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BBO Etiquette

1. Fill in your profile so others can see it. 

2. Put your NAME in profile

3. Announce your system at each table (if can be different depending on partner)

4. You must alert unusual bids by clicking on alert and not in the chat box. 

5. You cannot communicate with your partner in the chat box during play.

6. Introduce yourself and your partner at each table. This way you will know who you are playing against. 

7. Be polite at all times. Save terms such as 'Well done op.' 'Hard Luck op.' ' Thanks for game.' and use them in each game.

8. If someone is abusive to you, record their name and let BBO know. The person will be sanctioned. Bridge is a game there is no place for abuse. 


President- Ruth Shiel
Vice President & Hon Secretary - David Whitaker
Treasurer - Peter Chapman
Tournament Director - Helen Hearnden
Bridgewebs - Deirdre Waters
Monday liaison - Barbara O'Connell
Ex-Officio: Teresa Whitaker
Tournament Directors
David Whitaker - TD
Helen Hearnden - TD
Teresa Whitaker - TD 
Ann Marie MacGoris - TD
Peter Chapman - TD
Declan Doyle - TD
Katharine Verso - TD
Owen Fox - TD
Helen Waters - TD
The Origin of Playing Cards

The origin of playing cards ♠   ♣  

Playing cards originated 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 and were introduced in Italy in 1440.

Bridge is based on the game of whist in that 4 people play and win ‘tricks’ and dates to 16th century

Bridge may be named after the Galata bridge in Istanbul, where British soldiers crossed the bridge to a coffee house to play cards.  Harold Vanderbilt introduced a scoring system in the 1920s

Acol bridge started in England in 1930s (called after Acol Road, Kent) first book written by Ben Cohen and Terence Reese

DLGC Bridge Club

DLGC Bridge Club can trace its history back to the foundation of the Golf Club.  The first record is in 1910 when the Council discussed the need to purchase a Book of Rules on Bridge. 

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Dun Laoghaire Golf Club (Bridge Section) - News
Welcome to DLGC Bridge Club
Welcome to DLGC Bridge Club

Welcome to DLGC Bridge Club, a fully affiliated Bridge Club with CBAI since 2018. Bridge is played every Friday evening in the Kingstown Room at 7.30.  Monday bridge is played in the Spike Bar at 10 am. We ask players to arrive 15 minutes before the competition because it cannot be set up until the Tournament Director knows how many tables are playing. 

We are a sociable, friendly club with over 100 members at all levels of ability from beginners and novices to master players. Once a month we have dinner before bridge which adds to the sociability of the club.   Table money is 5 euros on Friday nights and 2 euros on Monday mornings. 

We no longer have standbys instead players use the WhatsApp group to find a partner. The WhatsApp group is called Bridge-DLGC 23/24 Members group. 

Membership: DLGC is a social club in Dun Laoghaire Golf Club (DLGC). Only members of  DLGC (Full, 6 day, 5 day, Pavilion) can become a member of DLGC Bridge Club provided they pay their annual membership. We welcome new members. The bridge year begins in September and ends in April. The annual subscription of €35 is due in September which includes €12.50 membership of Contract Bridge Association Ireland. Since Covid, the annual subscription is deducted from members' competition purses. 

Governance: The bridge section of DLGC is a social club, which is bound by the Constitution of DLGC and the Bylaws for the Bridge Club. 

GDPR and Data Protection – Like other organisations DLGC Bridge Club is subject to Irish data protection legislation. Data is only kept for the purpose for which it is required, e.g. for DLGC Bridge Club only. Member’s contact details are kept on file in a password protected computer and sent to CBAI for membership (affiliation) purpose. Member’s data is not shared with any other external parties. Any member can opt out of receiving emails or can remove their names from the WhatsApp Group. At the beginning of each new year member are informed about their rights under GDPR and a collective consent is (option to opt out) is sought from all members.

Guests: Guests can play up to a maximum of 4 times a year in non-major competitions. 

Majors: To be eligible to win the President’s Prize, a member must have played on at least 3 club nights prior to that competition during the current year. Players who do not fulfil this condition may play in the competition but will not be eligible to win that competition’s prize. 

Player of the year

The ‘Player of the Year’ will be the member with the highest average percentage out of their 12 best competitions to include  a minimum of 4 different partners. Prizes will be awarded to the best overall player, and to the best in each category (A, B (intermediate) and N (novice)) as defined by CBAI.



President Ruth welcomes you
President Ruth welcomes you

I’m delighted to serve as President of DLGC Bridge Club for 2023-24. Having enjoyed the previous year as Vice-President on the committee, I had fantastic mentorship from Teresa Whitaker who steered us through the previous two years. I wish to thank last year’s committee and welcome some new members to our team. David Whitaker is our Vice-President and Secretary. Peter Chapman continues as Treasurer, Helen Hearnden will run Monday morning bridge along with Barbara O’Connell. Deirdre Waters will take on administration of the Bridge Webs and will also receive training as a TD.

The club has developed well over the last few years and continues to participate in the Rose Bowl (an inter-club competition). We have four teams in the Massey League thanks to managers Moya Murphy and Teresa Whitaker. We have,  appropriately a new trophy this year - a four-person team event to honour our long-term member Piers Segrave Daly. This trophy is a new major competition and will be held on the 10th November with an external tournament director.

The role of the TD has changed dramatically over the last few years and I would particularly like to thank David Whitaker who has thrown open the door of his home and trained many members to be proficient in running the technology of our Monday and Friday competitions.

This bridge club has an ethos of inclusion, friendship and member participation. It is always a pleasure to experience such a warm atmosphere.

I hope to encourage as many members and guests to experience this. I wish you all the very best for the coming year, and yes there will be a  weekend away to look forward to in March 2024!!

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We're happy to serve you for the coming year.  We have plenty of fun events planned, Athlone Weekend Away, Charity Event in aid of Five Loaves (Bray), Monthly Suppers, President Prize and Covid 19 Trophy. President Ruth Shiel, Vice President/Secretary David Whitaker, Treasurer Peter Chapman, TD Helen Hearnden, Monday Liaison Barbara O'Connell, Bridge Webs Deirdre Waters, Ex Officio Teresa Whitaker.

President's Prize Winners 2023
President's Prize Winners 2023



We had a great turnout for the President's Prize night (13th April 2024) with 50 people attending. John Royds was the Tournament Director who successfully managed the event with great calm and patience. He brought pre-dealt hands. Our worthy winners with an amazing score of 66.74 per cent were Margot Wall and Victor Ryan. Margot thanked President Ruth and committee not only for a wonderful evening but for running the bridge club which is always friendly, inclusive and welcoming. Captain Mary Cryan played and also thanked the committee for running a very successful bridge club on Friday evenings and Monday mornings. She reminded those present of the Captain's Charity Day in May, where all the social clubs will be represented as well as the golfers. 

  • 1st Margot Wall and Victor Ryan
  • 2nd Anne Marie MacGoris and Owen Fox
  • 3rd Annette Johnson and Catherine O'Sullivan
  • 4th Marie Igoe and Bernadette McCormick
  • 5th Deirdre Waters and Martina Noonan
  • 6th Sue Caslin and David Whitaker

The winners were presented with the perpetual trophy for the President's Prize and beautiful lamps. The President's Prize took place in the function room giving took place in the function room and was followed with light refreshments provided by Joe. A wonderful fun filled evening was had by all. 

Athlone Away Weekend
Athlone Away Weekend

A musical troupe of singers - Teresa, Owen, Margaret and Annette - enlivened the Saturday night with a sing song accompanied by pianist Margaret Timoney. 

Centenary Trophy Winners 2023
Centenary Trophy Winners 2023

The Centenary Trophy was played on Friday 3rd November 2023. There were 9 and a half tables. Brian Lawlor was the tournament director. The Centenary Cup  and was won by Victor Ryan and Piers Segrave Daly with a great score of 69.79 per cent. This was their second time to win. In 2nd place was Jean Hennebry and Bernie Crosbie (69.38 per cent) In third place was Margot Wall and Martina Lee (62.15 per cent). President Ruth Shiel presented the trophy to Piers and Victor. Congratulations to all the winners and thanking all of those who participated. 

Bridge Club away trip
Bridge Club away trip

DLGC Bridge Away Weekend

8th – 10th March 2024

The Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone

The DLGC Bridge Club embarked on an unforgettable away trip to the scenic Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone last weekend. The itinerary was packed with activities catering to various interests of the members.

The adventure began with Cathal's walking group venturing to Yew Point, exploring the natural beauty of the surroundings. Meanwhile, President Ruth led the golfing enthusiasts to Athlone GC for a day on the greens.  Back at the hotel later in the evening, 52 bridge players gathered under the expert guidance of TD Larry, engaging in riveting games across the tables. On Saturday morning, members indulged in retail therapy and leisure activities before returning for more intense bridge sessions. A unique experience awaited Monday morning bridge players with 'a draw for partners', adding a fresh twist to the games.

As excitement brewed over the Ireland/England rugby match, members gathered to cheer on their teams while enjoying refreshments. The evening was highlighted by a sumptuous 3-course dinner followed by lively entertainment, courtesy of Margaret, Teresa, Owen, Annette and Margaret, who provided a memorable musical soiree.  Sunday morning saw a smaller group staying behind to squeeze in a few more bridge boards before biding farewell.  With gratitude to TD Larry, the dedicated staff of Hodson Bay Hotel, and the enthusiastic participation of all members, the weekend concluded on a high note, leaving everyone refreshed and ready to celebrate Mothering Sunday.

In conclusion, the DLGC Bridge Club's trip to the Hodson Bay Hotel was a resounding success, filled with camaraderie, competition, and unforgettable memories.

Monday Competition
Monday Competition

Monday competition continues to go from strength to strength. It is run by David Whitaker, Helen Hearnden, Martina McArdle and Barbara O'Connell. Patricia O'Regan won Player of the Year for the Monday players. 

AGM 2023
AGM 2023


The Annual General Meeting was held on Friday 29th September in the Kingstown room at 7pm. There was a great turn out. 

Player of the Year (POY) (overall): Piers Segrave-Daly (60.18 per cent),

POY (Novice Category): Michael Cunningham (54.34 per cent),

POY B Category: Teresa Whitaker (58.85),

POY A Category: David Whitaker (59.71),

POY who played with the most partners and had the highest percentage was Declan Doyle (60.1 per cent), 

New Committee: Ruth Shiel was elected President, David Whitaker Vice-President and Secretary, Peter Chapman Treasurer, Helen Hearnden TD, Barbara O'Connell. 

Looking forward to a great bridge year 23/24.

Covid 19 Trophy 2024
Covid 19 Trophy 2024

The Covid 19 Trophy was played on Monday 15th April. Martina Noonan and Anna Maria Bailey were the proud winners. There was a great turnout for the last Monday of the bridge year. 

Piers Segrave-Daly Team of 4
Piers Segrave-Daly Team of 4


The inaugural Piers Segrave-Daly Team of 4 event was very well attended on Friday 10th November with 52 (13 team) players attending. It was an exciting fun event because we had a draw for partners. No dream teams were allowed! The event ran smoothly with John Royds as TD. There was a great buzz in the function room.  President Ruth launched the event, praising Piers for his enormous contribution to the bridge club, welcoming all members and said she was particularly happy to see players from Monday mornings.

Piers presented the perpetual trophy which will be engraved with the winners' names.  The worthy winners were: 

1st Catherine and Noelle O'Sullivan & Annemarie MacGoris & Bernie McCormick

2nd Bernadette and Philip Heneghen & Anne O'Reilly & Ida Murphy

3rd Victor Ryan and Margot Wall & Jim and Maureen Murphy

Massey League
Massey League

DLGC was very proud to host the Massey League GALA day on Sunday 28th May 2023 at 5pm. The weather was beautiful affording the opportunity for bridge players to admire the spectacular beauty of the course.  This interclub competition was run by Fedelma Martin of the Eastern Region of the CBAI; 22 teams played 11 matches. In addition to the team events, there was a separate section for club Presidents and Secretaries which Ruth and Teresa played in.

Although we were not in the winners enclosure, all players enjoyed the event. There was a great buzz in the function room. Paul Swords and his catering staff provided players with a delicious supper.

The Massey Brothers are sponsoring the competition again this year but the format is simplified to four sessions in four different venues during the winter. Eight teams are participating: Blackrock College (COH), Blackrock College (SK), Dun Laoghaire (Clarinda Park), Ace of Clubs, St Therese, Dunlaoghairegolf (1) and Dunlaoghairegolf (2)The first event was held on Sunday 4th November at 7 pm in St Therese's Hall, Mount Merrion. The team managers are: Moya Murphy in charge of the Senior and A teams, and Teresa Whitaker in charge of the B team. We are very grateful to our players for giving of their valuable time to participate in the competition. It is all about fun and gaining experience in inter club competitions. 

The first two rounds of the Massey Bros League 2023/24 were played on 5th November 2023 in St Therese’s Parish Community Centre Mount Merrion. The B Team were represented by Tim and Maeve Cassidy, Jane Murphy and Emer O'Sullivan. The A Team were represented by Annette Johnson & Ruth Shiel, Teresa & David Whitaker (DLG Team 1). A Team (DLG 2) Katharine Verso & Margot Wall, Victor Ryan & Moya Murphy. The Seniors Team was represented by Piers and Sue Segrave-Daly, Malachy Murphy & Annemarie MacGoris. 

The leaders after the first two rounds are: Inter A Dun Laoghaire Golf Club (1), Inter B The Well BC (MS), Seniors St Therese’s

The 3rd and 4th rounds of the Massey League were played in Greystones Bridge Centre on Sunday 4th February at 7 pm. Format: 2 lots of 12 boards. Again DLGC Bridge Club will put forward three teams, two A Teams, a Seniors Team and a B team. Good luck to all those participating. Representing the A Team is: Team M: Katharine Verso playing with Helen Waters and Victor Ryan playing with Moya Murphy. Team (R) David Whitaker & Teresa Whitaker, Deirdre Baneham & Theresa Murphy. The Senior Team is represented by: Anne Marie MacGoris & Marie Igoe, Peter and Marie Daly. Organizers: Moya Murphy (A Teams and Senior Team) and Teresa Whitaker B Team. The B Team is represented by: Tim and Maeve Cassidy and Jane Murphy and Emer O' Sullivan. Good luck to all the players. May the DLGC force be with you! Thanks for giving of your time to represent the club. 

Inter Club Competitions and Leagues


Founded by Helen Boland in 1991

The Rose Bowl Competition rotates on an annual basis among 7 seven Dublin clubs: Castle, Dun Laoghaire, Edmondstown, Elm Park, The Grange, Milltown, and Rathfarnham.   Dun Laoghaire hosted it in 2023, Castle Golf Club Bridge club hosted it this year on Sunday 18th February. It is a 'Team of 4' event, with each club being represented by two teams - an A team and B team (56 players in total).

Dun Laoghaire Golf Club Bridge Club was proudly represented by: Victor Ryan playing with Moya Murphy, Jean Henebry with Martina Lee, Margaret Leonard with Marie Igoe, Pam Cooper and Vera McCague.  David Whitaker was team manager and Victor Ryan was team captain.  Sincere thanks to all the players who did their best on the evening. The Rose Bowl was won by Castle bridge club who soared ahead of the others. Congratulations to the proud winners. 

Covid-19 Remembered
Covid-19 Remembered


Covid -19 was a deadly pandemic that swept across the world in March 2020. The members of Dunlaoghairegolf Bridge Club are very grateful to Declan Doyle who brought the bridge club online during President Marie Daly's year. Declan helped members to access the online club and also ran an inter club competition during this period. He set up a WhatsApp group which created solidarity among players and most of all it was great fun. Online bridge was a life saver during the pandemic. Declan is a master player and also allowed open access to his Dargle club on Sunday nights. Declan's hard work was acknowledged at the AGM in September 2021, where he was given a gift and also at the AGM in September 2022 and 2023. 

We also remember those who died during the pandemic such as Merryn Keogh (RIP)and Joan Walsh (RIP) and relatives and friends of members. Teresa Whitaker donated a trophy to honor the memory of those who died during the pandemic. This prize will be considered a major and will be awarded to the Monday morning players.

A hardy group of golfers had fun playing golf in Athlone Golf Club which is situated right beside the Hodson Bay Hotel.