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Welcome to the Eastern Region of the CBAI

President's Message

A Chairde

It is my great pleasure to represent all the members of the Eastern Region for the coming year and I thank the Grand Slam Bridge Club for my nomination.

With only a few weeks to go to our new season I would like to give a 'Míle Buíochas' to our committee who work tirelessly behind the scenes. We look forward to welcoming many of you to our Presidents and Delegates evening which takes place on September 6th at 7pm in Dun Laoghaire.

The CBAI's Bridge Promotion is planned for August 16th and 17th. As well as radio interviews our committee have organised stands, with accompanying games of bridge, at shopping centres in Arklow, Greystones, Bray, Dun Laoghaire and Stillorgan. Another big 'Thank you' to the members of all the Bridge Clubs taking part, promoting our game by playing, discussing and dispensing literature about lessons and clubs in the Region. Any feedback would be gratefully appreciated and we look forward to seeing the results of our endeavours.

I am delighted that Sinéad Madden will be my VP. We are planning to play in as many of our Region's clubs as possible over the next couple of years to put faces on the names and hopefully encourage more entries for our Regional competitions.

Finally I wish you every success at the Bray Congress.

Le meas

Gary Dowling

President Eastern Region



In competitions organised by the Eastern Region appeals raised for the first session must be lodged within 30 mins following the end of the first session. Appeals for the second session up to the last round must be made prior to commencement of the last round Appeals for the last round of the second session must be made within 5 mins after play.


Sonya Britton Trophy

Sunday May 19th 2019

Unfortunately Scorebridge scoring system bugs outside our or the TD's control disrupted our second session and results were not available until Monday. We thank players for their patience. Thanks to our TD John Royds who put in many hours to recover and verify the results. Atlthough we have no photos we can congratulate the winners who are:

  1. Heber O'Farrell & Brian O'Farrell
  2. Dolores Gilliland & Richard Elvin
  3. Róisín De Jong & Mairead Haugh
  4. Eileen O'Donovan & Maria Whelan
  5. Adrian Meagher & Denis Mortell

Area Master

Bernadette Coggins & Jo O'Farrell

Inter A

  1. Cathal Drohan & Gerry Ryan
  2. Gary Dowling & Mary Patchell

Inter B

Sarann Doyle & Janet O Huiginn


  1. John Noonan & Carol Ann Cummins
  2. Conac Breslin & Siobhan Boyle  

Well done all

First Session results can be seen by following this link.

Second Session results can be seen by following this link.

Overall results can be seen by following this link.

Massey Bros League

After a year of inter club matches we have winners. Congrats to:

  • Seniors -  Dun Laoghaire Bridge Club
  • Inter A -  Blackrock College Bridge Club (Power)
  • Inter B  - Errigal Bridge Club


See the report of finals that took place on Sunday 12th May on the Massey Bros. Leagues page.

And remember, when the sad time comes, we ask that you support our sponsors the funeral directors MASSEY BROS.

Novice and Intermediate B results

Herman Rossiter and Eileen O'Doherty Trophies

This year's Novice pairs competition for the Herman Rossiter trophy and Intermediate B paors competition for the Eileen O'Dohery trophy took place in Wicklow on Wednesday April 10th.

Bernie Rowntree, TD, and Gary Dowling, competition organiser, did a terrific job to get the 13 novice pairs and 12 Inter B pairs through their competitions. The reports are that everybody enjoyed the evening and plan to return, with their bridge friends, in 20120.

Congratuations to all the pairs who took part and a big cheer to the winning pairs:

Herman Rossiter Trophy

Receiving the trophy from Gary Dowling are the 2019 winners of the Herman Rossiter Trophy

Noeleen O'Keefe and Ann Lynn

In second place

Michael Egleston & Tom Molyneux

In third position were

Anita Prunty & Geraldine Carty

Eileen O'Doherty Trophy

Receiving the trophy from Gary Dowling are the 2019 winners of the Eileen O'Doherty Trophy

Robert Doyle & Tony DeCourcey

In second place

Liz Hurley & Sari Winckworth

In third position were

Kathryn Ryan & Frances Donnelly

Teams 4 Fun

This year's Teams 4 Fun was back to the original format with the Novice and Masters playing in pairs against the Intermediate pairs. Everyone seemed to be very happy to be back with this format.

John Royds, TD, and Gary Dowling, competition organiser, did a terrific job to get the 13 teams through 24 boards - that was a tough night for those poor novices.

And lets give a big cheer to the winning teams:

The winning team - Cyril Goode & Michael Egleston


2nd place -
Michael Kenny & Miriam Watchorn
3rd place -
Isa Saurin & Michael Ryan


All the results are posted here

Competition Results

Greystones Open

51 pairs took part in the Greystone Open this year. It was a tightly fought competition with the top spots going to:

  1. Eoin Mac Neill & David Scannell
  2. Ed Perrette & David Ryan
  3. Cathal Louth & Mary O'Meara
  4. Justin Corfield & Norbert van Woerkom

Session Prizes:

  1. Mairead Clifford & Geraldine Cassidy
  2. Brendan Martin & Michelle Moloney

Local Prize

Anne Daly & George Daly

ER Team Qualifiers Results

The 2018/19 Regional Qualifiers for the National Teams was held in Greystones Bridge Centre on Sunday, January 27th 2019. 3 Inter B teams, 4 Inter A teams and 8 Masters teams took part in te competitions. The winners of each competition are:

Intermediate B Pairs

Rosemary Sweetman, Helen Stephenson, Dee Flynn & Caroline Temperley

Intermediate A Team.

Ann O'Kane, Nicola Power, Mary Patchell and her son-in-law Gary Dowling

Milo Broderick Cup

Stephen Barr, John Connolly, Michael Donnelly and Nathan Doyle 

ER Pair Qualifiers Results

The 2018/19 Regional Qualifiers for the National Pairs took place in Greystones Bridge Centre on Sunday, December 2nd 2018. The room was filled to the rafters and John Royds did a fantastic job to directing three competitions simultaneously. The highlights of the competion are:

Intermediate B Pairs

With a fantastic entry of 16 pairs the prizes went to:


Intermediate A Pairs.

 With a slightly smaller turnout of 15 pairs, the player were just as eager and the winners were:

In first place Mary Patchell and her son-in-law Gary Dowling

In second Joanne Gordon and Kay Hamilton

In third Freda Griffin & Anna Sherry

The first session winners were Helga and John Hautz

The second session was won by Gerry Ryan and Cathal P Drohan

Cleary Cup

Finally an amazing 29 master pairs competed for the Cleary Cuup and a big cheer to the winners:



Intermediate Bs

And there was also a spectacular entry for the Inter Bs. 17.5 pair competed in what was reported to be a lovely competition. It's good to see so many have caught the bridge bug and let's congratulate the winners:

  1. Phyllis Carew & Marie Kenny
  2. ClaireTallon & Marian Tubritt
  3. Giles & Carmel Murnin.

Bray Congress Results

Swiss Pairs

With a whopping turnout of. 62 pairs the prizes I believe went to:

  1. Adam Mesbur & Nicholas K FitzGibbon
  2. John Noonan & Carol-Ann Cummins
  3. Jack Goody & Siobhán Part

LOC: Michael McAuliffe & Sandra Newell

AM: Ultan & Eileen McCabe

I think you can see what I mean with Beauty and the Beast

Intermediate Pairs.

 With an even bigger turnout of 64 pairs, the winners on the night were:

  1. Raymond Lally & Margaret Waller
  2. Patsy Donoghue & Jim Wilson
  3. Willie & Roisin O'Gorman

The congress committee of Bray Bridge Club, under the masterful direction of Anne Daly, has arranged another fantastic weekend for bridge players from near and far.

Novice Pairs

42 brave novices played in Bray and I hope you all join me in congratulating them all for going out to such a big event. It's a big step from a club night to a room with more than 250 bridge players, the rules, the Bridgewater's, the whole razamataz. Give yourselves a good pat on the and a big cheer to the winners:

  1. Tor Torma & Liz Hoctor
  2. Fiona McGoldrick & Ray Victory
  3. Eilis Martin & Kate O'Gallachoir 

Intermediate Bs

And there was also a spectacular entry for the Inter Bs. 17.5 pair competed in what was reported to be a lovely competition. It's good to see so many have caught the bridge bug and let's congratulate the winners:

  1. Phyllis Carew & Marie Kenny
  2. ClaireTallon & Marian Tubritt
  3. Giles & Carmel Murnin.

Mixed Pairs

And for the big match, 59 pairs from not only Ireland but a number of European countries have a super game of bridge with some surprising winners. Let's congratulate them all:

  1. Marie O'Sullivan & Horst Rosier
  2. MichaelMcAuliffe & Sandra Newell
  3. David Ryan & Valerie Hand

LOC  - Dolores Gilliland & Peter Stewart

MA - Mary & Eoin Hodkinson

Inter A - Ursual Pattinson & Fred Duffy

Gala Pairs

36 brave souls fought it out in the gala pairs. The competition was very tough this year. The winners were:

  1. Stephen Barr & Michael Donnelly
  2. Alan O'Sullivan & Alan Scott
  3. Chantal McCabe & Ruth O'Dea

Well done all. For the full results go the the results link on the navigation bar on the left. And come back to the site tomorrow for the report on the pairs competition and the correction of any mistakes posted in this report



John Noonan and Brendan Martin, winners of the bridge game in aid of Pieta House at CBAI AGM in Athlone. Congratulations to the winners.

Muldoon Cup

Sunday June 10th 2018

It looks like the summer weather keep the crowds away this year. Only 29 dedicated pairs turned up this year. Congratulations to the winners.


1st - Pat Egan & Sean Mulvaney


2nd - Mairéad Haugh & John Noonan


3rd - Mary Trench & Jim McAndrews

Best Intermediate -  Creeda Fitzgibbon & Colette O'Callaghan
Best Dún Laoghaire - Patrick Belton & Nollaig O'Ceallaigh

1st Session -  Conor & Rory Moore
2nd Session -  Joan Ryan & Hugh McDermott

The detailed results are posted at:


Latest News

The CBAI Eastern Region Annual General Meeting will take place in Dún Laoghaire Bridge Club on Friday 25th May 2018 at 8 pm. All members/clubs are urged to attend.

Massey Bros League

The Massey Bros League 2017/18 has now concluded.  It was a great competiton, enjoyed by all and a special thanks must go to Fedelma Martin for her tireless work in organising the event. The winners this year are:

  •  Confined Masters Greystones (Daly)
  • Seniors: St Therese’s
  • Inter A: Blackrock College (Power)
  • Inter B: Blackrock College (Rye)

Do go to the  Massey Bros. League page forl the full event report, the many well deservered thank yous and of course the photos of the winner (when they arrive!)

Corn Cairdis 2018 in the Eastern Region!

The Corn Cairdis match is an annual competition between England and Ireland - or more specifically teams representing the English Bridge Union (EBU) and Contract Bridge Association of Ireland (CBAI). It alternates between England and Ireland. The Eastern Region acted as host of the competition on April 28th & 29th 2018.

In brief, it was a great weekend with one small exception - England won by 3 VPs.

Follow this link for the full report with photos 

Eastern Region Teams Day 2018


The Eastern Region held the teams qualifying competition on Sunday January 28th in Greystones Bridge Centre. John Royds did a fantastic job running all three competitions with the assistance of the committee of the Sugarloaf Bridge Club, who were hosting the event.

Intermediate B Teams

Four teams took part in the Intermediate B competition, the winning teams  were

1st - Oliver Rye & Connie Collins, Sarann Doyle & Kay Faulkner Sheridan
2nd -Philip O'Dwyer & Ciáran Ó Huiginn, Nell McDowell & Anne Murphy Leahy

Intermediate A Teams

There were seven teams competing for the A prize. The cup went to:

Fiona Nolan & Vincent Wallace,Noel Carthy & Linda McGeehan

1st - Oliver Rye & Connie Collins, Sarann Doyle & Kay Faulkner Sheridan
2nd - Margaret Waller & Maeve Magee, Cathal & Tim Creedon 3rd -Gary Dowling & Alex Silva, Jack Murphy & Ray Lally

Milo Broderick

Eight master teams competed in the Milo Broderick. The winners were:

Fiona Nolan & Vincent Wallace,Noel Carthy & Linda McGeehan

1st - Richard Elvin & John Noonan, Jill Kulchycky & BJ O'Brien
2nd - Mairéad Haugh & Róisín de Jong, Justin Corfield & Norbert van Woerkom 3rd - John Comyn & Brendan Martin, Clare Pippet & Catherine McCann


Congratulations to all.

You can view the results of all three team competitions.
Latest Update


Congratulations and Best Wishes to Rose Dowling who celebrated her 100th birthday last week. Rose plays three times a week in Ace of Clubs, Foxrock & Victor Bridge Clubs. We wish Rose and all her friends and partners many more years of happy and competitive bridge.

Pictured before her 'Bridge & Birthday Party' organised by Ace of Clubs BC are Rose and Gary (no relation!) Dowling

You can enter regional competitions using the CBAI online facility http://competitions.cbai.ie/. Closer to the date of each competition, it will become available in the events list. You will need to use your CBAI number to use the facility.

At all region competitions we place a guide to good behaviour on each table. A copy of the ER Behaviour Guide.pdf document can now be downloaded for use in your club.

Downloadable versions of the IMP – VP conversion scales for club team events are now available at this CBAI Link.

Sun 10th November 2019
4FUN Teams
Greystones 7:00pm
Teams Event
Director: John Royds
Contact: Gary Dowling
Tel: 086 8588503
Email: dowling.gary@gmail.com
Sun 1st December 2019
Eastern Region Pairs Day
Greystones 1:30 PM
Pairs competitions for: Eastern Region Pairs Day Inter B Inter A Master (Cleary Cup)  Online entry via http://competitions.cbai.ie/ Expect confirmation of email entries.) Competitors must provide CBAI numbers and name of Eastern Region club.
Contact: Brendan Martin
Tel: 087 2209152 / 01 2763678
Email: oamartin@eircom.net
Eastern Region Presidents and Delegates
Bray Congress Int Teams Session 1
Bray Congress Int Teams Session 2a
Bray Congress Swiss Teams
Bray Congress Int Teams Overall
Bray Congress 2019 Intemediate Pairs
Bray Congress Swiss Pairs
Bray Congress 2019 Intermediate Pairs S2
Bray Congress 2019 Int Pairs Overall
Bray Congress Intermediate B Pairs