Railway Union Bridge Club
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What's On in February 2023

Railway Union Bridge Club Newsletter February 2023                


Congratulations to our Regional Masters!

We are delighted to announce some notable achievements by our members early in 2023. Fiona O'Gorman and Sue Power were officially promoted from Area Master to Regional Master in the CBAI's end of year regrading. This is an amazing achievement as they started playing Bridge at classes in Railway Union and now, little more than a decade after their first Bridge competition, they have obtained the 40 National Points required to become Regional Masters. During these years both Fiona and Sue have played major roles in the development of the club, incuding being President at different times, Fiona contributes in numerous ways, including sharing the role of volunteer TD for Thursday morning Bridge with Caroline Crowley. Sue was instrumental in designing the website and promotional material for the club. Both members contributed to the content of the 10th anniversary booklet, with Sue contributing her professional expertise to the overall design and production.


Congratulations to our SIMS Stars!

Several pairs obtained high national rankings in the February Simultaneous Pairs, the full results may be seen here .

Colette Stokes and Sue Power on 65.8% are 12th from 693 pairs for the Monday competition. On Thursday, Colette Stokes and Cassandra Byrne on 68.55% are 5th from 854 pairs. What a stunning performance by Colette, achieving two top 10 finishes in the same week!


What's On …

Club Teams Competition on Monday 13th and 20th February

We have a great turnout of 16 teams for this competition, ably organised by our 'matchmaker' Bernie Price. It's important that no-one should play on two different teams. Please be seated by 7:15 each week to ensure a prompt start. We will play 20 boards on 13th February. The bar will be open after play on 20th February to celebrate the prizewinners.


Monday 27th February a normal, calm, Pairs Competition!


Monday 6th March Charity Night - advance notice

This year's Charity is Pieta House, the suicide prevention charity. Members, their friends, and members of local Bridge clubs are welcome to participate. There will be a raffle and presentation of prizes in the Bar after Bridge. We will use the Hall and may use the Community Room and / or the Bar depending on numbers. There will be ample opportunity to donate to the Charity on the night. In order to plan the event it will be necessary to enter in advance.  

How you can help:

  1. Come and play, perhaps with a guest.
  2. Encourage your friends to come.
  3. Publicise the event in other clubs where you play.
  4. Donate prizes to the raffle. 
  5. Buy raffle tickets on the night.
  6. Donate money, online through the club website or at the event.

NB We will accept all payment options for the Charity Night, including cash, cheques, credit cards, electronic transfers including the Stripe feature on the club website  .

Full details in a separate bulletin by mid February.

Any questions: Email or ask any committee member on Mondays or Thursdays.

Mary Burke, President. Tel 086 853 9896 

Monday Pairs
Thursday morning
Monday Pairs IMPs scoring
Thursday morning
30th Mar 2023
Thursday Pairs
30th Mar 2023
Classes for Beginners (stage 2)
3rd Apr 2023
Easter Egg competition
Charity Bridge for Pieta on Monday 6th March

Railway Union Bridge Club

Charity Night Monday 6th March 2023




In aid of Pieta House 


Monday 6th March at 7:30pm sharp, please be seated by 7:15pm.


Cost €10 per person. Pre entry is essential.


Location: Railway Union Sports Club, Park Avenue, Sandymount, D04 PF86.


Members, friends, and members of local Bridge clubs are very welcome to this fundraiser for the Suicide Prevention Charity Pieta


Railway Union Bridge Club members can enter by adding names to a list on Monday evening or Thursday morning Bridge. Or you can email, giving your name, grade and NBID number. 


Enter by 27th February to guarantee your place. 


You can support this fundraiser in many ways:

  1. By entering the Charity Night competition.
  2. By inviting friends to play in the competition.
  3. By publicising the event in other clubs where you play.
  4. By buying raffle tickets on the night.
  5. By donating prizes for the raffle.
  6. By sponsoring part of the event, e.g. prizes or other costs.


Donations may also be made online on the club's website at and will be accepted on the night by cash, cheque, card, from emptied piggybank, etc.


Any questions: contact Mary at 086 853 9896.


Thank You!

Result from the Pavilion click Charity night Pavilion.htm

Result from the main Hall click RU Charity Hall.htm


Welcome to Railway Union Bridge Club

Welcome to Railway Union Bridge Club, located in Sandymount, Dublin 4.

We are a very friendly and social club playing on Monday nights and Thursday mornings in Railway Union Sports Club at Park Ave, Sandymount, 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:  Application forms may be downloaded from the Membeship section of this website. They are also available from the club secretary at .

On Monday night, guests can play max 3 x per year (except Major competitions).

Currently guests are not restricted on Thursday morning (subject to review).

Committee 2022-2023

Committee and Other Officers

President Mary Burke 086 853 9896

Vice President Mary Kane

Hon Secretary Anne Sommerville 086 816 3338

Hon Treasurer Marion Moran 087 221 5475

Past President Mary Seaver

Ordinary Members Sheila McDonald, Bernie O'Donnell, Eileen O'Regan, Bernie Price

Trustees Roisin Quigley, Pauline Tighe

Hon Auditor Peter Daly

Martin Cowley Cup 2022

Martin Cowley Cup Success

Congratulations to everyone who played in the Martin Cowley Cup, it was a closely fought competition with the lead fluctuating on several occasions during the last round. Many thanks to John Royds, our TD, for his meticulous planning of the event.

It was good to see two new winners, heartiest congratulations to Joan Casey and Paula Clancy. Here's the full list of winners:

Overall 1 Paula Clancy & Joan Casey

Overall 2 Caitriona & Owen Hensey

Overall 3 Anna Murphy & Mervyn Whaley

Best B Pair Norma O'Dowd & Bernie Price

Session 1 Ruth Maher & Fiona O'Gorman 

Session 2 Arlene Hogan & Bob Neilsen.



Final Night of the Summer Grand Prix

The final night of our Summer Grand Prix took place on Monday 29th Aug 2022 in the hall.

There was a great turn out with a spot prize raffle during the game. Presentation of prizes was in the bar after the game.

Mary thanked Fiona O’Gorman for her innovative idea, updating the leader board and sponsoring the prizes.

Mervyn and Marianne both said how much they enjoyed the competition and thanked our TD John, and the committee.

Congratulations to our winners:  1st/2nd joint = Mervyn Whaley and Su Li.

3rd = Joan Casey.

Best A = Anne Kelly.

Best B = Margaret and Paddy Moran.

Best attendance = Marianne Gorman.


Presidents Prize

Presidents Prize


We had 12/13 tables each night and ran a hybrid competition with amalgamated results.

Many thanks to Roisin Quigley for doing the  leader board  each week and of course John Royd’s for running such a smooth competition. (See website for leader board)

Congratulations to our winners:  1st Prize:  Fiona O'Gorman

                                                            2nd Prize:  Ruth Maher

                                                             3rd Prize: Phil Sweeney

 Prizes will be awarded on June 9th at our summer party.

President's Annual End of Year Awards

Our end of year summer annual awards took place on Thursday 9th June.

 We were so delighted to be able to celebrate this event with a summer party for the first time in 3 years in the patio area of RUSC.

The initial presentation was to the winners of the Presidents Prize held on 3 Mondays in May.        

1st Prize – Fiona O’Gorman

2nd Prize – Ruth Maher.

3rd Prize – Phil Sweeney.

The summer awards winners are:

Player of the Year – Fiona O’Gorman.

Best Novice – Rosario Kealy.

Best Inter B1 – Liz Kevans.

Best Inter B2 – Paula Kilbane.

Best Inter A – Juliet Kelly

Most Improved Player – Phil Sweeney

Slam Bidder of the Year. – Fiona O Gorman.

Spirit of RUBC – Roisin Quigley.


  Fiona O'Gorman  - PP Winner        Phil Sweeney -  PP 3rd Place         Rosario Kealy - Best Novice                Paula Kilbane - Best B2


Phil Sweeney - Most Improved Player          Fiona O'Gorman  - Player of the Year     Juliet Kelly - Best A     


Fiona O'Gorman - Most Slams         Roisin Quigley - Spirit of RUBC


Mary thanked the committee for all their support and hard work throughout the year.

She reminded members that our summer games would be in person only.

The Summer Grand Prix would start on Monday 20th June and run for  10 weeks.