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2019/2020 Committee

President: Mary Greene (087 1354095)

Treasurer: Helen McDevitt (086 3743662)

Secretary: David Melody (087 2363264) 

Owen Cummins

Mary Lyons

Kitty McCabe

Geraldine Murphy

Matchmaker: Noirin Fleming

Joe Coyne

Evelyn Blennerhassett

Willie O'Gorman

CBAI Grades in Our Club

Novice: 1

B 2: 25

B 1: 31

A 2: 65

A 1: 43

MA: 36

MR: 7

MN 1

2020 Waiting List




Helen Donoghue

Sheila Malone

Helen Moore

Maura McNeeley

Noel McNeeley

Liam Maher

John Donnelly

Eithne MacDaeid

Regina McCarthy

Colin Scallan

Fionuala O'Donovan

Loretta Donnelly

Mary Bell

Maura Colgan

Clara Richardson

Breda Barry

Carmel Campbell

Emelie Gorman

Aisling Greene

Yvonne Dalton

Tony Dalton

John Crimmins

Gerry Kyne

Anne McCartney

Teresa McGivern

Paul Dunne

Mags Kelly

Brendan Doyle

Catherine Sweeney

Kay Winters

Emer Smyth

Mary Timoney

DoneK Szenejko


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New Ventilation System

The final works on the system have been completed today Friday 14 November  i.e.  Additional by-pass vents and thermostat have been installed.    

Up to now,  if the extracted air was 30 degrees the incoming air was warmed to nearly that same temperature and so on warm nights it was difficult to notice the difference in air quality as the room was very hot.        Todays modifications result in the incoming air being regulated by a thermostat which we can control in the Hall.   Basically the warming effect on the incoming air can be capped at say 22% to 24%.

Previous Report

The Parish Centre has installed two air exchange units that extracts stale air from the hall and replaces it with  fresh air from outside.   One unit is in the gents toilet and the other is in the attic above the ladies toilet.     Ordinary extractors create draughts as cold air rushes into the room to replace extracted warm air.     The new system heats the incoming air to near room temperature thus preventing draughts.

The system is automatically regulated by the number of people in the room.   The more people in the room the faster the fans will operate to ensure that the air in the room is replaced every 20 minutes.  All this is controlled by a CO2 (carbon dioxide) monitor on the entrance side wall.   Some final tweaking/balancing of the system will take place over the next couple of weeks.  



Hints on getting the most from Bridgemates

The updated User Notes that are on your table will show you a range of facilities for your convenience,  it means that you dont have to call the Tournament Director examples:  

Press function button below “Scores” – it will show you all the results in the current round.  
When the   scores are on display press the function button below “Correct” .  It will ask you for the Board No. enter same  and then it will erase the recorded result for that board.    You are now free to enter a fresh result.   E/W must verify the amended result.
Memo:  Scores from Previous rounds can only be changed by the TD.

Memo: All changes/corrections of results are recorded on system.


Bridgemate Percentages


People question the accuracy of the percentages shown on the Bridgemates and obviously  wonder does it affect their finishing score.     You can be assured that the fluctuations in percentages are natural and are no cause for concern.

The following may help understand what is going on in the Bridgemates.   It should be remembered

(a) that the percentages are an ever changing figure until the final board is played.   Every time a new score is entered the scores are recalculated by the Bridgemates.  

(b) The no of points awarded to the highest score increase by 2 points after every round.     E.G.  A top after 4 rounds is worth 8 Points and 10 Points after 5 rounds,  A few examples


After 3 rounds were played,  2 people shared the top and one the bottom




Points awarded

% Score Achieved



















After 4 rounds,   2 share top, 2 share bottom 





Points Awarded

% Score Achieved






















After 5 rounds,  2 share top, 2 share bottom, one in middle



Points Awarded

% Score Achieved



























 Notice that Pair A went from 75% to 83% to 88%  over 3 rounds  ( so the percentages are evolving as the rounds go on)


Your Final Score at the end of the night is a totally different calculation.   It is the Total number of Points you achieved divided by the maximum number of points available to you.    So if  you were on a sitout then your available points are reduced.    So also an averaged board does not affect your final outcome.

Bridgemate Etiquette

North should enter the Board No., the contract and who is playing immediately after the bidding concludes thus preventing  disputes at the end of the game especially when contracts are doubled.


At the end of the game North should enter the result and press OK.


North should then place the Bridgemate in the middle of the table and invite East/West to review and if they are satisfied to press  the “Accept”  button.  The  percentage achieved by both parties will then show.


The traveller score-sheet may now be reviewed by both parties.  North must share the viewing of the travellers with either East or West.   As the Bridgemate screen is poorly lit it is best done to the side of the table.


When both parties are finished with the review of the travellers, the OK button should be pressed.   It is still possible to see a summary of the results by pressing the button under Scores.  This shows all the boards played in this round and corresponding results.


When both parties are satisfied North should take the Bridgemate  and press OK to move onto the next round.



Bridge Etiquette


Bridge players should enjoy an informal and relaxed atmosphere in which the game of bridge is played, but

they must also ensure this atmosphere does not become too relaxed nor lose sight of the proper conduct

and etiquette required at the bridge table as per the Laws of Duplicate Bridge.

Duplicate bridge tournaments should be played in strict accordance with the Laws. A player must not

infringe a law intentionally, even if willing to accept the prescribed rectification, nor attempt to conceal an

infraction, e.g. by mixing their cards prematurely.

The Director should be summoned to the table when attention is drawn to an irregularity. No player should

take any action until the Director has explained all matters in regard to rectification of the irregularity.

A player should maintain a courteous attitude at all times and should carefully avoid any remark or action

that might cause annoyance or embarrassment to another player or might interfere with the enjoyment of

the game.

The gravest possible offence is for a partnership to exchange information through prearranged

methods of communication other than those sanctioned by the Laws of Duplicate Bridge.

1. Arrival at the Table

Players should announce their basic system, unusual opening bids and any non-standard carding methods,

to their opponents before the bidding begins on that round.

A player should wait until the opponents are present at the table before taking their cards from the board.

After taking their cards from the pocket of the board corresponding to their compass position, every player

should first count their cards face down to be sure they have exactly thirteen cards. Players should then sort their hands into suit order and keep their hands fanned at all times.

2. Bidding Etiquette

Non-forcing opening bids of one of a minor with fewer than 4 cards, opening bids of 1NT, and transfer bids

in a red suit over 1NT and 2NT bids that show hearts and spades respectively, should be announced by their

partner in the appropriate manner (i.e. two or three cards, 12 to 14 or 15 to 17, ‘hearts’ or ‘spades’).

Opening bids of 2C and 2D that always show strong game going hands, opening bids of 2NT that show

balanced hands in a specific range and response bids of 2C and 3C that are Stayman enquiries for four card

majors to 1NT and 2NT bids respectively should not be alerted.

Communication between partners during the auction and play shall be effected only by means of calls/plays, which should be made without undue emphasis, mannerism or inflection, and without undue hesitation or haste, although in certain circumstances a pause may be mandatory, e.g. after a skip-bid (see below).

Before reaching for and detaching a bidding card in their bidding box, a player should have made up their mind of their intended call.

Before a player makes a skip bid, especially on the first round of bidding and in a competitive auction, the Stop card should be placed on the tab;e and stay there for about ten seconds after the bid is made.   The next player may not call until it is removed and should wait about ten seconds before calling.

All conventional bids made by a player should be ‘alerted’ by their partner, by placing the ‘Alert’ card on or

near the conventional bid and in full view for their opponents. Calls above 3NT should only be alerted on

the first round of bidding, i.e. the opening bid and the next three calls.

A player should not voluntarily give an explanation (or correction of an explanation) of a conventional call

but only when requested by an opponent at their turn to call. 

Before the opening lead is made, the declaring side only must correct any erroneous information given or omitted to their opponents.

Players may only enquire about their opponents’ bidding and play when the opening lead is made ‘face

down’ and when it is their turn to make a call or play. The proper way to ask about a bid or play is to say

‘please explain’ to the partner of the bidder.

A player should not ask for the explanation of a bid that has not been alerted.

Also, if not intending to make a call, a player should wait until the opening lead is made to ask for any explanation. A player must give a full explanation of their agreed system and methods based on their knowledge and bridge experience.

A player is entitled to think, but an unmistakable hesitation followed by a call, including Pass, may be

deemed unauthorized information and their partner must carefully avoid taking any advantage from the

unauthorized information. In such a situation, if the player makes a bid after a hesitation, this may give

their partner more options.

If holding a weak hand, unless a ‘STOP’ card has been placed on the table by an opponent, it is most

unethical for a player to pause and then ‘Pass’, in order to prevent further bidding from their partner.

A player must not show an obvious lack of further interest in the auction and/or play - as by folding one’s cards.

3. Player Etiquette

Any contestant remaining at a table throughout a session is primarily responsible for maintaining proper

conditions of play, including the boards, at the table.

When a board is in play, it is placed near the centre of the table in the correct compass position, where it

shall remain until play is completed.

The bidding cards should remain on the table until the opening lead is made and all questions regarding the

bidding have been explained.

All conventional calls not alerted by the declaring side, including those above 3NT, must be alerted before the opening lead is made ‘face up’. Declarer may ask the defending side for an explanation of any of their calls even if not ‘alerted’ during the bidding.

A player may only ask for a full review of the bidding from their opponents before playing to the first trick.

After the first trick, a player may only enquire as to the final contract and whether if doubled or redoubled

but not by whom.

It is traditional and polite, for declarer to thank partner after dummy has spread their cards on the table.

Declarer may rearrange one or more of dummy’s cards by saying ‘just arranging’. Otherwise a card in

dummy that is named by declarer or intentionally touched by declarer is deemed to have been played.

No player shall touch any cards other than his own (but declarer may play dummy’s cards in accordance

with the Law) during or after play, except by permission of an opponent or the Director.

It is desirable (though not always required) for players to maintain a steady tempo and unvarying manner.

As a matter of courtesy a player should refrain from paying insufficient attention to the game, detaching a

card before it is his turn to play or by prolonging play unnecessarily - as in playing on, although he knows

that all the tricks are surely his.

A player should not look intently at any other player during the auction and play, or at another player’s

hand as for the purpose of seeing his cards or of observing the place from which he draws a card (but it is

appropriate to act on information acquired by unintentionally seeing an opponent’s card).

A player may not attempt to mislead an opponent by means of remark or gesture, by the haste or hesitancy of a call or play e.g. as in hesitating before playing a singleton in a suit, the manner in which a call or play is made or by any purposeful deviation from correct procedure.

A player may appropriately attempt to deceive an opponent through a call or play, so long as the deception

is not protected by concealed partnership understanding or experience.

If a player has failed to follow suit to a trick, a defender may ask declarer and one another (at the risk of

creating unauthorised information), declarer may ask a defender but dummy may only ask declarer ‘e.g. no

spades, partner?’    The player who did not follow suit must not announce their failure in doing so.

Slow play puts pressure on everybody. Bridge is a timed event. Try not to take more time than the players

around you for each round.  The CBAI allocates the times allowed to play and score all the boards in a round (includes time to move for the next round). The times allowed will vary depending on the number of boards in a round. If you are following a constantly slow pair, you should report the slow play to the director. If you are

delayed in moving to a table for the start of a round due to play from a previous round being in progress,

inform the Director accordingly, who will investigate the matter and take any appropriate action. If you fall

behind, always accept the Director’s decision to average a board or to play it at the end of the competition.

If the play of a board(s) at a table has exceeded the time allowed, the Director’s decision, e.g., to curtail

play on a board (an average score may be awarded), to request a speedy conclusion of play on a board or

to instruct that a board be played at the end of a session, must be accepted by all the players at the table.

A player may submit any relevant mitigating circumstances to the Director.

4. Conclusion of Play

After play is finished, and the score for the board is agreed, each player should shuffle their original

thirteen cards before returning them to the pocket of their compass position. Thereafter no hand shall be

removed from the board unless a member of each side, or the Director, is present.

After finishing play on a board, discussions (Post Mortem) by players should be in a low voice and kept to a

minimum (i.e. to only enquire of partner’s or opponents’ strength and distribution) as other players may

still be in play and need to concentrate.

Partnerships should avoid detailed discussion of a board until the session is ended, as their discussion may

be overheard at a nearby table.

A player should avoid any comment on the opponents’ bidding or play, unless required to give information

to the Director following any infraction that may have occurred.

Players should not leave the table needlessly before the next round is called by the Director.

Always thank your partner for the game on conclusion of the event.

Presidents Prize results

Congratulations to David Melody who scraped home by winnning both the first & second sessions (A new record !).

Place 1st Session %   Place 2nd session %   Place OVERALL %
1 David Melody 64.52   1 David Melody 62.54   1 David Melody 63.53
2 Renee Kelly 63.32   2 Vincent Flynn 61.48   2 Liz Dixon 59.11
3 Attracta Leyden 63.07   3 Noreen Sullivan 61.37   3 Jim Egan 57.91
4 Evelyn Blennerhasset 61.69   4 Larry O'Sullivan 61.35   4 Jim Farragher 57.74
5 Pauline McDonald 60.13   5 Mary Greene 60.82   5 Brenda O'Meara 56.9
6 Pat Hannon 59.91   6 John Macnamara 60.71   6 Evelyn Blennerhasset 56.82
7 Carmel Keenan 59.85   7 Jim Egan 60.4   7 John Doyle 56.68
8 Liz Dixon 59.57   8 Noreen Somers 59.21   8 Margaret Fitzgerald 55.82
9 Brian Mullan 59.17   9 Bernadette Drennan 58.89   9 Noreen Somers 55.73
10 Geraldine Keane 59.13   10 Jim Farragher 58.86   10 Reserve   55.61
11 Mary Higgins 58.87   11 Margaret Fenton 58.78   11 Larry O'Sullivan 55.55
12 Mary Lyons 58.68   12= John Doyle 58.65   12 Geraldine Keane 55.43
13 Arthur McGrail 57.86   12= Liz Dixon 58.65   13 Arthur McGrail 55.38
14 Claire Grey 57.62   12= Brenda O'Meara 58.65   14 Attracta Leyden 55.24
15 Cait Connor 57.51   15 Tony Smyth 57.27   15 John Macnamara 54.89
16 Ann Clerkin 57.4   16 Margaret Fitzgerald 57.15   16 Renee Kelly 54.83
17 Aileen Fullam 57.16   17 Jean O'Farrell 56.59   17 Ann Clerkin 54.79
18 Sean McNamee 57.03   18 Vera Smyth 56.39   18 Vera Smyth 54.43
19 Evelyn Quinn 56.69   19 Mairead Daly 56.06   19 Evelyn Quinn 54.38
20 Jim Farragher 56.62   20 Del Flynn 55.94   20 Cait Connor 53.91
21 Sylvia Kelly 55.43   21 Mary Brady 55.84   21 Aileen Fullam 53.58
22 Nicholette McMahon 55.42   22 Gerry More O'Ferral 55.62   22 Claire Grey 53.49
23 Jim Egan 55.41   23 Miriam Macken 55.41   23 Vincent Flynn 53.47
24 Lil Leavey 55.17   24 Rachel Dockrell 55.18   24 Evelyn Ward 53.3
25 Brenda O'Meara 55.16   25 Bernie Fagan 54.88   25 Neil Burke 52.82
26 Noreen Smyth 55.14   26 Carmel Grimes 54.77   26= Jean O'Farrell 52.72
27 Neil Burke 55.11   27 Patsy Kelly 54.45   26= Mary Lyons 52.72
28 Una Gilespie 54.82   28 Majella Flanagan 54.23   28 Maria Lister 52.58
29 John Doyle 54.72   29 Teresa Dever 53.46   29 Peter Rooney 52.52
30 Noirin Fleming 54.59   30 Bridget Gallagher 53.37   30 Nicholette McMahon 52.38
31 Kitty McCabe 54.52   31 Evelyn Ward 53.35   31 Mary Greene 52.34
32 Margaret Fitzgerald 54.48   32 Peter Rooney 53.26   32 Rachel Dockrell 52.32
33 Anne Murphy 53.38   33 Catherine O'Gorman 53.02   33= Margaret Fenton 52.2
34 Maria Lister 53.33   34 Arthur McGrail 52.91   33= Noreen Smyth 52.2
35 Evelyn Ward 53.24   35 Ann Clerkin 52.19   35 Bernie Fagan 52.19
36 Barbara Burke 52.52   36 Evelyn Quinn 52.08   36 Mary Higgins 52.16
37 Vera Smyth 52.47   37 Brian Mullan 52.06   37 Noreen Sullivan 52.07
38 Noreen Somers 52.24   38 Evelyn Blennerhasset 51.96   38 Bernie Hickey 51.79
39 Eithne Loftus 52.01   39= Bernie Hickey 51.83   39 Pat Hannon 51.6
40 Brendan Kinsella 51.97   39= Maria Lister 51.83   40 Brendan Kinsella 51.42
41 Peter Rooney 51.79   41= Maeve Digan 51.72   41 Sylvia Kelly 51.36
42 Bernie Hickey 51.75   41= Geraldine Keane 51.72   42 Mairead Daly 51.08
43 Noirin Casey 51.46   43 Emer Kelly 51.53   43 Noirin Casey 51.06
44 Ann Moynihan 51.34   44 Owen Cummins 51.42   44 Lil Leavey 50.81
45 Bernie O'Keeffe 50.35   45 Colette Cullen 51.4   45 Una Gilespie 50.73
46 Michael Fitzgerald 49.92   46 Brendan Kinsella 50.88   46 Majella Flanagan 50.71
47 Teresa O'Sulleabhain 49.85   47 Richie Fallon 50.75   47 Bernadette Drennan 50.56
48 Larry O'Sullivan 49.75   48 Noirin Casey 50.66   48 Tony Smyth 50.23
49 Bernie Fagan 49.5   49 Angela Massey 50.64   49 Patsy Kelly 50.14
50 Rachel Dockrell 49.45   50 Neil Burke 50.53   50 Pauline McDonald 49.98
51 Cyril Greene 49.43   51 Cait Connor 50.31   51 Gerry More O'Ferral 49.86
52 Kay McDonnell 49.23   52 Mary O'Flynn 50.21   52 Barbara Burke 49.76
53 John Macnamara 49.07   53 Aileen Fullam 49.99   53 Angela Massey 49.73
54 Angela Massey 48.87   54 Colette Keating 49.88   54 Carmel Keenan 49.71
55 Jean O'Farrell 48.84   55 Colette Cleary 49.66   55 Eithne Loftus 49.53
56 Una Quigley 48.7   56 Marie Noone 49.57   56 Richie Fallon 49.5
57 Catherine Carroll 48.63   57 Bill McQuaid 49.56   57 Mary Brady 49.46
58 Mary O'Sullivan 48.4   58 Claire Grey 49.36   58 Owen Cummins 49.2
59 Richie Fallon 48.31   59 Nicholette McMahon 49.34   59 Maeve Digan 49.11
60 Colette Cleary 48.29   60 Noreen Smyth 49.25   60 Teresa O'Sulleabhain 48.98
61 Marianne Toomey 48.01   61 Phyllis Lynch 48.8   61= Colette Cleary 48.98
62 Owen Cummins 47.5   62 Maeve McLoughlin 48.5   61= Teresa Dever 48.97
63 Majella Flanagan 47.19   63 Veronica Farry 48.38   63 Carmel Grimes 48.39
64 Rosemary Kennedy 46.94   64 Teresa O'Sulleabhain 48.37   64 Anne Murphy 48.24
65 Marie Noone 46.92   65 Margaret Nardone 48.28   65 Marie Noone 48.2
66 Margaret Nardone 46.86   66= Eithne Loftus 47.41   66 Colette Keating 48.05
67 Sue Streek 46.81   66= Attracta Leyden 47.41   67 Kay McDonnell 48
68 Maeve Digan 46.69   66= Stasia Connolly 47.41   68 Miriam Macken 47.81
69= Phyllis Lynch 46.53   69 Sylvia Kelly 47.29   69 Ann Moynihan 47.66
69= Colette Keating 46.53   70 Barbara Burke 47.2   70 Phyllis Lynch 47.57
71 Madeline Kelly 46.46   71 Kay McDonnell 46.86   71 Margaret Nardone 47.42
72 Yvonne McEntee 46.23   72= Mary Lyons 46.76   72 Mary O'Flynn 47.37
73 Mairead Daly 46.1   72= Madeline Kelly 46.76   73 Michael Fitzgerald 47.21
74 Mary Lee 46.06   74 Harry McDermott 46.66   74 Colette Cullen 47.06
75 Audrey Merrigan 46   75 Una Gilespie 46.65   75 Maeve McLoughlin 46.77
76 Patsy Kelly 45.82   76 Lil Leavey 46.44   76 Emer Kelly 46.61
77 Catherine Yeates 45.71   77 Renee Kelly 46.33   77 Madeline Kelly 46.43
78 Margaret Fenton 45.63   78 Anne More O'Ferral 46.31   78 Bridget Gallagher 46.3
79 Maeve McLoughlin 45.62   79 Yvonne McEntee 45.91   79 Rosemary Kennedy 46.29
80 Vincent Flynn 45.47   80 Sue Streek 45.77   80 Sue Streek 46.07
81 Mary Finnigan 44.92   81 Maureen McGauran 45.68   81 Yvonne McEntee 45.95
82 Michael McGee 44.78   82 Rosemary Kennedy 45.67   82 Bernie O'Keeffe 45.48
83 Mary O'Flynn 44.64   83 Mary Higgins 45.44   83 Veronica Farry 45.42
84 Teresa Dever 44.49   84 Michael Fitzgerald 44.82   84 Harry McDermott 45.31
85 Gaye Downes 44.2   85= Ann Carr 44.69   85 Catherine Carroll 44.92
86 Harry McDermott 44.18   85= Pauline Farragher 44.69   86 Mary O'Sullivan 44.34
87 Gerry More O'Ferral 44.16   87 Ann Moynihan 44.27   87 Ann Carr 44.07
88 Ann Carr 43.99   88 Gaye Downes 43.94   88 Gaye Downes 43.66
89 Mary Greene 43.86   89 Anne Murphy 43.41   89 Michael McGee 43.33
90 Peg Bernie 43.64   90 Pat Hannon 43.29   90 Mary Lee 43.04
91 Poilin Farragher 43.53   91 Michael McGee 42.54   91 Catherine Yeates 43.02
92 Tony Smyth 43.19   92 Catherine Carroll 42   92 Maureen McGauran 43.01
93 Carmel Grimes 43.16   93 Bernie O'Keeffe 41.55   93 Audrey Merrigan 42.22
94 Mary Brady 43.15   94 Mary O'Sullivan 41.45   94 Peg Bernie 42.13
95 Colette Cullen 43.02   95 Peg Bernie 40.8   95 Cyril Greene 41.48
96 Noreen Sullivan 42.77   96 Mary Lee 40.6   96 Marianne Toomey 39.58
97 Veronica Farry 42.58   97 Catherine Yeates 40.36   97 Evelyn Gethin 34.07
98 Bernadette Drennan 42.24   98 Audrey Merrigan 40.03   98 Myra Garahan
99 Emer Kelly 42.01   99 Pauline McDonald 39.83   99 Reserves
100 Miriam Macken 40.58   100 Evelyn Gethin 39.73   100 Reserves
101     40.36   101     39.62   101 Reserves
102     39.5   102     34.95   102 Reserves
103     39.43   103     34.84   103 Reserves
104     33.85   104     34.3   104 Reserves