Ashbourne Bridge Club
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   We have been notified by the Eastern Regional Secretary that the two remaining Regional fixtures, Novice Championship on May 8th and Ladies and Mens Pairs on May 10th  are now cancelled for this year.

ABC ETTIQUETTE - please read
ABC ETTIQUETTE - please read

Members are kindly requested to (re)familiarise themselves with Club Ettiquette. Laminated handouts will also be circulated in the Club on various evenings. Thank you.

Link to document: Update document on ettiquette


A. Play bridge online on BBO or Funbridge platforms. Dermot has loaded a document on the website which will give you information about how to set up your own competitions on BBO. Eamonn Galligan & Fearghal O’Boyle are both running events in the evenings and I know that either of them will help if you need them. I have no doubt others are or will be operating very soon. Dermot will have details on the website about the CBAI presence on the Funbridge platform very soon, so keep an eye open for that.

 B. If you want to teach your children Mini-bridge, we will send you a how-to leaflet and two packs of cards, free of charge.  That will give you something to do and keep them busy! Jacques Lumbroso and his excellent team of mentors have been running Bridge Classes with several National Schools in the Nenagh area and have found the more than 200 pupils really interested and committed.

 C. Our listing of Bridge Books in Stock is being updated with orders that are on their way to us, so if you need to brush up on your bidding, play, leads or defense, we should be able to help.  We will be maintaining a presence here in the office, so if you feel the need to replace any club equipment or supplies – just email or call and we can mail to you.

 Keep in contact with older members, particularly those on their own and perhaps offer to help with shopping, grocery & pharmacy. The odd chat on the phone can really help to combat the feeling of isolation.



Galway, Carlow and Killarney (South of Ireland) Congress Committees have taken the sensible decision to cancel their Congresses for this year.

I am certain that their loyal supporters will return in force next year.


Bridge Promotion

If you are interested in learning the beautiful game of Bridge or in joining a local club (having previous knowledge of the game), please view the news tab on the upper left side of the screen.

2019-2020 Ashbourne Cup Pairs
2019-2020 Ashbourne Cup Pairs

Congratulations to Eileen and Kay for winning the cup this year!  Well done ladies!

Joe Brown Memorial Cup


Pictured with Club President Theresa Fox and Regional President Eileen Mc Entegart

Best A's were Elizabeth and Jim

Best in Club were Ian and John

(full results on results page)

Many thanks to the many people who made it such a wonderful evening, our visitors and our members. Special thanks to Peter for a wonderful job and the staff of the Ashbourne/Donaghmore GAA for the wonderful supper!

Please remember....

...  to let the TD know if you need to remain seated during the game and remember also not to put excess pressure on the card tables.

Thank you

Website update ...

.. photos and news from our last season can be found under either the Competitions tab or News tab

Welcome to Ashbourne Bridge Club
Covid-19 Virus Outbreak
Ashbourne Bridge Club is closed until further notice.
Please keep an eye on this website for further updates on this situation.
The GAA clubhouse will also be closed until further notice.
Please also visit the HSE for general information updates on the outbreak and containment advice.
Take care all
The Committee

The Committee has given our Easter Eggs to the Nursing Home in Ratoath.  The patients and staff were delighted when Miriam kindly dropped them off.

They were grateful for the gesture and send their thanks to the Members of our Club.

Thanks Miriam

Stay safe everyone!

Additional message from the CBAI

Dear All,

Let me pass on some potentially very useful information to you.

A son of one of our members is a Consultant in St Vincent’s Hospital, Dr Oran Rigby,  and with a colleague he has developed an online resource that might be very helpful to you and your members.

“At a high level, it's all about the power of the collective providing greater advice to the individual.

The people whom this vicious virus is most targeting is the elderly and those with co-morbidities or pre-existing chronic illness -  (In Ireland that’s over 1 million people over 65) - the very people who would benefit from both a sequential assessment, advice and in due course virtual communities.

 Therefore we are striving to get the message through to this cohort.

We've developed a Covid risk assessment & monitoring tool, as per our site and are seeking groups with extensive reach to older and vulnerable members of the community >60 years old in Ireland, who would be open to sharing this across their member base.

 Developed by expert Dublin based consultants in Intensive Care & Disaster medicine and lung & respiratory illness, it takes approx. 1 minute to complete. “

I have undertaken this assessment exercise myself and it is not in any way intrusive – with the possible exception of “are you morbidly obese?” – to which I answered “No”. Apparently there are different definitions of “Morbidly obese” and I suspect that perhaps you will know from your doctor into which category you fit – but if the question had been perhaps “Are you built for comfort or speed?” I would have been happy to answer – Comfort!!

 I realise that absolutely nothing about our current situation is in any way amusing but I would suggest that you might find this a very useful tool to give yourselves a degree of comfort, without burdening your GP; alternatively, it might just provide the impetus to get you to contact your doctor to get help for yourself.


The site provides an almost instantaneous response, so please do try it and pass it on to all the members you can contact. Don’t pass judgement on the resource because it may not be of benefit to yourself – let everyone make their own choice.

There is no cost involved – but there could be enormous benefit in the comfort it could give to an individual.

This Covid-19 situation is not going away any time soon and we want to have you all fit and ready to get back to our wonderful game just as soon as we can.

 Kind regards




Celebrating 40 years!!

Our club has a friendly and welcoming membership which we are very proud of.  We play upstairs in the Ashbourne/Donaghmore GAA Club every Tuesday at 7:20 sharp. There is ample free parking. The playing fee is five Euro and the club is open all year round, with visitors welcome from May to August.

New Players warmly welcomed.

The club secretary is Miriam at email


Tuesday evening, 11th February 2020


Corona Virus message from the CBAI

Dear All,


Wash your hands properly and often.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze.

Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Try to avoid close contact with people who are not well.

Follow the Travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs


Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Wash your hands

You should wash your hands:

  • after coughing or sneezing
  • after toilet use
  • before eating
  • before and after preparing food
  • if you are in contact with a sick person, especially those with respiratory symptoms
  • if your hands are dirty
  • if you have handled animals or animal waste
Committee 2019-2020

President -Theresa Fox

Vice President - Liz Mckeown

Secretary - Miriam Moyles

Treasurer - Aine Connolly

Ex-officio - Joe Bourke

Committee Members - Margaret Power, Margaret Daniels, Barbara Miller, Jerry Monaghan and John Fox

Bidding quiz - message from Seamus
Bidding quiz - message from Seamus

Hi Folks, 

               for the duration that bridge clubs are closed in our region I am going to provide a bidding quiz every few days which will appear on the left hand side menu - Beginners and Novices Quiz or Intermediate and above Quiz on the Balbriggan web page. The first one will appear on Sunday evening March 15th. Answers to a quiz will appear at the time of the following quiz. I will also provide new hands in Hand of the Week. Hopefully these quizzes will prevent you from major withdrawal symptoms while your club is closed. 
I have already put up details of the quizzes on the Balbriggan web page on bridgewebs and I would ask you to spread the word please. The first two quizzes are on the site.
Kind regards, Seamus 
Well done Adam!
Well done Adam!

Adam represented Ireland in the Junior Home International Championships for the Peggy Bayer Trophy in Wales last weekend.

Well done Adam we're very proud of you!



... and to Liz & Rita for second place and June & Pauline for third place!



Tournament Directors - aide memoire

Here is a link to the TD aide memoire with two changes in yellow highlight agreed at our recent Committee meeting.

Thanks to all of you for your hard work!

Link: TD aide memoire updated Sept 2018

2017 Law - summary of major changes

2017 Laws - summary of major changes.pdf

Quicklinks for the CBAI & Regional CBAI

Contract Bridge Association of Ireland -

North East Region of the CBAI -

Results are subject to verification

Club Bridge
Director: Pat Moyles
Scorer: Pat Moyles
Club Bridge
Director: Barbara Miller
Scorer: John Fox
C.B.A.I. Simultaneous Pairs (POY)
Director: Barbara Miller
Scorer: John Fox
Tue 7th Apr 2020
No Bridge
Tue 14th Apr 2020
No Bridge
Tue 21st Apr 2020
No Bridge