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Railway Union Bridge Club Newsletter November 2022



Simultaneous Pairs Week 7th-11th November

All clubs in Ireland and the UK play the same boards during the week of 7th-11th November. Players can access a booklet after play that discusses each hand and advises on bidding and play. So it's a great way to learn. The results from all clubs are integrated so you see how you did nationally as well as in the club. In previous years RUBC members have featured in the top 10 in Ireland. We will play the Simultaneous Boards on Monday evening 7th Nov and Thursday morning 10th Nov. Note: You can only play once each day during the SIMS week, if you play in another club on Monday morning the boards would be the same on Monday night in Railway. Equally if you play with us on Thursday morning you should not play in another club on Thursday evening. Ask the TD or me to clarify if this doesn't make sense.


Normal November Pairs will continue on Monday 14th and Thursday 17th. 


Monday 21st We will have normal play for all levels but will use IMP scoring instead of Matchpoints. This is the normal method of scoring in team events. When playing IMPs, your score on a contract is compared to the score of the other pairs who played the same hands. The Fanagan League uses this scoring method. 


Monday 28th is the Turkey Tournament. You enter as an individual and change partners every round. A fun night for players of all levels. Seasonal prizes!


Advance Date for your Diary: Christmas Party on Monday 12th December.


The Fanagan League competition between clubs in the Dublin South Region has been revived in 2022/2023. We have entered 5 teams at Novice, B and A levels. Thanks to Sheila McDonald for organising the entries and to the volunteer team captains: Ide  Gavin, Phil Sweeney, Rita McAlinden, Elaine McKenna, and Rosario Kealy. You'll see the teams in action at opposite ends of the room on Mondays. Please avoid noise or disturbance around the match tables.


A few Membership Fees of €75 are now SERIOUSLY overdue. We will be sending the list of members to CBAI shortly and we would hate to omit anyone who wanted to rejoin. There are two ways to pay:

1: By direct transfer to our Bank Account - preferred method:

Railway Union Bridge Club, Bank of Ireland, Blackrock, Co Dublin

IBAN: IE75BOFI 901028 89316617


**** PLEASE remember to PRINT YOUR NAME in the  ‘REFERENCE/INFORMATION’  section of your payment***


2: Via Stripe on Railway Union Bridge Club website: 

Select Membership, then select the sub heading : Payments, where you will see the option for membership sub.


Tournament Directors:  We are lucky to have a superb team of Tournament Directors (TDs). John Royds, a National Tournament Director, plans and organises our Monday games with calm and gracious efficiency. On Thursday mornings club members, usually Caroline Crowley or Fiona O'Gorman, give generously of their time as Volunteer Tournament Directors. It would be useful to have some backup for Thursday mornings. Members who have done the basic TD course are encouraged to volunteer.


Committee: I would like to pay tribute to our amazing Committee who have enabled us to return to face-to-face Bridge twice a week and hold classes for Beginners on Thursday evenings. They are Anne, Bernie, Eileen, Marion, Mary x3, and Sheila. We have one vacancy on the Committee since the AGM, if anyone might like to join the Committee please chat to me or any member. Ideally the member would be free to help on Monday evenings and either Thursday mornings or evenings.


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


Mary Burke, President. Tel 086 853 9896 

Turkey Individual
Thursday morning bridge 2
Monday Pairs IMP scoring
Thursday Pairs
28th Nov 2022
Turkey Tournament
Individual competition, changing partners every round.
1st Dec 2022
Thursday Pairs
5th Dec 2022
Celtic Nations SIM Pairs €10
Normal pairs, with commentary on hands.
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.



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

Hon Secretary Anne Sommerville 086 816 3338

Hon Treasurer Marion Moran 087 221 5475

Past President Mary Seaver

Ordinary Members Mary Kane, Sheila McDonald, Bernie O'Donnell, Eileen O'Regan

Trustees Roisin Quigley, Pauline Tighe

Hon Auditor Peter Daly

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.