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Mount Sackville Bride Club

 We are very sad to announce the deaths of members Margaret Fenton and Jean Kirby. May they rest in peace.

A long standing member of the club, Margaret has died suddenly.  Sadly, Jean passed away after a long illness, bravely borne.

We offer our deepest sympathies to their families and friends at this difficult time.

Funeral details for Jean are available on, there are no funeral details for Margaret available at this time. 

CBAI Affiliation for 2021-2022 Season


Mount Sackville PP Bridge Club has paid the CBAI affiliation fee for 2021-2022 bridge season on behalf of those members who are currently availing of the facility for playing online through BBO with Dunboyne Bridge Club, who have very generously continued the arrangement of allowing Mount Sackville members to play in their competitions until such time as "in person bridge" returns  

Some Sad News

On behalf of the president, committee and members of Mount Sackville PP Bridge Club we offer sincere condolences to the family and many friends of our esteemed member Audrey Merrigan who passed away on 23rd November 2021.  Funeral details can be viewed when posted on web site.

Some Very Sad News

The committee and members of Mount Sackville PP Bridge Club wish to offer their sincere condolences to our member Nora Coghlan on the sad death of her husband Joe who has passed away.  

Full details of arrangements will be available on in the coming days. 

Update to Members 30th July 2020


The club committee met on Wednesday July 29th to discuss a number of issues including how best to facilitate our members access to playing bridge from the start of the bridge year in September. Outlined below is a report on the meeting for our members under a number of different headings.

1: Committee: In the absence of an opportunity in the current situation to hold a club AGM all the current committee members have agreed to stay in place on the committee until such time as it becomes possible to hold an AGM.  It is of course the firm belief of your committee that our club should continue to operate going into the future and have indicated this to the committee of St. Brigids hall for when “normal” times return.

2: Club Venue:  Currently St. Brigids hall is closed to all activities.  It is planned to reopen the crèche/playschool at the end of August but no other activities are currently envisaged until the end of the year.  The hall committee will review the situation in January in the light of developments in the Covid situation and related government recommendation’s.  

3: Online/Virtual Bridge: As noted in the previous notices on the website of June 7th and July 6th the only viable way to continue playing bridge in a club setting for the foreseeable future is online in a virtual club.  Your committee would have liked to set up a virtual club for Mount Sackville to operate from September 1st next, however based on the number of responses received to the notices of June 7th and July 6th there are, at the moment, an insufficient number of members who committed to participate to make it a viable proposition.  We would need at least 36-40 members to commit to play online, recognising that everyone may not be available to play every week.  Some members may not have responded because they are unsure of how playing online works.  The committee would like to reassure any such members that help and advice on how to set up and play online can be provided where necessary. There are some members who are currently playing on line in the summer tournaments currently operating, however from the beginning of September these clubs will revert to a member’s only situation and the Tuesday and Thursday tournaments currently available on the West Dublin site are planned to cease at the end of August.  If there are now an increased number of members who commit to playing online with Mount Sackville there may not be sufficient time to set up a Mount Sackville virtual club in time for start on the 1st of September.  However the committee of Dunboyne Bridge Club have very generously offered to accommodate Mount Sackville members on their Monday night virtual tournament until such time as we can set up our own virtual club.

Tournament Direction: Currently there are 2 people willing to act as online tournament directors but we would need at least 2-3 more who would be willing to undertake this function on a rotation basis.  This is because the person acting as tournament director cannot play that evening and having a panel would allow for a fair rotation of the responsibility.  Again the necessary training will be available. 

Any comments or responses from members to any of the above would be welcome.  Please send by text only to the club telephone number   083-3297344. 

Bridge Club E-mail

New E-mail address:

The email below was sent to any members for whom we had email addresses.  If you did not receive this email please notify us of your current email address and we will forward it to you with the attachments.

This is the new email contact for Mount Sackville Bridge Club.  We are forwarding you a copy of an email received recently from the CBAI with their Newsletter  and a Code of Conduct for online bridge also attached.

 The committee wish to update as many members as possible on the current position relating to playing bridge in a "normal" club setting.  As matters stand at the moment it is not possible to see the Mount Sackville Bridge Club returning to its usual Tuesday night setting in St Brigids community centre until some time in 2021 at the earliest.  So for the moment for those who wish to play in a club setting the only opportunity is online.  As you are aware from the notices previously posted on the club website there was an insufficient response from members to allow the club set up its own "virtual club" online.  Some of our members are members of multiple bridge clubs and are playing online in some of those.  For the members who wished to continue playing under the Mount Sackville banner and do not have the access to play elsewhere the committee of Dunboyne Bridge Club very generously offered to accommodate those members of Mount Sackville with the opportunity to play in their Monday night online competitions until such time as we can return to our usual venue.  The committee is very appreciative of this gesture from Dunboyne Bridge Club. Any masterpoints earned by Mount Sackville members when playing on the Monday night will be submitted by Mount Sackville to the CBAI at the end of the season.

This email address will only be monitored once a week, so if you send any messages or responses relating to this information please be patient if you do not receive a response for a few days.

The Committee

Mount Sackville Bridge Club


Re: Online/Virtual Bridge from September next for Mount Sackville P.P. Bridge Club.

The committee of Mount Sackville Bridge Club will meet later this month to consider the future direction of the club based on the responses received via the text poll up to June 30th.  Following that meeting the committee will report back to the members with their recommendations.  

For online bridge to be viable we need to be in a position to organise a minimum of 5 tables per week and preferably more.  We will also need committments from at least 4 ordinary members to work alongside some of the committee in organising the online tournaments.  The reason for this is that it is strongly recommended by CBAI & BBO that the person acting as tournament director on the night should not play in the tournament.  A team of 4-5 people would mean the person acting as tournament director would only miss out on playing bridge in the club once every 4-5 weeks.  Training in organising online tournaments will be provided to the volunteers for the position. Any further comments/suggestions from members by text in the next week will be taken into consideration at the proposed committee meeting. 



(Please ensure to read middle section of this notice which contains important information relating to Mount Sackville Bridge Club)

 John Crimmins has set up in conjunction with CBAI a way for West Dublin affiliated members to play bridge on line.

Initially this will be a learning experience for all as we find out how to navigate our way around Bridge Base Online, how to play in and run competitions.  As mentioned in his website this is for a trial period with the long term aim of training people to be tournament directors for online bridge in their home clubs from September next.

In the present circumstances it looks very unlikely that bridge as usually set up can be recommenced as normal in September

John has an excellent website,

and its full of information. It describes in detail how to enter and play in a competition. It’s a must if this is your first experience of Bridge Base Online.

The important thing is to register with BBO and have a user name and send it to John. This is a must to play in the competition.

The details are on his website.

In time with sufficient interest Mount Sackville can have our own slot from September for our own competitions.  As our club is small we would need a committment from a minimum of 40 members to make it viable for us to look at running our own competitions on Tuesday nights. The technical issues with the club phone, 083-3297344 have now been resolved and we would appreciate receiving a response from members by text to this number with their committment or thoughts/comments on this proposal before the end of this month, Tuesday 30th June.  Based on the responses received the President will consult with the committee on the best way forward for the club. 


The next online competition is Tuesday next 09 June, there are 2 competitions 

Novice to Inter A grade and InterA or above grade. 

Details of start times and how to enter are on Johns website (see link above)

There is a charge of 3BB$ to enter and it is necessary to be registered with Bridge and to have purchased BBO$ before you can enter. 




Members Update 16th May 2020

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately due to technical problem it has not been possible to send text mentioned in this notice.  Any member wishing to respond to the information below please contact a committee member at the numbers listed in the third panel.

The President and committee hope all our members are keeping safe and well through this difficult time. 

It is highly unlikely that bridge as we knew it will recommence for many months.  As some of you may be aware the CBAI is offering the possibility for clubs to create a "Virtual Club" where a club night can be organised online.  Full details of their proposal are available on the CBAI website We would like to hear from members if there is an interest in the club following up on this possibility.  We realise that some people may already be participating in such virtual bridge through other clubs they are members of or may have organised other alternatives.

Depending on the response received to the text that is being sent to all members it will be decided if to pursue further inquiries into the CBAI proposal.

Again everybody stay safe.

COVID-19 Virus: Bridge Cancelled Until Further Notice


Because of the ongoing Covid-19 virus outbreak and in taking on board advice issued by CBAI and MLR it has been decided to cancel all competitions at Mount Sackville P.P. Bridge Club until further notice.  This decision will be reviewed in the light of ongoing developments over the next 4 weeks.  A large proportion of our membership are in the most vulnerable catagory as indicated by government statements and it is felt that this cancellation, though regretable, is in the long term best interests of the health and safety of our members.  We sincerely hope that all our members stay well and safe in these very challenging times for everybody.

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Committee 2019/2020

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Mount Sackville Past Pupils Bridge Club

Committee 2018/2019    


  Emelie Gorman    

        086 163 4280      
Vice President      T.B.A.    
  Ex Officio Betty Fallon   086 313 6986
Hon. Secretary    Teresa Hill   086 318 0943
 Treasurer     Noirin Casey      

        086 175  2626       



Sally BurkeBrenda Carey Sally BurkeBrenda Carey  
  Committee  Gabrielle Dineen    
  Committee Dermot Mulcahy   087 284 3447

Points Secretary 


  Jean Neary 









Mount Sackville P.P. Bridge Club Charity Night in aid of the Missionary Sisters of Cluny took place on Sunday 19th January

The Sisters do trojan work in the education of underprivileged children in Tanzania.  

The committee would like to thank everyone who turned up on an extremely cold night to support this event, also to those who could not attend but send a donation towards the charity.

As of Wednesday 29th January a total of €1420 was raised for this project.

 Special thanks to Marianne Toomey, who acted as tournament director for the evening and facilitated the use of the St. Brigids Bridge Club equipment.

Also thanks to all those who provided the refreshments and contributed the many prizes for the raffle.

The competition results will be shown on the St. Brigids website this week

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events 

 2019/2020 Bridge Season has now commenced, the President and committee welcome back all members and look forward to another successful year.  A full list of events for the year is contained in the members bridge calandar and also appears in the calandar column in the results section on the right hand side of the web site screen.  

Club Pairs 2019/2020 Results

                                 Results for Club Pairs 2019


Rank %  Pair No Names
1 56.31% 2 Audrey Merrigan & Siobhan McNamara
2 55.81% 1 Tony Owens & Teresa Conlon
3 54.80% 13 Marie Mulcahy & Olive Bradley
4 53.79% 5 Majella Maguire & Valerie Connolly
5 52.78% 3 Michael & Kathleen Connellan



1st    MARGARET BROWNE & JEAN KIRBY                             70.54%

2nd   RITA CARROLL & MARTINA HUSSEY                              60.42%

3rd   TERESA O'REILLY & HELEN McDEVITT                           57.14%

4th = TONY OWENS & TERESA CONLON                                56.55%

4th = NOIRIN CASEY & NOELLE COUGHLAN                          56.55%

6th    MARY BRADY & MARY JO O'CONNOR                            54.76%

Tournament Directors Club Nights

We are looking for members who would be willing to volunteer to act as tournament director on ordinary club nights during the coming 2019/2020 season.  This is to help spread the experience across as many of the club members as possible.   Anybody who would like to put their name forward please talk to Dermot or any other member of the committee. 

Do's and Dont's at the Bridge Table

The following was issued by the Mid-Leinster Region of the CBAI.

Do’s and Don’ts at Bridge

  1. A player may not correct partner’s mistaken explanation of a bid or signal.
  2. If partner hesitates before calling, a player must show that the action now chosen could not have been influenced by the hesitation.
  3. Your opponents are entitled to know of any partnership agreement you may have.
  4. A player may only ask for an explanation when it is their turn to call.
  5. Lead face down, but turn the card over before dummy is shown.
  6. Check your tricks.  Agree score.  Have contract and result entered before spoiling your won/lost cards.
  7. Do not accept the decision of opponents if a ruling is required.  The T.D. is responsible for all rulings.
  8. Players have a duty to ascertain how opponents communicate:
    Basic system – Acol or Precision or . . .
    Variations – strength of NT, 4 or 5 card majors, etc.
    Other – discards, leads, signals, etc.
  9. Bids above 3NT should not be alerted unless they occur on the first round of bidding.
  10. Defenders may ask one another about possible revokes.
  11. As a matter of courtesy to all players mobile phones should be switched off and not used except in case of an emergency
The Meaning of Double

The meaning of Double – as the name suggest – is to raise the stakes.

If you Double an opposing contract, you win more Points

if they fail, but you concede more points if they succeed.

When Bridge began over a 100 years ago, double was limited

to those occasions where you expected the opponents to fail in their bid.

However, it was realised that you would be most unlikely to be

confident enough to double a low-level suit bid,

when partner had not yet spoken.

And that if the opponents happened to have bid,

a suit in which you were very strong,

it was far better not to tip them off:

rather to keep quiet and wait for them to get into deeper trouble.

In 1912 New Yorker Major Charles Patten and Bryant McCambell

independently invented an alternative meaning for the

“Double” – the “take-out double”.

It is believed that this was the first convention in the game

(although it is now so universal that it is rarely thought of as such).

The take-out double – “partner, please take out my double into another suit”

shows an opening hand or better with no other convenient bid: 

no suit to overcall, and an inability to bid notrumps.

To learn more on doubling  contact your local Bridge Teacher or Coach,

or get a copy of Bridge Lessons (Double) by ANDREW ROBSON,

( The above extract is from this book.


Club Night
Team of 4 competition, Outside T.D.
Club Night
C.B.A.I Sim Pairs
Club Night
Club Night
Club Night
Club Night
Club Night
Turkey Competition
Club Night T.D. Jean Neary
Club Pairs 2nd Night T.D TBA
I.B.U. Sim Pairs T.D. Mairead Delaney
Club Night T.D. Emelie Gorman