Ratoath Bridge Club
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Our Matchmaker...

Kay, can be contacted on 01 8256117


It was not possible to hold an AGM for the 2020-2021 season due to the pandemic.  The committee for 2020-2021 continues into 2021-2022.

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

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Website update ...

.. photos and news from previous seasons can be found under either the News tab

Welcome to Ratoath Bridge Club
Club Bridge

The Committee have decided to defer returning to club bridge until January 2022.

The BBO online game will continue in the meantime.

CBAI Affiliation Fees

The CBAI affiliation fee is now due (€10 until 30th Nov, €12:50 thereafter) and must be paid by all players wishing to join and play in Ratoath's virtual games. (Summerhill members please contact Mary Quinlan)


There are two ways to pay the affiliation fee,

1. Members of the committee will be in attendance in the Ashbourne/Donaghmore GAA club on Tuesday 2nd Nov, for one hour from 11:00 to 12:00

2. You can pay the fee directly into the club’s Dunboyne 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.

Playing Online

Playing online in our BBO Virtual Game

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
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. e.g. See this, Introduction to BBO Bridge, for full instructions


Dear All,

We are pleased to present the CBAI Annual Newsletter for 2020. In keeping with the theme of the year, it is in digital rather than physical format, but we hope that you will enjoy it none the less for that; indeed it may be that this format, being more climate-friendly, is in fact the appropriate one nowadays. If you have thoughts on this, please let us know.

In the Newsletter you will find:

·         Messages from the (continuing) CBAI President, Neil Burke, and Chief Executive, Paul Porteous;

·         News of this year’s President’s Award Winner – Denise Conlon from Athlone – and a super photo on the front cover

·         Reports from our thirteen regions, and from Joint Honorary Secretary Martin Brady on behalf of the IBU, on their bridge activities during the truncated 2019/20 season;

·         News of an exciting new online bridge academy, Grand Master Bridge, being planned by Rory Egan and Thomas MacCormac, with a special introductory offer for CBAI members;

·         Reminders of excellent bridge primers by CBAI-accredited teachers Maire O’Keeffe (“Bridge Made Simple”) and Michael O’Loughlin (“Basic Card Play”), both available from our  shop at the very reasonable price of €10;

·         A list of bridge classes (all online) being held in the current term;

·         Details of hotel and bed & breakfast breaks being offered;

·         A review of the junior bridge scene, including an interview with Under-26 international Michael Donnelly;

·         A commentary from national Tournament Director Fearghal O’Boyle on the online laws of bridge, in which he makes a number of recommendations and seeks feedback; given that online is where it’s at for most of us for the moment, we need to be able to adapt laws designed for in-person bridge to suit the online variant of the game. In this respect, we would draw your attention to the CBAI Code of Conduct, which applies equally to the online game as it does to in-person bridge; there have been a number of cheating allegations in other jurisdictions since competitive bridge went online – our hope is that we will not have any within the CBAI’s games;

·         Details of two recent works by CBAI members – a cookbook and culinary reminiscences by Maura Foley of Kenmare, and an album of easy listening music by Jennifer Cullen of Dublin South;

·         An offer of special bridge-themed facemasks from former CBAI-staffer Fionuala Gill in aid of charity – just the job for a (hopefully imminent) return to in-person bridge;

·         And last but not least, dates for your virtual bridge diary, with a number of CBAI competitions and congresses planned for BBO in the coming months.

·          Our thanks to all who contributed to the newsletter, and of course to our advertisers. We would encourage you to make every effort to support them in these challenging times.

We hope that the newsletter will have something for everyone, and that members will enjoy it. As mentioned above, the format is a bit different this year.

We would welcome your feedback on any aspect of it, and on suggestions that you’d like to see included in future publications from us.

 Links in red above will bring you to the Newsletter & the Code of Conduct.

 Enjoy – and stay well!


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), Susan Rutherford, Marie O'Beirne, Gerry Monaghan

Honoury Member - Ita Morris


Folks, you can find the rules of online Bridge from the CBAI, at this link: Online laws of Bridge


Please find attached a link to Online Bridge Seminars with RealBridge:GMB Seminar North Eastern

Our first Honoury Member

congratulations Ita!!

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

#20344 Pairs Ratoath Virtual Bridge Club
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