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Joe Scannell - info

Joseph A. Scannell, known to everyone as Joe, was the Patron of the Elm Park Bridge Club. He was Secretary of the old Government Post and Telegraphs Department and also Chaired the RTE authority but his passion in life was Elm Park and Elm Park Bridge in particular. He was one of the early (joined 1927) members of Elm Park and was Captain in 1942 and President in 1955 and, then later on, President of the Bridge Club in 1977. He loved Bridge and particularly liked playing with his wife Paddy when they played the unusual Vienna Club system. However, playing was secondary to Joe as he much preferred the administration side and teaching Beginners. He had a lifelong love of maths and loved devising Movements for lndividual, Pair and Team competitions. Joe never attained international honours but there was obviously something in his genes – all three of his sons, Des, Paul and David all played for Ireland as did his wife Paddy. Joe was honoured in Irish Bridge by being elected President of the CBAI in 1972 and President of the IBU a year later in 1973. Apart from the honour of being made Patron of Bridge in Elm Park, he was also honoured in 1972 when the Elm Park Bridge Club inaugurated a Cup in his name for the Pairs Championship. Joe died in 1989, but his legacy lives on.