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5 Reasons
to Learn Bridge Online

1. Bridge is a great way to exercise your mind and improving logical thinking.

2. Make new friends from all over the country.

3. Learn bridge from the comfort of your own home.

4. A game for everyone of any age.

5. Bridge is inexpensive.

6. Warning - Bridge is funenjoyable & addictive. 🤗

7. Optional practice session are available.

8. After you learn to play bridge online you can join your local bridge club and/or play in Declan Byrne Beginner/Novice games. 


Bridge Beginners
with Declan Byrne

♠ Term 1 - No prior knowledge of bridge required.

Term 2 - A basic knowledge of bridge is required.

  All classes take place online, morning or afternoon.

♣ Student notes are provided and included in the class fee.



Declan Byrne
CBAI Accredited

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w w w . D E C L A N B Y R N E . i e ☘️ Morning & Afternoon Bridge Classes & Tournaments

Beginner's Bridge Classes - Morning & Afternoon - Weekly Open Pairs - Player's Lounge for Social Private Bridge


All classes take place ONLINE - morning or afternoon

STARTING SEPTEMBER 2022 (Enrolment will open JULY/AUGUST)

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Beginner's Term 1 - Suitable for complete beginners (no prior knowledge of bridge required).

Introduction to the game of bridge; Introduction to the ACOL bidding system. Introduction to Club Bridge & Online Bridge; Mini-Bridge, Bridge Scoring; Beginners Bidding & Play; Bridge Hand Evaluation; Opening Bids; Partner's Responses, Basic Card Play and More.

Term 2 - Suitable for beginners that know the basics and those looking for a refresher course.

Aimed at beginners that have an understanding of the mechanics of the game and basic knowledge of 1NT Opening & Responses. Term 2 continues on from Term 1 with more Suit Openings; Partner Responses; Opener & Responder Rebids; Opening with Strong hands & Weak Hands and card play techniques.

Improver's (Advanced) - Suitable for progressive beginner's/novice and some intermediate players - A short revision of basic bidding followed by Reverse bidding, Trial bids, Slam bidding, Cue bids, Discards & Signals, Tournament Play, Card Play & more. 

*NEW COURSE - Tutored Bidding & Play for Beginner's & Novice (Level 1) - Suitable for new novice players and those just finished classes - bid & play with guidance.

*NEW COURSE - Tutored Bidding & Play (Level 2) - Suitable for good novice and new intermediate players that would like guidance on bidding & play.

Course = 10 weeks | 2 hour lessons | €150 per person

All classes are organised ONLINE using a combination of ZOOM & RealBridge/BBO. (Limited class size)

For further information contact:
Declan Byrne, email:


What past students said...

“Thanks a million for such a wonderful introduction to Bridge. I was a hesitant beginner but really enjoy it now, all thanks to your super teaching! I also appreciate the effort you went to making it sociable online - you succeeded, and it’s now lovely to know lots of other beginner bridge players!  Thanks again” - Inez (Tipperary)

“Excellent presentation, use of technology & investment of time from Declan. Superb!” - Nora (Kerry)

“I thought the course was brilliant and would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of starting.  I really enjoyed the lessons” - Colette (Wicklow)

“A brilliant teacher, communicator and most of all FUN. I highly recommend Declan’s bridge classes for anyone thinking of learning bridge” - Nicola (Meath)

“Really, really impressive teaching style (knowledge taken as a given) and tutor persona” - Noel (Meath)

“A really excellent course and it has given me a great basis to build my bridge skills” - Stephen (Galway)

“I loved the course and think you are an excellent teacher” - Kathleen (Dublin)

"Thanks Declan for the brilliant lessons, a life saver during covid" - Brenda (Cork)

"You are a wonderful teacher and I wish you every success" - John (Galway) 

“Thank you Declan! are a very good, very patient and communicative teacher” - Maureen (Dublin)

"You are an amazing teacher and made bridge fun to learn. You were right, bridge is addictive" - Annmarie (Meath)

Ireland's 1st Realbridge Player's Lounge

Reserve your table
Any day - any time
Booking essential


How DB’s Realbridge Lounge works:

  • The player’s lounge is a 'virtual' bridge room where you organise three players to meet and play bridge at an agreed time, similar to a private game for fun or practice.
  • You need 4 players to fill a table.
  • If you sit at a table where the board is not number 1, then leave and sit at another table. (Someone has already played at that table if not on board 1).
  • Cost is €3.50 per day, per player.
  • Play up to 32 random boards  play some or all.
  • Advance booking essential. Email Declan.
  • Only sit at a table where boards have not been played already.
  • There is no tournament director needed but I'm never far away.
  • Come anytime & leave anytime.

Contact Declan:

Kay Downes Novice Pairs 2022

Niamh Gormally, President, Dublin South Region presenting Nicola & Dara with their prize.

Congratulations to Nicola O'Dowd & Dara Voyles on finishing 2nd in the KAY DOWNES NOVICE PAIRS 2022 held in Templeogue Bridge Centre on Friday 22nd April 2022. This competition was organised by the  Dublin South Region (DSR) of the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland (CBAI). Nicola & Dara started bridge classes with Declan Byrne Bridge in January 2021 and quicky got addicted to bridge, playing several games a week online and in person. As well as being members of Declan Byrne Bridge, they also joined their local clubs in County Meath.

Declan Byrne Bridge Students Win Novice Tournament
  • Regent Annual Novice Open Pairs

    1st place - Nicola O'Dowd & Dara Voyles with Anne Keating, Regent President

  • Regent Annual Novice Open Pairs

    Joint 2nd - Ailbhe Gallagher & Colette Kavanagh with Anne Keating, Regent President

Congratulations to Nicola O'Dowd & Dara Voyles on winning the Regent Novice Open Pairs and to Ailbhe Gallagher & Colette Kavanagh on finishing joint 2nd. This annual competition was organised by the Regent Bridge Club in Waterloo road, Dublin and was held on Sunday 13th March 2022. All four players started classes with Declan Byrne Bridge in January 2021 - CONGRATULATIONS!!!

The Regent Novice Pairs was sponsored by GAVIN BURKE SOLICITORS

What is RealBridge?

RealBridge takes online bridge to the next level, with built-in video and sound, bringing the true face-to-face experience online. See and speak to your opponents - just like face-to-face bridge. Read More>>>

What is BBO?

BRIDGE BASE ONLINE (BBO) is an online bridge service and is the world largest online bridge community.

How to set-up a BBO account.

Zoom is a video conferencing service used to virtually meet with others - either by video or audio-only or both, all while conducting live chat. You must have zoom downloaded and set-up on your computer in order to attend these classes.

Download from Zoom website here