Railway Union Bridge Club
Release 2.19n

Summer Bridge on BBO will continue on Monday nights at 7.30pm

Cost 3BB dollars per player. 

Guests/visitors are welcome.   Please forward guest BBO user name to  to be put on our include list.

We will be taking a summer  break for Thursday morning bridge on BBO. We hope to resume early September- the date will be posted on RU BBO whatapp and our website calendar.

Good News

From Monday 18 May we will be running our Railway Union BBO  tournaments at our usual times on Monday evenings at 7:30pm and Thursday mornings at 10am.

Unfortunately you will need to pay BBO approximately €3 per game. Follow our updated instructions "4 steps to play bridge online" above. 

Dates and times of RU BBO on line tournaments will be updated on website calendar and also posted on RU BBO Whatsapp group

Happy Easter!

I would like to wish all our members a Happy and Safe Easter.


Thanks to Deirdre Morris for the beautiful picture of her Easter garden!


Club bridge on Monday nights,  Beginners classes on Thursday nights in Railway Union and Thursday morning Bridge in Monkstown Rugby club are suspended until further notice in accordance with Government and Public health guidelines to avoid the spread of Co vid 19.  Please continue to mind yourself, your family and neighbours.


Spare Partner

The Spare Partner rota is in effect and the spare partner on each night is posted on our calendar. Remember you can also use the 'find a partner' option the website. Instructions on how to do this are shown under the Find a Partner tab. 

Interested in joining?


Download an application form from the Membership section above


Monday pairs
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Monday pairs
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Monday pairs
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RU BBO online 7.30pm
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RU BBO online 7.30pm
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Monday pairs
RU BBO online 7.30pm
Director: RU TD
Welcome to Railway Union Bridge Club

Welcome to Railway Union Bridge Club, based in Sandymount, Dublin 4

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  and your name will be placed on a waiting list.  Alternatively you may download the form by going to Membership on the menu.  

A Thank You Message from Br. Kevin in the Capuchin Day Centre

Following on from the success of our Charity Night I was delighted to present Br. Kevin in the Capuchin Day Centre a cheque for €5,120 raised on the night - a fantastic amount and again a big thank you for such generosity.

The Capuchin Day Centre is such a worthy cause - and the personal experience of seeing long queues of people collecting meals, I have to say was very sobering indeed.

Br. Kevin was extremely grateful for the generous donation and asked that I thank the members on his behalf and looks forward to the day he can visit us in person. He reiterated that donations are needed now more than ever as the numbers of those requiring assistance have almost doubled since the start of the Covid crisis, and he envisages this will continue to increase. The staff and volunteers are working relentlessly to reach out to those in need. The social distancing measures required mean that staff numbers are reduced so the pressure is constant. However, they remain upbeat and cheerful. A most humbling experience. Thank you all once again.



We had a fabulous turn out for our Charity night in aid of the Capuchin Centre for the Homeless. A record 25 tables!  Caroline welcomed  players and our guests, with a special mention to our first time players on BBO. The competition was spiced up by some Spot prizes just to keep John, our TD, on his toes. We played 18 boards and the game  was followed by Prize giving and raffle on Zoom when Caroline thanked everyone for their generous donations.  BBO have also waived their fee for that night so all table money will also go to the Capuchins. We have raised  €5120  -  a fantastic amount which is much needed at this time to help Br. Kevin provide necessary food, shelter, medical  and social welfare to our most vulnerable. Once again our community spirit has done us proud.

Railway Union Summer End of Year Awards
Railway Union Summer End of Year Awards

Virtual Summer Party 2020

Unfortunately, due to the Covid restrictions, we were not able to have our Summer end of season party on Friday 5thJune. This is sad as it has always been an enjoyable evening, playing a little bridge but most of all a chance to socialise (something that many of us have missed in the last few weeks) with some good food and whatever tickles your fancy to drink. This is the night that we give our annual awards and prizes and an opportunity for me to thank all those that help our community bridge club run so smoothly. This year Caroline had to announce our worthy awards by email - not quite the same - but no less well deserved.

* * * The Awards * * *

Player of the Year: Congratulations to Walter McNicholas who wins the Player of the Year Award - for the second year in a row, and is presented with the Silver Salver! Walter has recently bit the bullet and joined our online Railway BBO game. 

Best B: Well done to Marianne Gorman who is presented with a cash gift.

Best B2: Keeping it in the family - Fiona McNicholas who is presented with a cash gift.

Best Novices: This year is a Joint prize. Congratulations to Eileen O’Regan and Eimer O’Rourke. Very fitting for a regular partnership who are keen beginner bridge players. Only one Salver to be presented - but sharing is caring!

Most Improved player: Well done to Elaine McKenna who is presented with a cash gift.

Most Slams bid: Well you would never have guessed! Yes - it’s Walter McNicholas. There’s just no stopping him and is presented with a cash gift

Spirit of the Year: Congratulations to Kieran Crowley who is awarded this for his Initiative and perseverance in setting up and being TD for our Railway game on BBO online.  Many members have thanked and continue to thank for getting them through those difficult restricted times since March. Our Railway players are now quite adept at navigating their way around the BBO site as a result. Kieran was presented (not so socially distanced) with a gift voucher as a small token of the club’s appreciation.

A special thank you to Fiona O’Gorman for generously giving up her time to run Thursday morning bridge both in Monkstown and now on BBO. Fiona was presented with a gift voucher and wine.

Caroline also thanked both Fiona and Roisin for their help in setting up and helping to get members started on BBO, and for the many other jobs that are done in the background, she is indebted to them both. And a special thank you also to Yvonne Flanagan for acting as our bridge representative on the RU Sports Club committee.

Caroline gave big thank you to John, our National TD, who never lets us down and is always there gently nudging and guiding us. Well done to John for taking on the recent challenge of being our Virtual RU BBO TD. 

Finally, Caroline thanked her hardworking committee who work quietly in the background. No job is too small or too much trouble. There are many jobs that are done behind the scenes, from administration, dealing boards, updating our website, shopping for gifts and prizes and preparing snacks for special events. Without their help we would not have the community, friendly, smooth running club that we do.


Final words from President of Railway Union Bridge Club

I thought I was well prepared, having been on the bridge committee for a few years and served many roles but I was not prepared for our recent Public Health crisis (as no one was). It was a difficult decision to close our club but I am proud that we did the right thing to protect our members. It was unfortunate that we had to miss playing some of our Major competitions but we had a varied calendar and introduced more teams competitions which I hope you all enjoyed. We also introduced IMP scoring - something new to learn. Playing Bridge online has been a huge learning curve for us as organisers and for you as members but we have, collectively risen to the challenge and it is wonderful to see many of our members playing online and keeping the game of bridge alive. The future of club bridge is unknown at this stage but, like most of you, I cannot wait till we can play real bridge together in a real club and to meet again.  Looking forward to one hell of a party.

Till then stay safe and enjoy your Summer.


Kay Downes Virtual Novice Trophy 2020

An exciting night was had last Friday 19th June as Dublin South Region held its first 'Virtual' Major Regional Competition, the Kay Downes Novice Trophy - hosted by Railway Union and Tournament Directed by Fiona O'Gorman.

We were delighted to host this competition for the third year running - and as a result of our sucesss in our transition to the Virtual Bridge world through BBO - we were honoured to be entrusted to host DSR's first major online competition.

There was a great turnout of 15 tables, and we were especially delighted to see some of our own Railway Union novice players taking part - with a shout out to Paul and Aideen Costigan who were the runners up - well done!

Our president Caroline extended a warm welcome to all players at the beginning of the compettion and was there to open the award cermoney through Zoom. Kay Downes' daughter Brideen Downes, and her grand-daughter Niamh Gormally, along with Dublin South Region President Ciara Gleeson, were there to present the Trophy to the winnners, Gary Beirne and Niamh Doyle - very well done!  Although, Kay was not able to be present  (as she has been so many times in previous years) she sent a video message which was played on Zoom - a very touching moment.

Niamh also did some post game hand analysis which all attending found very interesting. 

Kay Downes Virtual Novice Trophy 2020
Kay Downes in the Zoom...
Kay Downes in the Zoom...

Railway Union will be now be hosting  PAY online tournaments on BBO while the club is closed starting on Monday 18th May  at our usual start time of 7.30pm and also Thursday morning at 10am. Dates and times of RU BBO tournaments will be on our website calendar and will also be posted on RU BBO Whatsapp group.

We have instructions on how to do this and how to enter the tournament on a new page that you will find in the menu or click here 4 STEP TO PLAY BRIDGE ONLINE

For our non-techy members don't be intimidated - we are here to help you get online.

Enjoy your bridge and keep in touch with your Railway Bridge community in a way that helps to keep us all safe and healthy.


GOOD NEWS! Congratulations to Roisin and Martin Quigley who won the Best Intermediate B1 prize on Monday night CBAI SIMS in February. Well done and a big virtual applause to you both. Prizemoney on its way.

Also Well Done to Carol Horan who won the Regional prize for  submitting our club  affilliations in a timely manner to CBAI. Well deserved.

Sad News

It is with regret that I inform you of  the death of John McColgan. John was a regular player on Thursday mornings until he beacame ill. He was a great character full of wit, especially when trying to justify his creative bids to his partner. We all enjoyed his company and craic at Thursday bridge. Our condolences to his family and his loyal bridge partner, Tony Hayes. May he rest in peace.

Coronavirus Covid-19
Coronavirus Covid-19


The committee have decided to suspend all Club bridge on Monday nights in Railway Union and Thursday mornings in Monkstown Rugby club until further notice in an effort to avoid the spread of Coronavirus. We will continue to monitor the situation and take advice from CBAI, HSE and GOV. ie. Please continue to refer to Railway Union bridge website for updates.

All National Bridge competitions, Congresses, 4Fun Teams and IBU Club pairs due to take place up to July  2020 have been cancelled/postponed in an effort to contain the spread of Covid 19. Please refer to CBAI website for details

For further advice  and personal protection Railway members are advised that they should comply with HSE guidelines on the HSE website:

HSE Coronavirus Covid-19 page

Let's try and keep our bridge community safe and healthy!

Malahide Congress 2020
Malahide Congress 2020

Congratulations to Mary Burke and Marianne Gorman who made the podium by coming 6th place in the Inter B pairs at the Malahide Congress last weekend. Well done girls!

Regent Open Novice Pairs 2020
Regent Open Novice Pairs 2020

Regent Open Novice Pairs Winners  

Huge Congratulations to Railway members Aideen and Paul Costigan who won the Regent Open Novice Pairs last weekend. Great to see our novices doing so well - Well done!

And a reminder to all Novices that the Dublin South Region Novice competition, the Kay Downes Trophy, takes place in Railway Union on Friday 24th April and we hope to see many of our novices players taking part!

Pictured receiving their prize is Aideen and Paul with sponsor Teresa Gavin of Gavin Burke Solicitors, and Regent Bridge Club President Mary Kelly-Rogers. 



Holmes Wilson 2020
Holmes Wilson 2020

Holmes Wilson - Railway on the podium again!

Congratulations to Bob Neilson and Sari Winkworth who were on the Best A2 team at the Holmes Wilson this weekend. The team also had a fantastic 3rd session, placing 8th in the session, which is a great achievement in such a strong field.

Well done!

Pictured are Bob and Sari, with teammates Lean and Mary, receiving their Best A2 prize from CBAI President Neil Burke.



Well Done to Deirdre Morris (Left) and Carol Horan (Right) who came 3rd in the Intermediate B competition in Clane  on Saturday 15th February.

Ruth Giddings Cup 2020 Winners
Ruth Giddings Cup 2020 Winners

Ruth Giddings Cup Winners
- Second year in a row for Railway!

Huge Congratulations to Moya Murphy, Aine Connolly, Mary Burke and Julie Rowan who were the winning team for this years Ruth Giddings Cup, and qualifiying for the National Teams Final in Athlone on the 25th-26th April 2020. 

GO RAILWAY!!! This is our second year in a row to take home this cup - a great consistent perfomance by the Railway Inter B players!

Moya, Aine, Mary and Julie pictured at the awards presentation with DSR president, Ciara Gleeson.

Club Teams 2020 Winners
Club Teams 2020 Winners

We had a fantastic entry this year of 21 teams. Thanks to Deirdre Morris for taking entries. Thanks also to John Royds for running a smooth competition. We certainly kept him on his toes.

Winners of the 2020 Club Team are Marianne Gorman & Bernie O'Donnell
Judy Loomes & Fiona McNicholas


 ... and the runner ups

2nd Place
Deirdre Morris, Jennifer Nolan, Alison Dunlop and Madeline Phillips

3rd Place Mary Kane, Walter McNicholas, Graeme Williams and Mary Meagher O'Keefe.

Best Inter B team was won by Ailis Kennedy, Nollaig Dunne, Ann Connolly and Martin Cowley

Best Novice team were Maeve Cassidy, Niamh O'Grady, Eimer O'Rourke and Eileen O'Regan.

First session winners were Fiona O'Gorman, Ruth Maher, Cassandra Byrne and Kieran Crowley

Second session winners were Pauline Tighe, Maura McKenna, Paula Clancy and Catherine Bradley



Huge congratulations to Kieran Crowley and his team mates (Mike Gowie, Martin Purdy and Fergus O'Rafferty) who won Best Area Master Prize - and a fantastic 6th overall - in the National Men’s Teams competition (Geraldine Trophy) in Clane at the weekend. A great achievement in a very strong field. Well done guys!

Christmas Party 2019

Christmas Party

Our last club night of the year and what a night it was! We had a short game of bridge which was interrupted with cracker pulling, giving out spot and raffle prizes and trying to spot the most festively dressed! Afterwards we went into the bar and were treated to finger food and mince pies, all washed down with lashings of mulled wine. The highlight of the evening was being entertained by The Blackrock Ukelele Band who had our members up singing and dancing. These guys do this for fun and do not charge and any donations they receive they give to The Blackrock Hospice. Due to the generosity of our members we raised a whopping total of €800 which has been already given to Hospice - a lovely gesture before Xmas to those less fortunate.

Christmas Party 2019
Railway Success in Dublin South Region competition

Congratulations to Railway members who were on the podium on Sat 30th November in the Dublin South Regional competition in Templeogue.

Mary Burke and Cathie Hogan - 3rd in Inter B competition.

Kieran and Caroline Crowley - Best Area Master prize in the Open pairs competition.


Turkey Competition Winners 2019
Turkey Competition Winners 2019
Railway Union November teams
Railway Union November teams - 1st
Railway Union November teams 2nd
Railway Union November teams 3rd
Railway Union November teams 4th
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Railway held its first ever teams competiion where you entered as a pair and a there was a draw for team mates. The draw took place in the club house at 7 15 pm. We had a super entry of 18 teams thanks to Deirdre Morris. Thanks to everyone for arriving early and allowing us to start the competiion in good time. Caroline welcomed Dermot O'Brien and and remarked that it was the first time we have had a National Master play in a club competition. Prizegiving was in the bar afterwards and there was a general consensus that this competition should be repeated next year...........

Winning team - Anne Kelly, Jackie O'Neill, Bob Neilson & Mervyn Whaley

2nd - Marianne Gorman, Bernie O'Donnell, Noreen Minehan & Fiona Mc Nicholas

3rd - Mary Burke, Julie Rowan, Moya Murphy & Aine Connolly

4th - Dermot O'Brien, Tony Hayes, Joyce Walsh & Margaret Sheridan

Martin Cowley Cup 2019 - Club Pairs
Martin Cowley Cup 2019 - Club Pairs

Martin Cowley Cup 2019

Our annual Club Pairs competition, the Martin Cowley Cup. came to a conclusion last Monday night after two sessions of great bridge!

The event was well attended with 16.5 tables and a big thank you must go to Julie for co-ordinating all the entries, and of course to John Royds for such a well run competition.

Congratulations to our Winners - Walter McNicholas and Mary Kane 

Thank you to Martin Cowley who came down to the club to present the trophy again this year.

We had seven prizes in total to award and the winners were as follows:

1st Place  -  Walter McNicholas and Mary Kane
2nd Place  -  Caroline Crowley and Sheila McDonald
3rd Place  -  Sue Power and Colette Stokes
Session 1  -  Grainne Flannelly and Ann Gibbons
Session 2  -  Mary Seaver and Maeve Flanagan
Best B  -  Elaine McKenna and Phil Sweeney
Best Novice  -  Mary Sheahan and Jeanette Ryan


Pictured above are Walter and Mary being presented with the Cup by club president Caroline Crowley and Martin Cowley. 


Pictured below are some of our winners on the night!


4Fun Teams Qualifier @ RDS
  • 4Fun Teams 2nd section C
  • 4Fun teams RDS 2nd Section A
  • 4Fun Teams RDS 2nd Section D

4 Fun Teams Qualifier Friday 11th Oct 2019

Railway Union had a great turnout for the 4FUNTeams qualifier in the RDS on Friday 11th October with five teams entered! It was great to see our teams ranking so well and and fingers crossed we hope to have a few qualifying for the final next May. Pictured here are all the Railway players who made the podium!



Duais an Uachtarain
Duais an Uachtarain

Duais an Uachtarain 2019

Well done to all who took part in the CBAI Duais an Uachtarain in Westmanstown. 

Huge congratulations to Donla Twomey and partner (Jim Manning from Regent Academy) who won the Intermediate competition on Sunday. Pictured here with Neil Burke, President of CBAI.


Annual General Meeting
Carol, our Honorary Secretary,  reported a thriving membership. She gave an account of performances in competitions at club, interclub, regional and national level which showed the competitive spirit of our members. Sue, our outgoing President, said how much she enjoyed the year and thanked her hard working committee, especially those that were stepping down. She continued to promote Bridge by saying how much she enjoyed the game and that it has changed her life. Caroline took up the position as President and elected the committee for 2019/20 and said how much she was looking forward to working with them. She  hoped to continue to build on the hard work that had previously been laid by past presidents (pictured above) and their committees.  Caroline thanked Sue for all her hard work throughout the year and described her as being a truly amazing President. On behalf of the club she presented Sue with a bouquet of flowers.  Caroline extended a warm welcome to the new members. She encouraged the Beginners/Novices to continue playing in the club, no matter how daunting the game may seem and reminded the more experienced members to be supportive.

Railway Union Bridge Club - Past Presidents
Pictured here is Caroline with all the clubs past presidents: Front row (from left to right) Roisin Quigley, Sue Power, Caroline Crowley, Marianne Gorman. Back row (from left to right) Fiona O'Gorman, Pauline Tighe, Martin Cowley, Dermot O'Brien.


Railway at the Bray Congress
Railway at the Bray Congress

Railway at the Bray Congress 

Well done and thanks to everybody who attended the Bray Congress this weekend - again it was great to see such a great turnout for Railway Union - and all doing so well too!

The Congress kicked off on Friday night with the Novice pairs and we were delighted to see Yvonne Flanagan and Rita McAlinden pick up 3rd place - well done girls!

Saturday night saw Marianne Gorman and Jackie O'Neill winning Best Inter B in the Intermediate Pairs.

Railway were back on the podium again in the Teams on Sunday with Phil Harnett's team winning Best Area Master team in the Congress Swiss teams, while Sue Power and Colette Stokes' team placed 3rd in the Intermediate Teams.

The new bridge season kicks off this Monday 2nd September and we have an exciting schedule ahead with plenty of congresses, competitions and leagues to take part in. We'll keep you updated on all that's cominig up and hope to see as many as possible taking part.

Pictured are Yvonne and Rita on the podium with Neil Burke, CBAI President and Mairead Haugh, President of Bray Bridge Club.

First Place for Railway Area Masters at the Dublin Summer Congress
First Place for Railway Area Masters at the Dublin Summer Congress

Success at the Dublin Summer Congress for Railway Union

Huge congratulations to Fiona, Caroline and Kieran - and their teammate Kate, who came 1st Place in the Area Master Teams competition at the Dublin Summer Congress at the weekend. A great achievement by our Area Masters!

Also well done to Anna Murphy who came 3rd place in the Inter B pairs - and to Colette Stokes who was on the 3rd place team in the Inter A teams competition. 

It was great to see the club well represented across all the divisions and well done and thank you to all our players who took part. We look forward to an action-packed calender of competitions and events in the new bridge season and hope to see many more of our members on the podium again!


Summer Party 2019... and Annual Awards

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!

Enjoy :-)




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.




President's Prize 2019 Winner - Kieran Crowley
President's Prize 2019 Winner - Kieran Crowley

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 for the 4FunTeams 2019
Best Dressed for the 4FunTeams 2019

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.


Best Novice IBU Club Pairs Final
Best Novice IBU Club Pairs Final

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 2019

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.

Easter Egg Night 2019
JJ Murphy Cup Winners
JJ Murphy Cup Winners

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.


SIMS Winners!
SIMS Winners!


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
John Burke Cup 2019

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:

2nd Place Owen O'Meara and Phil Harnett (absent from pic)
3rd Place Gemma O'Toole and Liz Kevens
4th Place Carol Horan and Mervyn Whaley


Kay Downes Trophy
Kay Downes Trophy


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!

More Fun @ 4Fun Teams Milltown

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!

Ruth Giddings Cup 2019 Winners
Ruth Giddings Cup 2019 Winners

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 2019 Winners
Club Teams 2019 Winners

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:

1st Place Graeme Williams, Walter McNicholas, Mary Meagher O'Keefe, Patricia McGeowan
2nd Place Colette Stokes, Sue Power, Niamh Harty, Rachel Connellan
3rd Place Roisin Quigley, Martin Quigley, Kevin O'Toole, Gemma O'Toole
Inter B - 1st Julie Rowan, Mary Burke, Moya Murphy, Aine Connelly
Inter B - 2nd Bernie O'Donnell, Anna Murphy, Jackie O'Neill, Marianne Gorman
Best Novice Carol Horan, Sarah Hardiman, Daphne Gaynor, Sheila McDonald





McMenamin Bowl - National Ladies’ Teams

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 2018

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

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

Turkey Competition 2018

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 2018
Regional Pairs 2018

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


Presidents Charity Night 2018
Presidents Charity Night 2018


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 - Club Pairs
Martin Cowley Cup 2018 - Club Pairs

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:

1st Place Bernie O'Donnell and Jackie O'Neill
2nd Place Mary Burke and Julie Rowan
3rd Place Caroline Crowley and Cassandra Byrne
Session 1 Tony Hayes and Peter Shaffrey
Session 2 Rita Lequerica and Maeve O'Kennedy
Best B Margaret Sheridan and Joyce Walsh
Best Novice Carol Horan and Sarah Hardiman


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! 


Fun at the 4FunTeams!
  • Carol Cassandra with Mike and Teresa 4FUN
  • Fiona Colette John 4Fun
  • Maeve and Sheila
  • Yvonne and team 4Fun

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!