Cunningham League Website
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Blanaid Morris, Mary Timoney, Barbara Burke, Neil Burke, Kevin O' Dea, Bert McKay, Siobhan Canty
Thank you to Ann Burns
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Master Points Update :
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CLUB PRIVACY NOTICE
Communique from our C.E.O - June 2018
Don’t forget to book your club in for the CBAI Simultaneous Pairs - each day from Monday 5th to Friday 9th February 2018.
We will be continuing with prizes for the best Intermediate A1, A2, B1, B2, and 1st & 2nd Novice pairs each day for those who are outside the top prizes together with the special Novice prize of 2 weekends away for the highest % Novice score across the week – FANTASTIC!!
Simultaneous Pairs are a great way to give your members the opportunity to improve their thinking on relatively ordinary hands and to incorporate new ideas and conventions – well worth it! All clubs participating have been contacted to confirm the address to which kits should be sent. There is still time for new clubs to join in – I always order a few extra, just in case – so, contact us A S A P!! Kits will start to issue on Friday of this week to participating clubs.
Novice & Intermediate Congress 2018
The Northern Region - Donegal, as it is President Jim O’Sullivan’s home region, will be hosting the Novice & Intermediate Congress this season. It will be held in the Abbey Hotel, The Diamond, Donegal Town on the 16th – 18th February 2018. This is the main open entry event for Intermediate and Novice players in the year!! I know you will want to give it and Jim every support. Get your bookings made early with the hotel directly at 074-99721014.
IBU Seniors Congress – 20 – 22 March 2018
The IBU Seniors Congress – mostly for those over 60, will again be held in the Cavan Crystal Hotel in Cavan from 20 – 22 March, with the generous support of Cavan County Council. Gala Pairs on Tuesday 20 March at 7.30pm. 2 sessions of Pairs on 21 March (separate competition for Intermediate pairs) will start at 1.30pm will follow a number of exciting inclusions in the social programme for the morning. Thursday 22 March will see the 2 session team event start at 11am. All in all – an excellent way to while away a few days mid-week in March. Any golfers will have an opportunity to exercise at very reasonable rates.
CONGRESS NEWS – in case you missed it!!
No TORC CONGRESS this year!
No BANKERS CONFGRESS this year!
Confirmation of Congress Dates
CARLOW CONGRESS – The correct dates for this year’s Congress are 4 – 6 May 2018.
HOME INSTEAD DUBLIN SUMMER CONGRESS - The correct date for this year’s Congress is 29 June – 1 July 2018 in Westmanstown Sports & Social Centre.
TEACHING IN SCHOOLS
The planned half day (afternoon) course to prepare potential Mini-bridge teachers for their new roles will take place here in National Headquarters on Wednesday 21 February 2018 at 2.00pm, when Maire O’Keeffe will demonstrate her highly successful techniques. Please contact us urgently to register your interest! We have had the wonderful success of our team winning the Under 20 Home Internationals for the Peggy Bayer trophy in 2016, so let’s try and keep the momentum going.
There are still 100 Clubs countrywide who have not yet returned their Membership Affiliation Forms and Fees. These were due to be received by 31 December, so I would encourage you to complete and return the forms on behalf of your members as soon as possible.
Late affiliations can be returned on the forms supplied to you on receipt of your first return, and I would remind you to include your Honorary Members in the overall return. You have honoured them within the confines of your club, but you should make sure that their membership is recorded for Insurance and Master Points purposes.
MASTER POINTS AWARDS FOR VISITORS
I would like to remind Club Master Points Secretaries that they should record and return any Master Points awarded to visitors to the club. It is important to ensure that players are maintained in the grade appropriate to their experience.
“COUGHS AND SNEEZES SPREAD DISEASES”
This is a saying I heard in my youth – a few years ago – but it still rings true. If you have a flu or flu like systems – you should think about your fellow bridge players, whether at Club, Congress, Regional or National Competition level. They will be disappointed not to see you, but that won’t be the sentiment they will feel for you, if you share your flu with them!!
The finger will always be pointed at the person doing the coughing or sneezing!!
Kind regards (and get well soon – if that is you!)
Contract Bridge Association of Ireland
Tel (353) 1 4929666
This email will issue to all clubs later today.
Regards to all
Dear Club Secretary or Email Contact,
Just a few notes for you this month.
1. 2017 WBF Women’s Online Autumn Festival in association
13 - 19 November 2017 (Brochure attached)
The Online Women’s Bridge Festivals are increasingly popular and enjoyed by
many women across the world. We hope that as many players as possible will
join us for our next event, which includes many of the enjoyable robot
This time the exciting prize for the overall winner and a partner of her
choice will be free entry to the 2018 Women’s Pairs Championship to be held
in Orlando, Florida during the World Bridge Series, which starts on 22nd
September with the Women's Pairs starting on Wednesday 26th September.
Accommodation in a double room will also be offered to the winner & her
partner for the duration of the Women’s Pairs event.
Click Here Womens BBO Online Festival
2. New Rule Book – Simplified Version. As you are aware, the
WBF issued new rules this year. Up until very recently, we had been waiting
for the excellent Simplified Version produced by Mr Bridge. I am happy to
tell you that these are now in stock at a cost of €8 each. Email or call
with credit / debit card details and we can mail them out to you.
3. The Times Bridge Calendar – the ideal gift / prize for a
bridge player. Incorporating Andy Robson’s daily column, each day’s entry
provide a commentary on good bidding, play or defence, all of which is of
interest to any player. Written in a relaxed style, it’s more of an
entertaining book, than an actual book. Keep it beside the bed or in the
smallest room – only €15 each, now in stock.
4. Available regrades for members – every club received a
list of members who were eligible to be regraded downwards – if they wished.
There is a time limit on responding to this option – 31 December 2017. Any
eligible players who have not so opted, will be considered to have decided
not take up the option. So that we can process in due time – I would
appreciate it if you could let your Regional Secretary know that you have
consulted with all eligible players and they do / do not wish to be
regraded. Only a little extra work for you, but it will keep your members
5. Bankers Congress – not happening this year
The Bankers Congress, scheduled for March 2018, will not take place. The
Bankers Bridge Club has had to relocate to a smaller premises, the United
Arts Club in Upper Fitzwilliam Street; thus they will not be in a position
to hold a Congress in their new premises this season.
6. CARLOW CONGRESS – a reminder that the dates shown on both
the Newsletter and the Diary are incorrect. The correct dates for next
year’s Congress are 4 – 6 May 2018.
http://www.xmasclock.com/ - only 47 full days until Christmas!!
♠ ♥ Congratulations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!♦ ♣
Kevin O'Dea , Annette Head, Kathie McGrath and Tomas Roche
who have passed their Bridge Teaching exams in Templeogue over the week end of 7th -8th October
The exams consisted of Bidding & Card Play Tests and the preparation of 3 classes for presentation over the weekend
Good News from South of our Region. 7 No Trump are a New Club Starting up. Laura Crowe is the Secretary of the Club and we Wish Laura every success with the new Club.Laura tells me that the Club Membership is now open. 7 No Trump will play on Friday Evenings at Newbridge Town F.C, Station Road, Newbridge.
To Contact Laura : Mobile Number is 086 771 2345
Glenville Bridge Club on Friday nights in St. Francis Xaviers School in Roselawn.
We wish Brendan every Success with the New Club. New Members Welcome
Contact: 0858701023 email@example.com
Good luck to Celbridge Bridge Club who have moved to New Premises at the Slip Hall.
The Slip Hall is located in the Old Church of Ireland School. The Church of Ireland,
is beside the gates into Castletown House, at the top of the Main Street.
It’s the last day of summer – or so we are told! But we have had good Septembers in the past, so let’s hope this year will be the same!!
But – tomorrow marks the first day in the new Bridge Season, so welcome back to all of you!!!
A few things for you –
E. CARLOW CONGRESS – the dates shown on both the Newsletter (when you get to see it) and the Diary are incorrect. The correct dates for next year’s Congress are 4 – 6 May 2018.
F. Message from the TORC CONGRESS - TAKING A BREAK FOR THIS SEASON!
To all our bridge friends:
We're sorry but we won't be greeting you in Killarney for the Torc Congress this 2017-2018 season. We will miss you all and hope to return for 2018-2019 season.
Every good wish for a happy and successful year of bridge.
Torc Congress Committee
31st August 2017
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The date of the Presidents Cup (MLR) has been changed from the 17th September to the 1st of October.
Updated 18th August 2017
We have a new Event on our Calendar of Events for '17'18. Its called the MLR Naas Pairs. Our Event will be held in the Maudlins House Hotel in Naas, on Saturday the 18th of November, commencing at 11am and finishing before 7pm. We will have a break for Lunch, around 1:30pm.
Lunch Menu will be available.
further details to come)
Unfortunately Westmanstown cant give us the booking, so this year we are moving our Regional Pairs to the Celbridge Manor Hotel in Celbridge on Saturday the 2nd December. Its a beautiful venue, and we hope to get a good attendance for the Event.
(further details to follow).
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Our Mid Leinster Region Summer coaching program gets underway on Wednesday the 26th of July in Westmanstown. This one day session is aimed at Novice and B grades in Particular. The Session will start at 11am and finish at 4pm. The Coaches for the Session are Kevin O'Dea, Evelyn Blennerhassett, John Crimmins.
This will be followed by further coaching sessions for Masters & A1's on Thursday Evenings 7:15pm on the 17th & 24th August. Further Advanced/Improver coaching for A2 & B grades will commence on Wednesday Evenings 7:15pm on the 16th - 23rd - 30th August. These coaching sessions will be given by Thomas MacCormac (for further details on all of these see notices on the Main Page and Main Menu).
Online Booking is available on the CBAI Website.
To get onto the Booking form , you click on "More Info" . Then Select the URL.
This will bring you into a login window.
Enter your CBAI number -- Enter Your Surname -- Select Login and -------- Follow the Instructions from there.
You can also access the Booking Form by:
Selecting Useful links from the Main Menu. Then! - CBAI ♠ Competitions ♠ Online Entry System.
Enter your CBAI No. and Enter your Surname
Then (click on) Login
As was stated at our Regional AGM in May, we have two Qualified tournament directors at Regional level, but of those two, one is not active.
It is important for our Region to have more trained up for the future.
It is the committees intention to set a process in motion, which we hope will result with us having the additional Regional Tournament Directors for Mid Leinster Region. If you have people interested to become a Regional Level Director, please forward their name to our Regional Secretary Blanaid Morris (contact below). Potential candidates should have already completed the club level course, and have experience at running club level events.
086- 838 1825
(further details to follow)
The Mid Leinster Region will take up the Position of President of the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland in May of 2019. To that end our Nominated person will be ratified as President Elect of the CBAI next May 2018, by the Governing Council. The Governing Council is made up of representatives from each of the 13 Regions which make up the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland.
Proposed changes to the Master Points required for the different grades have been adopted by the Governing Council of the CBAI in May 2017. They are scheduled to apply from September 2017. Over the Summer further clarifications/explanations of these changes will be on our Website Main Menu. We will also be discussing this issue at our Regional Club Delegates Meeting on 15th of September in Westmanstown.