Summer Bridge - Spare Partner
Just a reminder... normally there is no spare partner rota for Summer bridge so make sure you arrive with your partner - or check the website for updates - or feel free to post on the 'find a partner' option the website. Spare Partner for July 1st is Paula Kilbane.
President's Prize - Final Results
Click here to see the final result Presidents Prize Leaderboard.
Thursday Morning Bridge - finished for the Summer
Thursday morning bridge is over for the summer season - we will post our recommencement date in late August.
Interested in joining? Download an application form from the Membership section above
We are a very friendly and social club playing every Monday night at 7.30pm in the hall of Railway Union Sports Club at Park Ave, Sandymount, Dublin 4 and every Thursday morning at 10am in the hall of Monkstown Rugby/Pembroke Cricket club, Park Ave, Dublin 4.
We are affiliated to the Contract Bridge Association Ireland (CBAI) and belong to the Dublin South Region, with many of our members playing in leagues and competitions organised by the region.
Membership is currently closed but application forms are available from the club secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org and your name will be placed on a waiting list. Alternatively you may download the form by going to Membership on the menu.
Summer Party 2019... and Annual Awards
What a fantastic evening we had last Friday at our Annual Summer Party - and end of year Awards Cermony!
As promised, we had our evening of bridge and just about managed 14 boards before we headed for the bar to enjoy our Pimms Reception - expertly prepared by Maeve! Supper was then served by the Wooden Spoon - and it was just delicious - everybody on the night was full of praise so I would like to extend our thanks again to the Wooden Spoon - we would recommend them highly! The room looked fab - Caroline and Maeve did a wonderful job on the flowers and decorations - it was quite a candelit dinner!
Afterwards, Sue thanked the committee - Caroline, Sarah, Carol, Maeve, Julie, Mervyn and Roisin for all their help keeping the show on the road this year - and also to Mary Seaver who was so helpful in the board collections this year too. And of course to John Royds who really is part of our RU Bridge Club family - and all our assistant TDs. The club has had such a successful year - Niamh Harty was promoted to Area Master, and Colette Stokes, Elaine Fitzpatrick and Sue will all be upgraded to Area Master this September also - it is so exciting to see all these players who started their bridge not that long ago to be moving up the ranks. We also look forward to seeing some of our Novice and B players being promoted in September too. We also had the honour of one of our Intermediate B teams bringing home the Ruth Giddings Cup this year - well done to Anne Kelly, Mary Lynn, Mary Kane and Celia Magahy - and huge congratulations again to Yvonne, Rita, Sheila and Daphne on coming 1st and 2nd Best Novice in the Country on Sims Night. And Yvonne and Rita were back on the podium when they won the National Novice Pairs competition, the JJ Murphy. A lot to celebrate indeed!
We also thanked Caroline and Fiona for their hard work in running Thursday morning Bridge. This is such a credit to both of them, from starting off this as a small group to it now being a very popular bridge event with up to 9 tables. Apart from providing a great community activitiy - any additional table money generated from the increased attendance went towards us running this year's series of seminars, which - for this year anyway - we could provide to our members free of charge. Thanks girls from all of us! The Thursday morning club had their own end of season Summer lunch also and this was a fantastic event! All the players brought a dish - sweet or savoury - and the food was just fab!
And then on to the Awards...
Best Novice - Carol Horan
Best Inter B - Mary Meagher O'Keefe
Most Improved Player - Jeanette Ryan
Most Slams - Fiona O'Gorman and Sue Power
The Railway Spirit Award went to Martin Quigley. This is awarded to a person who reflects the ethos and true club spirt of our club. For years, Martin, has been working behind the scenes at our club. He is there early every evening helping with room set up, he has dropped, collected, played on our fanagan teams, he has climbed ladders setting up bunting for the charity night, he has volunteered to represent us on the RU Disciplinary Committee - he has offered sound advice - a friendly word, no job is too big or too small and he is the most obliging - and funny - guy ever! And as our former president's right hand man - he has been roped in to do many a job! Thank you Martin.
And finally, the long awaited Player of the Year Award went to Walter McNicholas. A highly deserved recipient - Walter regularly features on top our leaderboards in our weekly results and I am delighted that all his Masterpoints added up to see him receive this award for 2019.
And so, this brings us to the end of our Bridge Season - I hope everybody has an enjoyable summer. Remember, Summer Bridge begins on Monday 10th June and our new Bridge Season kicks off again in September - for more bridge, competitions and leagues galore!
Pictured above: Player of the Year - Walter McNicholas; RU Spirit Award Winner - Martin Quigley; Best Novice - Carol Horan; Best Inter B - Mary Meagher O'Keefe; Most Improved Player - Jeanette Ryan and Most Slams - joint winners Fiona and Sue.
Pictured Below: Thursday Morning Summer Lunch - Caroline and Fiona being presented with some lovely wine from Roisin and Sheila, on behalf of all the Thursday morning players.
Congratulations to Kieran Crowley who is this year's winner of the Railway Union Bridge Club's Presidents Prize.
What a very exciting competition it was - with our top three contenders battling it out until the very last round! Congratulations to Walter McNicholas who was in 2nd place, and to Cassandra Byrne in 3rd.
It was our first time to hold the President's Prize competition over three weeks and to play with different partners each night. I was delighted how everybody embraced this and it was great to see people playing with diifferent people each of the weeks. I hope that our summer bridge season will be a good opportunity to continue this and we'll look forward to 'playing around' a bit more!
A huge thank you to all who took part and made it such a success - 19 tables - a fantastic turnout!
I also have to thank the one and only Roisín Quigley for all her help and planning on this one - every permutation, potential complication was explored and thrashed out until we had it all down to a T - and everything ran as smoothly as expected. And those Excel sheets were just the business! I also want to thank John Royds for again running an excellent, hitch-free competition.
See you all at our Summer Party on Friday 7th June, where we will have our annual prizegiving ceremony and will also announce Player of the Year!
Best Dressed at the 4FunTeams!
The final of the 4FunTeams was held in Westmonstown last Saturday and as usual, it was a very enjoyable day.
Although we had no players at the top of the leaderboard, we are delighted to report that Caroline's Railway Union team - the Railway Express Team, won the Best Dressed Team on the day! Huge thanks to Caroline for her enthusiasm as she rallied her team members to embrace the FUN spirit of the competition. Despite the dress up gear, Caroline's team managed to position 5th in the first session and, out of 44 teams, finished in a very respectable 12th place overall.
Pictured here are the Railway Express 'Choo Choo' team - Mary Lynn, Sheila McDonald, Sue Power and Caroline Crowley being presented with the Best Dressed Award from CBAI president, Peter O'Meara.
IBU Club Pairs - Best Novice for Railway!
It was great to see so many pairs representing Railway Union at the IBU Club Pairs final in Templeogue this weekend. Mary Seaver and Anne Kelly led the Railway Union players, placing 6th overall. But huge congratulations go to Carol Horan and Sarah Hardiman who won Best Novice - well done girls!
Picured here are Carol and Sarah being presented their Award by Martin Brady.
Easter Egg Night in Railway
Just some of our winners from Easter Egg Night at Railway!
We had a whopping 34 pairs taking part this year - and it was a 'scramble' to the top! Well done to Deirdre Morris and Jennifer Nolan who came first, Tony Hayes and Roisin Quigley in 2nd, Fiona and Walter McNicholas in 3rd - and we were delighted to see, straight out of beginners class, Des Hogan and Tony Dunlea in 4th place. Well done guys - and everyone who took part.
Railway Union Novices take home the JJ Murphy Cup 2019
Well done to Yvonne Flanagan and Rita McAlinden who are this year's winners of the National Novice Competition - the JJ Murphy Cup.
It was great to see such a great turnout from Railway Union at the competition in Athlone - and great to see the girls win overall with an impressive 62.02% score. I am sure with our recent successes, and lots of our members who seem to have been bitten by the 'Bridge Bug' - we'll see many more of our players out again for next season!
Pictured here are Yvonne and Rita being presented with the Cup from CBAI President, Peter O'Meara.
CBAI SIMS PAIRS - DOUBLE WIN FOR RAILWAY UNION NOVICES
This year we had two Novice pairs who came out top in the CBAI Sims Pairs competition!
Well done to Yvonne Flanagan and Rita McAlinden who placed first nationwide, and to Sheila McDonald and Daphne Gaynor who placed 2nd nationwide.
The girls not only earned a few hundred masterpoints each for their achievement, but also some money!
Pictured here are the players Rita, Yvonne and Sheila (Daphne absent from photo) receiving the prize money.
John Burke Cup 2019
Congratulations to Kieran Crowley and Deirdre Morris who are this year's winners of the John Burke Cup. The John Burke Cup is one of our major annual competitions and is a draw for partners.
And huge congratulations to our runners ups also:
Kay Downes Trophy 2019
Railway Union Bridge Club was delighted to host the Dublin South Region's Kay Downes Trophy 2019 for the second year.
There was a great turnout of 20 pairs and we welcomed members from many clubs in the region. A big thank you to the Dublin South Region President, Brid Kemple, who was there to present the trophy. We were particularly honoured this year to have Kay Downes herself present the trophy with Brid - and also welcomed Kay's daughter Brideen and granddaughter Niamh. Brid paid tribute to all Kay's hard work for our region and indeed for CBAI and EBL, and all the novices were delighted to meet Kay!
Congratulations go to Bernie O'Sullivan and Bernie Price who are pictured here receiving the beautiful trophy from Kay Downes and Brid Kemple, both ladies were thrilled with their win in what was their first competition.
Thank you again to the Railway Union Committee and members who all helped out on the night, and a big thank you to Fiona O'Gorman who acted as Tournament Director.
Teas, coffees, wines and nibbles were enjoyed in the bar while hands were discussed in great detail by everybody!
Well done to everyone who played in the second 4Fun team qualifier in Milltown Golf Club on Monday 28th Jan, as usual Railway Members were out in force and I'm delighted to report the success of two of our teams who have now qualified for the National 4Fun final in Westmanstown in May. Congratulations go to Kieran Crowley, Sarah Hardiman, Anne Kelly, Colette Stokes, Caroline Crowley, Sheila McDonald, Mary Lynn and Phil Harnett. We wish them luck in May!
Railway Inter Bs win the Ruth Giddings Cup
Huge Congratulations to Anne Kelly, Mary Lynn, Mary Kane and Celia Magahy who were the winning team for this years Ruth Giddings Cup, and qualifiying for the National Teams Final in Athlone in April. A fantastic result for the girls - and great for the Railway Union profile too!
Not only did we take first place - Railway member Bob Neilson was on the 2nd placed team, while our other Railway team of Julie Rowan, Mary Burke, Ruth Maher and Aine Connolly, placed 3rd. Well done everyone!
The girls were presented with the Cup at the presentation afterwards - and on inspection of the cup we were reminded of our previous holders, Fiona, Caroline, Maeve and Mary Seaver, who also won this cup in 2015. Let's keep the competition spirit going and hopefully we will see more Railway members names on it in the future!
Mary Lynn, Anne Kelly, Celia Magahy and Mary Kane pictured at the awards presentation with DSR president, Brid Kemple.
Club Teams Competition Winners 2019
Our Club Teams night concluded last night and what a turnout this year - 21 teams which is the biggest entry we ever had!
Huge congratulations to Graeme Williams, Walter McNicholas, Mary Meagher O'Keefe and Patricia McGeown who are this year's Club Teams winners.
The final made for a nail-biting finish as John Royds gave us updates after each session - but the winning team had a fantastic finish, ahead of Colettes Stokes' team in 2nd place, and Roisin Quigley's team who came third - with just one point in the difference. We had prizes for 1st and 2nd Place B teams, and of course a Novice team.
Graeme said a few words at the end and I think he summed up exactly what our club is all about - good spirit, friendliness - all with a competitive edge of course - which keeps life interesting at the bridge table!
Thanks to everybody who contributed to the success of the night, from the entry co-ordination, gradings, seating position, prize money envelopes, to the room and table set up and tidy up - and of course to John Royds who, as Graeme mentioned in his speech, is just the best TD! I would particularly like to thank our three subs - Sharon McKenna, John Murray and Avril Barry, who all filled in for last minute cancellations (and in John's case, the very last minute!). At this time of year with cold and flu bugs going around it was so important to have that cover.
The winners line up is as follows:
Success for Railway at the National Ladies' National Teams 2019
We had a great turnout for Railway at the Mens and Ladies' National Pairs and Teams Competition last weekend in Clane.
There was very strong competition over the days but we all really enjoyed the days - and the challenge!
Congratulations to our Railway Players who made the podium. Phil Harnett was on the winning Regional Master Team - which is fantastic for Phil as an A1 to be so highly positioned. - well done Phil! Also to Colette Stokes and Sue Power who were on the winnng Intermediate A Team.
There are lots of qualiifers, national competitions and congreses coming up and I hope we will be well represented again.
Next up for Novices and Beginners ...
Jan 26th (Sat): Regional Teams - Inters A and Inter B (Templeogue Bridge Centre)
Feb 1-3rd: Wexford Congress
Feb 15-17th: Novice and Intermediate Congress (Hodson Bay, Athlone)
March 3rd (Sun): Regent Academy Open Novice and Beginners Pairs (Regent, Waterloo Road)
March 8th (Fri): Kay Downes Trophy - Novice (Railway Union Bridge Club)
April 13th (Sat): JJ Murphy Novice Trophy (Athlone Springs Hotel)
and additional for the Inter As and Area Masters ...
Feb 9-10th: Holmes Wilson Swiss Teams (Mount Wolseley)
April 13th: Lambert Cup - Area Master and Inter A Pairs (Athlone Springs Hotel)
April 14th: Cooper Cup - Area Master and Inter A Teams (Athlone Springs Hotel)
Christmas Party and Sandymount Gospel Choir!
We had a fantastic night at our Christmas Party - plenty of bridge, mulled wine and mince pies - and of course our special guests, the Sandymount Gospel Choir, who kindly came along and sang a few festive tunes! And it was great to see that we have a few mutual members, Cassandra, Rita, and Finola, who joined in the song.
A huge thanks to all the choir for giving up their time at such a busy time of year.
Success for Railway Novices at Tralee Congress
Well done to Carol Horan and Sarah Hardiman who won Best Novice at the Tralee Congress this weekend. The novice competititon was incorporated into the Gala pairs competition - and not only did they win Best Novice, they also positioned 9th place overall - which, out of a field of 30 pairs that included Intermediates and Masters, is a pretty impressive result!
Well Done Girls!
Well done to our Turkey Competition Winners!
The Turkey went to 1st Place winner - Walter McNicholas
The Ham went to 2nd place winner - Graeme Williams
The Pudding went to 3rd place winner - Madeline Phillips
And festive prizes were also given to 4th place down to 15th!
We had a great night and the individual competition was great fun, and a great opportunity to play a hand of bridge with sombody new. Thanks to John Royds who co-ordindated everthing so well and had us all sitting at the right place and the right time! Also thanks to Caroline and Carol for the beautiful festive display of all the prizes.
See you all at the Christmas Party next Monday for more festive cheer!
Regional Pairs Templeogue
Congratulations to Mary Kane and Celia Magahy who placed 2nd in Duffy Cup - the DSR Inter B Pairs Qualifier for the National Pairs Finals which will take place next March in Athlone. Well done girls!
And a huge thank you to all who took part - there was a great turn out for Railway for the Duffy Cup - and of course we will continue to encourage more to get out there and compete! We were also represented in both the Master and Inter A pairs divisions - and although we weren't picking any silverware on the day - we hope we may get a qualifcation closer to the time.
Mary and Celia pictured with DSR President, Brid Kemple
President's Charity Night - Thank You!
Our charity night was a mega success - what a turnout - and a turnover!
Funds raised so far... €4,405
We had more than a full house with 24 tables, ran two sections AND welcomed visitors from other clubs - who were very impressed with everything about our club!
We had the most generous donations in from our members and visitors on the night, and even had donations from people who know nothing about bridge! I think just the mention of who our chosen charity was brought out the generosity in people, and everybody was keen to throw us a few bob. We look forward to presenting our cheque to the Capuchin Centre later next week, just in time for Christmas.
Thank you to all who came and supported us. Thank you to the hardest working committee - from the coordination of food, prizes, seating, boards, envelopes, biros - to the room set up and decoration, with huge thanks to Julie and Martin who spent the afternoon hanging bunting and squeezing in those 25 tables - all this preparation work made way for the success it was! Thank you to our TD John Royds for running a smooth competition on such a busy night. And thank you to all our visitors - it was great to showcase our club on such an occasion.
Martin Cowley Cup 2018
A fantastic night was had in the club for the final night of the Martin Cowley Cup - our annual Club Pairs competition.
The two-week event was well attended with 16 tables and was brilliantly co-ordinated by Roisin, and of course by John Royds at the helm as Tournament Director - a huge thank you to both for all the hard work and organisation!
Congratulations to our Winners - Bernie O'Donnell and Jackie O'Neill
Thank you to Martin Cowley who came down to the club to present the trophy. Martin gave a fantastic speech, funny as always, and regaled us with stories from the early days and the startup of the bridge club - where it seemed Martin was founder, member, tournament director, secretary, treasurer, president... and lots more besides! Bernie gave a lovely speech and told us how much they enjoyed playing in our friendly club - and it was funny to see how surprised they were when their names were announced! But two great players they are and well deserved - we were all delighted to see them win.
We had seven prizes in total to award and the winners were as follows:
A lovely atmosphere prevailed in the bar during the awards while we all had a glass of wine and chatted. It certainly was a great start to our bridge season - and now with our first major competition under our belt we look forward to the coming year, our weekly Monday nights, Fanagan League matches and congresses and competitions galore!
Railway Union had a great turnout for the 4FUNTeams qualifier in the RDS on Friday 26th and it was great to see our players ranking, and fingers crossed, qualifying for the final next May. Well done to the Railway players who made the podium - Yvonne Flanagan, Maeve Cassidy, Fiona O'Gorman, Colette Stokes, Declan Moran, John Murray, and Cassandra Byrne and Carol Horan (pictured with teammates Mike Gowie and Teresa Gavin), all pictured here with Dublin South Region President, Brid Kemple.
Thank you to all who played - attending compettions like this really heightens the profile of our club. And in true Railway style we definitely brought the fun element to the night and embraced the spirit of the competition!