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Paul J Scannell, 24th January 2022

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Mary MacSweeney R.I.P

It is with much sadnerss that we report the recent passing of Mary McSweeney a long-time member of the Tribes Bridge Club. Official records show that Mary was not only a member of the club from at least the early 1980s but was a very regular participant in club activities during that time. She played reguiarly in the weekly club game and also attended Chsitrmas Parties and President's Dinners.  Mary was a thoughtful and competent player and won Major Club Championships on three occasions. With partner Betty McCarthy, she won the inaugural Forward Trust Cup in the 1982-83 season. She also partnered Betty successfully again a couple of years later when, together with team-mates Rose Higgins and Lil Corless, the quartet emerged as winners of the Club T/4 Championship in the 1987-88 season. Mary won the Club T/4 championship for a second time in 2003-2004 with partner Imelda Brenan and team-mates Tess MacSweeney and Connie Canavan.

Mary was pleasant company, for partners and opposition alike, and she was enthusiastic about her bridge. She particularly enjoyed the apres-game sessions in the bar at the Galway Brdige Centre when players huddled together in small groups and reviewed the hands played while enjoying a glass of their preferred beverage. In Mary's case a glass of wine tciked all the boxes!. Fun times indeed, enjoyed by all!  Mary will be missed by those that knew her.

We extend our sympathies to her sons and daughters and the extended MacSweeney family.

Click here for link to funeral notice at


Paul J Scannell, Tribes Bridge Club, 15th June 2022 

Eddie Fitzgerald R.I.P

It is with much sadness that we report the recent passing of Eddie Fitzgerald who was an early member of the Tribes Bridge Club which he joined in the early 1970’s. Eddie was one of a group of UCG students at that time who were very active enthusiasts of the game including Rory Timlin, Gay Keaveney, Paddy Walsh, Michael MacDonagh, Sean McInerney, Pat Byrne, Mick Lavelle, Sean Gillan and others, most of whom joined the Tribes Bridge Club.

At club level Eddie’s achievements were modest in proportion to his ability, perhaps reflected by his inability to play more regularly due to work commitments with the Irish Army. And his successes in the Tribes Bridge Club were all achieved in the same competition…The Club T/4 which he won three times and which included an interval of 34 years between the second and third successes.

1974-75 Club T/4 with Rory, Gay and Michael MacDonagh

1981-82 Club T/4 with partner Rory and team-mates Dr Michael Coughlan & Paul Scannell

2016-17 Club T/4 with partner Sean Glynn and team-mates Rory Timlin & Maurice Hession

Eddie re-located to Athlone for several years in the 1980s and 1990s and lost contact with the Tribes Bridge Club during that period. He renewed his membership of the Tribes upon his return to Galway although he was no longer playing club bridge as regularly as in former years.

Eddie was a regular winner of Major National Championships which he achieved with several partners, most notably Rory Timlin and Michael MacDonagh. In chronological order:

1976 Master Pairs with Rory Timlin

1988 – 1991  Eddie won the Shamrock Lodge Trophy - Open Pairs (1963-1992) in FOUR consecutive years with Michael MacDonagh 

1990 Holmes Wilson with Rory Timlin and team-mates Gay Keaveney & Paddy Walsh

1993 Kelburne Cup with Michael MacDonaghand team-mates John Cunningham & Tom Hanlon

1994 Revington Cup (Men’s National Pairs Championship) with Michael MacDonagh

1997 Geraldine T/4 (Mens National T/4 Championship) with Michael MacDonagh and team-mates Derek O’Gorman & Terry Walsh

2000 Kelburne Cup with Rory Timlin, Maurice Hession and Gay Keaveney & Enda Glynn

2002 Geraldine T/4 (Mens National T/4 Championship) with Michael MacDonagh, Enda Glynn and Rory Timlin

In recent times, having graduated to Senior status, Eddie, with parttner Michael MacDonagh, scored successive wins in the Pairs Championship of the Seniors Congress over the four year period from 2014 - 2017.

Eddie also had the distinction of winning, with Gay Keaveny, the inaugural Four SessIon Great Southern Hotels Pairs Championship which was an invitation only event held in the early 1980s and which attracted the cream of Irish bridge players from across the land.

Inter-Provincial Championships. Eddie was a staunch supporter and regular member of the Connacht Inter-Provincial Team that represented the province from the early 1980s when Connacht finally emerged as a growing force in this annual Irish Bridge Union event. Eddie was a member of twelve of the Connacht teams that WON this competition during the period 1982 – 2021 and would have been a member on the four other occasions when Connacht won the competition had he been available for selection.

Apart from his proven ability as a player Eddie also made his contribution as an administrator and was elected CBAI President in 1994 and IBU President in 1997.

Whereas his prowess as a player is indisputable Eddie also won praise for his demeanour at the table. He was unfailingly courteous to partner and opponents alike and shared triumphs and disasters with equal magnanimity. And Eddie invariably had a joke / story to relate as his table waited for the next round to start.

I recall an occasion, after a T/4 event where several team-members related their ‘mistakes’ during a post-mortem session. Eddie listened attentively to the confessions from his team-mates and then contributed the following classic line…’Mistake!’, he started...’the last time I made a mistake was when I thought I made a mistake!’  Only Eddie could have thought of, and delivered, such a withering riposte to team-mates!

On another occasion, I had returned to bridge after a five year break and was playing in an Inter-Provincial Championship match. I sat down as north at the appointed table and my partner, Enda Glynn, sat opposite me, the way that we always sat. Eddie duly arrived at the table, and looking at me, he announced “I always sit north and Enda will explain how the scoring is done after the set has been completed.” Enda duly explained that we had to make our way outside of the playing area so that Eddie could enjoy a smoke while we did the scoring! And that’s precisely what we did! Eddie was inimitable!

On yet another occasion, Eddie was playing in a team-of-four competition and his team was leading going into the last round. Eddie gathered his team together for a pep talk, outside of course, and the guidance was straightforward and simple… In his most imperious voice he intoned… ‘If they play a spade you play a spade; if they play a club you play a club; if they play a heart or a diamond you follow suit. Have you got that?’ The team followed his instructions and duly won. You can’t argue with success! 

When Eddie and Helen moved to Oranmore a couple of years ago his attendance at the Tribes Bridge Club declined somewhat. But the city club’s loss became Oranmore’s gain.  Eddie was invited to join the Oranmore Bridge Club by Roddy Wyer who had also re-located to Oranmore at a similar time. Eddie and Roddy used to share driving duties when playing in the Tribes Bridge Club. Eddie joined the Oranmore Bridge Club in January 2020, a couple of months before Lockdown put a stop to Face to Face bridge. When the club resumed in November 2021 Eddie and Roddy once again shared driving duties, this time to the Oranmore Lodge Hotel for the weekly game of bridge. Eddie played regularly with Joe Lavelle and occasionally with other members. And although Eddie enjoyed the weekly game he particularly appreciated the couple of pints after the game and the accompanying banter. After the few pints Eddie and Roddy would share a taxi home and ‘the car’ was retrieved in the morning. Roddy summed it up succinctly when he said: “He became a much loved member of our club and despite his past heroics in bridge he just loved playing ordinary bridge with ordinary people followed by a few pints and a good chat and banter. He will be sorely missed in Oranmore.’

Yes, Eddie will be sorely missed, not only by members of the Tribes and Oranmore bridge clubs but by all who knew him. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Helen, sons Stuart and Ed, and daughter Clodagh, and the extended family.

Link to for funeral arrangements: - Funeral arrangements

Paul J Scannell, Tribes Bridge Club, 23rd May 2022

Thursday, 1th April - NO BRIDGE

Please be advised that the Tribes Bridge Club will NOT operate tonight, Thursday, 14th April. Normal service will resume next week, Thursday, 21st April. 

Best wishes to all members of the Tribes for a Happy Easter 2022.

Paul J Scannell on behalf of Tribes Bridge Club, 14th April 2022

Maeve Brennan R.I.P

It is with much sadness that we report the death of Maeve Brennan who passed away while on holiday recently in Lanzarotte. She was a former member of the Tribes Bridge Club. Maeve was an active member during the period 1980 - 1988. She played regularly with her very good friend Carmel O'Sullivan. She endeared herself to all who met her, at the bridge table or away from it, with a hugely disarming smile, a gentle manner and a positive disposition. She was always pleasant company and although she may not have won any club championships she was a very active supporter of the club during that time and won the the hearts of all that met her.   

We extend our sympathies to her husband Martin, daughters Fiona, Jenny, Susie, and son Martin Jr. 

Click here for funeral arrangements as per

Paul J Scannell, April 4th 2022 

No Bridge on St. Patrick's Day, Thursday, 17th March 2022

Please note that there will be no game of bridge in the Tribes Bridge Club at the Galway Bridge Centre on St. Patrick's Day, Thursday, 17th March. Face 2 Face bridge will resume on the following Thursday, 24th March,

Paul J Scannell, 11th March 2022

Tribesí Bridge Club-Next Steps

The Committee of the Tribes Club has considered again the future activity of the club. It has concluded that the club should resume “normal” in-person bridge in the Bridge Centre on Thursday 3rd March. On-line bridge will therefore continue for 3 more Thursdays (10/17/24 February) and the club will then stop operating as an on-line club. Of course, these decisions are made, based on information available today, and will be reviewed if there is a change in public health advice.

The committee realises that these decisions will not necessarily please everybody, but they represent an attempt by the committee to strike a balance between competing viewpoints.

The committee is very anxious to resume live bridge games and to give an opportunity to members to meet, play bridge and socialise. Many members have missed the social dimension which is not available on-line.  In addition, the committee is mindful of the future of the club and wants to maintain a stable, active membership and provide an opportunity for others to join.

Some members would prefer an immediate resumption rather than a further 3 week transition. The committee considered their views and those of the many members who said they would not yet be comfortable with an immediate resumption.  The committee also sought information on the number of people who attended the bridge centre in its first week back. The re-establishment of good quality in-person bridge will require the presence of a reasonably stable and adequate number of players, and this was also a consideration.

In addition, the committee also considered the views of those who would prefer to remain online and of the on-line members who may not be able to play in Galway. First, we really have been delighted to have new on-line members and we hope to see you in person in Galway whenever it suits you. This might be a good reason to come for a short break to Galway. The committee also wishes to remind you (and indeed all members) that your €10 payment this year goes directly to CBAI for its membership fee. That fee remains active throughout this bridge year.

In respect of online bridge, the committee also notes the options that are and will continue to be available on BBO and other platforms for those who wish to play exclusively or occasionally on-line. The committee anticipates that bridge players across the globe will continue to use this excellent facility.  The committee is very aware of the excellent support the club has had from the fine work done by Paul Scannell as on-line tournament director. A great debt of gratitude is due to him for enabling the on-line presence of the Club.

The committee also discussed an option for a hybrid and the majority view was that it was not the way to go. There are other easily available on-line options; it is technically cumbersome; and, it could  lead  to an unintended consequence: the long-term fracturing of the Tribes’ membership. This would not serve the club well.

The committee wants to see the Tribes thrive in Galway. For over 50 years it has been a place to meet, make friends, play good (and sometimes bad) bridge and crucially, a place that has welcomed new bridge players throughout its history. We hope that our plans will assist the club to build on its foundation, maintain its spirit and atmosphere and move forward, confident that it will adapt to the inevitable future challenges.


The Committee of the Tribes Bridge Club for 2021/2022:

President : Colette Mulhern (087- 2967128)

Secretary: Marion Coy. (087-2488465)

Treasurer: Margaret McCarthy (086-3844851)

On-Line TD; Paul Scannell  (087-2494797)

Live bridge TD: Enda Glynn

Kevin Moylan

May O'Sullivan

Deirdre O'Halloran.

Tribes Bridge Club re-opens on Thursday, 6th January 2022

The Tribes Bridge Club will resume it's online BBO competitions on Thursday, 6th January 2022.

In the interim bridge is available on Galway Virtual Bridge on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and on Summer Bridge @ Galway on Fridays and Saturdays while the Sunday Game @ Galway continues every Sunday evening.  All sessions start @ 7.45pm.

Paul J Scannell, 30th December 2021

Message from Colette Mulhern, President, Tribes Bridge Club

Just a few words to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year. I hope that you have enjoyed our online games during the last few weeks. We are very grateful to Paul for running everything so smoothly and efficiently. Also thanks to Marion and Margaret for all their hard work as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

It’s a shame that we can’t have our Christmas party for the second year running but hopefully we will meet again in person sometime in 2022. It is also a pity that we can’t celebrate our 50th anniversary in style either but again we hope to do so at a later date.

Again good wishes and good Bridge!



16th December 2021

Seasonal Greetings from the American Contract Bridge League

Click here for Seasonal Greeting bridge style!

[Thanks to Peggy Fay for the link]

Paul J Scannell, 16th Decmber 2021

Deirdre & Orla to the fore in Icelandic Friendship Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Tribes Bridge Club members Deirdre O'Halloran & Orla McEntee who finished 5th in the recent 54 pair invitational Icelandic Friendship Swiss Pairs. Not only that, but they also finished as the leading ladies pair and highest ranked Irish pair in an event that featured several top Irish and Iceland ladies internationals and several partnerships of Iceland's leading mens pairs including some former World Champions.

P.S. Sorry I couldn't fit in the entire field of 54 pairs!

Well done to Deirdre & Orla for this wonderful achievement.

Paul J Scannell, 16th Decemaber 2021 

Online Thursday sessions re-start for members of Tribes Bridge Club

The incoming committee of the Tribes Bridge Club has decided to re-open the club for online bridge commencing this coming Thursday, 2nd December @ 7.45 pm.

For the first two weeks, paid-up members from the previous season (2020-2021) will be able to play online under the aegis of the Tribes Bridge Club. Thereafter access will be limited to those players who have registered as memerbs for the new season.

Paul J Scannell, 30th November 2021

Tribes Bridge Club re-opens for the 2021-2022 season

The Tribes Bridge Club is planning to re-open for the 2021-2022 season and as a pre-cursor the AGM will be held online via Zoom on Thursday 25th November @ 5.30pm where the incoming President will be elevated to office and a new committee will be formed with the primary objective of taking the club forward in these very challenging times in which bridge has to operate.

A link to the Zoom meeting will be emailed to members closer to the date.


Paul J Scannell, 20th November 2021, on behalf of Tribes Bridge Club. 

Brendan King R.I.P.

It is with much sadness that we report the death of Brendan King who passed away yesterday evening after a brave fight with cancer that had plagued him for several years. Brendan joined The Tribes in the early 1990s and forged a bridge partnership and friendship with Roddy Wyer. Work commitments took Brendan away from Ireland for several years but the pair resumed their bridge partnership when Brendan returned to Ireland in the early 2000s. Brendan was elected Secretary of the club for the 2019-2020 season, a position that he conscientiously filled until ill health forced him to step down in late 2020 wherupon his good friend Roddy stepped into the breach.

Brendan enjoyed his bridge and was a competent player. In the 1993-1994 season he won the Geraldine O'Flynn Trophy in partnership with Roddy and teammates, the late Hugh O'Neill & John Stack.

Brendan & Roddy also won the club's Corn na dTreabh Trophy in the 2017-2018 season. 

Brendan's bridge was not confined to the Tribes Bridge Club and he formed a sucesssful partnership with Fiona Place with whom he played regularly on Wednesday evenings in the Galway Bridge Club. They also competed in regional events and at congresses around the country.

But, for those who knew him, Brendan will be remembered not so much for his exploits at the bridge table but rather for his gentle and friendly manner together with warm smile and genial disposition to all he met both at the table and away from it. Brendan was both a gentleman and a gentle man.

We extend our sympathies to his wife Angie, daughters Sarah and Fiona, and the extended family.

Click this link to for details re funeral arrangements.

May He Rest In Peace

Paul J Scannell, 1st September 2021


Summer Bridge @ Galway

Winter bridge clubs in Galway traditionally wind up at the end of May and resume in mid-September. This year, Galway online clubs are also finishing at the end of May and Summer Bridge @ Galway will commence on Monday 31st May and will be run on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday under the aegis of the Galway Bridge Centre.

Competitions will stat at 7.45 pm each evening. All welcome. Entry Fee 3BB$.

Further information and results can be found at the website of the Galway Bridge Centre 

Paul J Scannell, 27th May, 2021

Tribes Bridge Club - 50th Anniversary: 1971 - 2021
Tribes Bridge Club - 50th Anniversary: 1971 - 2021


The Tribes Bridge Club: 1971 – 2021…In the beginning…Colette & Sean Mulhern, and others who were there at the start.

Colette took up residence in Galway during the early 60s while studying Science at UCG. She lodged with Miss Emerson who introduced Colette and fellow student lodgers to the basics of the game. As Colette recalls… ‘She used to deal the cards around the table and showed us what it was all about. I remember her telling us that there were people in London under The Embankment, without shelter, because they hadn’t drawn trumps.’  After graduating from UCG Colette spent some time working in Dublin where she shared a house with Mary McInerney who used to play with Mary Trench who went on to become an established Irish Lady International. Mary McInerney joined a bridge club in Dublin and ‘I picked up a bit more from her.

Colette subsequently returned to Galway and then ‘when Sean and I got married we used to deal the cards and tried to learn more. Then we were told that there was a bridge club in the Scare Coeur Hotel. So we went there one night. Mrs Ryder was in charge and she was forward looking enough to know that it was in the interest of the club to welcome new young members.(We tried to keep that policy in The Tribes).  We couldn’t play that night because there was a competition running. We went back the following week and joined. Mrs Ryder’s son Trevor, and his wife Peggy, were members as were Peter & Lorna Kinder, Paddy & Nuala Walsh, Dr. Michael Coughlan, Ena Brennan, May O’Sullivan, Freda Flavin. Other clubs wanted to maintain higher standards and we realised that there was a need for a new club for new players so we started The Tribes.

As can be seen from the minutes of the inaugural meeting, the aforementioned formed the nucleus of the committee of the newly founded club. Peter Kinder was elected President. Colette became Secretary, Michael Coughlan was elected Vie-President. Peggy Ryder filled the role of treasure and Trevor Ryder (right) became the first Tournament Director. Phyllis Byrne was elected to the position of Masterpoints Secretary. Finally, Lorna Kinder, May O’Sullivan (left) and Paddy Walsh were elected to the Committee. 



The club initially held its weekly sessions in the Beach Hotel (left) where members were made feel very welcome by proprietor and keen bridge player, Mrs Treacy, before settling in the Warwick Hotel (right).  As Colette recalls it, for some of the younger members it was a case of ‘a pint and a cigarette at every table.  And of course in those early years it was customary to have a short break in the middle of the bridge session.



The newly founded club also had strong links with the bridge club in UCG where Sean (left) was now established as a lecturer in Mathematical Physics. Sean, together with Arthur Kavanagh (cousin of Gay Keaveney), lent their support to what was an active bridge club at that time. {Arthur, together with partner Paul Barrett went on to become the first members of the club to represent Ireland at international level in 1974. Arthur and Paul were subsequently bestowed with Honorary Life Membership of The Tribes in recognition of their achievements.} Other members of the UCG Bridge Club who also became members of the Tribes included: Michael MacDonagh, Johnny McKeown, Sean McInerney, Mick Lavelle, Sean Gillan. Paddy Byrne, Sean Moynihan. Later members included Gay Keaveny, Rory Timlin, Eddie Fitzgerald, John Wood. Several went on to represent Ireland at Junior and/or Senior level..

Several of these names featured in the winners enclosure in the early years of the club’s major competitions.  Paddy Walsh (left) & Michael MacDonagh (were the inaugural winners of the Ryder Cup, presented to the club by Mr & Mrs G Ryder (right), parents of Trevor.  Maureen was not only an established player on the local and national stage but was also one of the first teachers of the game in Galway. The inaugural Club T/4 was won by Michael Coughlan & Sean Mulhern and Colette Mulhern & Nuala Walsh (left). The first President’s Prize was won by Sean Moynihan. 


In those early years (1970s) Colette played regularly with Nuala Walsh while Sean regularly partnered Michael Coughlan (right) who had been appointed as a lecturer in BioChemistry at UCG in 1969, just one year after Sean had joined the academic ranks at UCG. Michael was a dashing and handsome young man who caught the eye of many of the female players of that time. Michael also wrote a regular bridge column for the Galway Advertiser. Michael held the position o f Vice-President of the Tribes in its inaugural year and  was elected President the following year. Michael was an active member of the club and won several Major Club Chamionships up to his untimely death in 1993.

In 1975 Paul Scannell took up residence in Galway having been appointed to a lecturing position in the Hotel School at the recently opened Regional Technical College. Paul and Sean established a regular partnership until Sean’s untimely death in 1977.  Just before he died, Sean won the Pairs Championship at Sligo Congress with Gay Keaveney.  Gay was club secretary for two terms, 1979 -1981.

With Sean’s passing Colette was left to rear a family of three young cjildren... Margaret, Aoife and Owen. Bridge took a back seat for a while and then slowly Colette returned to the bridge scene and established a partnership with Seamus MacMathuna with whom she won several major club championships. She subsequently developed a partnership with Maria O’Shaughnessy during which time they also won several major club competitions.  In recent years Colette has played regularly with May O’Sullivan.

Colette also played, circa 2000, in the Ladies Irish Trials with the late Bridie Kenny. Although they didn’t claim a place on the Irish team for that year they finished comfortably in the middle order.

As with any club, there is always that small cohort of members who seize the initiative and lead while the vast majority of members are happy to follow. The Tribes Bridge Club is fortunate that Colette, and others of like mind at that time, chose to seize the opportunity all those years ago and set about founding the club that we enjoy today.

Happy 50th Anniversary to the Tribes Bridge Club…and a special Thank You to Colette and the other founder members.



Colette with  Aoife, Owen, and Margaret.



Paul J Scannell, 10th February 2021

CBAI SIMS 2022-02-10 - Commentary by Enda Glynn

Click this link to view the expert commentary by Enda Glynn in respect of the Thursday CBAI SIMS2022-02-10 - CBAI SIMS Thursday Commentary.pdf.

And click this link to view the National results hosted on the ECATS Bridge website.

Paul J Scannell, 10th February 2022

Colette Mulhern - President Tribes Bridge Club 2021-2022

Click to view Paul's Hand Analysis from previous weeks BBO Competitions.

2021-05-20 - Pauls Hand Analysis.pdf

To access Hand Analysis documents for previous weeks simply click on the Title Bar (Paul's BBO Hand Analysis) at top of this Window.

Paul J Scannell, 27th May 2021

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