I'd like to draw your attention to two Irish Bridge Union (IBU) events coming up shortly, both in the very popular Cavan Crystal Hotel, which by all accounts really knows how to run a great fun bridge event.
First, we have the Burke and O'Connor Trophies over the weekend of 11/12 March. These are the IBU Inter-County Teams Championships for Master and Intermediate grades respectively, and entries are open on the CBAI website. Please note that for these competitions all four members of the team must be eligible to represent a single county or administrative region (by birth, residence, or club membership, essentially).
Then in April, for those of you born in or before 1960, who therefore qualify as seniors, we have the IBU Seniors Congress, the only midweek event of the calendar. There will be Gala Pairs (with no age restrictions) on Tuesday 18 April, Senior Pairs on Wednesday 19 April, and Senior Teams on Thursday 20 April, with excellent rates available from the hotel - €159 pps sharing for two nights b&b and one dinner, for example. Again, you can enter via the CBAI website. There will also be Open Pairs with no age restrictions on both Wednesday and Thursday.
We hope that you'll be able to support the IBU by attending one or both of these events.
And finally, just a quick reminder that Malahide Congress is on this coming weekend (3-5 March) in the Grand Hotel in Malahide, with all welcome, and that we have extended the deadline for entering the two quizzes in the recent CBAI Irish Bridge Journal - you now have until Friday 10 March to get your answers in to Bob Pattinson (bidding quiz) and/or BJ O'Brien (play quiz). The CBAI is offering small prizes to the best responders over the full season, so why not give it a go!
Chief Executive, CBAI