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Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2007

I have added a menu entry (see above) 'Laws and Ethics of Duplicate Bridge' which includes a link to the complete text of 'Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2007' as well as examples of Appeals which include several dealing with incidents involving 'hesitations'. And there is also a short article, 'New Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2007 - what players need to know', written by Ireland's leading Tournament Director, Fearghal O'Boyle.

Paul Scannell,

21st November, 2012

Welcome to Tribes Bridge Club
Tribes Bridge Club
Tribes Bridge Club

Welcome to the website of the Tribes Bridge Club in Galway, the capital of the West of Ireland.

The club meets every Thursday in the Galway Bridge Centre which is located on St. Mary's Road. The regular club game consists of Duplicate Pairs with a start time of 7.30pm. The game usually finishes circa 11.00pm.  The playing year runs from early October to mid-May. A summer club operates during the period May to September.

Visitors are always welcome and with adequate notice a partner can be found.

The club also welcomes new members. Please contact the Secretary for further information should you be interested in joining.

The Galway Bridge Centre features a bar which also serves tea/coffee. And free car parking is also available. 

Last updated : 5th May 2017 01:45 BST
President's (Roddy Wyer) Prize and President's Dinner

The President's (Roddy Wyer) Dinner took place in the Galway Bay Hotel on Thursday, 30th May 2019.

Photos can be viewed here:  Link to PhotoGallery

Results can be accessed here: 2019-05-31-Presidents Prize - results.pdf


Paul J Scannell, 31st May 2019


Last updated : 31st May 2019 13:10 BST
Imelda Brennan R.I.P

It is with much sadness that we report the recent passing of Imelda Brennan, former member of the Tribes Bridge Club, and mother of current member Ray. Imelda was predeceased by her husband Pat, also a former member of the club.

Having been an active member in the early years of the club's existence, Imelda took a break for several years and then returned to the Tribes in the early 2000's. In the 2003-2004 season she won the Geraldine O'Flynn Trophy with team-mates Connie Canavan, Tess MacSweney, Mary McSweeney.

Imelda served on the committee in 1976-1977.

Notice from

The death has occurred of Imelda Brennan (née Cribbin)
Fr. Griffin Avenue, Galway City, Galway

(peacefully); beloved wife of the late Pat and much loved mother of Paula, Raymond, Dermot, Tarah, Niall and sister of Seán Cribbin (Australia) and the late Dermot Cribbin ( Birmingham). Sadly missed by her sons and daughters and their families, her brother, relatives and friends. R.I.P. Reposing at the O’Flaherty funeral parlour, Munster Avenue on Wednesday, 29th May from 6 p.m. with Removal at 7 p.m. to St. Ignatius' Jesuit Church, Sea Road. Requiem Mass on Thursday, 30th May at 11 a.m. Funeral after Mass to the new cemetery, Bohermore. Family flowers only please. Donations (if desired) to COPE, Galway.

'May our gentle ‘Queen’ rest in peace and be re-united with Pat again'

Our sypathies are extended to Ray and his siblings and the extended Brennan family.


Paul J Scannell, 28th May 2019

Last updated : 28th May 2019 14:28 BST
Kelburne Cup comes West again!

Photo: Sharon Phelan

Three members of the Tribes Bridge Club (and one former member!) emerged victorious at the end of three sessions of play over the past weekend to once more bring the Kelburne Cup to the West!

In fact the history of the Western Region and the Kelburne Cup is a success story of some significance. 

Detailed results can be found here.

See Kelburne Cup and Western Region.pdf for information about the origins and format of this unusual CBAI National Regional Team-of-Four Championship and the succcess of the Western Region since 1972. 


Paul J Scannell, 29th Aptil 2019

Last updated : 7th May 2019 20:44 BST
Presentation of Trophies to Winners of Club T/4 and Geraldine O'Flynn T/4

Congratulations to the winners of the recent T/4 Competitions.



Winners of the Geraldine O'Flynn Team Of Four: Declan Harte, Margaret McCarthy, Siobhan O'Sullivan.with Roddy Wyer, President Tribes Bridge Club. Missing from photo: Michele Heaslip.


Rory Timlin & Maurice Hession with Roddy Wyer, President Tribes Bridge Club.

Missing frm photo: Sean Glynn & Henry Curran.


Paul J Scannell, 29th April 2019

Last updated : 29th Apr 2019 18:44 BST
Tribes Members enjoy success at the IBU Seniors Congress @ Cavan Crystal Hotel

Members of the Tribes Bridge Club were to the fore at the recent IBU Seniors Congress held at the Cavan Crystal Hotel earlier this week.

Eddie Fitzgerald, in partnership with regular partner, and former Tribes Bridge Club member, Michael MacDonagh, finished 2nd in the Gala Pairs. Colette Mulhern & May O'Sullivan finished 8th and Deirdre Quin & Liam Faherty finished in the top quarter of the 84 pair field.   

In the IBU Senior Pairs, Colette & May finished in 3rd place with Eddie Fitzgrald & Michael MacDonagh in 7th place. Deirdre & Liam finished in the top-half of the 80 pair field.

In the T/4, which featured 37 teams, Enda Glynn travelled all the way from Lahinch and partnered Limerick's Bob Pattinson and team-mates Joan Kenny & Teresa Rigney (Dublin) to victory after seven rouds of six-board matches. The quartet of Colette, May, Deirdre, Liam finished down the field.

Well done to all concerned.

Paul J Scannell, 22nd March, 2019

Last updated : 29th Apr 2019 18:45 BST
Nuala McCrann R.I.P - 7th January 2019
Nuala McCrann R.I.P - 7th January 2019

A belated note to advise those that knew Nuala McCrann but who, like me, may not have been aware of her passing earlier this year. Nuala, a former member of the Tribes Bridge Club

passed away on the 7th January 2019 at the ripe old age of 92. In her last few years as a member she played regularly with Irene Wall.

Click this link to view funeral notice at

May she Rest In Peace.


Paul J Scannell, 5th March 2019 

Last updated : 22nd Mar 2019 10:37 GMT
Camrose Trophy - Home Internationals - 2nd weekend

The 2nd (and final) weekend of the Camrose Trophy / Home Internationals will take place this weekened commecning on Friday (1st March) evening at 19:00.

The following links may prove helpful to those that wish to follow the progress of this competition, in particular given that two Tribes Bridge Club members are included in the Irish team, i.e. Enda Glynn & David Walsh.

Link to English Bridge Union which is hosting the 2nd weekend. This page includes a schedule of matches for the weekend.

Link to Welsh Bridge Union which hosted the 1st weekend. This includes detailed results from the 1st weekend.

Also, please note that there will be live coverage of all matches, each round, on Bridge Base Online (


Good Luck to Ireland and best wishes to Enda & David.


Paul J Scannell, 1st March 2019

Last updated : 1st Mar 2019 17:44 GMT
Bridie Kenny (R.I.P)


It is with much sadness that we advise members of the passing of Bridie Kenny. Bridie was a member of long-standing and was elecetd as President for the 1982-1983 season..

Bridie was a competent player and won five Major Club Championships spanning the period 1975 - 2017. She won the Club T/4 with her then regular partner Catherine Kelly in partnership with Vi Cunningham & Bridie Kilagrriff. In the 1986-1987 season she won the Geraldine O'Flynn T/4 with Catherine and team-mates Maura O'Farrell & Enda Glynn. Thirty years later she again won the Geraldine O'Flynn T/4 this time with then regular partner Liam Hanratty and team-mates Colette Mulhern and Maria O'Shaughnessy. She also won the Mulhern Trophy with Liam Hanratty in the 2007-2008 season. Bridie & Liam also won the Corn na dTreabh Pairs Championship (Handicap) in 2016-2017..

Bridie was an active supporter of the club and always had a ready smile, a cheerful greeting, and a devil-may-care attitude. She was down to earth and with her the glass was always half-full and never half-empty. And if you had the good fortune to share her company, even for the briefest of time, you were sure to be in better form on taking leave of her than prior to joining her!

May She Rest In Peace


Funeral arrangements as per

The death has occurred of Bridie Kenny (née Flaherty)
32 Rockbarton Road, Salthill, Galway / Dunmore, Galway

(Formerly Sylaun, Dunmore, Co Galway), (peacefully) at Galway Hospice surrounded by her loving family, beloved wife of Brendan and much loved mother of Brendan, Kathy, David, Suzanne, Robert and Donal; sadly missed by her husband, sons and daughters, brothers Michael and DJ, son-in-law Paul, daughter-in-law Sonoe, her adored grandchildren Siobhán, Aisling, Sam, Liam and especially Shane, extended family, neighbours and many friends. Reposing at her home on Friday 15th February from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Removal on Saturday 16th February to Christ the King Church, Salthill to arrive for Requiem Mass at 11.00 a.m. Funeral afterwards to Rahoon cemetery. House private please on Saturday morning. Family flowers only. Donations if desired in memory of Bridie to Galway Hospice.

'Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis'

Date Published: Thursday 14th February 2019


Date of Death: Wednesday 13th February 2019


Paul J Scannell, 14th February 2019





Last updated : 1st Mar 2019 17:37 GMT
Roddy Wyer - President, Tribes Bridge Club, 2018-2019 Season
Roddy Wyer - President, Tribes Bridge Club, 2018-2019 Season

Congratulations and best wishes to Roddy Wyer, incoming President of the Tribes Bridge Club for the 2018-19 season. 


Paul J Scannell, 8th November 2018

Last updated : 1st Mar 2019 17:36 GMT
Corn na dTreabh - Winners

Congratulations to Maura O'Farrell & Seamus MacMathuna on their runaway win in the 20018-2019 Corn na dTreabh Handicaps Pairs Competition

Link to Final Results Corn na dTreabh

2018-2019-Corn na dTreabh-Final Results.pdf

Paul J Scannell, 8th February 2019


Last updated : 1st Mar 2019 17:36 GMT

Please find attached results for 1st Session of 2018-2019 Corn na dTreabh (Handicap Pairs)

Click link below to view results.



Paul J Scannell, 25th January 2019

Last updated : 1st Mar 2019 17:36 GMT
Phyllis Byrne R.I.P

It is with much sadness that we report the recent passing of Phyllis Byrne. Phyllis was a founder member of the Tribes Bridge Club and was elected to the position of Masterpoints Seretary at the inaugural meeting held on 7th January 1971.  At the AGM held on the 11th November 1971 Phyllis was elected as Vice-President. In the following year she was duly elected as President of the Tribes Bridge Club. During her time as a member she won Major Club Championships on five occasiosn. Her first win of a Major Club Competition was the Ryder Cup which she won in the 1974-75 season in partnership with Bill Keane. In the 1990-91 season she powered to victory in the Mulhern Cup with partner Mary Rabbitte. She won the Club T/4 on three occasions (2005-05, 2005-06, 2008-09) with partner Malcolm Ryder and team-mates Maurice Hession & Rory Timlin.

Funeral arrangements as per

(Peacefully) in her 94th year, beloved wife of the late Major General Dermot and much loved mother of Jim, Deirdre, Nicky and the late Vinny. Sadly missed by her sons and daughter, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, neighbours and friends. Reposing at the O' Flaherty Funeral Parlour, Munster Avenue, Galway on Monday 21st January from 4.00 p.m. with Removal at 6.00 p.m. to Christ the King Church, Salthill. Funeral after 11.00 a.m. Requiem Mass on Tuesday 22nd January to Rahoon Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to the Stroke Unit, University Hospital Galway. House Private.

'May her gentle soul rest in peace'


Date Published: Saturday 19th January 2019

Date of Death: Saturday 19th January 2019



Paul J Scannell, 22nd January 2019

Last updated : 1st Mar 2019 17:35 GMT
Rory's Corner
Rory's Corner

Rory Timlin has very kindly offered to submit occasional articles for posting on the Tribes Bridge Club website.


The articles can be found via the 'Rory's Corner' entry on the Main Menu of the Home Page. Rory is a regular contributor to the Irish Bridge Journal and his articles are always instructive and the result of keen analysis.


Paul J Scannell, 13th February 2017

Last updated : 1st Mar 2019 17:35 GMT
Tribes Members to the fore in IBU InterProvincial Teams Championships
Tribes Members to the fore in IBU InterProvincial Teams Championships

Several current and former members of the Tribes Bridge Club helped Connacht to what looked at one stage like a most improbable win in the recent IBU Inter-Provincial Teams Championship (Open Series). At the end of play on Saturday Munster were on 235.29VPs whilest Conancht were in 2nd place on 196.43VPs.

On Sunday afternoon, at the end of Round 8 of 9, Munster were on 288.97 and Connacht were snapping at their heels with a score of 283.27. After the 9th Round, which featured direct matches between Connacht and Munster, the final scoreboard read: Conancht 316.80 with Munster in 2nd place on 315.44. 


The three Connacht teams featured several current members of the Tribes Bridge Club: Henry Curran, Eddie Fitzgerald, Enda Glynn, Sean Glynn, Seamus MacMathuna, Paul Scannell and David Walsh. Also representing Conancht were former members of the Tribes Bridge Club: Ciaran Coyne, Joan Kenny, Michael MacDonagh, Louise Mitchell. Also on the team was Joan's partner, Hilary McDonagh,  

Detailed results can be found here:


And the following members of the Tribes Bridge Club were also active in the Intermediate Inter-Provincial Teams Championship: Margaret Forde, Carmel Musitano, Norma O'Connell, Frank Reynolds, Pat Ward

Full results of all three Inter-Provincial Teams Championships can be found here:


Paul J Scannell, 20th November 2018 



Last updated : 22nd Jan 2019 00:36 GMT
Presentation of Ryder Cup and Mulhern Trophy

Congratulations to Declan Harte & Magaret McCarthy, winners of the Ryder Cup

and to Maurice Hession & Rory Timlin, winners of the Mulhern Trophy.


Paul J Scannell, 14th December 2018

Last updated : 8th Feb 2019 02:53 GMT
Passing of Mark Killilea, husband of Anne Killilea

It is with much sadness that we advise members of the passing of Mark Kllilea, husband of Tribes Bridge Club member Anne Killilea.

Funeral arrangements as per website:

Mark; (retired public representative). Predeceased by his beloved son, Mark. Peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Much adored and loved husband of Anne and cherished Dad to Eidín, Niamh, Deirbrin, Niall, Donagh, Medbh and Eimhín. Sadly missed by his wife and family, his sister's Bid and Vera, his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law Ciaran and Kevin, daughters-in-law Tara, Anna and Ailish and adored grandchildren Aoibhin, Daire, Shane, Daithí, Lynn, Giolliosa, James, Oisin, Alibhe, Diurmuid and Tess his many great neighbours, loyal friends and relatives. Predeceased by his sister Marie, and brothers Padraig and Jarlath. 

Former member of Galway County Council, Seanad Eireann, Dail Eireann and The European Parliament.

Reposing at his home on Wednesday from 4 o’c until 8 o’c. Removal to Sacred Heart Church, Belclare on Thursday for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in Claretuam Cemetery.

House strictly private on Thursday morning. Family request no flowers. Donations, if desired, to Tuam Cancer Care or the Hospice Home Care Team.

Rest In Peace


Paul J Scannell, 1st January 2019

Last updated : 22nd Jan 2019 00:35 GMT
Bridgemates - Entering and checking scores


The above represents the scores entered for board # 17 recently. THREE North/South pairs entered an incorrect contract and THREE East/West pairs failed to spot the error.

Note that in this case the error (entering 4 instead of 4♠) did not cause a problem with the scoring of the board.

HOWEVER, if 4 had been entered instead of 4 or 4 instead of 4then a major discrepancy would have occurred and one pair would have suffered a big loss in their overall score and the other pair would have gained.

Remember, as with all computers GIGO always applies, i.e Garbage In, Garbage Out.  Computers can only process what is input.

So, let us all be vigilant. North/South in terms of what is originally entered into the Bridgemate and East/West in ensuring that what is entered is correct.

If the score is incorrectly entered then please call the Bridgemate operator who will correct the error.

Last updated : 8th Nov 2018 14:49 GMT
Checking scores when entering results into the Bridgemates!


Spot the odd one out!

Remember that East/West are responsible for checking the score that is input by North. The culpability for incorrectly entered scores does NOT rest solely with North!

In this case N/S suffered a loss of 5 points and E/W gained 5. But it could have been more significant.

So N/S, please be vigilant when entering scores via the Bridgemates...and E/W be even more vigilant when checking them.

And the following was another error on the same night!

Note that in both of these examples the error was not about recording the wrong contract but rather recording the wrong declarer!


Last updated : 8th Nov 2018 14:53 GMT
President's Prize (Tribes)
Director: Liam Faherty
Open Pairs
Open Pairs
Director: Enda Glynn
Open Pairs
Director: Enda Glynn
Scorer: Michael O'Connor
Open Pairs
Director: Enda Glynn
Scorer: Liam Faherty