I have added a menu entry (see above) 'Laws and Ethics of Duplicate Bridge' which includes a link to the complete text of 'Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2007' as well as examples of Appeals which include several dealing with incidents involving 'hesitations'. And there is also a short article, 'New Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2007 - what players need to know', written by Ireland's leading Tournament Director, Fearghal O'Boyle.
21st November, 2012
Welcome to the website of the Tribes Bridge Club in Galway, the capital of the West of Ireland.
The club meets every Thursday in the Galway Bridge Centre which is located on St. Mary's Road. The regular club game consists of Duplicate Pairs with a start time of 7.30pm. The game usually finishes circa 11.00pm. The playing year runs from early October to mid-May. A summer club operates during the period May to September.
Visitors are always welcome and with adequate notice a partner can be found.
The club also welcomes new members. Please contact the Secretary for further information should you be interested in joining.
The Galway Bridge Centre features a bar which also serves tea/coffee. And free car parking is also available.
Paul J Scannell, 1st March, 2018
Congratulations to Brendan King and Roddy Wyer winners of the 2017-2018 Corn na dTreabh handiap pairs championship.
Paul J Scannell, 8th February 2018
Click anywhere in this window to view the overall (National) results of the CBAI Simultaneous Pairs held on Thursday, 8th February.
Click anywhere in this window to view the Final Rankings for the Corn na dTreabh
Paul J Scannell, 2nd February 2018
It is with much sadness that we report the passing of long-time member John Morgan. John enjoyed a regular partnership with fellow member John Fahy.
We extend our sympathies to his wife Noreen and the extended Morgan family.
Funeral notice as per www.rip.ie
Reposing at St Anthony's Room within the Church of St John the Apostle, Knocknacara, Friday, January 12th, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. Mass on Saturday 13th in St John the Apostle Church, Knocknacara at 11.30am, followed by burial in Lettermore Cemetery. Family flowers only, Donations, if desired, to Cancer Care West.
I Líonta Dé go gCastar Sinn
Rest in Peace
Paul J Scannell, 11th January 2018
It is with much sadness that we report the passing of Bertie O'Toole, former member of the Tribes Bridge Club. Bertie was a member in the early years, 1970's and 1980's. He became the third member to win the President's Prize which he claimed in the 1973-74 season.
Bertie is survived by his wife Eithne, also a former member of the Tribes Bridge Club, together with their children Clare, Simon, Barry and Emer.
Click here for link for Death Notice and funeral arrangements courtesy of RIP.ie
[Photo: Source unknown]
Paul J Scannell, 31st December 2017
The Tribes Bridge Club wishes all its members a very Happy New Year.
The club resumes on Thursday, 4th January 2018.
Paul J Scannell, 30th December 2017
The Tribes Bridge Club Christmas Party was held on Thursday, 14th December at the Galway Bridge Centre.
The event, organised by Club President, David Walsh and his committee, attracted approx. 60 members who enjoyed a short game of bridge followed by a buffet meal courtesy of Nicholson Catering. Apres-dinner saw the presentation of prizes for the Christmas Competition followed by a challenging and fun table quiz organsied by the inimitable Michael O'Connor.
I had some problems with my camera that evening and not all of the photos that I took turned out well. Consequently some photos have not been uploaded. The remainder can be viewed at the following link:
Click this link to view photos of Christmas Party
We also take this opportunity to wish David Walsh & Enda Glynn, and their team-mates on the CBAI team, the best of luck in the upcoming Camrose Series 2018. The first weekend takes place in Northern Ireland on 5th-7th January 2018.
Live results, courtesy of Fearghal O'Boyle, can be viewed at his website. See link below:
Click this link to view Camrose 2018 - Live Results
Paul J scanenll, 30th December 2017
Check out Rory Timlin's latest article concerning a Grand Slam that featureed on Thursday, 7th December. You will find it in 'Rory's Corner'.
Click anywhere in this window to transfer directly to 'Rory's Corner' or find it via the Menu on the HomePage.
Paul J Scanenll, 14th December 2017
Congratulations to Rose Higgins & Lil Corless winners of the Ryder Cup. This competition, heretofore the club's Pairs Championship, was re-designated as the club's Intermediate Pairs Championship and was won by members of long-standing, and an almost equally long partnership.
And the Sean Mulhern Perpetual Trophy, re-designated this year as the club's Open Pairs Championship for master grades, was won by founder members Colette Mulhern & May O'Sullivan. Colette was the prime mover in estabishing the Tribes Bridge Club in 1970 and May was also a founder member. Thus, both are celebrating 47 years of continuous membership of the Tribes Bridge Club.
With regard to the Sean Mulhern Perpetual Trophy the following can be noted:
"Upon his death, the President of the Tribe Bridge Club at the time, Mrs. Marie Wrixon, proposed at the Committee Meeting held on 7th September 1977, and the Committee unanimously decided, ‘that a trophy be purchased to perpetuate the memory of the late Dr S Mulhern.’.
At the A.G.M held on the 27th October 1977 Mrs Wrixon (outgoing President) presented a trophy on behalf of the club to the incoming President, Commandant Arthur Hume.
The Minutes of the A.G.M note that ‘The trophy is to commemorate the memory of the late S. Mulhern and is the Dr. Mulhern Perpetual Trophy. It will be competed for annually and the competition will be open to registered members of all Galway City Clubs.’
Commdt. Hume thanked the members for the trophy and said it was fitting that a memorial trophy should be presented on behalf of Dr. Mulhern who devoted so much energy to promoting bridge in the club and otherwise.’
The Trophy was first played for in the 1977-78 season and was won by Mrs M Ryder & Dr. M. Coughlan."
(Source: 'The Tribes Bridge Club' by Paul Scannell)
Well done to both pairs.
Paul J Scannell, 8th December 2017
It is with much sadness that we report the recent passing of former member Imelda Murphy.
Imelda played with various partners over the years including former member Ena Brennan and more recently Kay Hayes with whom she won the Geraldine O'Flynn T/4 (2014-2015) in conjunction with team-mates Mary Duffy & Carol Duffy.
Funeral Arrangements as per www.rip.ie:
Paul J Scannell, 22nd November, 2017
Congratulations to Bob & Mary Hackett, Ann Roche & Miriam Moloney who featured as one of the three Connacht Teams who were crowned IBU Area Master Inter-Provincial Champions 2017 at the Cavan Crystal Hotel on Sunday, 19th November 2017.
This was the first time that this event was run and heartiest congratulations to the three teams that represented Connacht in this inaugural event.
And well done to PC Bob Hackett who gave a wonderful acceptance speech and a rousing rendition of a unique version of 'The West's Awake' which was warmly received by all present.
In the IBU Open Inter-Provincial Championships Connacht finished 2nd and thus failed to retain the trophy which they had won on the two previous occasions.
Several members of the Tribes Bridge Club representrd Connacht in this event including:
Henry Curran, Enda Glynn, Donal MacAonghusa, Sean Glynn, Paul Scannell, David Walsh
And in the IBU Intermediate Inter-Provincial Championships Conacht representation included:
Geraldine Carroll, Norma O'Connell, Pat Ward, Carmel Musitano
Paul j scannell,
20th November 2017
Congratulations to David Walsh & Enda Glynn on their success in the recent Camrose Trials to select a team to represent the CBAI in the 2018 Home Internationals next March. They were on the winning team along with fellow Galway based player, and former member of the Tribes Bridge Club, Gay Keaveney and his partner Pat McDevitt together with fellow team-mates Ciaran Coyne (also a former member of the Tribes Bridge Club) and partner Peter Goodman.
Paul J Scannell, 1st November 2017
Congratulations to David Walsh on his election as President of the Tribes Bridge Club for the 2017-2018 season.
We wish him and his committee well for the coming year.
Paul J Scannell, 1st November 2017
Click anywhere in this window to view Rory's article.
Paul J Scanenll, 31st October 2017
So, Board #12 on Thursday 19th October provided a challenge to declarer and defenders alike.
Did you rise to the occasion?
Click anywhere in this window to view an anaysis of this interesting hand.
Paul J Scannell, 25th October 2017
Congratulations to Bob Hackett, winner of the President's (Mary Dolan) Prize for the 2016-2017 season of the Tribes Bridge Club.
Click link 1) below for list of Prizewinners:
Click link 2) below for photos taken at President's Dinner:
2) Photos of President's Dinner
Paul J Scannell, 19th May 2017
Congratulations to Rory Timlin, Maurice Hession, Sean Glynn and Eddie Fitzgerald who were convincing winners of the recently heled two-session Club Team of Four Championship.
Paul J Scannell, 12th May 2017
Belated congratulations to Enda Glynn & Paul Scannell who won the recent two session Dr Sean Mulhern Perpetual Trophy.
Rory Timlin has very kindly offered to submit occasional articles for posting on the Tribes Bridge Club website.
The articles can be found via the 'Rory's Corner' entry on the Main Menu of the Home Page. Rory is a regular contributor to the Irish Bridge Journal and his articles are always instructive and the result of keen analysis.
Paul J Scannell, 13th February 2017
So, do you appreciate the 'Power of Shape'?
Did you and partner manage to get the optimum result (or better!) on Board #10 in the First Session of the 2016-2017 Club T/4?
Click anywhere in this window to view an anlysis of this intersting hand.
Paul J Scannell, 28th April 2017
Congratulations to Tribes Bridge Club members Margaret Forde and Orla O'Carroll who, together with team-mates, Fiona Place and Andree Concannon, finished a very close 2nd in the National Intermediate 'B' T/4 Championships which were held this past weekend in Ballinasloe. A bittersweet moment for the 4 team-mates who were leading the competition going into the last round and were unfortunatnately overtaken as the finish line beckoned. But a mighty performance indeed. Finishing in 2nd place in a National Championship is no mean feat! Well done to all four players.
Paul J Scannell, 24th April 2017
Geraldine O'Flynn T/4 (Handicap)
Congratulations to winners: Bridie Kenny, Colette Mulhern, Liam Hanratty, Marie O'Shaughnessy.
The two links below give acess to results for the 2nd Session of the Geraldine O'Flynn T/4 and OVERALL Final Ranking
2016-17 Geraldine O'Flynn T4 - Overall Final Ranking.htm
2016 -17 Geraldine O'Flynn T4 - 2nd Session Hand Records.htm
Paul J Scannell, 15th February 2017
Board #13 last Thursday (2nd February) offered an intersting opportunity for a special bidding gadget - 'Splinter Bid'.
And the board also presented various options for declarer in the play of the hand!
Click anywhere in this window to view an analysis of this interesting board.
Paul J Scannell, 6th February 2017
Mary Dolan, President of Tribes Bridge Club, presents the Corn na dTreabh Cup to winners Bridie Kenny & Liam Hanratty.
Click anywhere in this window to view Corn na dTreabh FINAL RANKING with handicaps.
N.B. Handicaps are calulated automatically based on partnership results since start of 2016-2017 season. Where non-regular patnerships are playing together in this compertiion the partnership handicap is based on individual player performances since start of current season. And, where partnerships/players have not played before in the current season the partnership handicap is based on performance in the 2015-2016 season.
Paul J Scannell, 27th January 2017
Click anywhere in this window to view Corn na dTreabh 2nd Session results with handicaps.
Click anywhere in this window to view Corn na dTreabh 1st Session results with handicaps.
Paul J Scannell, 20th January 2017
Board #4 was an interesting hand last Thursday. East-West had a chance to reach the top spot...the Small Slam in clubs! Did you get there?
Click anywhere in this window to view an analysis of this interesting bidding challenge.
Paul J Scannell, 21st January 2017.
So, how did you handle this suit combination? Number of tricks made varied from 9 to 12! How did you fare?
Click anywhere in this window to read the article for a simple treatise on how to play a combination of xx - AJ9xxx, xxx - AJ9xx, xxx - AJ9x, or variations.
Paul J Scannell, 6th January 2017
The Tribes Bridge Club Christmas Party was held on Thursday, 15th December.
Click this link to view photos taken during the evening.
And congratulations to Mary Dolan and her committee who organised the evening.
Paul J Scannell, 17th December 2016
Rory Timlin & Maurice Hession created a little bit of history last year when winning the Ryder Cup for the fourth consecutive year thereby becoming the first pair to win a Major Pairs Championship of the Tribes Bridge Club four-times-in-a-row!
This year they relinquished the title to Enda Glynn & Paul Scannell who recorded a big 2nd session score (68%) to overhaul Maura O'Farrell & Seamus MacMathuna while Marie O'Shaughnessy & Colette Mulhern finished in 3rd place.
Final ranking can be viewed here: Ryder Cup 2016 - 2017 : Final Rankings
Paul J Scannell, 16th December 2016
Well, were you a brilliant West and found the killing lead of a trump. Or were you a South who found he had decisions to make...and no one got them right!
Review the monster by clicking anywhere in this window!
Paul J Scanenll, 8th ecember 2016D
An interesting hand last Thursday. Board #12. How many tricks did you make in a club contract?
Did you use the Theory of Vacant Places (AKA Vacant Spaces)?
Click the link below for a review of this hand.
2016-12-01-Board 12- Vacant Places.pdf
Paul J Scannell, 4th December 2016
Not often that you will pick up a hand like this...only to find that your right hand opponent opens the bidding!
So, how did you cope with this monster of a hand? Click the link below to view an analysis of this board.
2016-11-24-Board 6- What a Monster.pdf
Paul J Scannell, 24th November 2016
A very interesting hand. Bidding it was the problem. Youi needed some 'toys'!
Click the link below to view an analysis of this board....and an introduction to some 'toys'!
2016-11-17-Board 20- Ghestem and Exclusion Blackwood.pdf
Paul J Scannell, 17th November 2016
Photo: Gordon Lessells
Over the weekend six Connacht teams battled for the Master and Intermediate IBU Inter-Provincial Championships
Indeed the Master teams were fighting to retain a title which had been won the previous year. And when the dust had settled on Sunday afternoon Connacht were victorious in retaining the Master title but unable to deprive Ulster of the Intermediate title.
Tribes members featured in both categories:
Master teams included the following members of the Tribes Bridge Club: Henry Curran, Enda Glynn, Sean Glynn, Paul Scannell, David Walsh.
Connacht Intermediate #1 was comprised of: Marion Coy, Deirdre McCoy, Frank Reynolds, Michael Waldron
Click here for detailed results and hand records of both competitions.
Paul J Scannell, 14th Novmber 2016
Board #12 on Thursday 3rd November featured an interesting hand for declarers. How did you fare? Click the link below for an in-depth analysis.
2016-11-03-Board 12- Did you play safely.pdf
Paul J Scannell, 3rd November 2016
Did you bid the slam, 6♠ or 6NT. And, whether you did or didn't bid the slam, did you make twelve tricks?
Click the link below to review the hand.
2016-10-27-Board 8- Declaring 6S or 6NT or a lower level contract.pdf.
Paul J Scannell, 28th October 2016
So, how did you fare as East/West on Board #21 on Thursday, 20th October.
Did you hold declarer to nine tricks...or did you gift declarer a tenth trick?.
2016-10-20-Board 21- Defending 3NT.pdf
Paul J Scannell, 21st October 2016
So, did you declare or defend? How did you fare on this interesting part-score contract?
Click the link below to view an analysis of this hand.
Board # 13 - Thursday 13th October, 2016
N.B. Article modified at 01:35 on 15th October 2016
Paul J Scannell, 14th October 2016
If you were North/South then your fate on Board #15 was in your own hands! How did you fare?
Click link below to read an analysis of the play of this hand.
2016-10-06-Board 15 - Bidding and making 6 Hearts.pdf.
Paul J Scannell, 12th October, 2016
Paul J Scannell, 25th September, 2016
Sad news on the Connacht Tribune website re the announcement of the impending demolition of the Warwick Hotel
which was home to the Tribes Bridge Club for the first decade of its existence.
Link to article here: http://connachttribune.ie/end-of-an-era-as-landmark-warwick-hotel-to-be-demolished-340/
Paul J Scannell, 29th August 2016
It is with much sadness that we advise members of the death of Phil Carney who passed away on Thursday, 21st July. Phil was a former member of the Tribes Bridge Club over many years.
Funeral arrangements as per www.rip.ie
Reposing at the Holy Family Funeral Parlour, Mervue on Friday, 22nd July from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Removal on Saturday, 23rd July from the family home to arrive at St. Columba’s Church, Castlegar for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Funeral after Mass to the new cemetery, Bohermore. Family flowers only.
Paul J Scannell, 22nd July 2016
Click anywhere in this window to access PhotoGallery of photos taken at President's Dinner held in Westwood Hotel, 19th May 2016.
Paul J Scannell, 20th May 2016
Click to view list of Prize-Winners as announced at President's Dinner held at the Westwood Hotel, Thursday, 19th May 2016.
Paul J Scannell, 20th May 2016
Winners of the 2015-2016 Sean Mulhern Perpetual Trophy.
Colette Mulhern presents the cup to Enda Glynn & Paul Scannell.
Click link below for Final Ranking.
Paul J Scannell, 26th April 2016
Click anywhere in this window to access results of Galway Congress 2016.
NOTE that links to results are located on right-hand side of Home Page of Galway Bridge Centre website.
Results courtesy of Fearghal O'Boyle
Paul J Scannell, 26th March 2016
Congratulations to the quartet of Mary Dolan, Ann Davey, Liam Faherty and Bernie Finan on winning the Geraldine O'Flynn Team-of-Four Championship (Handicap). It was a particularly emotional experience for Mary Dolan, daughter of Geraldine O'Flynn.
Unfortunately both Bernie Finan and Ann Davey were laid-up and could not attend last week's prize-giving. Mary and Liam accepted the cup on behalf of the team and Mary delivered a heartfelt acceptance speech.
Well done to all. Will hope to have a photo up before long!
Paul J Scannell, Monday 7th March 2016
It is with much sadness that we report the passing of Peggy Stack, a former member of the Tribes Bridge Club. Peggy, together with her husband Pat, who pre-deceased her, were members of the Tribes in the early years.
Paul J Scannell, 25th February 2016
Congratulations to Ali Zaki and Margaret Forde winners of the Corn na dTreabh Handicap Pairs Championship 2015-2016.
Paul J Scannell, 5th February 2016
The annual CBAI Simultaneous Pairs was played in the Tribes Bridge Club on Thursday, 4th February 2016.
National results can be found at the following link:
Paul J Scannell, 29th January 2016
The Corn na dTreabh Cup will be presented next Thursday, 4th February 2016.
Detailed results will also be released at that time.
Paul j Scannell, 29th January 2016
A most enjoyable evening was had by all those in attendance last Thursday, 17th December, 2015.
Congratulations to Irene Wall & Lily Faherty who were winners of the Christmas Competition.
Click here for link to PhotoGallery.
Paul J Scannell, 19th December, 2015
Click anywhere in this window to view the results of Christma (Turkey) Competition. Scores include Handicaps;
Paul J Scannell, 19th Decembr, 2015
Congratulations to Maurice Hession & Rory Timlin, winners of the Ryder Cup. And history was made in the process because they become the first pair to win a Major Club Pairs Championship for the fourth time in a row!
And congratultions also to Anne Costello & Robert Delargy, winners of the Ryder Cup Plate for Best Intermdiate Pair.
Paul J Scannell, 17th December 2015
It is with much asdness that we report the death of former member of the Tribes Bridge Club, John Moylan, who passed away on Thursday, 5th November.
The funeral took place on Sunday, 8th November, in Ardrahan.
May He Rest In Peace.
Paul J Scannell, 9th November, 2015
Please note that results for Thursday, 5th November (IBU SIMULTANEOUS PAIRS) will be uploaded on this website early on Saturday morning because the same boards are also being played nationally on Friday, 6th November.
Until the FULL results are available here you can check your overall ranking and score % at the Ecatsbridge website via the following link:
N.B. Club name was originally showing as 'Galway Bridge Centre' but has now been corrected to .Tribes Bridge Club'..
Paul J Scannell, 5th November 2015
Congratulations to Michael O'Connor who was elected as President of the Tribes Bridge Club at its AGM which was held on Thursday, 8th October.
And congratulations also to Irene Wall and Frank Reynolds who were re-elected as Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer respectively.
Also elected were Enda Glynn (Tournment Director), Colette Mulhern (Galway Congress Committee representative), Liam Faherty (Galway Bridge Centre Committee representative),
And the following were elected as members of the Committee: Mary Dolam, Liam Faherty, Enda Glynn, Seamus MacMathuna, Colette Mulhern, Paul Scannell.
Paul J Scannell, 9th October 2015
It is with much sadness that we note the recent passing of Bridie Mannion who died on 6th September. Bridie served as President of the Tribes Bridge Club in 2006/07 and subsequently acted as Hon. Treasurer for the four seasons 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11.
May She Rest In Peace.
Paul J Scannell, 21st September, 2015
Congratulations to Tribes Bridge Club members Enda Glynn and David Walsh who, together with tem-mates and former members of The Tribes, Donal MacAonghusa and Ciaran Coyne, recently won the Camrose Trials to select a team to represent the CBAI in the Camrose Series (Home Internationals) which will take place over two weekends in 2016: January 8/10 and March 4/6. The first weekend will take place at the City North Hotel, Gormanstown, Co. Meath. The sescond weeknd will be played at a venue in Wales.
Well done to all four players.
Click anywhere in this window to access a PhotoGallery of 55 photos tken during last night's President's Dinner.
Paul J Scannell, 28th May 2015
List of all Prize Categories and associated Prize-Winners.
Click anywhere in this window to view.
Final ranking for President's Prize.
Click anywhere in this window to view the listing.
Paul J Scannell, 28th May, 2015
Rankings for several Special Category Awards including
Pair of the Year
Best in Grade of the Year
Most Improved Pair of the Year
Highest Single Session Score of the Year
Click anywhere in this window to view listings.
Rankings for Most Improved Performance - 2013/14 v 2014/15
Click anywher in this window to view the rankings of eligible players/pairs.
Paul J Scannell, 28th May 2015.
(Left to right): Seamus MacMathuna, Maura O'Farrell, Enda Glynn, Paul Scannell.
Note:Joan Kenny subbed for Paul in the 2nd session.
Paul J Scannell, 8th May, 2015
Fearghal O'Boyle, President CBAI, with Tribes Bridge Club member Bridie Redahan at last year's Yeats Country Congress.
Click anyhwere in this window to view Congress Brochure.
Paul J Scannell, 6th May, 2015
Please note that the President's (Dr. Seamus MacMathuna) Prize will take place on Thursday, 21st May. This year it will take the form of a SINGLE session event using the traditional Rainbow Movement where every player plays each board with a different partner and against different opponents!
The President's Dinner will take place the following week on Thursday, 28th May
Put the dates in your diary!
Paul J Scannell, 6th May, 2015.
Congratulations to Lynn Duffy & Deirdre Quin, winners of the Dr Mulhern Perpetual Trophy 2014-15 who are photographed receiving the cup from Colette Muhern.
This marks the first win of a Major Tribres Bridge Club Competition for this partnership. Well done to both players.
Paul Scannell, 27th March, 2015
Today Enda Glynn attained the highest ranking of Irish bridge players...Grand Master.
Congratulations to Enda on joining this small and select group of Irish bridge players. And in that context the Tribes Bridge Club is proud to have two such memebrs among its ranks, Rory Timlin having previously attained this grade a couple of years ago.
Paul J Scannell, 22nd March, 2015
Congratulations to Geraldine Carroll & Bernie Forde who today won the National Intermmediate 'A' Pairs Championhsip.
And Marion Coy & Deirdre McCoy finished a very creditable 6th in the same event and won the prize for Best A2 pair.
In the Inter 'B' event Orla O'Carroll & Margaret Forde finished 9th.
In the National Pairs Championship (Davidson Cup) Enda Glynn finished 2nd.
And thanks to Marion Coy for taking and forwarding the photo!
Well done to all concerned.
Paul J Scannell, 22nd March, 2015
Another interesting hand from the 1st session of the Dr. Mulhern Perpetual Trophy.
Did you play this hand in spades, preferably at the 4 level?
And did you make ten tricks?
Paul J Scannell, 11th March 2015
A very interesting hand from the 1st session of the Dr.Mulhern Perpetual Trophy.
Did you bid a slam on this board?
And did you make all 13 thricks?
Paul J Scannell, 11th March 2015
2015 Winners of the Geraldldine O'Flynn Team of Four (Handicap)
Left to right: Imelda Murphy, Carol Duffy, Mary Duffy, Kay Hayes
Paul J Scannell, 28th February 2015
Paul Scannell & Enda Glynn, winners of the inaugural Corn na dTreabh, handicap Pairs Championship receiving the trophy from club President Seamus Mac Mathuna who had donated the cup to the Tribes Bridge Club.
Paul J Scannell, 25th February 2015
The two session Pairs Championhsip for the Dr Mulhern Perpetual Trophy will take place on 5th & 12th March, 2015.
Pre-entry is required. Please contact Enda Glynn (Tournament Director) or Seamus Mac Mathuna (President) if you intend playing in this competition.
Contact details can be found on the Committee page under the Information sub-menu on the Home Page of this website.
Paul J Scannell, 24th February, 2015
Please note that results of Geraldine O'Flynn T/4 uploaded last Friday have been adjusted due to the fact that a board in Section B in the 2nd Session was switched.
Amended results have now been uploaded to the website.
Please note that due to errors in original scores for the 1st session of the Geraldine O'Flynn T/4 (handicap) a revised set of results has now been computed and uploaded to the website.
Paul J Scannell, 17th February, 2015
Corn na dTreabh (Handicap Pairs Championship)
Click anywhere in this window to view the complete set of results, including handicaps, and final ranking for this competition.
Paul J Scannell, 29th January, 2015
Paul J Scannell, 15th January 2015
It is with much sadness that we report the passing of Malcolm Ryder, a long-standing member of the Tribes Bridge Club.
Reposing in O'Flaherty's Funeral Home, Munster Ave, Galway from 17.30 on Monday, 29th December.
Removal to St. Joseph's Church, Presentation Road, Galway at 19.00.
Mass at 10.00 on Tuesday, 30th December.
Paul J Scannell, 23rd December 2014
Click anywhere in this window to view a PhotoGallery of the Tribes Bridge Club Christmas Party.
Paul J Scannell, 19th December 2014
Click anywhere in this window to view the Final Scores, Rankings and Prize-Winners from the
Ryder Cup 2014-2015
Paul J Scannell, 9th December 2014
Once upon a time there was no Tribes Bridge Club...and then, on the 7th January1971....
Click anywhere in this window to find out what happened next...
Paul J Scannell, 5th December 2014
Congratulations to Rory Timlin & Maurice Hession on winning the Ryder Cup. They are pictured receivng the cup from Seamus MacMathuna, President, Tribes Bridge Club.
Final results can be accesed on the Results Page (27th November):
Paul J Scannell, 5th December, 2014
Paul J Scannell, 7th November, 2014
At the the AGM on 9th October, Dr. Seamus Mac Mathuna assumed the office of President of the Tribes Bridge Club for the 2014-2015 season
Other officers and committee members elected incldue the following:
Hon. Secretary - Irene Wall
Hon. Treasurer - Frank Reynolds
Chief Tournamnet Director - Enda Glynn
Chief Scorer - Michael O'Connor
Representative on Galway Bridge Centre Committee - Liam Faherty
Committee Members - Geraldine Carroll, Mary Dolan, Liam Faherty, Paul Scannell
Connacht finiished 2nd in the recent Intermediate Inter-Provincial Championships which were held in Athlone on 1st & 2nd November.
The Connacht team featured a quartet of players form the Tribes Bridge Club:
Enda Glynn, Paul Scannell, Rory Timlin, David Walsh
Paul J Scannell, 7th November 2014
Frank Reynolds & Michael Waldron and Carmel Musitano & Margaret Ford
67 teams participated in the hugely popular CBAI Fun Teams which was held in June. Tribes Bridge Club members performed well:
In 4th place were Margaret Walsh & Ali Zaki, Geraldine Carroll & Phyllis Delaney
[Photo courtesy cbai.ie]
and in 8th place were Rosamund Jennings & Margaret Forde, Carol Duffy & Deirdre Quin
Congrats to all concerned.
Enda Glynn & Paul Scannell, together with team-mates Gay Keaveney & Peter Goodman, finished 2nd in this prestigious T/4 competition which is open to winners of National T/4 Championships and Open and Ladies International Squads with a fixed quota of 4 NIBU teams and 6 CBAI teams.
This popular congress, traditionally the last one of the year, is held in Ballina in mid-July.
Rose Higgin & Nancy McKnight finished a creditable 10th of 47 pairs competing in the Intermediate Pairs
Deirdre Quin & Lynn Duffy finished 15th of 66 pairs competing in the Congress Pairs and won the prize for Best Area Master
And club members hit the jackpot in the Intermediate T/4:
1st Marion Coy & Deirdre McCoy, Michael Waldron & Declan Harte
2nd Rose Higgin & Nancy McKnight together with former Tribes BC member Mary-Jo Kelly & L Keane
[All photos from Ballina Congress courtesy www.fob.ie]
Well done to all.
This annual competition between the CBAI (Contract Bridge Association of Ireland) and NIBU (Northern Ireland Bridge Union) features six teams on each side:
Open, Ladies, Masters, Inter A, Inter B, Officials
When the dust had settled the CBAI squeaked a win with a combined score of 491.18 versus 468.82 for the NIBU teams.
A major contribution to the CBAI win was produced by the current holders of the Bankers Trophy (National Inter A T/4 Champions):
Michael O'Gara, Billy Cunniffe, Deirdre Quin and Clare Strecker
In the Sony Britton Trophy, not only did they end up on the winning CBAI team but their individual team score was the second highest of the six CBAI teams and third highest of the combined CBAI and NIBU teams, 12 in total.
[Photo: Gordon Lessells]
A very successful summer for members of the Tribes Bridge Club. And apologies if I have missed other successes!
Paul J Scannell, 3rd September, 2014
Click anywhere in this window to view a PhotoGallery of Prize-Winners and Special Awards recipients at the recent President's Dinner.
All photos taken by Mary Healy
Paul J Scannell, 31st May, 2014
Congratulations to John Kilbane, Winner of the President's Prize 2014.
See results calendar for detailed results of President's Prize.
Click anywhere in this window to view a list of all prize-Winners at President's Dinner.
The Western Region scored a notable double recently in Athlone when teams won The Kelburne Cup and The Bankers Trophy.
Tribes Bridge Club Members Enda Glynn, Paul Scannell and Rory Timlin won the major event (Kelburne Cup) with a dramatic overhaul of the long-time leaders in the last round.
And in strikingly similar fashion Bill Cunniffe, Michael O'Gara and Deirdre Quin also vaulted into the top spot on the last round of the Bankers Trophy!
And in another fine performance, club members Marion Coy and Deirdre McCoy finished 11th (of 27) and arrowly missed out on winning the Best A2 prize in the Bankers Trophy
And, as a consequence of theses two wins, the Western Region was also presented with the Marie Cummins Trophy which is awarded to the best performing region in all three competitions (Kelburne, Bankers and Tierney Trophy (Intermeditae B).
Paul J Scannell, 8th May, 2014
ENTRY LIST UPDATED as at 23rd April
Click anyhwere in this window to view a list, as at 23rd April, of teams entered for the Club T/4 scheduled to be played on 24th April and 1st May.
Entries still being accepted...please contact the undersigned.
Paul J Scannell, 22nd April 2014
Congratulations to Liam Faherty and John Kilbane winners of the Dr. Mulhern Perpetual Trophy 2014. The winners are seen here being presented with the trophy by Colette Mulhern. Also featured in the photo is Mary Dolan, Hon. Sec. Tribes Bridge Club.
Paul J Scannell, 19th March, 2014
What an interesting set of boards in the 1st Session of the Dr. Mulhern Trophy...particularly if you were playing in the East/West direction!
Four potential slam opportunities in boards 1-10
How did you fare?
Click anywhere in this window to review the four boards.
Paul J Scannell, 6th March 2014
Entries now being accepted for the 2013-2014 Mulhern Trophy which will take place on 27th February and 6th March.
Click anywhere in this window to view entries as at 3pm on Sunday, 23rd February
Paul J Scannell, 19th February 2014
updated 23rd February
It is with great sadness that we heard of the recent passing of Tribes Bridge Club member Teresa Maher (Tuam) who died suddenly on Saturday morning.
Remains reposing at Glynn's Funeral Home, High St, Tuam, this Monday from 6pm. Removal to the Cathedral of the Assumption, Tuam at 8pm. Funeral Mass Tuesday at 11.00am followed by burial in Tuam cemetery.
Full details available on www.RIP.ie
May she Rest In Peace.
Paul Scannell, 22nd February 2014
Fifteen members of the Tribes Bridge Club participated in the recent trip to Westport. Members travelled (nine by mini-bus and others by car) to Westport on Tuesday 11th February and duly checked in to the 4* CastleCourt Hotel. A pre-dinner drink reception was held in Petie Joe's Bar at 18.30. This was followed by an excellent 4 course dinner in the Orchard Restaurant. The first of two 16 person individuals took place after dinner in the Ashleigh Suite. We are indebted to Ray & Helen Norton from Catlebar for travelling to Westport for the evening to make up the numbers. Kathleen Lovely fiished 1st. Lil Corless was 2nd and Bernie Forde was 3rd. Most members then adjourned to the bar fo a night-cap...or two...or three!
Wednesday morning saw members enjoy a hearty breakfast followed by a review and analysis of hands from the previous evening's competition. And members were introduced to Lebensohl, amongst a number of other conventions, which was quickly re-named as 'Lemon Sole' by a quick-witted member from Tuam!
The afternoon was 'free' and another pre-dinner drink was consumed by all at 18.30 and this was again followed by another excellent four course dinner. The second 'individual' competition took place in the Ashleigh Suite where local players Jackie Bolster (President Noth-West Region) and Frank Gillan made up the numbers. Jackie went on to finish a very clear 1st, followed by Peggy Fay in 2nd place and Mabel Cahill was 3rd. Another post-bridge drinking session took place in the bar albeit that everyone was in bed a lot earlier than the previous night!
Thursday morning saw everyone (or almost everyone) enjoy a good breakfast which was followed by a review and analysis of the hands that were played the previous evening.
And other than the return trip to Galway, that concluded the Tribes Bridge Club trip to Westport! A wonderful, if short, 'away from home' session that was thoroughly enjoyed by all who travelled.
Click here to view photos of the trip.
Paul J Scannell, 19th February, 2014
An interesting hand that arose in the 1st Session of the Geraldine O'Flynn T/4.
It illustrates the importance of planning ahead as declarer.
Paul J Scanenll, 5th February, 2014
Another 'Power of Shape' hand, combined with the use of a Splinter bid and RKCB (Roman Keycard Blackwood) that was played on 12th December 2013.
Well done to Michael and Malcolm!
Paul J Scannell, 5th February 2014.
Those who attended the Tribes Bridge Club Christmas Party 2013 were treated to a surprise musical performance by Maron Donlon's younger brother. He is better known to the world at large as.....
He was accompanid by George from California. And Michelle Lally performed two songs.
Click this link to watch and listen to what was a super performance that was enjoyed by all present.
Paul J Scannell, 30th December, 2013
Although I might be biased, I think the Christmas Party 2013 was a great success. A 'Prosecco and Nibbles' reception upon arrival was followed by a short game of bridge. And then it was 'Dinner', once again courtesy of N2 Style Catering. Upon completion of the meal there was the presentation of prizes in respect of the Turkey Competition (12th December). And then we had the surprise entertainment.... Frankie Gavin accompanied by George and singer Michelle Lally.
Thanks to the three Marys (Dolan, Healy, Scannell) for their help on the night as well as committee members (Geraldine Carroll, Ann Costello, Seamus MacMathuna) who assisted with the set-up in the afternoon and all who helped with the cleanup after the event!.
Link to photos (courtesy of Mary Healy) can be found here.
And bridge resumes on Thursday, 2nd January, 2014, at the usual time.
Paul J Scannell, 29th December, 2013
The Tribes Bridge Club Christmas Party will take place at the Galway Bridge Centre on Thursday, 19th December. If you have not already confirmed your attendance please contact Paul Scannell ASAP.
The evening will commence at 19.15 with a glass of something bubbly...and a non-bubbly something for those who do not like bubbly things! This will be accompanied by nibbles and dips!
A short game of bridge will then take place and this will be followed by dinner accompanied by wine or non-alcoholic drink according to your preference.
Prizes for the Turtkey Competition will then be presented.
And the evening will conclude with a musical performance of circa 25-30 mins duration.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Paul J Scanenll, 17th December, 2013
Apologies for the delay in posting the results of the Turkety Comeptition...my PC ailed badly over the past week and is only now back in working order after three visits from a technician under a 3 Year Extended Warranty which I had the good fortune to purchase at the time that I bought the computer in October 2012...
Anyway, results of the Turkey Competition can now be found on the Compettions Page (see entry forTurkey Competition 2013-2014). Note that the results shown via the Home Page reflect Gross Scores ONLY whereas thiose on the Competitions Page include Handicaps.
Prizes will be presented at the Christmas Party on Thursday, 19th December.
Paul J Scannell, 17th December, 2013
Congratulations to Connie Canavan & Mauereen Kenny on winning the Best Intermediate prize in the recent two-session Ryder Cup. They are pictured here with the salver which was presented to them last Thursday. They finished in a very creditable 9th position overall and as the leading Intermediate Pair. Well done Connie & Maureen.
Paul Scannell, 29th November, 2013
Let's Take A Closer Look!
Watch Eamon Dolan at the helm as he gets full value from his shapely hand and demonstates'The Power of Shape'
Paul J Scannell, 5th December, 2013
Check out the latest entry in this series. This one deals with the Rule of 20 ...and the Power of Shape,
See menur entry on left-hand side of Home Page
Paul J Scannell,
30th October, 2013
Calling all members of the Tribes Bridge Club!
Tribes Bridge Club commences its 2013/2014 season on Thursday, 19th September, 2013.
Looking forward to seeing all current members...and perhaps a sprinkling of new members...and maybe even some former members...
16th September 2013
I ment to upload this link earlier in the summer...so, apologies for the delay!
Click anywhere in this window to access a YouTube video clip of (approx. 22 mins duration) that I created of the Galway BayTones performing at the President's Dinner, 30th May, 2013'.
Paul J Scannell, 16th September, 2013
Click anywhere in this window to access a PhotoGallery of 80 photos taken during the President's Dinner.
I am indebted to my good friend Mary Healy who took all the photos of the Presentation of Prizes.
Paul J Scannell, 4th June, 2013
President's Prize. Final Rankings. Click anywhere in this window to view list.
Paul J Scannell, 31st May, 2013
Click anywhere in this window for list of Prize-Winners at president's Dinner on Thursday, 30th May.
And so another year comes and goes. And boy, how it flew!
The final night of the current season will take place on Thursday, 30th May when the President's Dinner will be held in the Galway Bridge Centre.
Proceedings will commence at 19.15 with a short Reception...nibbles and a welcome drink for all! This will be followed by a game of 'Speedball'...bridge played under strict time limits!
Dinner will be served circa 21.00 and this will be followed by Presentation of Prizes...including President's Prize and a host of Special Prizes. In Gaybo fashion...there should be one for everyone in the audience!
The evening will conclude with a short mystery musical presentation of approx. 20-25 mins duration.
Paul J Scannell, 28th May 2013
This is a list of entries for the President's Prize (16th & 23rd May) as at 11am on 16th May.
Click anywhere in this window to view the list of entries.
Please contact me on 087-2494797 should you have a query
Paul J Scannell, 16th May
The scores for Teams 7 & 16 have been adjusted because of an issue with Board #17 in the direct match.
Please note that the correct total score for Team #16 is 113VPs as indicated on the Results Page and not 112VPs as shown on the Competition Page.
Players are reminded to be careful when replacing the cards in the board after a hand has been played so as not to cause the board to become 'switched' thus making it unplayable at the next and subsequent tables.
Click anywhere in this window to view the updated scores.
Paul J Scannell, 29th April 2013
Please note that the scores issued on Thursday night have been amended to take account of the fact that Board# 19 was mis-boarded and consequently the results for that Board had to be scrapped in respect of that match.
Paul J Scannell, 26th April 2013
On Thursday, 7th March 2013, 26 members of the Tribes Bridge Club undertook a return train trip to Dublin. A T/4 bridge competition was played on both train journeys...18 boards on outward leg and 15 boards on return leg.
Upon arrival at Hesuton Station in Dublin the party made its way to the Natural Museum of Culture and History which is located in the former Collins Barracks, a short walk from the station or a single stop for Luas users. After a lunch in 'Brambles' Cafe on the site of the museum most members toured the various exhibitions / displays whereas a handful went on a shopping tour in Dublin City!
The return train trip saw members arrived back in Galway at 18.50hrs whereupon several proceeded to the Galway Bridge Centre for the regular club game.
Click anywhere in this window to access a PhotoGallery of the trip in a separate window in your browser. Close the Tab/Window when finished viewing the photos.
Paul J Scannell, 9th March 2013
The Dr Mulhern Perpetual Trophy for the 2012-13 season was won by Henry Curran & Maurice Hession. Paul & Enda finished 2nd and 3rd place was taken by Colette & Marie.
Click anywhere in this window to view the full results.
I recently came across a series of books by Andrew Robson, a World Individual Silver Medallist and Former World and European Champion) and also author of the highly acclaimed daily Bridge column in the London Times as well as proprietor of a very successful Bridge School/Club in London which boasts in excess of 2,000 members!
This document contains an extract of the index of topics covered in one of these books (Signal & Discard) as well as a sample of two pages which illustrate the approach used by the author. Click anywhere in this window to view the short document with sample pages.
Andrew Robson is renowned for his teaching ability (as well as his undoubted prowess as a player) and I was very impressed with the content and style of presentation with which he handles the various topics covered.
At present there are circa 12 books in this series, each one of approximately 25 pages and covering 40-50 hands, related to a particular theme. The various hands illustrate an aspect of bidding, defence or declarer play related to the theme of the particular book.
Bidding as Opener
Responder and Fourth Suit Forcing
Stayman & Transfer
Hand Evaluation & The Losing Trick Count
Signal & Discard
Declaring Notrump Contracts
Endplay & Squeeze
If there is sufficient interest from members I would be prepared to arrange purchase and delivery. Cost would be approximately €7 per title, including shipping. These titles are not currently available via the CBAI shop.
Paul J Scannell 14th February, 2013
Spot the odd one out!
Remember that East/West are responsible for checking the score that is input by North. The culpability for incorrectly entered scores does NOT rest solely with North!
In this case N/S suffered a loss of 5 points and E/W gained 5. But it could have been more significant.
So N/S, please be vigilant when entering scores via the Bridgemates...and E/W be even more vigilant when checking them.
And the following was another error on the same night!
Note that in both of these examples the error was not about recording the wrong contract but rather recording the wrong declarer!
So, did you enjoy the Christmas Party? Or, maybe you missed it!
Well, now you can re-live one of the exciting moments as 'Carabells' (conducted by Kathy Fahey) perform 'Jingle Bells' ...with the assistance of the 'Tribes Bridge Club Christmas Party Choir!'
Click anywhere in this window to view the 2min and 14sec performance!
N.B. Click the 'Back' button on your browser to return to the Tribes Bridge Club website.
Hopefully more to come!
With best wishes to all members for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Tribes Bridge Club
The interim rankings for a new competition, Small Slammer of the Year' can be viewed under 'Competitions'.
Qualification criteria with regard to MINIMUM number of events played during the year may be raised at a later date.
Click anywhere in this window to view current rankings!
Paul J Scannell, 5th December 2012
Whereas Brenda had hoped to make her return to the Tribes Bridge Club last Thursday that turned out not to be the case. She has been advised to take things easy for a while and hopes to make her return at some time in the near future!
Paul J Scannell, 16th January, 2013
Brenda returned home just before Christmas and has made an amazing recovery! In fact her recovery has been so good that she hopes to mark her return to the bridge table when she recommences at the Tribes Bridge Club on Thursday, 10th January 2013!
Brenda, we look forward to welcoming you back.
Paul J Scannell, 3rd January, 2013
I visited Brenda in Merlin Park Hospital yesterday and was delighted to find her in great form. She is making super progress and all going well she will be home for Christmas.
She was particularly delighted with the Get Well Card and was looking forward to reading the goodwill messages at her leisure later in the day.
She is receiving regular physiotherapy sessions and the nurses are very pleased with her progress.
Paul J Scannell, Sunday, 8th December, 2012
Update, 29th November
Brenda has now been re-located to Unit 4, Merlin Park Hospital, Galway where she is making steady progress with her recovery.
Brenda took a tumble at the Galway Bridge Centre just prior to the last round of the first session of the Ryder Cup on Thursday, 15th November, 2012. She was attended to by several club members, in particular Geraldine Carroll, before being transferred by ambulance service to University Hospital Galway.
Friday, 16th November. I called the hospital and was advised that Brenda is in fine spirits and making a good recovery from her unfortunate accident.
All her friends at the Tribes Bridge Club wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming her back to the club ASAP.
Paul J Scannell
14:50 hrs, Friday, 16th November, 2012
UPDATE - Tuesday, 20th November,
Club Secretary, Rosamund Jennings, visited Brenda in St. Finbar's ward and found Brenda in good form. And with a smile on her face! As Brenda said to Ros 'It's a bad day when I do not have a smile on my face'!
The above represents the scores entered for board # 17 recently. THREE North/South pairs entered an incorrect contract and THREE East/West pairs failed to spot the error.
Note that in this case the error (entering 4♥ instead of 4♠) did not cause a problem with the scoring of the board.
HOWEVER, if 4♦ had been entered instead of 4♥ or 4♣ instead of 4♠ then a major discrepancy would have occurred and one pair would have suffered a big loss in their overall score and the other pair would have gained.
Remember, as with all computers GIGO always applies, i.e Garbage In, Garbage Out. Computers can only process what is input.
So, let us all be vigilant. North/South in terms of what is originally entered into the Bridgemate and East/West in ensuring that what is entered is correct.
If the score is incorrectly entered then please call the Bridgemate operator who will correct the error.
The President's Prize will take place over two sessions, 15th & 22nd May, and will be followed by the President's Dinner on Thursday, 29th May.
Entries now being taken for the President's Prize which will take the form of a two session Individual using the Rainbow Movement whereby players play each board with a different partner!
Paul Scannell, 8th May, 2014
Click anywhere in this window to view a list of entries for the President's Prize (15th & 22nd May) as at 23.00hrs on 13th May, 2014.
Paul J Scannell, 13th May, 2014
The annual Turkey Competition will take place on Thursday, 11th December.
This is a HANDICAP event. Details can be found on the Turkey Competition page in the section 'Competitions 2014-2015' on the Menu on left-hand side of this page.
Not also that the Average Score for all players, which is used to automatically calculate handicaps, can be found in the Handicaps page in the section 'Competitions 2014-2015' on the Menu on left-hand side of this page.
Paul J Scannell, 5th Decembr 2014
The annual Christmas Party will take place on Thursday, 18th December in the Bridge Centre.
19.30 - Bridge Game
21.00 - Dinner
22.00 - Presentation of Prizes for Turkey Competition
22.30 - Table Quiz
All times (apart from Bridge Game) are approximate.
If you have not already signalled your intention to attend and wish to do so, please contact Seamus Mac Mathuna, ASAP, on 085 161 1443
Paul J Scannell, 15th December 2014
Please note that the 1st Session of this new two session pairs event will take place this coming Thursday (15th January... the 2nd Session will take place on Thursday 22nd January).
Pre-entry is required and if you would like to play and have not already submitted an entry, then please make contact with either Seamus MacMathuna (President) or Enda Glynn (Tournament Director).
Handicaps for this event are calculated on the basis of Partnership Average over the period 9th January 2014 - 8th January 2015. The actual handicap, in percentage terms, is automatically calculated using a formula of subtracting the Partnship's Average from 62. Thus a Partnership Average of 57% would equate to a handicap of +5%.
Where a non-regualr pertnership is enterd for this event the Handicap is based on the combined Individual Average of the two players over the period 9th January 2014 - 8th January 2015.
Partnership Averages and Individual Avergaes can be viewed in the Competitions 2014-2015 menu on right-hand side of Home Page.
Paul Scannell, 15th January, 2015
The Geradline O'flynn T/4 Championhsip (Handicap) will take place over the next two weeks with the 1st Session on Thursday, 12th February. The 2nd Session will take place on the following Thursday, 19th February.
Please note that this competition requires pre-entry. If you intend to play and have not yet entered then please make contact with either of the following:
President: Seamus Mac Mathuna
Tournament Director: Enda Glynn
Paul J Scannell, 6th February 2015
Calendar now uploaded for 2017-2018 season.
Paul J Scannell, 9th November 2017
The next 3 entries from the Calendar will automatically show below. And 'Results' are available in respect of the most recent game.
And results are also available for all completed games, either regular weekly club game or major club competition. See 'Results Calendar'.