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Committee Members 2023 - 2024

President: Martin Carley

Vice President: Rosarie o Connell

Secretary:  Margaret Kavanagh

Ass Secretary: Margaret Mulhern

Treasurer: Nuala Talty

Ass Treasurer: Colette Kelly

Competitions: Kevin Mc Kevitt

Scoring:  Michael Bradley, Martin Carley, Kate Fitzsimons, Bernie Coleman, Margaret Doyle.

Social Committee: Mary Noonan, Anne Ryan.

Ex Officio: Kate Fitzsimons.

Past Presidents

2022-23 Kate Fitzsimons

2021-22 Angela O'Neill

2019-2021 Margaret Kavanagh

2018-19 Frances Mullooly

2017-18 Tony Gillick

2016-17 Clare Etherson

2015-16 Celaine Rath

2014-15 Veronica Manley

2012-14 Kevin Dunne





Mid Leinster Region




Constitution and Protocols
Bridge Etiquette
Bridge Etiquette

Protocols to be followed before, during, and after play.

Before Play

  1. On Club evenings (Wednesday) play begins at 7.30 p.m. sharp. Please be seated by 7.20 p.m.
  2. Monday Morning Club, please be seated by 9:50am.
  3. Mobile phones should be placed on 'silent' before play begins.
  4. Full names i.e. first name and surname are to be clearly written on the list of players every night.
  5. Inform your Opponents of your System & Conventions. i.e. 4 Card Major & Weak NT, etc.

During and After Play

  1. Players should, at all times, be courteous to their playing partner, their opponents and the Tournament Director/Acting T.D.
  2. Players should count cards before and after play & a quick shuffle before placing cards back into board.
  3. Bidding cards should be left on the table until the first card is played.
  4. The bidding process should be flat and unemphatic…NO talking/commenting/gesturing or pausing for an unduly long time.
  5. The player at North is in charge of the table and is responsible for ensuring,
    1. that wallets/boards are received from and passed to the correct tables,
    2. that players take the correct cards from the wallet or board at the start of play,
    3. that players return cards to the correct positions in the wallet or board at the end of play and DO NOT take them out again,
    4. that contracts are entered accurately on the tablet.
    5. count your tricks & agree score with opponents before gathering your cards.

  1. The players at E/W must ensure that the contract results are entered correctly by North on the tablet.

E/W must remember their Pair or Table Number depending on Competition.

  1. Slow play MUST be avoided. Games that are not completed within the time allotted will be 'averaged'.
  2. Dummy can only touch a card when requested by his/her partner.
  3. Dummy can warn partner of a possible renege during play by saying “Not holding partner”.
  4. During play, the lead player can only look back at the last card played.
  5. Always be humble in victory and gracious in defeat. Post mortems are to be avoided whilst play is going on at other tables.
  6. We must always be supportive and encouraging to new players and make them feel comfortable at the table.
  7. Any contravention of rules or disputes arising during the course of play should be referred to the Tournament Director / Acting T.D. for adjudication.

You may ask a question of your left-hand opponent when your right-hand opponent has made a bid and before you make your bid.

When your partner opens INT you must state the point range 12 to 14 etc.

Boards/Wallets MUST remain on table for T.D. to have easy access always.

CLUB RULEA player is obliged to open with 12 points on the first round.