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Bridge Centre Closed until further notice

Please be advised that the decision has been made to close the Galway Bridge Centre until further notice on the grounds of health and safety in light of the current Coronavirus pandemic.

Stay safe and well and hopefully the Tribes Bridge Club will resume regular bridge playing sessions in the not too distant future.  

Paul J Scannell, 14th March 2020 

Welcome to 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

BBO IMPs Pairs
Director: Paul Scannell
Scorer: Paul J Scannell
BBO IMPs Pairs
Director: Paul Scannell
Scorer: Paul J Scannell
BBO IMPs Pairs
Director: Paul Scannell
Scorer: Paul J Scannell
BBO IMPs Pairs
Director: Paul Scannell
Scorer: Paul J Scannell
BBO IMPs Pairs
Director: Paul Scannell
Scorer: Paul J Scannell
News Flash

The Tribes  Bridge Club has kicked off the 2020-2021 season on
Bridge Base Online (BBO).

If you would like to become a member please click
on the link below to complete the Tribes Bridge Club CBAI Affiliation Form.

Affiliation costs €10 for previously affiliated members or €12.50 for new CBAI members.

Payment options will be notified upon receipt of completed form.

Tribes Bridge Club CBAI Affiliation Form

N.B. Completed forms are directed to the CBAI Western Region who will then forward details to relevant clubs and hence there may be a delay beore you receive an acknowledgment from the Tribes Bridge Club.


Paul J Scannell, 14th October 2020


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Kevin Moylan, President, Tribes Bridge Club 2019-2020
Kevin Moylan, President, Tribes Bridge Club 2019-2020

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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

IBU SiM Pairs, Thursday 5th November 2020

Nationwide results of the IBU Simulatneous Pairs held on Thiurday 5th November can be viewed here


A commentary on the hands prepared by leading expert Brian Senior can be viewed 2020-11-05-IBU-7159-Thursday-SIMS-2020-Commentary.pdf


Paul J Scannell, 6th November 2020