Greetings to all members of our club, I hope you are keeping well.
Thank you to Myra and the committee who took us through 2020-2021, they did a great job in circumstances that none of us ever could have imagined. In September 2021 we had our AGM, the officers and committee members selected were as follows:
Club president Fintan Keegan, Hon Secretary Olive Smyth, Hon Treasurer Blathnaid Farrell, Ex Offico Myra Birmingham, Committee Members; Irene Foley, Nora Gallagher, Bernadette Lacey, Alan Gordon, Owen Wilson and Bernie Magee.
Many of you are feeling disappointed at not being able to play together and meet old friends. We all recognise that safety takes priority during the pandemic. There is some comfort in playing bridge online.
If you can please try and keep up to date with the clubs’ news by viewing our websites Clontarf Bridge Club and Clontarf Area Virtual Bridge Club. If you were thinking about playing bridge on line (BBO) but have been hesitant, maybe you have a dread of computers, perhaps we can help you. There are fellow members and friends who could help set up BBO, or we could facilitate it by talking to one of your family members.
One of the clubs main priorities is get back playing face to face bridge but only in a safe environment. It is unfortunately that 2021 intends to finish the same way as 2020. As you know our schools are suffering from the Covid challenge, St Pauls School is no different and returning to our old venue is proving difficult, not before mid-next year. Even the longer term strategy of finding a venue is demanding. This is a challenge our committee are trying to resolve, along with other clubs.
Due to the ongoing circumstance and restrictions we have again decided to pay the individual CBAI fee of €10 for each member from our funds.
Also and keeping with last year, we are again delighted to be able to contribute to St Frances Hospice in Raheny for Christmas. Along with a donation from our club we also obtained Christmas cards with a push out star to hang up on your tree, to remember those who are not with us.
On behalf of Clontarf Bridge Club a very happy Christmas and let’s hope we get to see each other in the New Year.