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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- Teresa Whitaker 
Vice President & Competition Secretary - Declan Doyle
Treasurer - Peter Daly
Secretary & Covid-19 Lead: Maeve Cassidy
Assistant Competition Secretary - Ruth Shiel
Liaison Novices and Newbies - Peter Chapman
Declan Doyle - TD
Owen Fox - TD
Martina Lee TD - Scorer 
Ann Marie MacGoris - TD
Katherine Verso TD - Scorer
Helen Waters - TD Scorer
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
  New Monday Morning Competition
New Monday Morning Competition

A new online bridge competition is available for players at all levels on Monday mornings from 10 am until noon (registration open an hour earlier). Please Log in to Bridge Base Online, then 'Competitive' and then 'All Tournaments', Search for CBAI125675 – DLGC Monday Morning Bridge.

If you would like to participate, please express your interest and BBO name to dlgcbridge@gmail.comor contact Teresa (0862 646 279) or Peter (086 818 1018) so that we can add your name to the database. 

  Welcome to DLGC Bridge Club
Welcome to DLGC Bridge Club

Welcome to DLGC Bridge Club. Under normal circumstance bridge is played on Friday evenings at 7.30 in the Kingstown room in the magnificent setting of Dun Laoghaire Golf Club clubhouse. We are a sociable, friendly club with over 100 members. Normally we have a dinner once a month before bridge. We welcome new members. 

During the current pandemic bridge is being played online on BBO. We are grateful to Declan Doyle for facilitating it. Online bridge will continue for the moment. Although CBAI gave the green light to recommence face to face bridge, we believe that the current situation is too dangerous, the numbers are high, the efficacy of the initial vaccines is waning, the age profile of the club means that many are vulnerable.  We do not wish to put any members lives at risk. We are optimistic that we will have all recieved our booster shot before Christmas and can recommence live face-to-face bridge in the new year, however, we will continue to monitor the ever changing situation. 

Under the stewardship of past President Moya Murphy (2018), DLGC Bridge Club became affiliated to Contract Bridge Association of Ireland (CBAI) Eastern Region in 2018 ( 

Benefits of Affiliation: 

  • Qualified bridge teachers
  • CBAI provides Tournament Directors (TDs) for major competitions
  • Players are ranked in a similar handicap system to golf, for example, novices, intermediates etc., 
  • Affiliate clubs can play in Massey Bros. League
  • Great value €12.50 per year (€10 if paid before end of November)
  • Providers of bridge lessons
  • Opportunities to play in Bridge Congress'




  President Teresa welcomes you
President Teresa welcomes you

It is a great honour and privilege to serve as President of DLGC Bridge which has been in existence since 1910. It is notable that the bridge club has survived world wars, civil unrest, pandemics and recessions due to the fact that bridge provides us with social interaction and a constant challenge. It is good for our mental health. It survived Covid-19 because we were able to continue play online on BBO thanks to Declan Doyle who made a major contribution to the development and the sustainability of the club.  Thanks to Declan’s incredible patience many players stepped up to the plate and mastered the technology.

Sincere thanks to outgoing President Marie who led the club during a very difficult year. We are grateful to Peter Daly who as Treasurer has provided excellent guidance with the accounts; Maeve Cassidy who has worked hard on the committee for the past two years, buying prizes and acting as Covid Lead; Declan Doyle who actively promoted bridge during the pandemic, running interclub competions and serving us every Friday night. In the forthcoming year Declan will act as vice-president and competition secretary ably assisted by Ruth Shiel;  Peter Chapman will help to promote bridge among novices and beginners. Thanks is extended to Moya Murphy who liaises with CBAI. 

As soon as it is safe to do so we will return to face-to-face bridge. We have a strong committee who will be working hard behind the scenes to promote safe bridge. New members and novices are the life blood of the bridge club so we will endeavour to promote bridge for them. We encourage experienced players to mentor novices. Our mission is to serve the members and listen to what they want from the club; promote solidarity and cohesion while also developing competitions.  

Here's wishing you all a great bridge year full of fun and laughter. Wishing you good health and safety from Covid-19. We're hoping that neither you or your loved ones will be affected.  

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  Novices and Beginners

Novices and Beginners: There is a competition available for novices and beginners on Tuesday nights on BBO at 7.30. Bridge classes are also available for beginners through an online platform called All enquiries to Declan Doyle: (phone: 085 122 8417 or

  Major Prize Winners 2021
Major Prize Winners 2021


Major Prize Winners 2021

The winners of the majors were presented with their cups and special prizes by President Marie Daly at the AGM in September. 

The Centenary Cup was won by Tim and Maeve Cassidy.

The Player of the Year was won by Margaret Leonard.

The President's Prize was won by Martina Lee and Margaret Leonard. 



  Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting and Prize Giving of Major Prizes (2020-21) was held on the patio of the Golf Club on Thursday 16th September at 5, followed by refreshments. The meeting was well attended. A minute's silence was observed to note the passing of longstanding members: Merryn Kehoe (RIP) and Joan Walsh (RIP). Merryn had been an active member of DLGC Bridge and had attended the away weekend in Galway the previous year. 

  Committee Gift to outgoing President Marie Daly
Committee Gift to outgoing President Marie Daly

Committee Gift to outgoing President Marie Daly

On behalf of the members, outgoing President Marie Daly was presented with the iconic photo of the swans on the lake on the 8th hole (middle nine) in Dun Laoghaire Golf Club. Marie was thanked for her outstanding leadership during a very challenging year. The photo reminds us of all we missed during the pandemic, but it also shows that we created a virtual community, where we had some good Irish ‘craic’ and  that friendship and community can transcend physical boundaries.


  Success at National Level

Players from DLGC Bridge had success at national level in 2021. 

Congratulations to Vera McCague and Moya Murphy who were 2nd in B pairs in Kerry on 4th September 2021. 

The CBAI National Pairs Finals were played on the 20th and 21st March 2021. Congratulations to the prize winners! Declan Doyle and Katharine Verso (1st) and Teresa and David Whitaker (2nd). 

CBAI – Virtual Laird Cup – National Intermediate ‘A’ Pairs Championship 22 March 2021. 1st Katharine Verso and Declan Doyle (


CBAI – Civil Service Cup - National Inter ‘B’ Pairs Championship 22 March 2021. 2ndTeresa and David Whitaker. (


  Inter Club Competitions and Leagues
Inter Club Competitions and Leagues

Sincere thanks to Declan Doyle for organising and running DLGC BC Friday evening bridge on Bridge Base Online.  We count ourselves blessed to have him in our club. Luckily, Declan was already a qualified bridge teacher and Tournament Director. He set up a WhatsApp Group called DLGC Bridge which is keeping us all entertained and connected in these grey days of the pandemic. 

Declan has run a number of leagues. He ran a Round Robin competition last summer which was a great success and generated lots of excitement. He then ran an  Autumn 2020 Interclub Bridge League between nine clubs. There were 9 teams in the A section and 18 in the B section. The B Section of the league was won by Milltown while the A Section was won by Blackrock Bridge Club with DLGC BC coming second.

Declan hosted a Spring 2021 interclub competition between seven clubs with an A and B section;  22 teams competed. DLGCBC teams did very well with both the A and B teams reaching the semi-final. The A team were defeated in the semi-final but two DLGCBC B teams competed against each other in the final on Sunday 22nd May.   They were Pam Cooper's team who were represented in the final by  Moya Murphy, Jane Murphy, Emer O'Sullivan, and Vera McCague against David Whitaker's team represented by Maeve and Tim Cassidy and Teresa and David Whitaker on the day (JIm and Maureen Murphy were also on the winning team). The final was a tight match but finally David Whitaker's team won. Congratulations to all who participated. It demonstrates that DLGC BC players are competitive.  The photo is of the winning team with Declan Doyle. 

The Rose Bowl competition was established as a sociable competition between golf club bridge clubs in 1991. Seven clubs participate: Elm Park, Castle, DLGC BC, Edmonstown, Grange, Milltown and Rathfarnham. The competition was hosted by Rathfarnham on Sunday 14th March. DLGC BC was represented by:  

  • Piers Segrave Daly & Owen Fox
  • Martina Lee & Margaret Leonard
  • Catherine O'Sullivan & Margot Wall
  • Katharine Verso & Declan Doyle

Castle won this year. DLGC will be hosting it next year. Congratulations to all our players who did us proud.