Ratoath Bridge Club
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We have been notified by the Eastern Regional Secretary that the two remaining Regional fixtures, Novice Championship on May 8th and Ladies and Mens Pairs on May 10th  are now cancelled for this year.


A. Play bridge online on BBO or Funbridge platforms. Dermot has loaded a document on the website which will give you information about how to set up your own competitions on BBO. Eamonn Galligan & Fearghal O’Boyle are both running events in the evenings and I know that either of them will help if you need them. I have no doubt others are or will be operating very soon. Dermot will have details on the website about the CBAI presence on the Funbridge platform very soon, so keep an eye open for that.

 B. If you want to teach your children Mini-bridge, we will send you a how-to leaflet and two packs of cards, free of charge.  That will give you something to do and keep them busy! Jacques Lumbroso and his excellent team of mentors have been running Bridge Classes with several National Schools in the Nenagh area and have found the more than 200 pupils really interested and committed.

 C. Our listing of Bridge Books in Stock is being updated with orders that are on their way to us, so if you need to brush up on your bidding, play, leads or defense, we should be able to help.  We will be maintaining a presence here in the office, so if you feel the need to replace any club equipment or supplies – just email or call and we can mail to you.

 Keep in contact with older members, particularly those on their own and perhaps offer to help with shopping, grocery & pharmacy. The odd chat on the phone can really help to combat the feeling of isolation.



Galway, Carlow and Killarney (South of Ireland) Congress Committees have taken the sensible decision to cancel their Congresses for this year.

I am certain that their loyal supporters will return in force next year.


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STOP and ALERT cards

Below you'll find a link to an interesting article by Fearghal O'Boyle giving guidelines on how to use the STOP and ALERT cards in the bidding box.

Article on using STOP ALERT

Website update ...

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

Welcome to Ratoath Bridge Club
Covid-19 Virus Outbreak
In the interests of the health and safety of our members, during this outbreak of Covid-19,
bridge is cancelled until further notice.
The website will provide updates as required,
please also visit the HSE for general information updates on the outbreak and containment advice.
Additional message from the CBAI

Dear All,

Let me pass on some potentially very useful information to you.

A son of one of our members is a Consultant in St Vincent’s Hospital, Dr Oran Rigby,  and with a colleague he has developed an online resource that might be very helpful to you and your members.

“At a high level, it's all about the power of the collective providing greater advice to the individual.

The people whom this vicious virus is most targeting is the elderly and those with co-morbidities or pre-existing chronic illness -  (In Ireland that’s over 1 million people over 65) - the very people who would benefit from both a sequential assessment, advice and in due course virtual communities.

 Therefore we are striving to get the message through to this cohort.

We've developed a Covid risk assessment & monitoring tool, as per our site and are seeking groups with extensive reach to older and vulnerable members of the community >60 years old in Ireland, who would be open to sharing this across their member base.

 Developed by expert Dublin based consultants in Intensive Care & Disaster medicine and lung & respiratory illness, it takes approx. 1 minute to complete. “

I have undertaken this assessment exercise myself and it is not in any way intrusive – with the possible exception of “are you morbidly obese?” – to which I answered “No”. Apparently there are different definitions of “Morbidly obese” and I suspect that perhaps you will know from your doctor into which category you fit – but if the question had been perhaps “Are you built for comfort or speed?” I would have been happy to answer – Comfort!!

 I realise that absolutely nothing about our current situation is in any way amusing but I would suggest that you might find this a very useful tool to give yourselves a degree of comfort, without burdening your GP; alternatively, it might just provide the impetus to get you to contact your doctor to get help for yourself.

 The site provides an almost instantaneous response, so please do try it and pass it on to all the members you can contact. Don’t pass judgement on the resource because it may not be of benefit to yourself – let everyone make their own choice.

There is no cost involved – but there could be enormous benefit in the comfort it could give to an individual.

This Covid-19 situation is not going away any time soon and we want to have you all fit and ready to get back to our wonderful game just as soon as we can.

 Kind regards


Corona Virus message from the CBAI
Corona Virus message from the CBAI

Dear All,


Wash your hands properly and often.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze.

Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Try to avoid close contact with people who are not well.

Follow the Travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs


Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Wash your hands

You should wash your hands:

  • after coughing or sneezing
  • after toilet use
  • before eating
  • before and after preparing food
  • if you are in contact with a sick person, especially those with respiratory symptoms
  • if your hands are dirty
  • if you have handled animals or animal waste



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, Skryne.

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 twenty five Euro and the club secretary is Eileen.


Congratulations to Miriam and Frank - well done!!!


If you are interested in learning the beautiful game of Bridge or in joining a local club (having previous knowledge of the game), please contact us and we will give you the information you need.

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.


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 Monaghan

Honoury Member - Ita Morris

Regional Fixtures 2019-2020

Link : Regional Fixtures List 2019-2020.doc

Our first Honoury Member

congratulations Ita!!

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

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 -

Results are subject to verification

Club Bridge
Director: John Fox
Scorer: Pat Moyles
Club Bridge
Director: John Fox
Scorer: Pat Moyles
Club Bridge
Director: John Fox
Scorer: Pat Moyles
23rd Apr 2020
No Bridge
30th Apr 2020
No Bridge
7th May 2020
No Bridge