the Hollybrook trophy

The trophy was presented to the overall winner by last year's winner, Kay Corley


1st Place:  Linda Gallagher (65.91%)

2nd: Maura Dempsey (64.39%)

3rd: Maura Traynor (62.27%)

4th: Sheila Boylan (60.91%)

A full list of placings has been E-mailed to all members (using the E-mail facility) and has been posted on notice board at the club house
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Annual Charity Night - 10th October 2017


The annual charity event took place on Tuesday 10th October at SABC
The President's chosen beneficiary: Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI)


This year's event was enjoyed by members and visitors alike. Kathleen Fitzsimons of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) attended and gave a brief overview of the workings of DSI

SABC is delighted to announce that a total of €1,450 was raised at this years event

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I wish to thank all who attended and took part in a fun game of Bridge, (results are available on Results page). I wish to extend a special thank you to the members who prepared home-bake and brought plenty of treats, enjoyed during the refreshment break. To those who contributed gift items for the raffle and of course to those who contributed so generously, by buying so many tickets for the raffle.
To those who, for some reason or other, could not attend on the night but made very generous donations and to let you know that further donations will be gratefully accepted

I also wish to extend my gratitude to our main prize sponsors:
1. Simtech Aviation Training - Flight Simulation Solutions ( for their vouchers to allow two persons x2, to attend at a realistic 737 flight simulation experience.
2. Unilever Plc, (,who market a large portfolio of Home Hygiene and Personal Care Products. Their attactive hampers contained many of their popular products and were much appreciated by the winners.

I'll finish by extending my gratitude to Áine, Betty, Jackie, Joan, Kay, Lorraine, Róna and Oliver, for their much appreciated assistance lending to a very successful night.

Once again thank you to one and all.  

Sincerely yours
Paul - President

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