Dublin South Region
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Dublin South Region President
Dublin South Region President

Fiona O'Gorman President
Dublin South Region - 2022-2023


Club Notices 2023

If any DSR Bridge clubs wish to post notices relating to their clubs - for example reopening schedules, opening times and venue - or information regarding upcoming Charity Events, please feel free to email us the details here and we will include it in this section.


R.D.S. Bridge Club
Charity Night

Weds 12th April 2023 7.15pm


Please enter by Wednesday, 5th April to to Veronica

giving your name and NBID number and your partner's
name (if you know it).

See more details on the flyer on right hand side

Tallaght Bridge club is open every Tuesday night in the Maldron Hotel. They have approximately 11 tables per night in a large ballroom, and welcome new members to play bridge in a very safe covid environment.

Contact Vera Thackaberry here for more information.

Upcoming National Events

1 April 2023  
National Pairs Championships

Falls Hotel, Ennistymon
Sat 1.30pm - Sunday 11am
Entries: by regional qualification only

15-16 April 2023  
Moylan Cup

Malahide Regional Bridge Club, Broomfield
3 sessions - Sat 1.30pm - Sunday 11am
Entries: Strictly by invitation

18-20 April 2023  
IBU Seniors Congress

Cavan Crystal Hotel 
Entries via the CBAI online entry system.

22-23 April 2023  
National Teams Championships

Venue: Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise
3 sessions - Sat 1.30pm - Sunday 11am
Entries: by regional qualification only

6 May 2023  
Lambert Cup Inter A & Area Master Pairs
JJ Murphy - Novice Pairs
Venue: Templeogue Bridge Centre
2 sessions - Sat 1.30pm
Entries via the CBAI online entry system

7 May 2023  
Cooper Cup Inter A & Area Master Teams
Venue: Templeogue Bridge Centre
2 sessions - Sun 11am
Entries via the CBAI online entry system

Returning to Bridge after Covid:

See CBAI's latest update on the return to Bridge following the removal of the regulatory requirement for face masks to be worn in indoor settings Here

See templates attached of useful documents, developed by Seamus Costello, to assist clubs in the return to live Bridge

Session Sheet for completion by the Entry Monitor

Letter for Club members

Roster for Entry Monitor

Roster for Cleaning

Also here is the CBAI risk assesment for return to live bridge.

CBAI covid risk assessment

Also refer to CBAI website on the latest advice and guidance here

The latest 2022 CBAI Newsletter is now available and can be viewed here

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Regional Teams 2023 Winners

Regional Teams 2023 Results

We were delighted to hold the Regional Teams Qualifiers live at the Templeogue Bridge Centre on Saturday 28th January. These events were the qualifiers for the National Teams Competitions (Kelburne Cup, and Bankers and Tierney Trophies), taking place on 22nd-23rd April, 2023 - venue to be confirmed.

DSR will be in touch with all the qualifying teams in advance.

A big thank you to all those who played and well done to the winners.

Pigot Cup - Masters
1st Place - Bríd Temple, Terry Walsh, BJ OBrien, James Heneghan
2nd Place - Paul Delaney, Tomas Roche, David Dunne, Martin Brady 
3rd Place - Frances Kelly, Anne Keating, Seamus Boyle, Gerry McKenna

BJ O'Brien Cup - Intermediate A
1st Place - Bob Neilson, Kerri Nolan, Jeremy James, Paul Clinch
2nd Place - Siobhan McCarthy, Lillian Swaine, Austin Leahy, Mark Ryan
3rd Place - Max McNeill, Eddie Payne, Fiona McGoldrick, Jim Manning

Ruth Giddings Cup - Intermediate B and Novices
1st Place - Gary Beirne, Colin Kelly, Niamh Boyle, Nessa Neilson
2nd Place - Liam Barry, James Casey, Maura King, Phedra Kingston
3rd Place - Marie Hutton, Teresa Murphy, Mary Brady, June O'Dwyer


Pictured below are some of the winners on the day with DSR President, Fiona O'Gorman.

Pigot Cup Winners - James Heneghan, BJ O'Brien, Bríd Kemple, Terry Walsh,    Pigot Cup 2nd - Martin Brady, Paul Delaney, Tomas Roche, David Dunne


BJ OBrien Winners - Paul Clinch, Bob Neilson, Kerri Nolan, Jeremy James   BJ OBrien 2nd - Lillian Swaine, Siobhan McCarthy


  BJ OBrien Second Session - Eddie Payne, Fiona McGoldrick, Max McNeill Pigot Cup Second Session - Frances and Denis Gill, Aidan Hodgers


Ruth Giddings Winners - Colin Kelly, Gary Beirne, Niamh Boyle, Nessa Neilson Ruth Giddings 2nd - Maura King, Phedra Kingston
4 Fun Teams Qualifier
4 Fun Teams Qualifier

Pictured above Winners of 4 Fun Teams qualifier Civil Service Club with DSR President Fiona O'Gorman, Mike Gowie (master), Ian Kingston (novice), Eddie Payne (Inter A) and Maura King (Inter B)

Milltown Golf Bridge club hosted our 4 Fun Teams qualifier on Monday 23rd Jan 2023 and their President Edel Dunleavy welcomed everyone before the competition. The playing room was very comfortable with tea and coffee provided by the host club during play, a big THANK YOU to our hosts!

CBAI donated a lovely gift to the novice players on the team, most of whom were playing in their first competition outside of their home club.

This is a very popular event in the region, teams consist of a master playing with a novice player and an inter A playing with an inter B player all competing for the chance to represent the region in the National 4Fun Teams Final on May 27th 2023 (venue to be confirmed). We had a great entry of 20 teams and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event superbly directed by Martin Brady.

Lots of pictures of prize winners on the night with DSR President Fiona O'Gorman.

Full Results Click Here




Regional Pairs 2022 Winners

Regional Pairs 2022 Results

We were delighted to hold the Regional Pairs Qualifiers live at the Templeogue Bridge Centre on Saturday 3rd December. The numbers were slightly reduced this year, post-pandemic, with 22 pairs for the Quin Cup, 17 pairs for the Joe Moran Cup, and six for the Duffy Cup, but we hope to see these number increase again over the coming years. These events were the qualifiers for the National Pairs Competition taking place next year on 1st - 2nd April, 2023 at the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, Co Clare. DSR will be in touch with all the qualifying pairs in advance.

The event turned out to be a bit of a family affair with the Quin Cup being won by husband and wife pair Bríd and Terry; the Joe Moran Cup won by brothers Aindrias O'Caoimh and Donal O'Keefe, and the Duffy Cup won by nephew and uncle, Sam and Michael Connolly!

A big thank you to all those who played and well done to the winners - it's great to be back at the real bridge table again!


Pictured below are the winners on the day at the presentation of prizes by DSR President, Fiona O'Gorman


Quin Cup - Masters

1st Place - Bríd Temple and Terry Walsh
2nd Place - Dolores Gilliland and LizAnn Doyle
3rd Place - Stephen Barr and Thomas MacCormac

Quin Cup Winners - Terry Walsh, Bríd Kemple     Quin Cup 2nd - LizAnn Doyle, Dolores Gilliland  Quin Cup Best MR - Adrienne Purdy, Marie James



Joe Moran Cup - Intermediate A

1st Place - Aindrias O'Caoimh and Donal O'Keefe
2nd Place - Deirdre Fallon and Ruth Peare
3rd Place - Stephen McCabe and Denise Byrne

Joe Moran Cup 2nd - Deirdre Fallon, Ruth Peare   Joe Moran Cup 3rd - Stephen McCabe, Denise Byrne


   Joe Moran 1st Session - Annette Walsh, Breda Hogan Joe Moran 2nd Session - Kathleen Ingoldsby, Anna Murphy



Duffy Cup - Intermediate B and Novices

1st Place - Sam Connolly and Michael Connolly
2nd Place - Maura King and Ian Kingston
3rd Place - Jacinta Keenan and Pat Golden

Duffy Cup Winners - Sam Connolly, Michael Connolly   Duffy Cup 2nd - Ian Kingston, Maura King


Success at the IBU Interprovincials for Leinster - Open and Area Master Section Winners
Success at the IBU Interprovincials for Leinster - Open and Area Master Section Winners

Open Section Winners - Leinster
Tom Hanlon, John Carroll, Peter Goodman, Nick FitzGibbon, Adam Mesbur, Terry Walsh, BJ O’Brien, Karel De Raeymaeker, Conor Boland, Marcin Rudzinski, Wojciech Gorcyzca, Tomás Roche and PC Paul Delaney


Success for Leinster in the Interprovincials 2022

The IBU Interprovincial Championships were held over the weekend of 19/20 November in the Templeogue Bridge Centre, back live for the first time since 2019. We would like to congratulate the Leinster Open and AM teams on their success winning both the Open and Area Master sections, and particularly delighted to see a strong representation of our Dublin South Region members on the winning teams. Well done to all the teams from ALL the provinces who took part.


Area Master Section Winners - Leinster
Eimir Beirne, Eamon Martin Jnr, Sue Power, Colette Stokes, Sean Galligan, Brid Galligan, Elizabeth O’Reilly, Helen O’Reilly, Adrienne Purdy, Martin Purdy, Marie James and Fiona O’Gorman

Carroll Cup 2022 Results
Carroll Cup 2022 Results

Fiona O'Gorman, President DSR, presenting the Cup to winning team members Thomas, BJ, Bríd and Terry


The Carroll Cup and Paul O'Reilly Trophy took place last weekend at the Regent Bridge Club, which was a hive of activity between both competitions. It was our first competition using our new contactless payment system, which went smoothly. We had an excellent turnout, and reducing the Carroll Cup to a one-session event turned out to be a popular decision resulting in nine teams taking part, with nine teams also playing in the Paul O'Reilly. Huge thanks again to the Regent Bridge Club for hosting, and to our TD John Royds for running smooth and efficient competitions. Liz Ann O'Reilly and DSR President, Fiona O'Gorman, made presentations to the winning teams. We would like to thank all the teams that entered - and it is great to see us all back at the bridge table again.


Winners of the Carroll Cup 2022

Bríd Temple, Terry Walsh, BJ O'Brien and Thomas MacCormac

2nd place:  Paul Delaney, Martin Brady, David Dunne and Michael McAuliffe

3rd place: Fran Ronan, Mary Kavanagh, Billy Ronan and Pat Cassidy


Fiona O'Gorman with 2nd placed team - Paul, Martin, David and Michael 

Paul O'Reilly Trophy 2022 Results
Paul O'Reilly Trophy 2022 Results

Fiona O'Gorman, President DSR and Liz Ann O'Reilly, presenting the Trophy to winning team members Anne, Anna, Phil and Kathleen.


Winners of the Paul O'Reilly Trophy 2022

Anna Murphy, Kathleen Ingoldsby, Anne Kelly and Philomena Sweeny

2nd place:  Brendan Ruddy, Brian McCann, Anne and Kieran English

3rd place: Mary Burke, Julie Rowan, Moya Murphy and Mary MacAodha


Fiona and Liz Ann with 2nd placed team - Brendan, Anne and Kieran

Fanagan League 2022-2023

Return of the Fanagan League


Dublin South Region is delighted to announce the return of the much loved Fanagan League!

This season we are hoping that more clubs than ever will support us with our re-launch.

There will be FIVE different Leagues for 2022-2023:

  • Senior Intermediate aged 60+ years and of intermediate grade   
  • Confined Master  10 to < 100 national points
  • Intermediate A 2 to < 10 national points
  • Intermediate B 2,000 local points to < 2 national points
  • Novice less than 2,000 local points

Further information and entry forms will be sent to clubs shortly - with a closing date of Friday 28th October 2022 for completed entries.

League matches will be scheduled between Thursday 1st November 2022 and Friday 5th May 2023, and the Grand Finale Night at Templeogue Bridge Centre at 7pm on Sunday 14th May 2023 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact DSR President Fiona O'Gorman on 085 757 5636, or email

Thanks to our sponsors Fanagan Funeral Directors for their continued sponsorship and support of bridge in the Dublin South Region.

Fanagan League 2022-2023
Dublin South Region AGM 2022
Dublin South Region AGM 2022

Pictured: Newly elected DSR President, Fiona O'Gorman with Dermot O'Brien, Chief Executive of CBAI and outgoing DSR President, Niamh Gormally 


Dublin South Region AGM 2022

The Dublin South Region AGM took place on Friday 27th May at Templeogue Bridge Centre, where both the Secretary and Treasurer reported on the past year's activities. Dermot O'Brien, Chief Executive of the CBAI, also addressed the meeting. In her outgoing President's report, Niamh Gormally told us how much she enjoyed her year as President before handing over the Chain of Office to newly-elected President, Fiona O'Gorman.

Fiona, an active member of three Dublin South Bridge Clubs, including her home club Railway Union where she has served as President and TD, addressed the meeting about how she is looking forward to her year as President and getting back to visiting and meeting clubs in the region. This will be an exciting and challenging year for Fiona and the DSR Committee as bridge clubs face the return to live bridge, and with plans to return to events such as the Fanagan League. We wish Fiona the best of luck in her Presidency for the next bridge season.

The officers of the Committee were elected as follows:

President: Fiona O'Gorman
Deputy President: Teresa Gavin
Hon Secretary: Bríd Kemple
Hon Treasurer: Ciara Gleeson
Ex-officio: Niamh Gormally
Ordinary Members: John Coulter, Deirdre Fallon, Moya Murphy, Sue Power, Marcin Rudzinski

Bridge Classes in the Region

Bridge Classes in Dublin South Region 2022-2023

Attention all Bridge Teachers!

We are currently taking updates for Bridge classes taking place for the new Bridge Season in September 2022.
If you are planning lessons please email your updated information and details to

And for players - if you are interested in learning Bridge, or looking to advance your skills with improvers lessons, there will be plenty of classes taking place in the region this coming season which we will post here.


Railway Union Bridge Club, Sandymount will be running 10 Beginner Bridge Classes starting at the end of Sept 2022. Classes will be on Thursday nights at Railway Union Sports Club, Park Lane, Sandymount at 7.30pm. Tutor: Anne Keating. 
If interested please contact to

Niamh Gormally and Brideen Downes are starting Beginners and Improver Bridge Classes on 12th Sept 2022 in the Education Centre in Knocklyon. Wednesday Nights - 10 weeks - €120. 
If interested please contact Niamh Gormally

The RDS Bridge club is holding Bridge Classes for Beginners on Thursday afternoons 2pm-4pm starting 6th October 2022. Tutor: Gráinne Dunne. 10 Lessons - Cost €160. Maximum 6 tables. For more information contact Hon. Secretary Ann Kenneally at 086 304 5548 or email or send your cheque, (payable to The RDS Bridge Club) with your name, email address and telephone to our Hon. Treasurer, Ms. Veronica Donoghue,11 Merlyn Drive, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, D04 Y2P1.

Gráinne Dunne is running face-to-face Beginners Bridge Classes starting 15th Sept at 10.30am -12.30pm in Newtownpark Pastoral Centre, Blackrock.  Duration - 10 weeks - Cost €170. 
There will be a continuation course in January. For more details, text or call Gráinne Dunne 086 2429117

Michael O’Loughlin is a bridge author and teacher specialising in classes for beginners and intermediates in the Dublin South Region: Absolute Beginners Classes commence 27th September; Improvers Classes commence 26th of September. Both face-to-face. Venue: St. Tiernan's Community School, Balally, Dublin 16. To enrol:
Also online assisted bidding and play offered for improvers every Tuesday morning and Thursday evening on RealBridge. Please email:

Peter Pigot is commencing a series of courses (12 classes per series) in September 2022 from Beginner to Master levels. Peter will also host two ONE OFF seminars each month; one for Master Players, the other for Intermediate. Book your place my emailing OR visit for more information.

Paul Delaney provides bridge classes and seminars throughout the year, and also provides bridge coaching services for partnerships. Full details here

Declan Byrne will run courses for Beginner, Improver & Refresher on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th September. He has a Tutored Bidding and Play course too. All courses take place online either morning or afternoon. Declan will assist any of his students that may not be used to using a computer. Full details, including enrolment form are available at

Liz Taaffe is presently running a beginners' course online via Zoom and Bridge Base Online (BBO). Additional Beginners, Refreshers and/or Advanced classes courses are also starting soon for any morning, afternoon or evening - Monday to Friday - on Zoom and BBO. For further information or to register online for upcoming classes, both online and face to face, please visit

Liz is also running face-to-face beginners classes every Wednesday from 5.30pm to 7.15pm at the Ballsbridge College of Further Education, Shelbourne Road, with a set of 10 continuation classes wih commence in January. A new Beginner's course may also commence in January.

Grand Master Bridge (Thomas Mac Cormac and Rory Egan) will commence a series of Online beginner and improver lessons starting 12th September 2022. All sets of lessons are €150 - full details and bookings through

Live face-to-face lessons will also commence on weekdays at Kilmacud Crokes Clubhouse, Stillorgan from 19th September 2022. All sets of lessons are €180 - full details and bookings through

In addition, the CBAI Play & Discuss competitions and seminars will resume in September. Four ten-week tournaments are scheduled - full details and bookings through

Templeogue Castle Community Bridge Centre are running classes on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and Thursday mornings. €120 for 12 lessons with registered teachers. For details and how to book contact the Hon. Secretary Mary - 087 161 8988 or email:

If you have any upcoming Bridge classes in the DSR region you would like to post here, please email the details to:

Pigot Cup 2023
Ruth Giddings Trophy 2023
B.J. O'Brien Cup 2023
B.J. O'Brien Cup 2023
Pigot Cup 2023
Pigot Cup 2023
4Fun Teams Qualifier
Entries: Deirdre Fallon 087-663 2111
Irish Bridge Journal
Irish Bridge Journal

Read full version here

R.D.S. Bridge Club Charity Night
R.D.S. Bridge Club Charity Night

Please pre-book by Wednesday, 5th April to Veronica Donoghue to guarantee your place.


Include your name and NBID number, and your partner's name if you know it.

Any questions please contact Marcella Maughan at 087 9757 207