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Our Charity Night was a HUGE SUCCESS!! With over €1,000 raised.  Many thanks to everyone for supporting the evening. Special thanks to the organisers who did a fantastic job.

The proceeds of the night went to Ratoath Active Age (cheque presented by John to Peg Maher) and the Alzheimers Society (cheque presented to Maura Ryan).

Many thanks

The Committee

Website update ...

.. photos and news from the 2017-2018 season can be found under either the News tab

Welcome to Ratoath Bridge Club



Our friendly club plays in The Venue, Main street, Ratoath, Co. Meath every Thursday at 7:00pm sharp. We are convenient to Ashbourne, Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin, Kilbride, Skreen.

Parking is on street as availability allows. Visitors are very welcome. The playing fee is five Euro and the club is open Sep. to May.

Membership is thirty five Euro and the club secretary is Eileen.


If you are interested in learning the beautiful game of Bridge or in joining a local club, you may be interested to know that the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland (CBAI) is running a national promotion week from 16 to 25 August 2019. Club members from both Ashbourne & Ratoath will be around Ashbourne Library on Saturday 17 August and Ashbourne Supervalu & Tescos on Friday & Saturday 23 & 24 August.

We will be happy to answer any of your questions and hopefully guide you towards a truely rewarding lifelong adventure with this beautiful game.

For more information you can contact the Club secretary for each Club - Ashbourne 086 1018937 and Ratoath 087 2261393.

Additional information from the Regional Committee on 01 8492280, 046 9028391 or 01 8251335North East Region

The CBAI 01 4929666 during office hours.

"Bridge is such a sensational game that I wouldn't mind being in jail if I had three cellmates who were decent players and who were willing to keep the game going 24 hours a day." - Warren Buffett

"Many games provide fun, but Bridge grips you. It exercises your mind. Your mind can rust you know, but Bridge prevents the rust from forming." - Omar Sharif

"Bridge is the most entertaining and intelligent card game the wit of man has so far devised." - W. Somerset Maugham



Congratulations to Eileen Hogan who won PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2019!!!!!!

well done Eileen!!

President's Prize winners 2019
President's Prize winners 2019

Congratulations to Margaret Power on winning the 2019 President's Prize!! Well done Margaret!

..and congratulations to Margaret Daniels for second place!! Well done Margaret!

...and congratulations to Elizabeth Kane for third place! Well done Elizabeth!

Updates to CBAI Rules & Regulations from 1 September 2018
Updates to CBAI Rules & Regulations from 1 September 2018

Briefing for all clubs on CBAI Rules and Regulations- Updates that take effect from 1st September 2018. This information covers the way we use Alerts and Announcements.

First of all the Laws of Duplicate Bridge covers this under Law 40. Under A 1(b) of  Law 40 it states each partnership has a duty to make its partnership understandings available to its opponents. The Regulating Authority specifies the manner in which this is done.
Our Regulating Authority is the CBAI. First and importantly at the start of every round each pair must inform the opponents of their basic system (e.g.) forcing club, strength of No Trump opening, 4 or 5-card majors) and their carding methods and in particular any unusual openings for which opponents may need to prepare.
A 5-card major is basically a natural system- so no alert is required if the the bid is a normal unlimited bid. When you state your system at the start it does not absolve you from the requirement to alert or announce any calls during the auction.  However 5-card majors do not require an alert whether or not they are pre-disclosed.  

More detailed description follows below:


You should announce your partner’s bid in the following three specific cases:

If partner opens a non-forcing 1C or 1D that can be made with 0, 1, 2 or 3 cards in the suit, you say ‘could be 0, 1, 2 or 3 cards' as appropriate.

If partner opens 1NT - you state the range e.g. ‘15-17’ or whatever the range is.

If you open 1NT and the next player passes and your partner makes a transfer response of 2D or 2H - you say ‘Transfer to Hearts’ or ‘Transfer to Spades’ as appropriate.

The announcement is solely for the benefit of the opponents and partner is not permitted to use any unauthorised information gained from hearing the announcement.


A forcing 1C opening bid needs to be alerted.

No Alert or Announcement is required for a 5-card Major suit opening bid.

No Alert or Announcement is required for a Strong Acol 2 Club opening bid.

No Alert or Announcement is required for a Stayman 2 Club response to a 1NT opening bid.

You should not Alert any call above the level of 3NT that occurs on or after the opener’s rebid. Instead the declaring side alert such calls after the final pass but before the opening lead has been selected while the defending side alert such calls after the opening lead has been selected but before it has been faced.


For the purposes of determining whether a double should be alerted or not, any double on the first or second round of bidding of a one or two level natural suit bid is deemed to be a TAKE OUT DOUBLE. All other doubles are deemed to be PENALTY DOUBLES. Any VARIATIONS must be ALERTED.

Committee 2019-2020
Committee 2019-2020

 President - Pat Moyles

Vice President - Alice O'Carroll

Treasurer - Jim Wilson

Secretary - Eileen Grey

Assistant Secretary - Joan O'Hare

Committee Members - John Fox (ex-officio), Maire Ryan, Susan Rutherford, Marie O'Beirne, Gerry Monahan



Bridge will take place every Wednesday night over the summer months in the Ardboyne Hotel at 7.20 commencing on Wednesday 29th May. Visitors Welcome.

Reminder for opening bids
Reminder for opening bids

Members, can we please remind you that 12 points or more are needed to open on the first two boards of the evening.

Thank you

Regional Fixtures List 2018 to 2019

Link : Regional Fixtures List 2018 - 2019

LAW 15 & leaving boards uncovered during play
Law 15

Law 15 Wrong Board or Hand

If players commence an auction on a board that they are not supposed to play at that turn, and that none of them have played, then the auction proceeds and they are awarded the result they achieve on the board.

And a gentle reminder to leave the boards uncovered on the table during play - that is to say, not covering the boards with the bidding boxes during play.

The purpose of this is to allow players to see their vulnerability both during bidding and during play. The boards should remain properly orientated.

2017 Laws - summary of major changes

2017 Laws - summary of major changes.pdf


Quick links to N.E. C.B.A.I. & C.B.A.I.

Contract Bridge Association of Ireland -

North East Region of the CBAI -

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Club Bridge
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AGM & Club Bridge
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5th Sep 2019
Club Bridge
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Director: Patsy Donoghue
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12th Sep 2019
Club Bridge
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19th Sep 2019
Club Bridge (P.O.Y.)
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Director: Patsy Donoghue
Scorer: Pat Moyles