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 Dorothy Collins,

Vice President

Fionnuala Duddy

Hon. Secretary/Membership Secretary

 Yvonne Sheerin

Hon. Treasurer:

Philip O’Dwyer,

Hon. Tournament Director:

Janet O'Huiginn. 

Committee Members:

Ciaran O'Huiginn, 

Ursula O'Connell, 

Vera McCague, 

Oliver Rye,

Joan Valkenburg,

Mary Sheerin

Welcome to Blackrock College Bridge Club

The Annual General Meeting of Blackrock College Bridge Club will be held on Thursday 26th May 2022, at 7.00 pm

In Blackrock College Rugby Club, Stradbrook.

Short game of bridge and wine reception will follow the meeting  

Nominations to positions on the Committee,  






Fionnuala Duddy

Dorothy Collins

Joan Valkenberg

Vice President

Deirdre Gill

Fionnuala Duddy

Janet O’Huiginn


Nicole Keenan

Yvonne Sheerin

Ursula O’Connell


Dorothy Collins

Philip O’Dwyer

Moira McGettrick

Membership Secretary

Janet O’Huiginn

Oliver Rye

Vera McCague

Tournament director

Philip O’Dwyer

Ciaran O’Huiginn

Mary Sheerin


VERA MC CAGUE           Proposer:Pam Cooper Seconder:Nicole Kennan

URSULA O’ CONNELL    Proposer:Deirdre Gill Seconder:Dominic Broughan

CIARAN O’ HUIGINN       Proposer:Claire O’Dwyer Seconder:Cathy Murphy

OLIVER RYE                    Proposer:Fintan Scanlan Seconder:Connie Collins

MARY SHEERIN              Proposer:Niamh Hogan Seconder:Isa Saurin

JOAN VALKENBERG     Proposer:Chantal Mc Cabe Seconder:George Kavanagh



1.     Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on 23rd May 2019.

2.     To receive the Report of the Honorary Secretary.

3.     To receive the Accounts for the period to March 31st 2022  and the Report of the Honorary Treasurer.

4.     To receive the Report of the Honorary Membership Secretary.

5.     To receive the Report of the Honorary Tournament and Master Points Director.

6.     The outgoing President’s Address.

7.     Election of Officers and Committee for the year 2022/2023.

8.     To Consider Motions received for Determination at this Meeting.

There is currently one motion from the Committee 

It is proposed that the wording of the constitution be amended as follows:


3. Membership


iv) Others, not exceeding thirty-five per cent of the total permitted membership.


To be changed to:


iv) Others, not exceeding forty -nine per cent of the total permitted membership


The reason for the change is to reflect the position on the ground in the membership. There will still be a majority of members with a Blackrock College connection. 

9.     Any other business..

Your committee needs you 

As you know the committee is voluntary and over the Covid period there has been a lot involved. We are already down on numbers, have served longer than would be usual and some people like myself feel it is time to take a break. The club needs a vibrant, enthusiastic committee to work at its best so we are looking for a number of new members to join the committee. 

If you are interested please speak to Dorothy, Fionnuala or myself. 

To qualify to be on the committee you must be a member of the club for at least 2 years. 

If you don’t want to join the  committee but would still like to help then volunteers are needed for set and lock up please contact Ursula O'Connell. Volunteers are also needed for host duty please contact Vera McCague. Just a reminder the host system is back up and running on a Thursday nights so if you don’t have a partner please do come down. Just to note we don’t have the host system over the summer months as visitors are allowed. 

  President's Prize

 Dorothy would like to see as many of you as possible take part in the President's prize on Thursday 19th May 2022. I can let you in on a secret as normally the prize is not revealed beforehand.  The prize is well worth winning as she has commissioned two original George Kavanagh paintings for the winning pair and they are fabulous.    

Return to the clubhouse

Our intention is to return fully to the club from June and our first Monday night back will Monday 13th June which is Teams night. From then on there will be NO online bridge on Mondays. During the summer months June, July and August visitors are welcome. However once we return fully in September visitors can attend no more than once a month and must sign in. This practise was relaxed when we were online but once as we are back in the club will be re-instated. 

We are currently looking for a new TD for Monday nights and finding it difficult so a number of club members are currently in training to offer an interim solution. As we are still in learning mode there will be no scope to change movement etc once set up. Just to make you aware anyone arriving after 7:10pm will not be able to play 

Any queries about any of the above please give me a shout  

Warm regards Yvonne Sheerin 

Honorary Secretary 


 Conratulations to Mary Hodkinson and Lolo Donovan Ladies Pairs Winners 2022 and to Oliver Rye and Fintan Scanlan Mens Pairs Winners 2022


New Applicants



Proposer 1

Proposer 2

Mary Cryan

Siobhan O’Kelly

Bernie Crosbie

Deirdre Baneham

Isa Saurin

Mary Sheerin

Theresa Murphy

Pam Cooper

Vera McCague

Susan Caslin

Jean Hennebry

Margaret Penny

Ann McCluskey

Margaret O’Neill

Moira McGettrick

Martina Conneely

Ursula O’Connell

Fionnuala Duddy

Moyra Heavy

Moyra Kinlay

Ova Caravousanos

Jean Healy

Claire Cronin

Helen Waters

Niamh Hogan

Cora Ryan

Denise Kevany




#83583 Pairs BCBC Monday Night Bar Side
Scorer: Luca Crone
#83584 Pairs BCBC Monday Night Window Side
Scorer: Luca Crone
Presidents Prize
Director: Carol-Ann Cummins
Scorer: Carol-Ann Cummins

All Competitions commence at 7.15 pm. Sharp. 

To be eligible to win a prize in a major Competition members must have played on 4 club nights prior to that event, during the current club year


Interesting facts

The origin of playing cards: 

The origin of playing cards was in China and dates back to around the year 1120.  

Originally, cards were used for fortune telling and gambling. 
Cards were introduced into Italy and Spain around 1370, probably coming from Egypt. 
Tarot cards, used for fortune telling, were introduced in Italy in 1440.

The origin of Bridge: 

The origin of Bridge can be traced back to a card game 1st played in the 16th century, what was the name of that game? 

= "Whist" - The 1st entirely devoted to Whist was written by Edmund Hoyle in 1742