Ratoath Bridge Club
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It was not possible to hold an AGM for the 2019-2020 season due to the pandemic.  The committee for 2019-2020 continues into 2020-2021.

If you require any information regarding the club's accounts, please contact our treasurer, Jim Wilson.

Stay safe

The Committee

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

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Welcome to Ratoath Bridge Club
Membership/Affiliation 2020-2021 - UPDATE
Membership/Affiliation 2020-2021 - UPDATE


The new bridge year is upon us and this raises the matter of the 2020/2021 membership fee and CBAI affiliation fees.

The CBAI have instructed that all clubs must pay €10 affiliation fee per member, to be paid by 30th Nov., otherwise a charge of €12.50 per member will be imposed. You cannot play in a virtual club on Bridge Base Online unless this CBAI fee is paid.

Ratoath Committee has decided that the normal club membership fee will not apply for the 2020/2021 season. The club will cover the €1 fee payable to the North Eastern Region for each club member that affiliates.

The CBAI affiliation fee must be paid by all players wishing to play in Ratoath's virtual games. Summerhill BC members, see below.

There are 2 ways in which you can pay the €10 fee.

Firstly, you can pay the €10 directly into the club’s Credit Union Account by electronic transfer (NB you must put your name and the club's account no 14085 as a reference), and use the following details:

IBAN CODE:          IE27 ULSB 9850 2110 0711 47

BIC CODE:            ULSBIE2D

You must also send an email to the club email informing the club that you have made the electronic transfer.

Alternatively, members of the Committee will be in attendance in  the Ashbourne/Donaghmore GAA club, (currently open, but this could change), on Tuesday the 13th October & Tuesday the 20th October for one hour from 11.00 am to 12:00 and you can bring an envelope with your name and contact number on the front and €10 in it.

The 30th Oct. is our cut-off date for paying this affiliation fee. You will no longer be able to play in the virtual club competitions if the fee is not paid by this date.

Please note, the club is open to NEW players, who, if they pay the €10 affiliation fee to the Ratoath club, can play in the weekly virtual competition. However they do not become full members of the club.

Summerhill have joined Ratoath en bloc, and as they have no virtual game of their own, the CBAI require them to affiliate through Summerhill Bridge Club only. Summerhill members do not need to pay the €10 fee to Ratoath B. C.

We ask everyone to understand that these are very unusual times and your committee may need to introduce further changes over time.

Stay safe

The Committee



Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the resumption of face to face bridge is a long way off.  So, we have created a virtual club to allow members (Ratoath, Ashbourne and Friends) to play on-line bridge

The game is run on the internet using the BridgeBase online (BBO) website,

We intend to hold our first game on Thursday 20th August 2020.

To be able to play, you must complete these four steps,

1. Create a BBO account, see this document - RBC How to create a BBO account.doc

2. Buy BBO dollars, it will cost 3 dollars to play, after some initial free trial games

See this document - RBC How to buy BBO dollars.doc

3. Send your name, contact number and BBO username to the club secretary (Eileen Gray 0872261393).

4. Register to play, on the night of the game, see this document -  RBC How to register for a game.doc

You should familiarise yourself with the BBO features, perhaps play some bridge solitaire games or ask your partner to join a casual table with you.

Youtube contains many videos on using/playing on BBO.

For Example, see this, Introduction to BBO Bridge

Any problems, please contact the Club Secretary Eileen Gray 0872261393



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 2020-2021

 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

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

Ratoath Virtual Club - BBO Online Game
Director: Barry Leahy
Scorer: Automatic
Ratoath And Friends Virtual Game
Director: Pat Moyles
Scorer: Pat Moyles
Ratoath And Friends Virtual Game
Director: Pat Moyles
Scorer: Automatic
22nd Oct 2020
Ratoath Virtual Club - BBO Online Game
Scorer: BBO
Host: CBAI125588
29th Oct 2020
Ratoath Virtual Club - BBO Online Game
Scorer: BBO
Host: CBAI125588